72 Hours in Saratoga Springs during Racing Season

Your Racing Season Itinerary, Simplified

The best time of year is upon us – horse racing season! For 8 weeks, beginning July 15th, this season is sure to bring excitement, and here at our downtown Saratoga’s award-winning hotel, we couldn’t be more ready! That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to craft the perfect itinerary so that you’re able to get the most out of your stay in historic Saratoga Springs, New York.

The grand porch of Saratoga Arms lit up on a summer evening, a welcoming sight in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs


Day 1: Settle-In to Saratoga Springs

Get acquainted with our unique and memorable upstate New York town!

  • Check in at Saratoga Arms, your home away from home in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs. Let us help you to your room and recommend local activities!
  • Enjoy drinks and a small plate on our grand Saratoga Porch, the perfect afternoon people-watching perch.

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  • Performing arts is back for 2021!  Attend a concert or classical performance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center for a taste of our local arts scene.
  • End the evening with a walk down Broadway, our main street, listen to many varieties of live music, or satisfy your sweet tooth with an ice cream or gelato.
A day at the Saratoga Race Course during your 72 hours in Saratoga Springs, NY

Day 2: A Day at the Track

Rise and shine – you won’t want to miss any of the action happening at the races!

  • Wake up early, grab a cup of coffee, and walk 15 minutes or drive just 5 minutes to the Saratoga Race Course to watch the morning horse workouts in the Clubhouse boxes. It’s free and such a treat to watch. (Waiting for 2021 COVID guidance regarding viewing morning workouts.)
  • Head back before 10 a.m. so you don’t miss our farm-to-table Saratoga Arms breakfast and relax for a bit before the big event.
  • Get yourself dressed up for the occasion! Put on your best summer hat, seersucker suit, or pastel colored polo shirt and take in a day’s racing at the tracks. (Post time is at 1 p.m. every Wednesday-Monday.)
  • Head back to Saratoga Arms after the races and join the other guests on the porch of our beautiful downtown inn to celebrate your day’s winnings!
  • Conclude your day with a delicious dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants within walking distance of Saratoga Arms.
Couple dining in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY


Day 3: Explore, Relax & Indulge

Spend your final full day celebrating your health, Saratoga’s history, or even more horses!

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  • If one day wasn’t enough, spend your afternoon back at the Saratoga Race Course. Either dress up for Clubhouse admission or wear more casual attire and stake out a picnic table in the Paddock area for a couple hours. We even did a goofy video about the seating options here.
  • Return to Saratoga Arms for a refreshing break to unwind and then grab dinner at one of the best restaurants in Saratoga Springs.
Relax on the porch of Saratoga Arms during your summer stay in Saratoga Springs


Day 4: Until Next Time

We hate to see you go, but make the most of your final hours here before you check out!

  • Enjoy your final morning in the Saratoga Arms dining room for one last delectable made-to-order breakfast.
  • Tour the many shops along Broadway, before heading home.

Make sure to visit us again next racing season!

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