Churchill Downs is known as one of the most famous horse racing tracks in the world. The reason for its world wide fame is because it is the annual host to the Kentecky Derby Thoroughbred horse races. The Kentucky Derby is deep rooted in tradition and has been going on for over 100 years. Whether you"re visiting Louisville for business or pleasure, take a trip to the Kentucky Churchill Downs Race track for a fun family outing.
Churchill Downs has two racing seasons per year, during the spring and the fall. The famous Kentucky derby takes place during the spring meet, on the first Saturday in May. If you"d like to obtain Churchill Downs tickets that will guarantee you a reserved seat, be sure to allow yourself plenty of time, as tickets are hard to come by because of the international popularity of the event. Guests must apply for seats an entire year in advance, and even if that is done, there are no guarantees on securing Churchill downs tickets.
If you"re new to horse racing, betting on a horse is easier than ever thanks to optional tip sheets that will help you determine which horses to bet on. Attendants are standing by at the wagering windows to help you place your bets, otherwise self-service betting machines are available if you know what you are doing.
Once you purchase your Churchill Downs tickets, be sure to check out the events and festivals going on during the two weeks prior to the Kentucky Derby. Thousands of people gather at the banks of the Ohio River, enjoying the vibrant scene of Louisville by listening to live music and sampling the offerings of street vendors.
The Great Balloon Glow and the Great Balloon race are two events taking place a week before the Derby that visitors to Churchill downs will not want to miss. "The Glow" refers to the magnificent glow that can be seen in the sky the night before the hot air balloon race, when hot air balloon owners take their balloons out for a test run in preparation for the race the next morning. The next day, the balloon owners compete in the balloon race where the goal is to race to a location and then retrieve a bag from a marker on the ground without tipping their balloons.
Visitors should be aware that hotels are very hard to find in the Louisville area during the meets, so booking a hotel far in advance is recommended. Look for Louisville hotel deals online or call around for the best options. Sometimes staying in the outskirts of Louisville will be your best option if you plan to visit Louisville for the Kentucky Derby.
Dazzling fireworks displays, an active bar and restaurant scene, as well as wine tasting are just some of the other reasons to visit Churchill Downs prior to the big event at the Kentucky Churchill Downs race track.