The 147th Kentucky Derby takes place April 30-May 1, and the annual horse race brings in more in-person spectators than most US sporting events. The track attendance exceeds 150,000 people, significantly larger than the Super Bowl or World Series.

The Kentucky Derby is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, and is steeped in history and tradition, from sporting over-the-top hats to betting money on the race outcome.

Where to stay for the 2021 Kentucky Derby

Finding accommodations in or near Louisville during the Kentucky Derby can be a challenge, to say the least. It can be pricey to find lodging during such a popular event, and staying in an Airbnb the weekend of the Kentucky Derby can set you back several thousand dollars. For Kentucky Derby accommodations, HomeExchange is an ideal way to travel affordably, stay in real people's homes, and get the authentic Louisville experience.

Kentucky home exchanges

Sit back, sip a mint julep, and have a look at some of the beautiful vacation rental alternatives awaiting you in Kentucky.

Spacious, centrally located Louisville, Kentucky home exchange

Where to stay for the 2021 Kentucky Derby
Annie's home

This second home is close to everything, nestled in historic Old Louisville. It is walkable and bicyclist-friendly, and located near downtown and numerous bourbon tourist spots. The elegant Louisville home boasts original stained glass windows, beautiful woodwork, two full kitchens, and a two-level deck. Enjoy the Kentucky Derby and then returning to this stylish home and its comfortable beds!

Bright, minimalistic, stylish condo in quiet Louisville neighborhood

Where to stay for the 2021 Kentucky Derby
Angela and Ryan's home

This Louisville condo is home to a former interior designer, so it is stylishly decorated with plenty of color, artwork, and inspiring touches. Guests can feel relaxed and pampered with the king bed, balcony, smart TVs, and the condo's gym and rec room. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, this charming home is an ideal retreat during your trip to Derby City.

Cozy, homey vacation home alternative near downtown Louisville

Where to stay for the 2021 Kentucky Derby
Lisa's home

This home in a quiet Louisville neighborhood has two cozy bedrooms, a private yard, fully stocked kitchen, and an overall homey atmosphere. Enjoy Kentucky to the fullest, in easy driving distance of hiking trails, Churchill Downs, the Louisville Zoo, and much more.

Stylish downtown Louisville getaway with all the amenities

Where to stay for the 2021 Kentucky Derby
Andrew's home

Located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Louisville, this three-story home features an outdoor living space, private garden, and gas fireplace in the master suite. Equipped with children's beds, books, and toys, plus ample space for outdoor meals, the home is ideal for a family. Spend time in the converted carriage house in the evening, which includes a bar, gym, and office!

Roomy Italianate Mansion with every convenience in bustling Louisville

Where to stay for the 2021 Kentucky Derby
Deirdre's home

Built in 1882, this spacious vacation rental alternative has been updated with every modern convenience. Six bedrooms, all with smart TVs, a huge eat-in kitchen with plenty of appliances, and a hot tub make it an exquisite retreat for a large group. The neighborhood is nestled beside a bustling restaurant and pub district, within walking district of dozens of shops and restaurants, and just five miles from Churchill Downs.

Beautiful Kentucky lake cabin near Mammoth Cave National Park

Where to stay for the 2021 Kentucky Derby
Jack and Lei's home

For those who want to watch the Kentucky Derby but relax in a home in a more peaceful, secluded area, this lake cabin offers proximity to Louisville and privacy in nature. There are multiple waterfalls on the property, walking trails, and a private boat dock and kayaks. Enjoy cozying up to the wood burning fireplace, bellying up to the basement bar, and the deluxe entertainment space this home provides. You won't miss being in the heart of the city one bit!

Lakefront home with stunning views on Lake Lemon, Indiana

Where to stay for the 2021 Kentucky Derby
Cynthia's home

Less than two hours from Louisville, this lakefront home has unbeatable views from the living room and expansive deck. Sit by the watch and watch eagles, herons, beavers, and minks, spend an afternoon in a kayak, or soak in the hot tub under the stars. Catchy the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, then spend Sunday a world away in utter relaxation.

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