It’s true that the Backside of Churchill Downs only grants access to horse industry insiders. Unless, that is, you book a premium tour through Kentucky Derby Museum.

Let our seasoned guide take you on an unforgettable journey through the infield tunnels to the legendary Backside where you will get an intimate look at Thoroughbreds training on the track, getting baths, and being cared for by the Backside workers.

Backside tours available beginning March 30, 2022.

Barn and Backside Tour
Barn and Backside Tour

In this guided van tour, you’ll ride among the signature green-roofed barns that are home to 1,400 horses during the racing and training season. See Thoroughbreds in their environment in areas that are closed to the general public. Learn more >

Backstretch Breakfast
Backstretch Breakfast Tour

Travel by golf cart to the Infield and then to the Backside, where you’ll experience the thrill of watching Thoroughbreds workout while you enjoy breakfast in the Post Time Kitchen.  Learn more >

Ultimate Churchill Downs
Ultimate Churchill Downs Tour

Revel in the most comprehensive tour offered at Churchill Downs! Visit the Paddock, Millionaire’s Row, the Twin Spires, the Infield tunnels, and the Backside. Enjoy lunch in the Post Time Kitchen. Learn more >

Go Baby Go! Race Day Experience
Go Baby Go! Race Day Experience

Start your day as a tourist, finish it off as a spectator! This experience has it all! Explore Churchill Downs in a golf cart with your tour guide, watch Thoroughbreds train on the track, access special areas inside Churchill Downs, and enjoy a delicious meal inside Churchill Downs before taking in a day at the races! Learn more >


Visiting between April 23 and May 4, 2022? View our limited-time Derby Season Tours!


Backside Experiences at Churchill Downs Racetrack