There is so much to do and explore in Saratoga Springs. We’re best known for our historic race track, but our city boasts an impressive array of restaurants, bars, unique shops, museums, parks and performing arts venues. There is so much to do in our small city!

Step out our front door and you are in the middle of downtown Saratoga Springs. Whether you’re off to a fantastic new restaurant, to experience a day of thoroughbred horse racing at the Saratoga Race Course, to take an Adirondack hike in the crisp fall air or to enjoy a summer evening on Saratoga Lake, there is no shortage of things to do in Saratoga Springs.

PLAN YOUR PLEASANT STAY IN THE SPA CITY

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Though our city’s tagline is the “summer place to be,” there is no bad season to visit Saratoga Springs. With abundant packages options and unprecedented access to all the best things to do that Saratoga Springs has to offer, book your Saratoga Arms stay and we’ll take it from there. Our concierge team will help you plan the perfect upstate New York getaway.

PICK YOUR PASSION IN SARATOGA SPRINGS

There are plenty of passions to pursue in Saratoga Springs. We invite you to step outside of your comfort zone and explore new activities while you’re here. You might just find that discovering a new pursuit is an adventure in and of itself! With so much to do and see, we created eight (8) categories to help you narrow your search.

Here is the list of our favorite restaurants (broken down by lunch, dinner and cocktails), the most luxurious spas in the Spa City, the list of local and national museums within the city limits, our most celebrated performing arts venues, a variety of options to enjoy our city’s horse culture, the many ways to enjoy the outdoors in every season, our favorite local shops and our award-winning area golf courses.

TOP RESTAURANTS IN SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga Springs has many exceptional, independently owned restaurants. With cuisine and formality to suit every taste, you’re sure to find many different restaurants to try during your stay. To help you make the best choice, we’ve broken our list into dinner favorites, lunch favorites and great establishments for cocktails.

Couple enjoys romantic dinner

Chianti il Ristorante

1Chianti il Ristorante

Chianti il Ristorante is a fine dining Northern Italian restaurant with an impressive wine list. This modern, metallic atmosphere is popular for date nights.

2Forno Bistro

Forno Bistro is a rustic Italian restaurant with wood walls, iron metal accents and a menu featuring hearty pasta and wood-fired pizza.

Forno Bistro

Boca Bistro

3Boca Bistro

Boca Bistro is a Spanish tapas restaurant that also serves generous portions of paella in a rustic setting.

415 Church

15 Church serves modern American cuisine in your choice of two dining rooms: the elegant inside and the casually elegant patio.

15 Church

Osteria Danny

5Osteria Danny

Osteria Danny is a small, intimate restaurant where you’re sure to make new friends each time you dine. They serve fresh, uncomplicated Italian food with a heavy focus on their nightly specials.

6Prime at Saratoga National

Prime at Saratoga National is a modern American steakhouse in the clubhouse of Saratoga’s most exclusive golf course.

Prime at Saratoga National

Salt & Char

7Salt & Char

Salt & Char is a sophisticated steakhouse in the center of downtown serving 10 cuts of steak from flat iron to a dry aged porterhouse.

8Solevo Kitchen + Social

Solevo Kitchen + Social serves old school, southern Italian cuisine. This is your quintessential downstate red sauce joint with scratch cooking and classic cocktails.

Solevo Kitchen + Social

The Brook Tavern

9The Brook Tavern

The Brook Tavern serves quality tavern food in a comfortable, neighborhood atmosphere.

10R&R Kitchen and Bar

R&R Kitchen and Bar is two restaurants in one building: creative casual bar food on the first floor and a fine dining restaurant on the second floor.

R&R Kitchen and Bar

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Sperry’s is a Saratoga classic in business since 1932. Serving continental American cuisine, this restaurant is a Saratoga institution.

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Wishing Well has been in business since 1936. Their continental American menu is served in four distinct dining rooms with fieldstone fireplaces.

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13{throwback} Pennell’s

Pennell’s is a step back in time. Enjoy a classic American Italian meal or the rumored “best steak in Saratoga.” Pennell’s has been in business for 95 years!

Scallions

1Scallions

Scallions serves fresh gourmet salads, sandwiches and soups with many vegetarian and gluten free options in their bright and airy dining room.

2Druthers

Druthers is a gastropub that brews all of their own beer in house. Their creative pub menu is a local favorite.

Druthers

The Local Pub and Teahouse

3The Local Pub and Teahouse

The Local Pub and Teahouse is an English/Irish pub and teahouse tucked in a residential neighborhood. With a roaring fireplace and lots of warm wood, this is a cozy place for a warm meal.

4Olde Bryan Inn

Olde Bryan Inn serves comfort food in a 1773 stone inn with original fieldstone fireplaces throughout. Small dining rooms create a quiet and intimate dining experience.

Olde Bryan Inn

Cantina

5Cantina

Cantina serves fresh, contemporary Mexican right on Broadway.

6Ravenous

Ravenous is a French-style, sweet and savory creperie that serves New York state beer and wine.

Ravenous

Mrs. London’s

7Mrs. London’s

Mrs. London’s is a classic French bakery that has a wonderful selection of sweet treats in addition to a cold and grilled sandwich, quiche, salad and soup menu.

Hamlet & Ghost

1Hamlet & Ghost

Hamlet & Ghost mixes up craft cocktails in a speakeasy style establishment.

2Saratoga Winery

Saratoga Winery is a short drive outside of the downtown center. This rustic-style winery features wine made with New York grapes and wood-fired pizza Thursday through Sunday.

Saratoga Winery

Wine Bar

3Wine Bar

Wine Bar serves over 50 wines by the glass. There is also an indoor humidor cigar lounge. Their small plates menu is served on the lowel level.

49 Maple

This dark and cozy jazz bar has 40 seats and the largest single malt scotch selection between NYC and Montreal. They also boast a martini list with 250 selections.

9 Maple

Max London’s

5Max London’s

Max London’s has a modern and eclectic bar scene that uses only housemade syrups and fresh squeezed juices in their creative cocktail list.

TOP 4 SPAS AND MASSAGE SERVICES IN SARATOGA SPRINGS NY

They don’t call us the Spa City without good reason. Our city’s slogan is “Health, History, Horses” and to support our visitor’s good health, we have a variety of spas to suite every taste. Pamper yourself!

Couples massage in spa

Complexions

1Complexions

Complexions offers a wide range of services and treatments. The experience includes the use of the relaxation lounge, outdoor garden terrace, organic tea bar and spa amenities.

2Roosevelt Baths & Spa

Established in 1935, the spa opened thanks to President Franklin Roosevelt’s visionary act to preserve the Saratoga Springs. Enjoy a signature mineral bath in Saratoga’s naturally effervescent waters.

Roosevelt Baths & Spa

Spa Cascada

3Spa Cascada

A spa oasis in the center of downtown, Spa Cascada has a calm and tranquil atmosphere. Offering comprehensive spa packages and a small boutique.

4Saratoga Botanicals

This organic, eco-conscious spa uses only products that they make in house in small batches.

Saratoga Botanicals

TOP 7 MUSEUMS YOU SHOULD VISIT IN SARATOGA SPRINGS

The Saratoga region is home to four nationally acclaimed museums and several others with more local interests. Whether you enjoy art, history, dance or cars, you’ll find a museum to peak your curiosity.

TOP 7 MUSEUMS YOU SHOULD VISIT IN SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga Automobile Museum

1Saratoga Automobile Museum

The museum is housed in the restored and renovated Saratoga Bottling Plant, built in 1934, and serves as a celebration of the automobile and it’s past, present and future impact on New York’s social and economic landscape.

2National Museum of Dance

Located in the historic Washington Bathhouse in the Saratoga Spa State Park, the museum honors dance pioneers of all types including choreographers, composers, writers, dancers and patrons.

National Museum of Dance

Hyde Collection in Glens Falls

3Hyde Collection in Glens Falls

This historic house and museum complex has a distinguished art collection housed in five separate galleries. Featuring Old Masters, 19th-century European and American art and modern/contemporary art.

4NYS Military Museum

Housed in an 1889 armory, this museum houses over 10,000 artifacts from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm.

NYS Military Museum

National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame

5National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame

A diverse collection of art, artifacts, and memorabilia that seeks to document the social, economic, political and cultural history of thoroughbred racing in America from the 18th century to the present.

6Saratoga Springs History Museum

A collection of antiques and artifacts that chronicle the history of Saratoga Springs. The museum is located in the Canfield Casino, a National Historic Landmark.

Saratoga Springs History Museum

Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum

7Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum

The Tang’s goal is to awaken the community to the richness and diversity of the human experience through the medium of art.

PERFORMING ARTS – TOP 7 VENUES & THEATERS IN SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga Springs has a rich history in the performing arts. We’re the summer home of both the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra. We have venues that feature everything from rock concerts to world premiere plays and intimate chamber music.

TOP 7 VENUES & THEATERS IN SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)

1Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)

Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC),an open-air amphitheater located inside the beautiful Saratoga State Park presents performances of classical music, jazz, pop and rock, country, comedy, dance, and opera. They also partner with Live Nation to bring in offerings of popular music and rock concerts.

2Universal Preservation Hall (UPH)

Universal Preservation Hall (UPH) is an arts and community events venue. Housed in a former high victorian gothic architecture church built in 1871 It is currently being repaired, restored and refitted as a performance hall and a rental venue.

Universal Preservation Hall (UPH)

Caffè Lena

3Caffè Lena

Caffè Lena on Phila Street is the oldest continuous coffee house in America. It was opened in 1960 by Lena and Bob Spencer as a venue to showcase and foster folk music. Music legends the likes of Bob Dylan and Don McClean have performed more than once at this unique venue. It remains vibrant to this day.

4Opera Saratoga

Opera Saratoga had its beginnings in the Lake George area in the early 1960’s. As audiences grew, they eventually found their way to The Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga State Park. The intimate nature of that venue was ideal for their performances and the name was changed to Opera Saratoga. Initially, the operas were performed in English to attract a younger audience. The Opera rotates three operas throughout the summer season, now, often in the original language.

Opera Saratoga

Homemade Theater

5Homemade Theater

Homemade Theater is a volunteer theater group bringing opportunities in all aspects of theater production to our community. They produce four shows each season from October to May. It is housed to the Spa Little Theater nestled in the Saratoga State Park. Homemade Theater also works with area restaurants for entertaining dinner theater options.

6Saratoga Arts Center

Saratoga Arts Center is located at 320 Broadway. Our area has a vibrant and active arts community and the Arts Center is committed to making it available to all. They foster art education programs and professional development. They support local galleries and artists. They sponsor the extremely popular First Night program annually bringing thousands to town to ring in the New Year.

Saratoga Arts Center

Putnam Place

7Putnam Place

Putnam Place features live music with local, regional and national acts and DJ’s . Putnam Place also is a premiere dance club. There is a raised stage, a state of the art light and sound system with the regions largest video wall.

TOP OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN SARATOGA SPRINGS

There is plenty to see and explore outdoors in all of Saratoga’s seasons! We have an extensive trail system for hiking and biking, a gorgeous lake for swimming and boating and close proximity to many ski and snowboard mountains.

TOP OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga Spa State Park

1Saratoga Spa State Park

This National Historic Landmark houses 13 mineral springs. It was made into a state reservation in 1909 to prohibit the pumping of the mineral waters. The bath houses, drink hall and other ancillary structures were built in the 1930s. The state park has the only active spouting geysers east of the Mississippi River.

2Hiking Trails

Get away and get outside! Join us at Saratoga Arms this season and explore the great outdoors on one of our favorite nearby hiking trails. From easy to difficult, there is something for every activity level and preference. For a complete guide to hiking in the Saratoga Springs area, refer to our in-house hiking guide.

Hiking Trails

Congress Park

3Congress Park

This 32-acre park is right in the center of our small city. It’s home to three mineral springs, the Saratoga Springs History Museum inside the historic Canfield Casino, Italian gardens with spouting fountains and a working reproduction Victorian carousel.

4Adirondack Cruise & Charter

AC&C operates on nearby Saratoga Lake. They have two boats in their fleet – a 22’ pontoon boat and our favorite, a 50’ replica of a 1900 fantail launch, the General Schuyler. Be sure to catch one of their sunset cruises.

Adirondack Cruise & Charter

Kayak Shak

5Kayak Shak

Kayak Shak located on Fish Creek, just off Saratoga Lake, the Kayak Shak offers kayaks and SUP rentals. They also hold popular SUP yoga classes and have multiple hammocks scattered around the property for rest and relaxation.

6Alpine Sport Shop

Leave your gear at home and rent downhill or cross-country skis or snowshoes from this winter sport shop. There are two modest downhill mountains less than 25 miles from Saratoga Springs. If you want to venture a bit further, Gore Mountain is just under 60 miles away. Take your cross-country skis or snowshoes into the state park and following any of the well-marked hiking paths.

Alpine Sport Shop

Bike Trails

7Bike Trails

There are many varied biking trails and routes in and around Saratoga Springs. Our favorites include the Zim Smith Trail, starting in our neighboring town, Ballston Spa. This 9-mile trail is a local favorite. Another excellent option is the ride to and through the Saratoga Battlefield Park. Including the ride out and back, this 27 mile ride features amazing views of neighboring Washington County, the inside of the Saratoga National Historical Park and on the return, picturesque Saratoga Lake.

8North Country Heli-Flite

Offering private scenic tours over Lake George and the Adirondack and Green Mountains. The bubble windshield on the helicopter offers sweeping views.

North Country Heli-Flite

Adirondack Balloon Flights

9Adirondack Balloon Flights

Flying April through October, enjoy unobstructed 360 degree views of the Adirondack in either private or small-group flights.

Horses in saratoga springs

Saratoga Springs is known for its summer thoroughbred racing season, where the top horses race at the the most historic race course in the United States. It is no wonder that Sports Illustrated named the Saratoga Race Course on of the top 50 sporting venues in the world. There is nothing like it! But Saratoga also a year round horse town. From harness racing, competitive Hunter and Jumper Horse Shows, to polo and personal riding stables, Saratoga Springs has something for every type of horse enthusiast.

Horses in saratoga springs

Saratoga Race Course

1Saratoga Race Course

Opened in 1863, the Saratoga Race Course has come to be known as the Graveyard of Champions. Many a Triple Crown winner has lost at Saratoga. The original racing meet lasted only 4 days but the current race meet is 40 days, with no racing on Tuesday.

2Saratoga Casino and Raceway

Housed beside the Saratoga Casino, the harness racetrack races from March – December.

Saratoga Casino and Raceway

Fasig-Tipton Sales

3Fasig-Tipton Sales

North America’s oldest thoroughbred auction company hosts three sales a year in Saratoga Springs at a grand pavilion on East Avenue. Saratoga’s yearling sales is one of the premier horse sales in the world.

4Saratoga Polo

Established in 1898, the polo season runs from early July through Labor Day. Patrons are invited to stomp the divots during half time and witness the Subre a Champagne, the ceremonial opening of a bottle of Veuve Cliquot with a sword, just before the trophy presentation.

Saratoga Polo

Bennett’s Riding Stables

5Bennett’s Riding Stables

Offering guided trail rides through the Adirondacks, this horseback riding facility offers a variety of Western trail style rides for riders of all skill levels.

6Skidmore Classic Horse Show

This annual equestrian hunter/jumper show attracts competitors from all over North America. It’s held at the Skidmore Thoroughbred’s equestrian complex.

Skidmore Classic Horse Show

SHOPPING IN SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga Springs has no shortage of unique shops to find clothing, books, gifts, toys, food items and more! Many of our favorite shops are right on Broadway, just steps from our downtown hotel.

SHOPPING IN SARATOGA SPRINGS

Northshire Bookstore

1Northshire Bookstore

A family-owned, independent bookstore with an extensive children’s collection, a full calendar of author events and community reading groups. Be sure to check out the staff book selections and unique gifts!

2Lyrical Ballad

Saratoga’s underground secret features eight rooms and over 100,000 volumes. This book store is housed in a former bank with a bank vault doors unveiling each additional room. This store is a must for book lovers and historic adventure seekers.

Lyrical Ballad

Lifestyles of Saratoga / Caroline & Main

3Lifestyles of Saratoga / Caroline & Main

This pair of clothing boutiques are Saratoga icons known for their collections of timeless apparel with a fresh, urban sensibility. They’re neighbors on Broadway, on either side of Caroline Street.

Saratoga Arms favorite tip: They have trained stylists who will pick out the perfect outfit for you.

4Saratoga Saddlery

Just across the street from our hotel, Saratoga Saddlery is an equestrian lifestyle boutique. They now carry countless fashion and gift lines from around the world, offering European fashion clothing for men and women. They are known for their unique Italian leather and fur coats, and are the largest dealer of Western boots in the Northeast.

Saratoga Arms favorite tip: They carry equestrian boots for children as well as adults.

Saratoga Saddlery

Saratoga Trunk

5Saratoga Trunk

This elegant woman’s clothing boutique sells dresses of all styles and for all occasions with accessories and hats to match. With an impressive line of high-end designers, there is plenty to choose from at Saratoga Trunk.

Saratoga Arms favorite tip: Natalie will find that perfect hat for you. Tell her we sent you!

6DeJonghe Original Jewelry

In business since 1982, this gallery and working studio features stunning custom jewelry. Designed by a father and son team of jewelers, 90% of the inventory in the store is made on premises.

Saratoga Arms favorite tip: They offer a line of uniquely Saratoga Jewelry

DeJonghe Original Jewelry

Silverado Jewelry Gallery

7Silverado Jewelry Gallery

Specializing in handmade original works, this gallery features the work of over 40 artists.

8Saratoga Olive Oil Company

Located across the street from Saratoga Arms, Saratoga Olive Oil’s goal is to provide the freshest and healthiest olive oil in the world. They have over 60 flavors of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and exotic sea salts to sample before buying your favorites.

Saratoga Olive Oil Company

The Savory Pantry

9The Savory Pantry

A gourmet grocery store featuring hand-selected, small batch specialty foods.

10Saratoga Tea & Honey

This retail shop has a tea and honey tasting bar and an impressive line of organic and fine tea and herbal infusions, tea accessories, local raw honey and pottery.

Saratoga Arms favorite tip: The honey tasting room is incredible.

Saratoga Tea & Honey

Impressions of Saratoga/The Dark Horse Mercantile

11Impressions of Saratoga/The Dark Horse Mercantile

Impressions boasts the largest collection of Saratoga themed sportswear, memorabilia, and souvenirs. They have a vast array of locally made food products, gifts, jewelry, and a large collection of horse themed items. Dark Horse pays homage to Saratoga Racecourse’s reputation and tradition of Triple Crown winners and legendary thoroughbreds losing to underdogs, which earned it the nickname “Graveyard of Champions”.

12Embrace the Race

This brand celebrates the horse racing experience with a subtle, unique logo. This shop sells a variety of apparel, home goods and drinkware. These items make wonderful gifts for the Saratoga and horse racing enthusiast on your list.

Embrace the Race

Pangea

13Pangea

Unique gifts and home items with a wonderful greeting card selection. This store is tucked into the Saratoga Marketplace, a small indoor shopping center with 14 individual shops.

14PaperDolls of Saratoga

PaperDolls of Saratoga Fine stationary and unique gifts. PaperDolls is home to the TOGA HERITAGE pop-up shop, a lifestyle company that celebrates Saratoga Springs.

PaperDolls of Saratoga

Crafter’s Gallery

15Crafter’s Gallery

A downtown staple for 25 years, Crafters Gallery offers jewelry and artwork crafted by local artisans, as well as a wide array of gifts and home furnishings. They also specialize in high-quality framing of art, as well as collectibles, bouquets, and more. Filled with a range of items for every taste and budget, it’s a local favorite.

16Silverwood

Home décor, furnishings and accessories with classic Americana sensibility and a touch of equestrian chic.

Silverwood

G. Willikers

17G. Willikers

A classic toy and games store with nostalgic charm. Their “Elves”, as they call their employees, pride themselves in having in-depth knowledge of all their offerings and providing personalized attention to help customers find just the right toy or gift.

Saratoga Arms favorite tip: This is a Grandmother’s paradise! And they gift wrap for free.

GOLF COURSES IN SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga Springs is home to many award-winning golf courses that are suited for beginners and experts alike.

GOLF COURSES IN SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga National

1Saratoga National

Saratoga National located just 5 miles from downtown Saratoga Springs offers 18 holes of award-winning championship golf. The grounds with breathtaking views, were designed by Roger Rulewich, and are meticulously maintained inviting all levels of golfers.

2Saratoga Spa Golf Course

Saratoga Spa Golf Course is part of the NY State Parks Department. Rated 4 stars by Golf Digest’s best places to play. It is a 27-hole championship course nestled in the beauty of the Saratoga State Park. There is also a par 3 9-hole course nearby plus a grass driving range.

Saratoga Spa Golf Course

McGregor Links Country Club

3McGregor Links Country Club

McGregor Links Country Club is a semi-private club located just minutes north of downtown. It features 3 sets of tees for different levels of skill yet challenges even the most experienced duffer. Open to the public every day but Tuesday and Thursday.

4Hiland Park Country Club

Hiland Park Country Club in Queensbury just 25 minutes north of Saratoga Springs. Hiland Park offers one of the most challenging golf courses in the area plus an award-winning clubhouse. Located in the foothills of the Adirondacks and the views are spectacular.

Hiland Park Country Club

Saratoga Lake Golf Club

5Saratoga Lake Golf Club

Saratoga Lake Golf Club is just 10 minutes from downtown overlooking Saratoga Lake. It features a Par 72 course, a driving range and a practice course.

Conclusion

Have we peaked your interest in Saratoga Springs? Saratoga Springs is full of wonderful things to do. When you plan your Saratoga Arms getaway, we’ll help you craft your perfect itinerary.

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Stay in Saratoga Springs NY

We hope you got a taste of the many ways to enjoy a visit to Saratoga Springs. We hope you’ll join us for a vacation and experience the many things to do our small city offers! Here’s to health, history and horses! We’ll see you at Saratoga Arms.