Step out our front door and you are in the middle of downtown Saratoga Springs where you’ll discover restaurants, boutiques, bookstores, spas and museums. There we suggest some of the top things to do in Saratoga Springs NY – each idea offering a unique experience.
Whether you’re off to the see Saratoga Springs horse racing, taking in the New York City Ballet or Philadelphia Orchestra in the summer, hiking or skiing in the Adirondacks. Let us assist you with your planning. Celebrating a special occasion, anniversary, birthday, romance or just a weekend away? Our friendly local concierge team will work with you to create that special memory. Let us help you begin planning your unique experience.
Saratoga Springs Restaurants
Saratoga Springs has many exceptional, independently owned restaurants offering cuisine styles for every taste. Owners and staff at our luxury hotel in Saratoga Springs frequent the restaurants we recommend and monitor the quality and service.
A quick half block from Saratoga Arms, located in a beautifully restored historic building serving an imaginative menu mixing the classic and exotic in an elegant but comfortable dining room. Reservations recommended. 518-587-1515
A DZ Restaurant. Boca Bistro’s small plate tapas menu features Spanish influences with inventive touches. Only 3 blocks from Saratoga Arms, enjoy lunch, dinner or the tapas bar in distinctly Spanish décor. Reservations recommended. 518-682-2800
At 18 Division Street, has inspired and award winning authentic Italian fare. Festive atmosphere, great service. Reservations recommended. 518-580-0025
Located 2 blocks from our classic Saratoga Springs Hotel, Fish offers some of the freshest ocean caught items, an inspired raw bar and many “no gills” options. Reservations are accepted. 518-539-3474
Just up the street from Saratoga Arms at 541 Broadway, serves authentic light Italian fare and wood-fired pizzas. Perfect for lunch or a casual dinner. Reservations are accepted. 518-581-2401
Located within a walk at 26 Henry Street, is an Italian American restaurant featuring chef, Danny Petrosino. The menu highlights fresh and uncomplicated Italian food. With an evolving and changing menu, the range of options seem endless. Reservations recommended 518-423-7022
A short drive passed the Saratoga Racecourse, this steak house is one of the best in the area. Prime offers a wide range of different meat cuts, in addition to fresh fishes and a stellar vegetarian menu. Something for most everyone. Reservations recommended 518-583-4653
A lunchtime favorite, but also good for a light dinner, has an innovative menu, ranging from soup to full dinners. They also have a dedicated vegan menu. A short walk to 44 Lake Avenue 518- 584-0192
At 30 1/2 Caroline Street, offers a varied menu, but is well known for their crab cakes and grilled seafood. Walk into the charm of a 1930’s atmosphere with great dining in Saratoga Springs. Reservations accepted 518-584-9618
Massage and Facial services
Take your getaway to the next level and indulge yourself with a massage or spa treatment at one of these top day spas. We also offer vacation packages with gift certificates to our favorite Saratoga Springs spas for the ultimate pampering experience.
Complexions Spa for Beauty & Wellness located at 268 Broadway, a quick 6 blocks from Saratoga Arms, offers traditional Salon and Spa services using all natural organic products. 518-306-5502
Spa Cascada is located just steps from Saratoga Arms at 487 Broadway. Spa Cascada day spa is tropically inspired. 518-583-4850
The Roosevelt Baths located in the Saratoga State Park, was established in 1935 to preserve the mineral springs of Saratoga. Travelers from all over the world have flocked to this spa to partake of the healing properties in the natural spring waters. In addition to the mineral baths, The Roosevelt offers massages, facials and other spa treatments. 518-226-4790
The Saratoga region is home to four nationally acclaimed museums and several of local interest.
Located on Union Avenue directly across from the Saratoga Race Course, the museum is committed to perpetuating the story of thoroughbred racing, its heritage, the thrill of the track and its glories. Special exhibits and educational programs are scheduled throughout the year. Even if you know little about horse racing, the museum is interesting. Guests at our Saratoga Springs hotel love the film and the mechanical horse! Open year round. Call 518-584-0400 for hours and schedule of events.
61 Lake Avenue Saratoga Springs. Houses New York State’s vast collection of 10,000 military artifacts some dating to before the American Revolution, along with an impressive collection of 1800 historic battle flags. 518-583-0184
(Walworth Memorial Museum)
Both of these museums are housed inside Canfield Casino (The Casino building itself is worth the trip) located within Historic Congress Park in the heart of the city. Filled with historical photos, memorabilia, exhibits and Victorian displays, this is a must when taking a stroll through Congress Park. 518-584-6920
The Museum of Dance features wonderful exhibits devoted exclusively to professional American dance-from ballet to Broadway, modern to jazz, ethnic to tap. With Saratoga as the summer home of the New York City Ballet, a strong emphasis on ballet dancers and choreographers is prevalent. Fred Astaire’s steps are painted on the floor. Put on your dancing shoes at one of our favorite Saratoga Springs museums! Call for hours of operation and special exhibits. 518-584-2225
Located on the campus of Skidmore College it is one of the first interdisciplinary museums of its kind, where exhibits present art together with history and science along with other subjects. 518-580-8080
This park is comprised of three sites. The largest is the “turning point of the Revolutionary War”, the Saratoga Battlefield, and is located on the Hudson River about fourteen miles east of the City of Saratoga Springs. The Visitor Center is open year round and provides a good overview of that October in 1777. Eight miles north are the Schuyler House in Schuylerville and the 155 foot tall Saratoga Monument commemorating General Burgoyne’s surrender to General Gates in the town of Victory. 518-664-9821 ext. 224.
Located in a renovated bottling plant in the Saratoga Spa State Park, the Saratoga Automobile Museum is a state-of-the-art museum celebrating the automobile heritage of New York State, featuring educational exhibits, interactive displays and changing exhibits. 518-587-1935
The Hyde Collection was founded by Charlotte Pruyn Hyde in 1952 as an art museum for the greater Glens Falls region (approximately twenty miles north of Saratoga Springs). Today the museum is comprised of her collection of European Old Master and American works of art and European antiques. Featuring such artists as Botticelli, da Vinci, Tintoretto, El Greco, Rembrandt, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, van Gogh and Picasso. All this rare art displayed in Mrs. Hyde’s home as if she were ready to sit down to dinner. A gem! Open year round. Call for hours. 518-792-1761.
Named the best outdoor music venue in the U.S. by The USA Today, SPAC the perfect spot to spend an artistic evening.
Each summer, SPAC hosts the New York City Ballet, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Saratoga and the Freihofer Jazz Festival, offering familiar and contemporary classical performances.
In addition to classical performances, SPAC presents several national recognized musical guests. They range from rock, country to folk and alternative musicians. Each summer is filled with many well-known artists and tours.
UPH is a restored 1871 church that is now a year round venue for Performing Arts Education and Entertainment. It is a community centered building contributing to the arts with lectures, performances and gallery events 25 Washington Street 518 584 2627
47 Phila Street is widely considered the oldest operating folk music coffee house in the country. Three blocks from Saratoga Arms, Caffé Lena has been an artistic home to the likes of Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and more. 518 584 3456
Exploring the Great Outdoors
Saratoga Springs offers so many trails, walking paths, and mountains to explore. Below are some of our favorites for skills ranging from beginner to avid hiker. Also, be sure to check out our Hikes around Saratoga Springs blog post series.
Parks and Walking Trails
(19 Roosevelt Drive): Located less than 2 miles from Saratoga Arms, Saratoga Spa State Park is a nearly 2,400 acre historic park with a variety of activities. The park is known for its mineral springs, bath houses, and performing arts venues, including Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and Opera Saratoga. Other activities in the park include walking trails, the National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Automobile Museum, public swimming pools, and more.
(E Congress Street): Just a five minute walk down Broadway from Saratoga Arms is Congress Park. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, it is a small picturesque park with a duck pond, a few of Saratoga’s famous springs, statues and fountains, a carousel, and the Canfield Casino. It is a designated National Historic Landmark.
Geyser Creek Trail is located about 2 ½ miles from Saratoga Arms within Saratoga Spa State Park. It is an easy walk of around an hour that takes you past a number of the natural springs Saratoga is known for, as well as the only spouting geysers east of the Mississippi River.
The trailhead for Bog Meadow Trail & Meadowbrook Preserve about 2 miles from Saratoga Arms, 300 yards past the intersection of Lake and Weibel Avenues. The easy two mile path travels along an abandoned railroad line through part of the 174 acre preserve full of wetlands and relaxing woods.
(648 NY-32, Stillwater, NY 12170): Located in the town of Stillwater, Saratoga National Historical Park is about a 20 minute drive from the Inn. The park preserves the sites of the Battles of Saratoga, known as the turning point of the American Revolutionary War. Run by the National Park Service, the park consists of three parts, including the battlefield grounds, Saratoga Monument, and the General Phillip Schuyler House.
The trailhead for Spring Run Trail is located just one mile from Saratoga Arms near the intersection of East and Excelsior Avenues. It is a handicapped accessible pedestrian and bicycle loop path that follows a Victorian era railroad bed which used to carry tourists between downtown Saratoga Springs and Saratoga Lake.
Hiking the Adirondack Mountains
Hadley Mountain is a 45 minute drive from Saratoga Arms. It is a moderate hike of around 2 1/2 miles. It’s best known feature is the historic firetower on the summit, which allows for open 360 degree panoramic views.
The trailhead to Sleeping Beauty is located a 50 minute drive from Saratoga Arms. It is a moderately easy hike to the summit, which looks out over the Lake George Wild Forest and the Adirondack Mountains. The return hike presents an opportunity to loop back past two remote ponds.
Buck Mountain’s trailhead is around a 40 minute drive north. It is a moderately difficult hike to a rocky summit with some of the best views in the area. It looks out over Lake George, including the speckled islands of the Narrows and Bolton Landing, and on clear days one can see the distant High Peaks of New York.
The trailhead to Prospect Mountain is a half hour drive from Saratoga Arms. It is a steep hike of 3-4 miles to a summit which offers 100 mile panoramic views. If you prefer, there is also a road to the summit with scenic overlooks along the way.
Crane Mountain is a one hour drive from the Inn. It’s a short, but steep, loop hike that goes to a rocky summit with expansive views and returns past a wilderness pond. There are a couple large wooden ladders near the summit that help to avoid short rocky scrambles.