Kentucky Derby Museum#2 in Best Things To Do in Louisville
To learn more about the "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports," a visit to this museum is a must. Spanning two floors, the museum uses interactive, kid-friendly exhibits to educate visitors on the horses, jockeys, well-dressed spectators and traditions of the Kentucky Derby, showcasing history that dates back to the race's inaugural running in 1875.
Recent visitors loved the memorabilia and family-friendly exhibits at the museum and also offered praise for the 30-minute historic walking tour included with admission. Reviewers were also pleased with the museum's ability to appeal to non-racing fans.
Fees to visit are separate from general admission and race tickets at Churchill Downs. Museum tickets cost $15 for adults (ages 15 to 59), $14 for seniors (60 and older), $7 for children between the ages 5 and 14; entry is free for children younger than 5. Special tours, such as the "Around the Track Golf Cart Tour" and the behind-the-scenes tour cost extra and are not included in museum admission. The museum is open from 8 or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on Kentucky Derby Day. There is ample parking at the museum, but if you'd rather take the bus, several TARC routes service the area. Visit the official website for more information.
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#1 Churchill Downs
Just its name inspires romantic images of spectators dressed in their Sunday best sipping on mint juleps as thoroughbreds race past them. Recent travelers agreed – Churchill Downs, the racing facility that hosts the annual Kentucky Derby, is just as idyllic as you might have imagined. In fact, visitors said that if there's only time for one stop in Louisville, this Central Avenue racing complex is the place to go.
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