Don’t rain on our parade! There’s no reason a bit of bad weather should ruin your trip to Saratoga. In fact, some of our favorite indoor activities in Saratoga Springs are ideal for a rainy day. With winter just around the corner, you might also find this list of indoor activities useful when the temperature drops.
From wine tastings and museums to live gigs and galleries, these are the weather-proof activities in Saratoga Springs that everyone can enjoy year-round.
Top indoor activities in Saratoga Springs for kids and families
Our downtown area is full of locally-owned small businesses and boutiques — perfect for rainy day browsing! Simply pack an umbrella and take a stroll down Broadway to explore some of the best shopping in Saratoga Springs.
While shopping, be sure to pop into Northshire Bookstore. This family-owned, independent bookstore carries an extensive collection for children. It also hosts live author events year-round. If you’re an equestrian enthusiast, head across the street to Saratoga Saddlery. The shop is known for its high-quality Italian leather and Western-style boots. They even have a section of equestrian boots just for kiddos!
Located in neighboring Schuylerville NY, the Saratoga Clay Arts Center is rainy day fun for all ages. Visit the gallery or book a class to make your own ceramics and clay pottery.
Enjoy Saratoga history, culture, and art indoors
Looking for the best way to spend a rainy day in Saratoga Springs? Why not wander around one of the city’s many museums and galleries? Many of the best museums in Saratoga Springs are just a short drive away from our Saratoga Arms hotel.
We could spend hours exploring the Saratoga Springs History Museum. Located in the historic Canfield Casino building in nearby Congress Park, this museum chronicles the history of Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County through its beautiful collection of antiques and artifacts.
Another favorite of ours is the Hyde Collection in Glen Falls NY, only a 20-minute drive from our downtown hotel. The Hyde Collection features five separate galleries. Included are works by Old Masters, 19th-century European and American art, as well as contemporary art.
Finally, the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery are located within the nearby Skidmore College campus. Visit the Tang on a rainy day to experience the richness of diversity through thought-provoking art and educational programming.
Indoor dining and entertainment in downtown Saratoga
What better way to while away a rainy day than a long, lazy lunch? There are plenty of bars and restaurants in Saratoga Springs with cozy indoor seating to shelter you from the elements.
In fact, we’d gladly spend a dreary afternoon enjoying the warm, lively atmosphere inside Druthers. This popular gastropub brews all their craft beers in-house. On a rainy evening, one of our favorite places to be is the Saratoga Winery. Just a short drive from downtown, their inviting, rustic-style tasting room serves handcrafted wine and wood-fired pizza, with live music on some nights.
Speaking of live music venues in Saratoga Springs, the most iconic is Caffè Lena. The oldest continuous coffee house in America has attracted performances by the likes of Bob Dylan and Don McClean. These days, the venue remains a vibrant, welcoming spot for a rainy afternoon or evening.
Have we convinced you? There’s no reason not to enjoy these indoor activities in Saratoga Springs, even on a cold or rainy day. Book your next visit to Saratoga Springs today.