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!
October 4 – 26, 2019
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!
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.
|Breakfast with the Works||7:00 – 8:30 a.m.|
Breakfast in the trackside Equestrian Dining Room.
|Children’s Activities||7:00 – 9:00 a.m.|
Visit the Kids Club Corner for free children’s activities, including photos in jockey silks, face painting and more; adjacent to the Equestrian Dining Room. Sign up for the Keeneland Kids Club and meet Kids Club mascot, Buckles.
|Tours||7:30 – 10:00 a.m.|
Fans may take a guided walking tour of Keeneland. Tour groups will depart from the welcome wagon in the Paddock.
|Paddock Demo||9:00 a.m.|
A live educational equine demonstration takes place in the saddling paddock, featuring a new guest each Saturday.
A National Historic Landmark, Keeneland features beautifully landscaped grounds that are open to the public every day. Fans and horsemen alike are welcome to enjoy its spectacular racing, attend one of its annual horse sales or simply visit the grounds and celebrate Keeneland’s timeless beauty.
You are welcome to enjoy a self-guided walking tour as well, simply click here for details.
For guests interested in learning about the history of Keeneland and wanting an overview of operations for both racing and sales.
* Available year-round
Behind-the-Scenes Racing Tours
For guests interested in a behind-the-scenes look at race day operations, including a walk through the barns and a stop at the Jockey’s Quarters.
* Only available in April and October
Behind-the-Scenes Sales Tours
For guests interested in a behind-the-scenes look at sale operations, including a tour of the renowned Keeneland Sales Pavilion and auction ring.
* Only available in January, April, September & November
For guests interested in racing, with an insider view of the backside. During live racing, this tour will include race day accomodations.
* Available select days
Owner’s Experience Tours
Experience a race day like the owners do with a tour through the Saddling Paddock and Winner’s Circle during Keeneland’s first race of the day.
* Only available in April & October
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.