Going to the 2013 Kentucky Derby in Louisville KY? 10 Tips for a Great Visit to the Kentucky Derby!

April 22nd, 2022 by admin Leave a reply »

Louisville’s Kentucky Derby is a two-day horse racing extravaganza, famous for attracting an international crowd and inspiring elegant and unique attire, in tandem with memorable parties, social gatherings and wide variety of entertainment options. Traditionally held the first Saturday in May, and sometimes called the “fast two minutes in sports,” the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs will be held on Saturday, May 4.

If you have never been to the Kentucky Derby and you are coming to Louisville from outside of Kentucky, chances are you’ve got some planning to do to make sure your experience during this special event goes smoothly. While the Derby experience can range from infield tickets costing around $50 a piece to box seating priced at thousands of dollars, planning ahead, regardless of your plans, makes for a smoother and easier time.

10 Things you Need to Know About and Plan for Before you go to the Kentucky Derby

Transportation to Louisville, KY – Whether you are planning on arriving in Louisville, Kentucky, by car, bus or plane, you have a range of options. Louisville is home to an international airport (IATA airport code SDF) called Standiford Field. You can catch many of the major airlines there including Southwest, Delta, United, American, and more. In addition, the airports in Cincinnati and Lexington are comparatively short drives to Louisville, offering you more flight options if you can’t find the air travel you are looking for coming directly into Louisville.

Tickets to the Kentucky Derby – If you haven’t been lucky enough to land a free box with a finish line view from a rich uncle or a generous boss, you can buy tickets to the Kentucky Derby that range in price from around $50 for general admission to upwards of thousands of dollars for box seating. If you are looking for premium seating, it is advisable that you do this as early as possible since availability narrows and prices often tend to climb as the event draws closer. It is important to note that general admission tickets to the Kentucky Derby do not include a seat or visual access to the Churchill Downs racetrack. You can plan on seeing the races through TV screens situated throughout the track facility.

Transportation to the Churchill Downs Race Track – Unless you are planning on staying in a neighborhood very close to the tracks so that you can walk, chances are you’ll need some type of transportation to Louisville’s Churchill Downs racetrack. Provided that you have a vehicle, you can drive a car to the Churchill Downs. Many of the houses around the tracks offer parking for prices ranging from $10 and up for the day. If you are planning on taking a cab or a bus to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, it is helpful to plan ahead. This is a very busy time of year in Louisville and it can sometimes be difficult to get the cab or van service you want without advanced reservations. For the adventurous, there are sometimes rickshaw bicycles pedaling around town offering transportation to and from the tracks to downtown Louisville and nearby neighborhoods like Old Louisville.

A Place to Stay During your visit to Louisville, KY – If you are coming to Louisville from out of town to attend the Kentucky Derby, you’ll want to find a place to stay well before you arrive for the event. Hotels often fill up far in advance for many miles around the tracks and many charge higher than usual prices for this premium event. If you are traveling with your family or in a larger group, you may want to rent a house in Louisville during your visit to the Kentucky Derby. There are many comfortable and appealing house rentals located near Churchill Downs during the Kentucky Derby.

Something to Wear to the Kentucky Derby – If you dress comfortable, coordinated and elegant (with a hat) you will fit right in at the Kentucky Derby – If you like dressing up with your own stylish flair, than the Derby is just the event for you. People wear all sorts of gorgeous and memorable attire to the Derby – you’ll see hundreds of very fancy and well-coordinated suits, dresses and shoes, many with matching hats, of course.

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