Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

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Nestled into its own neighborhood on the cusp of the 7th Ward and Esplanade Ridge, the New Orleans Fair Grounds isn’t just a place for betting on the ponies. The Fair Grounds offers up an almost demented variety of activities, from after dark “starlight” racing events, to “exotic” animal racing, which swaps horses for the likes of ostriches. The best day to visit the track, weirdly enough, is Thanksgiving, when New Orleanians get dressed up to the nines and come out in droves to see and be seen. Don’t even think of arriving without your sharpest look.

Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, New Orleans

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

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Nestled into its own neighborhood on the cusp of the 7th Ward and Esplanade Ridge, the New Orleans Fair Grounds isn’t just a place for betting on the ponies. The Fair Grounds offers up an almost demented variety of activities, from after dark “starlight” racing events, to “exotic” animal racing, which swaps horses for the likes of ostriches. The best day to visit the track, weirdly enough, is Thanksgiving, when New Orleanians get dressed up to the nines and come out in droves to see and be seen. Don’t even think of arriving without your sharpest look.