Experience the exciting and colorful spectacle of Thoroughbred racing at legendary Churchill Downs. Stroll through its historic grounds and enjoy the ambiance of one of the most hallowed shrines in American Sports. - Churchill Downs
Welcome to the most popular attraction in town, entertainment-wise, history-wise, and culture-wise. The Churchill Downs, a true American Icon, is located on Central Avenue in Louisville, which is appropriate because it is very much the central attraction in the area.
Home of the annual Kentucky Derby, the longest continually running sporting event in America, as well as the Kentucky Oaks, this famous thoroughbred racetrack is a MUST VISIT while in Louisville. Here's a bit of history for you:
The very first racecourse construction in American history was close by Louisville in Lexington, in 1789. Nearly 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs was built and opened. Over 3 centuries of racing has caused countless revamps to the facility to modernize it well enough to fit the now over 165k guests in attendance to the derby ever y year. Since it has been built the racetrack has still kept it's most recognizable feature intact, the 1895 built Twin Spires, a Joseph Dominic Baldez creation. One really big thing it has added recently that is also highly recognizable now, however, is the 4k video screen, the world's largest video screen of it's kind, referred to as 'Big Board'.
To tour the track during your visit (not on a big race day, of which there are 3 major ones each year in the spring, September, and fall seasons respectively) you must visit the Kentucky Derby Museum and set it up. You will have several differently themed options to explore the 147 sprawling acres of legendary thoroughbred racing history while here, learning all you can along the way!