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7 a.m. A Galloping Breakfast
Head out for the track on Union Avenue, and get your fill of eggs on the clubhouse porch, while watching the horses go through their morning workouts right there in front of you. À la carte breakfast is served every race day from 7 to 9:30 a.m. (If it's not racing season, or you just prefer to hang with the locals, give Compton's Restaurant a go at 457 Broadway; 518-584-9632.)
9:30 a.m. The Good Life—Back in the Day
With so many splendid homes dating from the 1800's and early 1900's, Saratoga offers a compressed course in American architectural history. Grab the ''Walking Tour of Saratoga's East Side'' brochure at the Visitor Center (297 Broadway; 518-587-3241) and just follow the map, beginning at Circular Street and going up Union Avenue, to view the graceful porches, sweeping roof lines and grand windows of Saratoga's many architectural styles. Or, you can take a walk up North Broadway to see how the other half lived.
If walking is your thing, but maybe not architecture, go out to the edge of town and check out the Saratoga Spa State Park. Walk the stately Avenue of the Pines, or head into the shady trails through the woods and alongside the streams.
2-a) Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery
On the Skidmore College campus, Tang Museum offers approximately twelve exhibitions each year. Free admission. Open Tues-Sun 12-5pm.
3) Caffe Lena
The oldest continuously operating folk music venue in the United States. Dylan played here in 1961.
4) Saratoga Clay Arts
Features the work of local, regional, national and international clay artists. Classes and workshops are available for adults and kids.
5) Saratoga Shakespeare Company
Enjoy the bard summer evenings out in Congress Park. This year it’s “A Midsummer’s Night’s dream and “The Winter’s Tale.”
6) Beekman Street Arts District
A thriving arts and business community tucked away on the edge of the city. It offers an interesting mix of small specialty shops, artist studios, restaurants and pubs.
7) Spring Street Gallery.
Spring Street Gallery is an award-winning not-for-profit art and performance space . Artists and exhibits raise funds and awareness for local and worldwide causes.
8) Home Made Theater, Inc.
Saratoga's Resident Theater Company--HMT produces a four show season, between October and May. HMT also offers acting classes for children, teens, and adults.