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Things to Do in Saratoga Springs
Located in buzzing downtown Saratoga Springs, our Saratoga hotel is an ideal home base for a day spent discovering all the amazing things to do in Saratoga Springs. Whether you're looking to shop around, grab dinner and drinks, enjoy the city's arts and music scene, or learn about its deep connection with horse racing, opportunities to get out and explore abound.
1. Saratoga Farmers Market
Enjoy some fresh air and browse the colorful and often fragrant stands of fresh produce, flowers, and crafts from local vendors from May until October. The farmers market moves indoors from November through April.
2. Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Set in a 2,400-acre park preserve, SPAC offers the chance to see a wide range of performing arts. From the New York City Ballet to The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Philadelphia Orchestra to the Saratoga Wine and Food Festival and a variety of concerts put on by Live Nation, a performance at SPAC is not to be missed.
3. Adirondack Balloon Flights
Unique among things to do in Saratoga Springs, embark on a hot air balloon ride for the experience of a lifetime. Take in views of the Adirondacks, Vermont's Green Mountains, and more.
4. Saratoga Race Course
It's no secret that Saratoga has a rich and longstanding history of horse racing, and the Saratoga Race Course has been hosting races since 1863. An iconic gathering place during the summer race season, experience its blend of elegance, history, charm, and family fun.
5. Visit a Museum
When looking to delve deep into the city's history, Saratoga offers up a variety of ways to do so. For those interested in the arts, you won't be disappointed with a tour of the National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame. More interested in racing? Check out the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. And of course, there is no shortage of art museums in town, including The Hyde Collection and The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery.
6. Enjoy the Water
Kayaking, tubing, swimming, boating, and ice fishing, oh my! However you enjoy getting out on the water, there's a way to do that in Saratoga, every season of the year. Saratoga Lake offers up a large variety of fish, and Saratoga Spa State Park is the place to be for a variety of recreational activities.
7. Relax with a Glass
Looking for a fun night out? The Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio is a fun activity whether you're out on the town with friends or you're looking for something special for date night before heading to before dinner. If art isn't your thing, we recommend taking a trip to the Saratoga Winery for a wine tasting or Trivia Night (with a glass of vino, of course!).
8. Take a Tour
Taste your way through Saratoga! Embark on a Saratoga Springs Food Tour and enjoy tasty food items from various local vendors while learning about the city's food, architectural and cultural history.
9. Hit the Trails
Whether you're looking to enjoy a casual morning stroll with a cup of joe from Kru Coffee or you're prepared to embark on a grueling day-long hike, Saratoga offers up a variety of nature trails and hiking paths to suit the needs of every type of outdoor enthusiast. For a full day adventure, head north to Hadley Mountain. Just under 2 miles to the summit, the views of Great Sacandaga Lake and the Adirondacks are truly hard to beat. Don't forget to check out the fire tower! Another favorite, Prospect Mountain, is a 2,030-foot climb but fear not --you'll be rewarded with some of the best panoramic vistas of the Adirondacks (if the hike is a bit daunting, you're able to drive on the Veterans Memorial Highway to reach the top!).
10. Yaddo Gardens Tour
With such a rich art and music community, it's only fitting that Saratoga would provide a personal retreat and studio space for artists from all over the world. Although the artists and studios have their own private part of the estate, the Yaddo Gardens are open to the public for tours year-round. The gardens are located on two separate terraces and include both a rose garden, inspired by both the Italian and French Renaissance, as well as the woodland rock garden.