Tips for going to the Kentucky Derby
Posted by Heidi Fore on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 9:20 AM By Heidi Fore / May 7, 2022 Comment
This is what I've learned from going to many Kentucky Derbys. If you are making plans to attend next year's Derby, here are my tips
- Ladies, buy your hat first. Then pick out a dress that matches the hat, then the shoes that match the hat and dress. Then the bag. It's easier to find the right dress than the right hat.
- Buy your hat in Louisville at Dees Crafts, or in a Facebook Group for Derby hats. There's no such thing as too big or too fancy. There are a few local stores that sell them too. Do not order a Derby hat from Amazon - everyone will know it's not authentic.
- The weather forecast can be wrong. Dress for anything. Bring sunscreen and a clear rain poncho. You may need both in the same day. It might be 40 degrees and raining or 72 degrees and sunny.
- Buy your Derby shoes at least a week before Derby and wear them everyday to break them in. If you skip this step there's a 100% chance of blisters on Derby Day. Don't spend too much on shoes. They'll look like trash by the end of the day after walking so much.
- Get reservations for hotels and restaurants as soon as you know you are going to the Derby.
- Figure out where you want to sit by doing this virtual tour - https://churchilldowns.io-media.com/web/index.html#
- Get tickets on https://www.kentuckyderby.com/tickets/seating-experiences/reserved-seating
- It's normal to pay to park in people's yards or driveways near the track for $20-50 per car. There is not enough parking at the track for everyone, so you'll most likely park 1/2 mile away.
- Manage your expectations to avoid frustration. There will be long lines for restrooms and food and drinks. Expect it and roll with it. If you don't drive a car,...