Churchill Downs

Louisville is the home of Churchill Downs, which is recognized for pedigree horses, a racecourse, and for hosting the yearly Kentucky Derby (one of America’s hotly contested sporting events). Opened officially in 1875, Churchill Downs racetrack covers approximately 147 acres of ground with a one-mile dirt track and seven-furlong racecourse. It is also well-known for hosting the highly esteemed Breeder’s Cup for over eight times.

Here are a few things we recommend to our clients achieving weight loss in Louisville at the Churchill Downs:

Enjoy various guided tours

While visiting the Churchill Downs, you can experience the entirety of the racetrack via guided tours. The tours will allow you to take in the breathtaking, modernized stables and racecourse. The guided tours are categorized as the Barn and Backside Van, Historic Walking, Around the Track Golf Cart, and Behind the Scenes Walking Tours. You will also be charmed by the Twilight, Champions and Mint Julep, Derby Week, and Horses & Haunts Tours.

Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum is positioned within the Churchill Downs grounds. It showcases the historic racetrack, pride, traditions, and hospitality of Derby. It features an array of educative exhibits where you can watch the thoroughbred horses being trained. Besides the displays, you can also engage in the museum’s informative workshops and programs that are usually about Kentucky Derby’s history, economics, and importance.

Check out Churchill Downs facilities

The recently refurbished clubhouse is a must-see while at the Churchill Downs. With exquisitely designed luxury suites (79 in number), the contemporary clubhouse features stunning murals portraying the Derby winners from 1875 to 2004. You can also enjoy watching “The Greatest Race” documentary that is mainly about the Kentucky Derby at the Big Board (a state of the art movie theater that has the most massive 4k video screen in the world).

Take pictures at the twin spire

One of the most distinguishable features of Churchill Downs is the revered grandstand capped with the Twin Spires. The great architect Joseph Baldez designed it and was later erected in 1895. The lovely architectural sculpture is typically the icon of Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby and is acknowledged all over the world.

Drink mint julep

You can enjoy the Churchill Downs mint julep, a drink that is claimed to have been formulated by one private downtown Louisville club (the Pendennis Club) in the 1880s. Affirmed as the city’s official cocktail in 2015, Mint julep is definitely the Kentucky Derby star. Moreover, drinking this old fashioned libation is more of a tradition and fun thing to do for the southerners. The drink is sweet but certainly stronger than it tastes, and hence you may want to check your tolerance level.

Pick a gift

Inside Churchill Downs Gate 17 entrance, right off the paddock lays an excellent gift store. Here you can pick a souvenir from the extensive range of legitimately certified Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby books, apparel, memorabilia, keepsakes, and gifts.

On a final note

In Louisville, KY, horses, and racing are a distinct part of life. With the world’s most spectacular and legendary racetrack, the Churchill Downs, you can relish a view of the American sports hallowed shrine. More so, you will find interesting exhibits as well as entertaining, hands-on activities to engage in.