Keeneland Race Course opened in 1936 and has been helping create memories ever since. It’s a wonderful place for families and kids of all ages will enjoy a visit. You can visit during race meets (held each April and October) or stop by other times during the year just to explore and take some photos. The Keeneland Kids Club offers special events for members throughout the year and it’s FREE!
I have many memories of Keeneland racing as a child. My father was in the horse business and we would visit during every meet. We would perch on the rail to watch the horses thunder past, enjoy a close up view from the paddock, taste fresh burgoo, and so much more. It’s been wonderful to take my kids and I enjoy making memories with them now. We’ve especially enjoyed the Kids Club events like Breakfast with Santa and Buckles!
Spring 2017 Meet is April 7 – 28th
Keeneland Race Meets held each April and October are open to the public. You can go on the cheap and grab general admission tickets.
- $5 per person
- Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
- General admission does not include seating. Park benches are available trackside at a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Post time for the first race is 1:05 pm. Races begin approximately every half an hour.
Sunrise Trackside is held every Saturday during the race meeting. See early morning horse workouts on the track, have breakfast ($8 for anyone age 4 and up), enjoy children’s activities, participate in Q & A with jockeys and more.
March tours are available Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
During the race meet in April and October, tours are available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. or during Sunrise Trackside on Saturday mornings.
Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the Keeneland Ticket Office for $8 per person. Tours will be limited to 30 people, so visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Our tour largely takes place outside and for your comfort we ask that you dress for the weather.
You can visit for Oaks Day or Derby Day and enjoy an amazing atmosphere of fun and excitement! For those wanting a casual, outdoor experience come early and watch live coverage from Churchill Downs while enjoying a picnic or food from the open air grills in the Keeneland paddock and grandstand area. General admission on Derby Day is just $5; free on Oaks Day.
The Keeneland Kids Club is a FREE club for kids ages 12 and under. Free membership benefits include the following:
We have loved the Kids Club events and have fun being at Keeneland for fun outside of racing. Kids can enjoy Breakfast with Buckles and Santa, an Easter Egg Hunt, as well as events within the community and during race meets.