Everything You Need to Do on a Day Trip to Saratoga Springs
Whether you go for the history, the races, or the spa, this day guide to the Saratoga County city will take you from morning to night.
To say that there’s a lot to do in Saratoga Springs would be an understatement. The city has such an abundance of sights and sounds that it is hard to know where to begin. The Saratoga Spa State Park and the Saratoga Automobile Museum lure history lovers, while the spas, wineries, and breweries attract anyone in search of a romantic weekend getaway. Throughout the year, thousands of people flock to the upstate spot to jam outdoors with their favorite artists at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. To top it all off, the Saratoga Race Course is the place to be come late summer. The six weeks of horse racing are almost as exciting as the people watching.
Thinking about a day trip to the scenic upstate destination? Take a peek at our 24-hour guide, then get ready for a leisurely cruise around town.
8:30 a.m. - Power up for the day at Triangle Diner
For such a classy area, Triangle Diner is surprisingly low key. Perhaps that is why locals love it so much. Sip on a classic cup of diner coffee as you decide between sweet and savory. Depending on which way your taste buds lean, you can dive into a massive plate of pancakes or eggs Benedict.
Mon-Sat 6 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
400 Maple Avenue
10 a.m. – Explore the great outdoors at Saratoga Spa State Park
This scenic parkland plays host to a wealth of attractions, including the Saratoga Automobile Museum, the Roosevelt Baths and Spa, and the Saratoga Spa State Park Golf Course. If you have time to spare, start at the museums. The National Museum of Dance is also onsite. Afterward, stroll the grounds, which are designated a National Historic Landmark. With trails galore and picnic areas strewn throughout the area, this is the perfect place to spend a few hours on a sunny day.
Open daily, check the website for specific location hours
19 Roosevelt Drive
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1 p.m. – Get your home-style food fix at Comfort Kitchen
Located a short drive away from the park, Comfort Kitchen has the guilty pleasure dishes of your dreams. Before you do anything else, order the homemade tater tots for yourself. Don’t bother pretending to share these. After that, try the pork belly tacos or buffalo sprouts with hot sauce and zingy blue cheese.
Mon-Sat 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – Dash off to the Saratoga Race Course
Although the horse races don’t begin until late July, the course is fascinating enough to merit a visit year-round. Take advantage of the daily walking tours, which leave every hour from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and pack in more than 150 years of history.
Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
267 Union Avenue
4 p.m. – Promenade your way down Broadway
Running straight though the heart of the city, Broadway is the connecting force for the city. With its charming shops and plentiful coffee hubs, the street resembles many of the European shopping avenues. Spend an hour or two strolling though whichever stores catch your fancy. In honor of the city’s history, make a point to dash into one of the few millinery storefronts that line the sidewalks. Even if you don’t buy a hat yourself, you’ll love seeing the crafty headgear that defines the region come racing season.
5:45 p.m. – Treat your taste buds at Cantina
Spice things up at this fun south of the border restaurant. Colorful Day of the Dead skulls greet you at the doorway, which leads into a lively dining space. You can’t go wrong with any of the tacos or burritos, which come packed with everything from pulled chicken and steak to shrimp and vegetables. No matter what you order, be sure to save room for the dessert. Everyone needs to experience the wonder of the chocolate hazelnut churros.
Mon, Wed, Sun 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Tues, Thurs-Sat 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
7:30 p.m. – Catch a show at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Of all the music venues in New York, Saratoga’s stage is at the top of our list. The outdoor space stuns throughout the year, although it is best experienced on clear, crisp summer nights. Sit under the sheltered roof or throw a blanket on the manicured grass to sing along under the stars.
Visit the website for upcoming shows
108 Avenue of the Pines
10 p.m. – Stay the night at The Adelphi Hotel
One look inside this swanky upstate hotel and you’ll never want to leave. The curated guest rooms embrace upscale comfort without an exorbitant price tag. As a bonus, the site also houses The Blue Hen, a foodie favorite that serves a weekend brunch spread that will rival anything you see on Instagram. Fresh baked goods take center stage as standalone treats and become even more indulgent wehn woven into dishes like croissant French toast with apple compote and bourbon maple syrup.
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