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  • Writer's pictureAmy Leggett

Your Guide of Things To Do In Saratoga Springs This Summer!

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Welcome Sign at the End of Union Ave

There is a palpable change in the energy in Saratoga Springs as summer approaches. When I see the outside seating areas of restaurants on Broadway reappear, I know consistent warmer weather is coming and the horse racing season is just around the corner! This will be my fourth summer living in Saratoga Springs and I am so excited. The vibe in the city becomes electric as people from all around the world fill the area to enjoy and explore the place that I now call home. It is especially exciting this summer as the famous Belmont Stakes horse race, the third jewel in the Triple Crown series, is being run at the Saratoga Race Course while renovations are taking place at the Belmont track.

If you are visiting Saratoga Springs this summer for the Belmont Stakes, Saratoga horse racing, or any other reason, take a look at all of the fun things there are to do while you are here! There is so much to do in and around Saratoga Springs in the summer, so start planning your getaway so you can be one of those lucky tourists having the time of your life in upstate New York.

Active Things To Do In Saratoga Springs:

  • Hike or walk the trails in Saratoga Spa State Park. Saratoga Spa State Park is a beautiful spot just a short distance from downtown Broadway. There are beautiful trails (varying in difficulty), gorgeous historic buildings, and many other hidden gems to check out in this crown jewel of Saratoga. Read my blog about the Saratoga Spa State Park to find out all there is to see and do within the Park.

  • Do a self-guided walking tour of all the historic springs. Saratoga is home to several carbonated mineral springs. It is a long held belief that the mineral water flowing from these springs possess healing powers. As word spread of the magical healing powers of the "waters", Saratoga became known as the "Queen of the Spas" and is still called the "Spa City" today. In the mid to late 1800's and the early 1900's, the rich and famous flowed to the city to get "healed" and Saratoga became a place to see and be seen by the rich and famous. Walking up and down Broadway today it still feels a little like that! Click here for a map that will take you past all 17 springs in the city. Don't forget to bring a cup or water bottle so you can try a sip at each spring as each one has its own distinct flavor and chemical make up. Some are very refreshing...others not so much, but just remember they all have magical healing powers!

  • Take a road trip up to Lake George and hike in the Adirondacks. Lake George is a beautiful lake about 20 to 25 minutes drive from Saratoga. You can explore the town on Lake George (including the beautiful Sagamore Hotel right on the water) before taking one of several hikes in the surrounding Adirondack region. Check out All Trails to discover the different hikes in the area.

Fun Things To Do In Saratoga Springs

  • Shopping on Broadway (and surrounding area). There are so many unique shops and boutiques in downtown Saratoga Springs you will probably want to schedule at least a half a day for this. Saratoga is filled with locally owned clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, home decor shops and gift stores to find that unique souvenir or gift to bring home. Make sure to venture off of Broadway to explore the shops on the side streets as well. Some of my favorites are Silverado Jewelry Gallery (and check out my blog about them here), Lifestyles of Saratoga, Caroline & Main, Silverwood Home and Gallery, Northshire Book Store, Saratoga Olive Oil, and one of Saratoga's newest stores The Local Branch (read my blog about this great new shop here). And these are just the tip of the shopping iceberg! There is so much to see...and buy! And don't worry, there are also a ton of restaurants and food vendors along Broadway to grab a bite and a drink to re-energize.

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Iconic Adirondack Trust Clock on Broadway
  • Saratoga Farmer's Market in High Rock Park. From May-October, the Saratoga's Farmer's Market is held in High Rock Park (just two blocks off Broadway) on Saturday mornings from 9 am to 1 pm and Wednesday afternoons from 3 pm to 6 pm. There are a variety of vendors selling local products. You can find organic fruits and vegetables, meats, baked goods and other food items, hand made crafts and beautiful flower bouquets. Live music entertains you as you browse and you can grab a snack from the food stands. I love to walk the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings and stock up for the coming week. It is a great way to kick off my weekend.

  • Chill in Congress Park. Right on Broadway is the Historic Congress Park. It is a peaceful place with a pond, fountains, a couple of Saratoga's natural springs and a historic carousel for the kiddos! There are also plenty of picnic tables and park benches scattered throughout the park to have a picnic or just sit and relax and watch the world go by. Read my blog about all there is to do and see in the park here.

  • Watch the racehorses train at the Oklahoma Race Track. During horse racing season (which runs eight weeks from July 13 through Labor Day in 2023), you can find the thoroughbred horses training every morning at the Oklahoma Race Track. The Oklahoma Track is across the street from the Saratoga Race Track. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7-10, the public is welcome to sit trackside and watch the horses and jockeys up close getting ready for race day. You can bring your own chairs or you can climb the Whitney viewing tower to get a bird's eye view of the horses training around the track.

Pamper Yourself in Saratoga Springs

  • Drop in to a yoga class at Yoga Mandali. If you are looking for some zen on your getaway to Saratoga Springs, you should drop in and take a yoga class at Yoga Mandali. I am a regular attendee at Yoga Mandali and highly recommend any of their classes. They offer all types of yoga classes including Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Kripalu and Sutra. They also have regular sound healing classes if that is your cup of tea. I have attended some sound healing classes and they are so relaxing! Check out their schedule here to see what class works best with your schedule. Price per class is $20, but they also offer 5 and 10 class bundles which result in a discounted price per class. Namasté.

Yoga Mandali studio  in Saratoga Springs
Sunny morning in the Yoga Mandali studio
  • Get a spa treatment at the historic Roosevelt Spas and Baths. The Roosevelt Spas and Baths was established in 1935 thanks to President Roosevelt's visionary act to preserve the mineral springs in Saratoga Springs. The beautiful building stands in the middle of the Saratoga Spa State Park and still provides guests with treatments designed to improve health and wellness. Guests can expect an authentic hydrotherapy spa experience using the naturally effervescent mineral water drawn from Saratoga's springs. Roosevelt Spa offers a wide selection of different natural wellness treatments including mineral soaks, facials, massages and body treatments.

Roosevelt Baths & Spas in Saratoga Springs
Historic Roosevelt Baths & Spas building in Saratoga Spa State Park
  • Pamper your tootsies after all the exploring you will be doing at the Adirondack Foot Sanctuary. This spa focuses just on your feet and provides an amazing experience that will refresh your feet after a day at the track and get you ready for a night on the town. Read my blog about the special experience you can get at the Adirondack Foot Sanctuary.

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Adirondack Foot Sanctuary Entrance on Phila Street
  • Make your face glow with a relaxing facial at Kate O'Grady Skincare. My daughters gave me a gift certificate to this spa for Mother's Day and I just went in for a rejuvenating facial that left my skin glowing! I will be doing an upcoming blog on this great spot, but wanted to include it on my list of relaxing things to do on your visit to Saratoga. Check out the webside here.

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Kate O'Grady Skincare on Spring Street

Entertaining Things To Do In Saratoga Springs

  • Experience live horse racing at the historic Saratoga Race Track. Named one of the world's greatest sporting venue by Sports Illustrated, there is nothing like spending an afternoon at the Saratoga Race Track. Every summer from mid-July through Labor Day, Saratoga Springs is the place to be! The track is open Wednesday through Sunday (with quiet days on Monday and Tuesday). Races usually start around 1, but the gates open at 11 for people to come in and secure a picnic table or spot on the grass. Reserved seats in the grandstands are available for an additional cost. In addition to the races, there are vendors selling fancy hats to sport at railing, artwork and souvenirs. There are multiple food trucks and restaurants as well as various bars to grab a drink. One thing that is great about the Saratoga Race Track is that you can also pack your own cooler with food and drinks for your party in the paddock! Another unique thing to experience is the parade of race horses and jockeys that occurs before every race. They walk right through the crowd on their way to the race track. Big race days are scheduled for August 5, 2023 (Whitney Day) and August 26, 2023 (Runhappy Travers Day), so these days will be more crowded then usual, but the experience is also more electric. No matter what race day it is, you will have a great time betting, cheering the horses and watching the people. This is a MUST DO when in Saratoga Springs during track season.

This year (and in 2025) horse racing fans coming to Saratoga get to experience a unique, historic event. The Belmont Stakes will be held at the Historic Saratoga Race Course while Belmont Park is being renovated. This year a Triple Crown is not on the line (darn you, Seize the Grey), but it will still be an amazing experience. Maybe next year Saratoga fans will get to see an elusive Triple Crown winner.

Saratoga Race Track fancy hats trackside.
Fancy hats a must when visiting the Saratoga Race Track.

  • Go to a concert or performance at SPAC (Saratoga Performing Art Center). Inside of Saratoga State Park, is the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. SPAC is an outdoor amphitheater that hosts various shows and concerts during the warmer months. In addition to concerts, you can also see performance by the New York City Ballet, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The biggest events of the summer are usually the Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival (a two day music festival on June 24-25) and the two nights of Dave Matthews Band (July 14-15). It is rumored that SPAC is one of Dave Matthew's favorite places to play. Check out the calendar of SPAC events here to see if there is a show or performance you would like to schedule a trip around. You can buy reserved seats or just grab a lawn ticket and bring your own chairs (or you can rent them) in order to experience the show with a bunch of new friends.

Sunset over SPAC
Enjoying a beautiful sunset while listening to Dave Matthews Band at SPAC.
  • Check out one of the many museums in Saratoga. Even though Saratoga is a small town, there are many museums crammed into the small vicinity. Take your pick of several within walking distance of downtown: the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (see my recent blog here), the Saratoga Automobile Museum (in Spa State Park), Saratoga Springs History Museum (in the historic Canfield Casino building in Congress Park), or the New York State Military Museum and Veteran's Research Center (right off Broadway). If you have a car, you can take a short drive to Stillwater to check out the Saratoga Battlefield. It was at this spot, in 1777, the Battle of Saratoga was fought and the American troops defeated the British troops marking the turning point in the American Revolution. The Battlefield is a 10 mile loop with several stops along the way. You can drive, or if you have access to bikes, you can bike the loop (but there are some fairly steep sections). The Battlefield is the largest of 4 parts of the Saratoga National Historical Park with the other three being Philip Schuyler's house, the Saratoga Monument and Victory Woods. Find out more about these locations here.

Canfield Casino-Saratoga History Museum
Museum of the Historical Society of Saratoga Springs housed in the Canfield Casino in Congress Park.
  • Join in the nightlife in downtown Saratoga. You can always find a good time in downtown Saratoga, especially on Caroline Street where bars line the street. But Saratoga in the summertime? It's a whole different experience. Every night the restaurants and bars are crowded and live music spills out into the street as you walk around looking for a place with your vibe. At any other time of the year, mostly young people frequent the Caroline Street establishments, but during track season it's a free for all. You will find all ages enjoying drinks and live music all around downtown. Here are my favorite summertime haunts:

    • Spa City Tavern: This is a four story building with different music on each floor. The first floor generally has a live band. Spa City Tavern has a rooftop with amazing views of the city so be sure to check that out as well!

    • Dangos Saratoga: I must admit this is one of my favorite spots during the summer and I am especially excited to check it out this summer as a new owner is spending some bucks to renovate and upgrade!). Dangos is an outdoor area with live bands. My favorite band that plays at Dangos regularly is the Refrigerators. They play all kinds of cover songs that get the crowd going. If you like to dance, this is your place! It does get packed and hot under the tent where the band plays so wear some cooler clothing if you check out this spot!

    • Lucy's Bar: If you follow me, you know this is one of my favorite year round spots. The cocktails are amazing and the seasonal decor is insta-worthy. It is a great starting spot to grab a quick cocktail before heading out for the night. Stop here for a yummy drink and a perfect vacation photo!

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Me Enjoying a Delicious Cocktail at Lucy's
  • Cantina: If you need to eat before heading out, Cantina has delicious food and great margaritas in all kinds of flavors. I am a personal ambassador for their Coconut Margarita rimmed with sugar! It is the perfect summer drink and I encourage any one who is with me to order it. I don't think I have had a disappointed taker yet! Before dinner make sure to head up to the rooftop to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air and a bird's eye view of Broadway. Head's up, they don't serve food on the rooftop, only drinks.

Hopefully these suggestions can get you started planning your Saratoga Springs getaway. If you need even more information, visit my blog at for additional tips. I have blogs about new restaurants in town, the inside "scoop" on the best ice cream in town, the best places to grab a cocktail and more! Use my site as your ultimate resource on all things Saratoga! Sign up for the email list to keep up to date on what's happening in this charming little town. See ya here!


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