This celebrated, prestigious Southern event is known for its crisp juleps and packed stands. Crowds flock to Louisville the first weekend of May wearing their best spring dresses, flowery hats, and crisp suits for a glimpse of the "Greatest Two Minutes In Sports." Southerners love to appreciate this mark of spring, throwing our very own Kentucky Derby parties and toasting friends with homemade mint juleps. So, how much would it actually cost to attend the race? We turned to our money-conscious friends at Coinage for some secrets that could save you money if you're up for the trip. For one, Louisville hotels can cost upwards of $1000 per night if you're trying to snag a room for the Derby. Eighty miles away, in Lexington, guests could pay a fraction of the price to stay just as comfortably. Worried about the high ticket price? Although club level seats at Churchill Downs can cost you over $700, general admission tickets will run you about $80 on the day of the race. With some planning, you too can be cheering on the thoroughbreds!
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