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Saratoga Springs

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Saratoga Springs is located just south of the Adirondacks in upstate New York. Long a vacation destination for New Yorkers, Saratoga Springs is a pleasant town filled with swanky shops, spas and horse racing. A key battle in the Revolutionary War happened nearby. Saratoga Springs is home to Skidmore College and Empire State College (SUNY).

Understand[edit]

Saratoga is most known for its great horse racing track (oldest on the country) and harness racing track. Victorian visitors came to take the waters at springs. The spring waters are located at different pavilions around the city and surrounds. They vary tremendously in flavor from a light mineral water to frosty and hard. The city of Saratoga Springs is a major tourist destination during its summer horse racing season. Yaddo, the famous writers retreat is located near the "flat track" on Union avenue. If you call ahead, you may be able to tour.

Get in[edit]

Map of Saratoga Springs

By plane[edit]

Albany International Airport (IATA: ALB) in Albany.

By car[edit]

Saratoga Springs is just off Interstate 87 about 45min north of Albany and 4 hours from New York City and 3.5h south of the Canadian border. Enjoy this tree lined drive along I-87, also called the Adirondack Northway.

By train[edit]

Amtrak serves the city two daily trains in each direction, both trains have their southern terminus in New York City. The Adirondack runs between NYC and Montreal while Ethan Allen Express originates in Rutland, Vermont. 1 Saratoga Springs Station is located at 26 Station Lane, about a mile west downtown. Local buses are timed to arrive and depart in conjunction with trains.

For a more leisurely experience, Saratoga and North Creek Railroad runs heritage trains between Saratoga Springs to the Adironack village of North Creek, with flag stops at seven other intermediate stations. Service is offered daily from Thursday through Monday during summer in historic dome cars. The morning train is timed to coordinate with Amtrak service. A great way to see the Adirondacks without driving.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound, in conjunction with other bus carriers, offers service to Saratoga from both the north and south. Buses that originate in New York City, Albany, and Montreal stop here several times a day.
  • Megabus has a service from New York City and Burlington. The bus stop is located at the Saratoga Raceway Casino, near the Nelson Avenue entrance and CDTA bus stop. Fares from $1 and up.

Get around[edit]

The downtown walking area is centered on Broadway, but you will need to use public transport or a car to reach the world famous Saratoga Race Track, Saratoga Racino, Natural Museum of Dance, Roosevelt Spa, Saratoga SPA State Parkor SPAC. However, there is a lot to see and do in the downtown area of Saratoga Springs.

Visitor center[edit]

  • Saratoga Springs Urban Cultural Park Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Phone: +1 518 587-3241. Daily 9AM-4PM (Closed Su Dec-Mar).

See[edit]

Do[edit]

  • Saratoga Lake Located 4 miles southeast of Saratoga Springs. This 8 1/2 mile long lake has a public boat launch at the north end, as well as several private marinas. Popular activities include bass fishing, sailing, boating, water skiing, and ice fishing.
  • Adirondack Balloon Flights, +1 518 793-6342. Located 4 exits north of Saratoga, exit 19 on I-87. This once and a lifetime experience is not to be missed. Enjoy the gorgeous views of the Adirondack Region and the Green Mountains of Vermont from high in the sky with some of the most experienced ballooning crews.

Horse Racing[edit]

The time to come to Saratoga is during the Thoroughbred season, which is five or so weeks in July, August and September. The premier race here is the Travers, but every day in the season thousands flock from around New York and points behind to the see the ponies. That said, if you find yourself in town during other times of the year, check out some of the smaller tracks. Indoor gambling places are available for those who have a gambling urge during the winter months.

Golf[edit]

Walking[edit]

Aside from walking on park trails, one really fun thing to do in good weather is to simply walk up and down Broadway in Downtown. There are lots of beautiful 19th- and early 20th-century buildings lining the street.

Learn[edit]

  • Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, +1 518 580-5000, [1]. Offering bachelors and/or graduate degrees in over 30 areas of study, as well as the "University Without Walls" degree completion program.
  • Empire State College, 111 West Avenue, +1 518 587-2100 ext. 2297, [2].
  • Adirondack Community College, 6 Mountain Ledge Drive, Gansevoort 12831, +1 518 584-3959, [3].

Buy[edit]

Saratoga isn't Manhattan, but it does have plenty of boutiques and shops that cater to that particular crowd. No matter what your style is, Saratoga Springs is full of chic boutiques, trendy antique stores and a wide variety of eclectic shops to satisfy any style. Start on Broadway and find local crafts, haute fashion and other merchandise for that platinum card.


  • Lifestyles 436 Broadway, +1 518 584-4665. Open Daily. V/MC/AE accepted. This specialty boutique located downtown is known for elegant fine fashions and accessories. Designers include Eileen Fisher, Singrid Olsenand, and Michael Stars.
  • deJonghe Original Jewelry, 470 Broadway, +1 518 587-6422. This Gallery/Workshop is where designer and goldsmith Dennis deJonghe creates his one of a kind jewelry out of fine gems and precious metals. It features his equestrian collection, as well as sample wedding bands and other original designs.
  • Celtic Treasures 456 Broadway +1 518 583-9452. Open Daily. This Irish gift shop has only the best from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Pottery, china, jewelry, music, books, posters and prints, sweaters and caps are all available at this charming establishment.
  • Crafters Gallery, 427 Broadway, +1 518 583-2435. Open Daily, shipping available. A large selection of Saratoga related paintings and prints, as well as thoroughbred photos. This local favorite is a great place for gifts.
  • Saratoga Farmers Market High Rock Park. +1 518 893-2669 Open Wed 3-6PM, Sat 9AM-1PM. This open air market is home to a variety of homemade goods, crafts, and foods. The market is a must and has been serving the locals for over 25 years.
  • Sweetheart’s Dolls, 368 Broadway, +1 518 584-6362. V/M accepted. This "shop with a heart" has 24 lines of dolls to choose from. Play dolls as well as porcelain and vinyl collectibles are available in a variety of price ranges.
  • Rockabella's Boutique, 441B Broadway, +1 518 581-8386. Find the hottest fashions for women and teens. Find trend driven clothing perfect for your style. Designs by Ed Hardy, Sky, Sweetees, Blue Cult, David Kahn, Unyx, Steve Madden and more.
  • Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, +1 518-682-4200. 10AM-7PM Su-Th, 10AM-9PM Fr-Sa. A family-owned, independent bookstore committed to the future of the book

Eat[edit]

Saratoga has some of the best dining in upstate New York. Chefs from New York City have emigrated northward to ensure that there's food for every palette. Most of the finest restaurants can be found on or near Broadway. Keep in mind that some places aren't open outside of the tourist season.

There's also plenty of choice for those less discriminating taste buds or smaller budgets. Pub grub, American specials and small diners abound. And if you're hungry at 2AM, be sure to ask a local where you can get a doughboy. They're great.

Drink[edit]

Saratoga has no lack of choices if what you desire is a hop-or-two. Fine Irish Pubs to trendy ultra-light-serving watering holes abound. If wine is what makes you feel fine, you will. Mare, 43 Phila, Doc's and, of course, The Wine Bar will be more than happy to help you. Even if they have to run across town to get exactly what you want, literally!

The wineries from New York's Fingerlakes region have been maturing very well and can be found on most lists. The pages of more established varieties from California, Australia, France and Italy sometimes make your head spin before you sip. If you get the chance attend one of the many wine tastings. They are available both for the novice and the Guru of the Grape.

  • Caffè Lena, 47 Phila Street, +1 518 583-0022. This place introduced a young Bob Dylan to the world. Claims to be America's oldest continuously operating folk coffeehouse.
  • Tin 'n' Lint, 2 Caroline Street, +1 518 587-5897. A 1930s era saloon.
  • The Parting Glass, 40 Lake Ave, +1 518 583-1916. This local favorite had tons to offer, live music and great food add to the appeal of this one of a kind bar.
  • Trotters, 45 Caroline Street, +1 518 266-8818. A great place to watch football on Sundays, or start out your night. Inexpensive and the best specials in town.
  • The Merry Monk, 84 Henry Street, +1 518 584-6555. M-F 11:30A-10P, Sa 11A-10:30P, Su 11:30A-9P. Classic bistro decor makes this a great spot for cocktails or dinner.

Sleep[edit]

Saratoga Springs has a number of different accommodation options ranging from budget chain motels to quaint (and often historic) bed and breakfasts.

  • Inn At Saratoga, 231 Broadway, +1 518 583-1890

Connect[edit]

Saratoga Springs is in the 518 area code. The ZIP code is 12866.

Cope[edit]

Publications[edit]

  • The Saratogian, [4], Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County's daily newspaper
  • Saratoga Living, [5], quarterly magazine; also covers nearby Warren and Washington Counties
  • Glens Falls Post-Star, [6]
  • Albany Times-Union, [7]

Religious services[edit]

  • St. Clement's Church, [8], +1 518 584-6122
  • Church of Saint Peter, [9], +1 518 584-2375


Stay safe[edit]

Saratoga Springs is relatively safe for a city its size. However, the bars along Caroline Street can get a bit rowdy late in the week and on weekends.

Hospitals[edit]

Go next[edit]

Routes through Saratoga Springs
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