Guide for First-Time Visitors to Canterbury Park

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How to enjoy your first time at the track

Have you been thinking of coming to Canterbury Park but not sure how it all works?

We’re here to help.

A visit to the track is a fun and exciting experience, and we want you to enjoy all that Canterbury Park has to offer. Below, you’ll find an easy-to-follow guide to make your trip smooth and ensure you have a great time.

Infographic: First Visit to Canterbury Park


Getting to Canterbury Park is easy, and we have directions from whatever area you’re coming from.


The link above will provide you with information about:

• General directions

• Getting here via public transportation

• Shuttle service from area hotels

• Free trolley rides to Mystic Lake during live racing

• Also, parking is ample and always free. Valet service is available, as well.


Race 01 Cowboy Luke 080313 CBY Turn - CopyTickets are available at the main gate, but you can save by ordering your tickets in advance online.

• Admission: $7

• Premium Day: $9

If you have a large group coming or want to reserve a table or special section, we have a number of seating options available beyond general admission.

Find a complete rundown: Live Racing Seats, Packages and Spaces

And remember: Kids 17 and younger always get in free!

Info Booth/MVP Card

Once you’re inside the building, take a moment to visit the Information Booth, where you can get the scoop on the day’s racing lineup, ask questions and sign up for an MVP Rewards Card.

Once you have your MVP Card, use it when wagering to receive bonus offers for play. Your MVP Card will also get you discounts on future visits to the track.

Explore/Food and Drink

Before you settle in for the races, take some time to explore.

Head down to the track, check out our many food and drink options, and visit the paddock before each race to watch the horses.


Follow along with the day’s live racing action by grabbing a program.

Nighttime at Canterbury ParkIn it you’ll get:

• Racing information

• Upcoming events and happenings

• Promotions

• How to bet info

• Features on jockeys and trainers

• Programs cost $3, but you can get a discount if you use your MVP Card.


Before you place your bets, take a moment to look over the program for past performances of the horses, as well as wagering basics.

If it still seems a bit overwhelming, note that we offer one-day Summer School handicapping classes during the live racing season, as well as a comprehensive Canterbury College course twice a year. Check our website for updates on handicapping classes.


Even if you’re wagering as little as 10 cents, the races are more fun with money on the line.

Once you’ve selected the horse (or horses) you like and the type of bet you want to make, you need four things:

• Race number

• Dollar amount

• Type of bet

• Horse number(s)

Also, we give you several ways to place a wager:

• Teller windows

• Self-service stations


Horse in stall at Canterbury Park 2With, you can avoid the lines and place bets right from your phone! Visit the Information Booth to get started.

And if you feel a bit unsure about your bet, our mutuel tellers can help you.


It’s time for the action!

Whether you want to watch on indoors on our numerous monitors or outside at the finish line, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the race.

And listen for track announcer Paul Allen’s call of the race. He’s one of the best in the business and sprinkles in clever phrases about the horses and how they’re running.

Save your betting slip until the final results are announced. Hopefully you’re a winner!

Card Casino

After the races, check out our Card Casino, where we offer both poker and table games.

In poker, we offer both tournaments and cash games. Ask at the poker desk what games are available.

Card casino exteriorCanterbury Park also has the state’s widest variety of table games. If you want to know how they work, we have put together a Basic Training video series to help:

• How to Play Freebet Blackjack

• How to Play Three Card Poker

• How to Play Face Up Pai Gow Poker

• How to Play TriLux and Lucky Lucky

• How to Play Mississippi Stud

• How to Play Criss Cross Poker

• How to Play Baccarat

• How to Play Ultimate Texas Hold’em

The Card Casino is open 24/7.


Visiting Canterbury Park is a fantastic way to enjoy the warm months in Minnesota.

Keep up with our schedule and all the promotions, music and events we have going on by checking out our website.

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of how to navigate the fun and games! Come Play!

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