Things to Do in Saratoga Springs
For centuries, their has been many fun Things to Do in Saratoga Springs! Some have come to be a part of the excitement of the world renowned Thoroughbred track, others to 'see and be seen.' Still others visit Saratoga to partake of the legendary healing waters, to revel in the county's rich and varied natural beauty, to capture a bit of the past at the area's historical sites and Victorian mansions or, to simply relax and enjoy. We encourage you to visit and experience the legend for yourself. Take a look below to see the great Things to Do in Saratoga Springs.
Saratoga Things to do
One oldest and most charming horse racing tracks in the country, as well as a classic in Saratoga Things to do, a day at the Saratoga Race Course is not to be missed. The meet kicks off in late July and runs through labor day each year. During the meet, the world focuses on Saratoga for its world-class Thoroughbred horse racing including the Travers Stakes, affectionately known as America's "Mid-Summer Derby". Named one of the "top ten sporting venues in the world" in Sports Illustrated Magazine, Saratoga Race Course is an architectural and cultural treasure, when it comes to Saratoga Things to do, this is a must for sure. For more information about Saratoga Race Course, click here.
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, also known as SPAC, is a hot spot during the summer here in Saratoga Springs. Between famous concerts such as Dave Matthews Band, to the New York City Ballet, and festivals such as the Jazz Festival, people from all over travel to SPAC to come see a great show and have a guaranteed great time. For more information on key dates and insider tips about SPAC, click here.
History & Museums
Saratoga is one county full of history. You can visit the site of the Battle of Saratoga, the turning point in the Revolutionary War at Saratoga National Historical Park, or visit the number of museums, including three national museums, here in Saratoga. There are also a number of other historical sites to visit such as the Saratoga Battle Monument, so you are sure to learn something new during your stay here in Saratoga. For more information on each museum and historical site in Saratoga, click here.
From the Carousel in the History Congress Park, to the Saratoga Springs Children's Museum, to horse rides, bike rides, and breakfast at the Track followed by a backstretch tour, Saratoga is a very family friendly place to visit. Everyone in the family from young children to the grandparents are guaranteed to have a great time during your stay here in Saratoga! For more information on family friendly activities to do during your visit, click here.
Saratoga Springs is a very walkable City. Take a stroll through the City to see public art displays or for a tour of the natural springs or a self guided walking tour of the mansions on North Broadway. The Saratoga Spa State Park includes trails for hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing plus public pools, golf courses, and plenty of space to picnic and explore. The City has recently re-established public access to Saratoga Lake for boating, kayaking and canoeing. For more information on what to do outdoors, click here.
If the weather is dreary, or you just would prefer to be indoors, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you entertained and enlightened here in Saratoga County. There are national and regionally significant museums, amusement centers, movie theaters, shopping destinations, bookstores, cafes and and other places for some indoor fun. For more information on which places to check out, click here.
Just because the sun has set, that doesn't mean the fun is over in Saratoga! There is always something to do at night, all year-round. From walking up and down the streets of downtown Saratoga Springs to dancing away at Vapor Night Club, one is sure to have a great time all night long. For more information, click here.
Gold Digest has recognized Saratoga County as one of the best places to play golf and there are good reasons for this recognition. First of all, Saratoga County has fourteen golf courses to choose from, with some of the best golf value in the Northeast. Second, these golf courses are unique with many amenities available for individuals golfers, foursomes and those looking to organize a golf getaway for a small group or fundraising event. For more information on our golf courses and golf packages, click here.
Explore corn mazes, fairs, and farmer's markets during your visit to Saratoga. There are many opportunities to get out on the farm for some good old fashioned fun. Check out our self-guided Saratoga farm tour or help support local farmers while getting fresh food from one of our many farmer's markets. For more information on agriculture in Saratoga, click here.
There is so much to see, do, and learn here in Saratoga. You can enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake George or learn about the Battle of Saratoga. With taking one of our many tours, you are sure to learn something new while having a great time. For a full list and details of all the tours Saratoga County offers, click here.
One of the reasons why Saratoga Springs is famous is for it's naturally occurring mineral springs. The springs are well preserved to this day and are still a popular attraction for tourists. Visitors can also relax by taking a natural mineral spring bath at one of our spas. For more details about our mineral springs/baths, click here.
Saratoga features a wide array of culinary delights, including locally grown foods, farmer's markets, over 100 area restaurants (tied for the most per capita with San Francisco), cooking classes, wine experts and more. Just by taking a stroll down the streets of downtown Saratoga Springs, you will come across some of the greatest restaurants in Saratoga. For more information on culinary tourism, click here.
There is so much to see and learn here in Saratoga County. With the help of our suggested itineraries, we make it easier for you and your family to enjoy the great sights and history our county holds. To learn more about what each itinerary holds, and to download our itineraries/maps, click here.
Hiking and Biking Trails
To enjoy the natural beauty of our region, take a ride on one of our many bike trails through Saratoga Spa State Park or take a hike up Hadley Mountain. There are a numerous amount of hiking and biking trails all over the region. One can get a great work out and enjoy the beautiful scenery of our county at the same time! For more information on hiking and biking trails in the region, click here.
Saratoga Jazz Festival
Every summer here in Saratoga, SPAC holds the Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival with world famous artists and numerous other excellent artists. As one of the most celebrated festivals and the longest-running jazz events in the world, it is a guaranteed great show and time. For more information on this year's festival, click here.
Salons & Spas
Finding time to relax can be very difficult to do, but here in Saratoga we can make that easier for you. There are a numerous amount of salons and spas throughout the region that ensure you that you will get the treatment you deserve and will come out feeling relaxed and refreshed more than ever. For more information on all of our salons and spas, click here.
Saratoga Area Fall Farm Tour
Saratoga is beautiful during all four seasons, including the fall. With this 15 mile tour, you can enjoy the fall foliage and farmlands of the region. This area is not only rich in history, but in agriculture as well. This tour is definitely worth checking out! For more information about the Saratoga Area Fall Farm Tour, click here.
The polo fields here in Saratoga is an essential part to our county's history and summer life. Whitney Field has hosted generations of horses, players, and spectators. Be sure to check out a game of polo either in the clubhouse or set up your own picnic along the sidelines. You will understand why polo is so popular here after enjoying a game yourself! For more information about Saratoga Polo, click here.
Saratoga is a fun and exciting place to be all year-round, not just during the horse-racing season! Saratoga in the spring time has so much to offer and is a beautiful place to come and enjoy time with your family. For a list of things to do here in the spring, click here.
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Saratoga Casino and Raceway, also called the Saratoga Racino, is a sure bet for fun and excitement while visiting Saratoga Springs. With over 1,700 video gaming machines, live harness racing, a night club, dining options and more, it's one of the most popular attractions in Saratoga. For more information about Saratoga Casino and Raceway, click here.