Whether your placing your bet on Irish War Cry, Thunder Snow, or State of Honor, the Kentucky Derby horse races offer an exciting place to gather, eat, drink, and maybe even go home with some extra cash in your pocket. With traditions such as the garden of roses, extravagant hats, and the best mint julep around, you can’t help but have fun. If you’re headed to the Kentucky Derby with your RV, there are plenty of camping destinations as well as other fun things to do in the area. Let's head off to the races to have some fun!
REST UP FOR THAT BIG WAGER
In order to truly enjoy your day at the track you need to get a good night’s rest. There are plenty of campgrounds near the track to choose from. Some are pretty luxurious while others are simple spots to post up for the night. No matter what experience you’re looking for, we’ve found it. Check out these amazing campgrounds.
Trackside RV Park
Only about a half mile from the track is Trackside RV Park. This is not a large park by any means. In fact they only have eight spaces so you’ll have to call them well ahead of time to get your spot. They offer full hookups, say they are big rig friendly, and allow pets. We did however notice on a few reviews that people said it was a tight squeeze for big rigs, so it may be good to call and ask about the size of your rig before you book.
Derby Park RV Parking & Campground
About a mile from the track is Derby Park RV Parking & Campground. This isn’t your ordinary campground. Sure they have electric hookups right at the sites, a water fill station, a dump station, and modern restrooms with showers, but they also have a huge flea market, an expo center where they have live music, a couple of bars with top shelf drinks, and pool tables. It tends to be pretty busy during the day with all of this going on but then settles down a bit at night.
If you want to camp a little farther from the track, Add-More Campground is just 12 miles north. Here you’ll find a more traditional camping experience with pull-through sites, full hookups, modern restrooms with showers, laundry facilities, a clubhouse, and they’re pet friendly. You won’t find any tent campers here so you’ll be sure to be surrounded by other RVers just like yourself. The grounds are absolutely beautiful with some sites right on Kopp’s Lake. This is definitely a great place for relaxation.
Louisville South KOA
The Louisville South KOA is 20 miles from the track but if you want a nice relaxing stay with great amenities, this is where it’s at. Enjoy the choice between pull-through and back-in sites as well as the option of full hookups or just water & electric. This is truly big rig friendly as they have sites that can hold a max length of 90 feet. Around the grounds you’ll find modern restrooms and showers, a pool, clubhouse, camp store, laundry facilities, dump station, and even a dog park to let your fuzzy buddy stretch out. If you want to have a little extra fun but don’t want to travel, they have mini golf, fishing, a jumping pillow, and an outdoor movie theater right there at the campground.
OTHER LOUISVILLE ATTRACTIONS
If you plan to stay longer than the races, or want to pair your racing experience with other fun things to do, there’s plenty to find in Louisville. Check out some of the best things to do around town aside from the Kentucky Derby.
Explore the Louisville Mega Cavern
Spelunking meets ziplining at the Louisville Mega Cavern. This is currently the world’s only underground zipline and rope challenge course, but there’s much more. Not only can you shoot down the lines and cross the rope obstacles, you can take a tram tour of the cavern, ride the underground bike park, and even attend events at the underground events center!
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
Baseball fans rejoice at the 120 ft. replica of Babe Ruth’s bat outside the museum. Inside you can learn all about the history of the Louisville Slugger. Find out just what an impact it had on baseball, get a glimpse of the many autographs on the signature wall, take a few swings in the batting cages, see just how fast your pitch is, tour the factory in which the bats are made, and much more. This is definitely a must-see stop on the Louisville tour list.
If you’re fascinated by the world’s creatures, head over to the Louisville Zoo! It’s divided up into regions so you can see animals of Africa, South America, Australia, and different islands from all around. Marvel at the size of the African Elephant, take a camel or pony ride, check out wallabies, watch sea lions twist and turn through the water, and see just how much like house cats the big cats like leopards are.
Are you ready to plan your trip to the Kentucky Derby? If you don’t have an RV yet, we have a wide selection of fifth wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers for sale at wholesale pricing. Feel free to give us a call for more information.