Off Season Barn and Backside Tour

Want to see the barns and backside of Churchill Downs but the horses aren’t back yet? No worries! With our exclusive off-season barn and backside tour you are able to see exclusive areas that are closed off to the general public!

This is a guided van tour of the "other side" of the Churchill Downs Racetrack to see the stable area that will be filled once the track reopens for business in late March. Not only will you be able to view over 1,400 stalls, you get to see a panoramic view of grandstand and an exclusive photo-op of the Twin Spires, all while hearing about the Backside Learning Center and Thoroughbred history! This exclusive one hour tour also takes you to barn 42- the stable of Kentucky Derby record holder, Secretariat.

Please note that the Off-Season Barn and Backside Tour takes place when there are usually no horses residing at the Churchill Downs Racetrack. Guests will most likely not see a horse during this tour.

All children eight years and older or over 57 inches tall can go on this tour, in compliance with Kentucky state law

Off Season Barn and Backside Tour Schedule:

Arrive at the Museum's Visitor Services desk at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled departure tour time as all tours leave promptly. The Museum's lobby will open early to accommodate tour departures only. 

All times shown are in Eastern Time
Advance reservations are highly recommended as this tour sells out frequently and leaves promptly

Please Note: This tour may be cancelled at any time, with or without notice, due to extreme weather or at the request of Churchill Downs. In the case that this tour is cancelled by the Kentucky Derby Museum after the time of this ticket's purchase, every effort will be made to place the ticket holder on another tour at a time that is agreeable to both parties. If this cannot be managed, the Museum will provide a full refund of the tour purchase price back to the original credit card used for payment.