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Backstretch Breakfast Tour

SPECIAL ACCESS HORSES

  • Returning March 2022
  • Monday through Saturday during the racing and training season
  • 7:00 a.m., 2 hours
  • $100/person

Horses training on the track will take your breath away as they come thundering by. Travel to the Infield and take in incredible 360-degree views of the Racetrack and Twin Spires.  

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Barn and Backside Tour

SPECIAL ACCESS HORSES

  • March 15 - November 30
  • Daily, 1 hour
  • Up to 8 guests in the van
  • Prices start at $45/person

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime view of the Twin Spires from the other side of the track. This is your chance to take in the Backside of Churchill Downs. See Thoroughbreds in their environment in areas that are closed to the general public.

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Winter Season Barn and Backside Tour

SPECIAL ACCESS

  • December 1 - March 14
  • Daily, 1 hour
  • Up to 8 guests in the van
  • $40/person

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime view of the Twin Spires from the other side of the track. This is your chance to take in the Backside of Churchill Downs. Ride past the iconic green-roofed barns that can house more than 1,400 horses, and learn about the very stall Secretariat called home at Churchill Downs.

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Black Heritage in Racing Tour

BLACK HERITAGE

  • Saturdays, on non-racing days
  • 1:00 p.m., 90 minutes
  • $35/person

Discover African Americans’ profound impact on Thoroughbred Racing, going back to the first Kentucky Derby in 1875 to present day.

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Bourbon and Bridles Experience

BOURBON

  • Mondays & Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m., 90 minutes
    • (With some Thursdays & Fridays for limited time)
  • $100/person 
  • Adults 21+, maximum of 10 guests

Immerse yourself in two of Kentucky’s most treasured icons: Bourbon and Thoroughbreds. Enjoy a visit to Churchill Downs, a Bourbon tasting, and learn how to make a Mint Julep in this interactive experience.

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Churchill Downs After Hours Tour

SPECIAL ACCESS

  • March 15 through September 29
  • Monday through Saturday, 5:00 p.m., 90 minutes
  • $25/person

Relax and unwind at the end of the day beneath the Twin Spires—even right next to them! Get special access to historic and posh areas, including Millionaire’s Row.

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Go Baby Go! Race Day Experience

SPECIAL ACCESS HORSES

  • Returns for the 2022 Spring Meet
  • Wednesday through Saturday on select racing days
  • 9:00 a.m., 4 hour tour + live racing
  • $150/person (Includes a buffet lunch in one of Churchill Downs’ fine dining locations overlooking the track)

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!

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Hermitage Farm and Derby Museum Tour

HORSES BOURBON

  • March 2, 2022 - July 30, 2022
  • Shuttle service available 

Explore the best of what Kentucky has to offer. Hermitage Farm and the Kentucky Derby Museum have teamed up to show you both sides of a Thoroughbreds life– from the track to the farm.

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Historic Walking Tour

HISTORY

  • Daily, half past every hour, 30 minutes

Stroll through the historic grounds of Churchill Downs as a tour guide takes you past the iconic Twin Spires and out to the world-famous Racetrack.

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Horses & Haunts Tour

SPECIAL ACCESS

  • Thursdays in October 2022
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • $30/person

Get into the spirit (or spirits!) of the season as we tour this legendary facility. Our storytellers will weave true tales of Derby history that may have you sleeping with the lights on!

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Proud of My Calling Experience

BLACK HERITAGE

  • Returning in 2022
  • 2:00 p.m. (30 minute tour, 1 hour live performance)
  • Exhibit and Live Performance
  • All ages are welcome, but historical content would be more suitable to children 7+
  • $25/per person (includes General Admission to the Museum)

Guests will explore the Black Heritage in Racing exhibit and attend a live performance of “Proud of My Calling,” which brings to life Black jockeys and horsemen in the sport of Thoroughbred Racing. A Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs and full access to the Museum are included in the ticket price.

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Superstars and Spires

SPECIAL ACCESS

  • Daily, non-racing days, 90 minutes
  • $40/person

“Do Derby” like a celebrity! Gain special access to the lavish areas of Churchill Downs, from private dining rooms to the exclusive balconies overlooking the famous track.

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Thoroughbred Workout Tour

HORSES

  • Returning March 2022
  • Monday through Saturday, 7:15 a.m.
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • $40/person

Take in the sound of hooves pounding the dirt as your tour guide teaches you the ins and outs of training a racehorse and how to handicap a race.

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Ultimate Churchill Downs Tour

SPECIAL ACCESS HORSES

  • Returning March 2022
  • Monday through Saturday during racing and training season
  • 8:00 a.m., 4 hours
  • $150/person (includes lunch at the Post Time Kitchen)

Watch the horses workout railside, then travel via golf cart through the Infield Tunnel to the backside and enjoy an up close view of horses, jockeys and trainers, then wrap up in the Post Time Kitchen, which is closed to the public, for lunch with unparalleled views of the Twin Spires.

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