Visitors Guide

Start With Picking Your Dates.

You can find all of the 2019 Live Racing Dates by downloading the Season Calendar here

Post Times.

1:30 p.m. | Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays

1:00 p.m. | Saturdays, Super Bowl Sunday and holiday Mondays

12:30 p.m. | Opening Day (Jan. 25) and Closing Day (May 4)

Gates open every race day at 11 a.m. with the exception of Closing Day when they open at 10:30 a.m.

Next Up, Make Your Reservation.

If you are looking to plan a trip for the live season, remember general admission is free every day, including Arkansas Derby Day. Seating reservations can be made  by calling 1-800-OAKLAWN, ext. 340 Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning Jan. 25, reservations can be made seven days a week, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Reserved seating is located throughout the Grandstand area and is available by the day or by the season. All reserved seating is now non-smoking throughout the grandstand area. Reserved grandstand seats are $2.50 each on weekdays and $4.50 each on Saturday and Sunday.  *Derby Day limit 8 seats.

If available, box seating goes on sale when the gates open and may be purchased at the Box Seats window on race days only. No advance reservations. To get an application for a season box please call 1-800-OAKLAWN.

Let's Talk Food.

Dining Reservations begin Wednesday, Jan. 16

The Carousel Dining Room offers great views of the track in a casual, fun atmosphere. The Carousel features a stunning collection of authentic antique carousel horses and music boxes and television monitors are on each table to keep you up-to-date with all the latest racing information. Dress is casual. Buffet available daily and menu service Thursday - Sunday with the exception of opening weekend. Reservations recommended.

The Post Parade Restaurant, located on the first floor across from the Winning Colors Gift Shop, offers an array of television monitors, including big screen televisions. Menu items are available every day. Reservations are recommended for Saturdays.

Plan to Bring a Group?

Who says you have to hold a corporate meeting in a board room? Oaklawn is the perfect place to meet with business associates for a day of entertainment. Corporate, civic or fraternal groups of any size can use our facilities for morning business meetings, enjoy lunch, and then top off the day with a full afternoon of racing.


And, who says your motor coach group has to go to the same old "eat-n-get-out" cafeteria? Your group can get one of the finest meals ever to cross their lips at Oaklawn.  Whether you choose the chef's buffet or a set luncheon menu in one of our great restaurants or just choose to nibble your way through our expansive racing facility stopping at dozens of outlets for delicious made to order items, you will be well fed at Oaklawn. Plus you get the thunderous action of the finest in thoroughbred horse racing.

Group Sales reservations can be made by calling 1-800-OAKLAWN ext. 230.

We look forward to seeing you!

  • Please note that all reservations are subject to availability.
  • Daily box seats (upon availability) may be purchased at Oaklawn on day of race only.
  • No refunds or exchanges, please.
  • Seasonal seats and boxes are not refundable for daily interruptions


Parking is free on non-race days.

On race days, parking in our north, south and west lots is only $2 until 4 p.m. when parking is free. There are some private lots nearby, but much pricier than $2 so be sure to get here early. We have handicapped parking in our main lot that is south of the building adjacent to the main gaming entrance.  We also offer a round-the-clock shuttle service. There is no overnight parking for RV’s. 


Oaklawn Racing and Gaming is located 1.2 miles North of the Central Ave./Hwy 270 intersection in Hot Springs, AR.  If you need additional directions please call us at 1-800-OAKLAWN.