TOP THINGS TO DO IN SARATOGA SPRINGS
PLAN YOUR PLEASANT STAY IN THE SPA CITY
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.
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Stay in Saratoga Springs NY
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.
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!
Complexions offers the finest selection of salon and spa therapies using pure and natural ingredients for optimal wellness benefits. The experience includes use of the relaxation lounge, sauna and steam room, outdoor garden terrace overlooking historic Congress Park, organic tea bar, as well as locker room amenities.
- 268 Broadway (6 block walk from Saratoga Arms)
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. Located within the idyllic 2,200 acre Saratoga Spa State Park.
- 800-452-7275 ext. 4
- 39 Roosevelt Drive (short drive from Saratoga Arms)
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.
The museum is housed in the restored and renovated Saratoga Bottling Plant, built in 1934, and serves as a celebration of the automobile and its past, present and future impact on New York’s social and economic landscape. Located within the Saratoga Spa State Park in the former Vichy Water bottling plant.
- 110 Avenue of the Pines (short drive from Saratoga Arms)
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.
- 161 Warren Street in Glens Falls (20 minute drive from Saratoga Arms)
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.
- 191 Union Avenue (about 1 mile walk from Saratoga Arms. Easy to do in nice weather)
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.
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.
- 108 Avenue of the Pines (10 minute drive from Saratoga Arms)
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. Grand Opening February 29, 2020!
- 25 Washington Street (walking distance from Saratoga Arms)
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.
- 47 Phila Street (walking distance from Saratoga Arms)
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.
- 19 Roosevelt Drive (short drive from Saratoga Arms)
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.
- 19 Roosevelt Drive (short drive from Saratoga Arms)
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.
- 320 Broadway (walking distance from Saratoga Arms)
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.
- 63 Putnam Street (walking distance from Saratoga Arms)
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.
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.
- 19 Roosevelt Drive (short drive from Saratoga Arms)
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.
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.
- 32 Spring Street (4 block walk from Saratoga Arms)
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.
- Saratoga Lake Marina, 549 Union Avenue (12 minute drive from Saratoga Arms)
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.
- 251 Staffords Bridge Road (12 minute drive from Saratoga Arms)
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.
- 399 Clinton Street (4 minute drive from Saratoga Arms)
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.
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.
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 (mid July through Labor Day), with no racing on Mondays and Tuesdays. See our extensive Racing Season Guide for additional info.
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. And you don’t need to be a buyer to watch the sales. It is a fun and exciting few nights during August to watch a horse that hasn’t raced sell for over a million dollars!
- 415 East Avenue (5 minute drive from Saratoga Arms)
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.
- 2 Bloomfield Road (10 minute drive from Saratoga Arms)
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, all within walking distance.
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.
- 436 Broadway
Caroline & Main:
- 438 Broadway
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.
- 506 Broadway
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!
- 493 Broadway
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
- 470 Broadway
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.
- 484 Broadway
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”.
- 368 Broadway
- 445 Broadway
PaperDolls of Saratoga Fine stationary and unique gifts. Known for their fine paper products and unique gifts, PaperDolls also specializes in custom designs and printing of all kinds. Located inside the Saratoga marketplace, you are sure to find anything your stationery heart desires.
- 454 Broadway
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.
- 427 Broadway
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.
- 461 Broadway
GOLF COURSES IN SARATOGA SPRINGS
Saratoga Springs is home to many award-winning golf courses that are suited for beginners and experts alike.
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.
- 458 Union Avenue (10 minute drive from Saratoga Arms)
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.
- 60 Roosevelt Drive (short drive from Saratoga Arms)
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.
- 359 Northern Pines Road (10 minute drive from Saratoga Arms)
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.
- 195 Haviland Road in Queensbury (25 minute drive from Saratoga Arms)
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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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 things our small city offers! Here’s to health, history and horses! We’ll see you at Saratoga Arms.