Okay. I’m only a mild horse racing enthusiast. But! I’m incredibly happy with our decision to make a pit-stop there, while passing through Louisville.
For our Honeymoon, Husband and I drove from little ol’ Utah, across the country, as far as New England. I picked out a few places for us to explore, and Churchill Downs was one of them. So grateful I did!
As I said, I’m not HUGE into horse racing. I make sure to catch the Triple Crown races, and that’s about it. Once, when I was in my youth, my mom took me to Evanston Wyoming to watch the races for a day. And it was a really fun experience. Sunburn and all. I had a blast.
So, I definitely wanted to visit the home of the Kentucky Derby, if only to dream of wearing a fancy hat. (They had some to buy there, but I decided I didn’t want to try to cart that thing all the way back across the country without bending it.)
Technically speaking we visited the Kentucky Derby Museum, which included a walking tour of Churchill Downs, a 360 degree movie, and you get to meet the resident thoroughbred. The movie presentation made me cry a little. Husband, not being an American, didn’t understand my emotional state watching those racers win the Derby, but I didn’t care. It was cool to watch American Pharaoh win the Triple Crown on my TV live, and cool to see again with the sweeping music in the place it began. Anyway! I highly recommend visiting the museum for the walking tour alone, and it wasn’t too outrageous of a price. $15 for adults. Not the worst we’ve paid for an attraction. But, not the cheapest either. Worth every penny though, for someone like me. So I wasn’t upset about it.
They have other specialty tours available. I can’t say anything on those, since we didn’t go beyond general admission, but I bet, for fans at least, they’re super awesome.
See? The hats! Including one worn by Queen Elizabeth II. That’s a royal hat! They were all so gorgeous to see, and such a fun tradition to relish in.
This is how close you get to the actual track. Yes. I’m not using zoom.
Okay. Okay. I did zoom in for a better photo of the Finish Post. But, you could clearly tell what it was in person. An awesome thing to see.
To sum up, if you’re in or passing through Louisville Kentucky. Give this place a looksee. I absolutely loved it, and was all tingly with excitement over the dreams made there. Very cool.
As an added bonus for reading the entire post, here’s a picture of horse poop, because I thought it was funny.