We know that the Derby was run last week, but definitely wanted to see Churchill Downs. We found the place quite amazing and if you are not a bettor, a real value. Free parking starts it all off with a cart to take you to the main gate. For Seniors entrance the fee is $1. We bought a program for $2 and that is all we needed to spend, we did have some lunch which was reasonable and we did place three $2 bets of which one was a winner. We were able to get up close and personal to the horses and jockeys both in the paddock and the winners circle. We spent all day there and had a wonderful time. On the day we were there it was very quiet and empty but we still had fun people watching and all inquires to the staff were met with quick and smiley response. I would recommend Churchill Downs as a day trip anytime whether you gamble or not.