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Saratoga Springs

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Saratoga Springs

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Saratoga Springs [11] 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 Revolution War happened nearby. Saratoga Springs is home to Skidmore College.

Get in

By plane

Albany International Airport (IATA: ALB) [12] in Albany.

By car

Saratoga Springs is just off Interstate 87 about 45 minutes north of Albany and 4 hours from New York City and 3 1/2 hours south of the Canadian border. Enjoy this tree lined drive along Interstate 87, also called the Adirondack Northway.

By train

Amtrak [13] has a station on the aptly named Station Lane about a mile from downtown. Service between New York City and Montreal.

Saratoga and North Creek Railroad[14] is a new (July 2011) railroad with service from the Saratoga Springs Amtrak station to the Adironack village of North Creek, with flag stops at seven other intermediate stations. Service is offered three times a day Thursday through Monday 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

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.

TheLuxBus[15], is an affordable, high-end transportation option that stops in Saratoga Springs and serves Plattsburgh and Montreal, Quebec to the north and Albany, New Paltz and Manhattan, New York to the south. Current schedule offers four trips a day on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Frequency increases during holidays, semester breaks and Spring/Summer/Autumn. Reservations are required, 1.646.895.0219.

Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)[16] operates local busses in the Albany NY area. Several routes operate to and within Saratoga Springs, including a Saratoga Visitors Trolley.

Get around

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 [17], Saratoga Racino [18], Natural Museum of Dance [19], Roosevelt Spa [20], Saratoga SPA State Park [21]or SPAC [22]. There is so much to see and do in the downtown area of Saratoga Springs. Enjoy culture and history in the diverse city of Saratoga Springs New York [23]!

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


  • Saratoga Spa State Park, Interstate 87 to exit 13N. Take Route 9 north for 3 miles to park, Phone: +1 518 584-2535, [24]. Year round. Dubbed "The Public's Resort", this park has mineral baths, eighteen hole and nine hole golf courses[25], free hardtop and clay tennis courts, and several pool areas with showers, locker rooms, rest rooms and food concessions. Hiking (and cross country/snowshoe) trails and picnic areas complete with grills are available as well. The park encompasses and protects the mineral springs in use at least as far back as the 14th century. This "Queen of Spas" was a 19th century vacation retreat for the rich and famous.
  • Saratoga Springs History Museum, Canfield Casino Bldg, Congress Park, Phone: +1 518 584-6920, [26]. Summer 10AM-4PM. Other seasons W-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 1PM-4PM. Housed an an 1870 casino. Adults $5, ages 12-17 $3.
  • The Children's Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline Street, Phone: +1 518 584-5540, Fax: +1 518 584-6059, [27]. Summer: 9:30AM-4:30PM. Winter Hours (Labor Day through June): Tu-Sa 9:30AM-4:30PM, Su noon-4:30PM. $5, under age 1 free.
  • New York State Military Museum, 61 Lake Avenue, Phone: +1 518 226-0991, [28]. Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 1PM-4PM. Free will donation.
  • Yaddo Gardens, Route 9P, Phone: +1 518 584-0746, [29]. Artist community on four hundred acre site.
  • National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Phone: +1 518 584-2225, [30]. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM. Adults $6.50, Students and seniors $5, under 12 $3.
  • National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame, Phone: +1 518 584-0400, Union and Ludlow Sts.,[31]. M-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 12PM-4PM (Closed M,Tu in Jan. and Feb.). Adults $7, Seniors, students $5, under 6 free. A place to experience the history of one of Saratoga's most popular attractions, thoroughbred racing. Something for everyone with interactive exhibits, rare memorabilia, and equine art.
  • Roosevelt Mineral Baths, 37-39 Roosevelt Drive, Phone: +1 518 226-4790. [32] Daily 9AM-7PM.
  • Saratoga Automobile Museum, 110 Avenue of the Pines, Phone: +1 518 587-1935.
  • Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, 815 North Broadway, Phone: +1 518 580-8080, [33]. Tu-Th 10AM-5PM; F 10AM-7PM; Sa,Su 12PM-5PM.


  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Phone: +1 518 584-9330, [34]. Summer home of the New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra.
  • 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 Located 4 exits north of Saratoga, exit 19 on I-87 +1 518 793-6342[35]. 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

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.

  • Saratoga Race Course, 267 Union Avenue, Phone: +1 518 584-6200, [36]. Horse racing from late July to early September.
  • Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, Nelson Avenue, +1 518 584-2110, [37]. Harness racing and video gaming.
  • Oklahoma Training Track


  • Saratoga Spa Golf Course, 60 Roosevelt Drive, Phone: +1 518 584-2008, [38]. Towering pines surround this 7,100 yard course.
  • Saratoga Lake Golf Club, 35 Grace Moore Road, Phone: +1 518 581-6616, [39]. Eighteen holes with lots of up/down.
  • Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Avenue, Phone: +1 518 583-4653, ext. 615, [40]. Named 2005 "Golf Course of the Year" by National Golf Course Owners Association. Named "One of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses 2005-2006" by Golf Digest.
  •[41], For more information on the sport of golf, its history, and courses near to you. Enjoy golfing in Saratoga County.


  • Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, 518-580-5000, [42]. 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, 518-587-2100 ext. 2297, [43].
  • Adirondack Community College, 6 Mountain Ledge Drive, Gansevoort 12831, 518-584-3959, [44].


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. [45]. 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, [46] 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,[47]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,[48]. 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.


Saratoga has some of the best dining in upstate New York. Chéfs 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.

  • Wheatfields Restaurant and Bar, 440 Broadway, Phone: +1 518 587-0534, [49]. Pasta, Steak and more.
  • Lillian's Restaurant, 408 Broadway, Phone: +1 518 587-7766, [50]. Warm rustic steak and seafood place right on the strip. Private parties and banquets upstairs in Diamond Jim's.
  • Compton's, 457 Broadway, Phone: +1 518 584-9632. Early morning! Opens when the bars close.
  • Putnam Market, 435 Broadway, Phone: +1 518 587-3663, [51]. Specialty food store and deli. Missing home? Look here for a taste.
  • One Caroline Street Bistro, 1 Caroline St., Phone: +1 518 587-2026, [52]. Jazz with dinner, reservations or wait required but worth it.
  • Gaffney's Restaurant, 16 Caroline Street, Phone: +1 518 587-7359, [53]. Great courtyard dining during track season, indoor and pub dining available. A Must!
  • Saratoga City Tavern, 21 Caroline Street, Phone: +1 518 581-3230, [54]. Pub Fare.
  • Esperanto, 4 Caroline Street, Phone: +1 518 587-4236. Pizza and a doughboy and your ready for anything. Take them out for a stroll. Originally at 6 1/2 Caroline, the restaurant moved its location in August 2009 to provide an expanded dining area.
  • 43 Phila Bistro, 43 Phila Street, Phone: +1 518 584-2720, [55]. Premiere dining and wine list.
  • Sushi Thai Garden, 44 Phila Street, Phone: +1 518 580-0900. Looking for something lighter? This is it.
  • Docs Steakhouse, 63 Putnam Street, Phone: +1 518 581-7011, [56]. If you sing "eat steak, eat steak... eat a big ole' steer", go here.
  • Mare Ristorante, 17 Maple Avenue, Phone: +1 518 583-6955, [57]. Trendy Italian restaurant, amazing lounge, seafood pasta and vino. Per morire per!
  • Mexican Connection, 41 Nelson Avenue, Phone: +1 518 584-4466, [58]. Viva De Mexico, best mex going! Away from downtown but near the track.
  • Chez Sophie Bistro, 534 Broadway, Phone +1 518 583-3538, [59]. Upscale French bistro located at The Saratoga.
  • The Olde Bryan Inn, 123 Maple Avenue, Phone +1 518 587-2990, [60]. 18th century inn.
  • Hattie's Restaurant, 45 Phila Street, Phone +1 518 584-4790, [61]. "Hattie" may have long since passed, but her Cajun tastes are still reflected on the menu, which includes her signature fired chicken.
  • PJ's BAR-B-Q, South Broadway (US Route 9), Phone +1 518 583-3455, [62]. Barbecue chicken and ribs; includes two 20-foot barbecue pits out in the back. Located about one mile from the Northway, open between April and September.
  • Ravenous 21 Phila Street, +1 518 581-0560, [63]. A unique menu featuring savory and sweet crepes for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.
  • Four Seasons Natural Food Store & Cafe, 33 Phila Street, +1 518 584-4670,[64] Cafe Open Daily 11:30a-8:00p. This Vegetarian spot has a variety of soups, salads, and hot en trees. While you are there, check out the retail store which offers a selection of natural foods,teas,supplements, and personal care and organic produce.
  • Bruno's Restaurant , 237 Union Ave, +1 518 583-3333, [65]. Check out the famous wood fired pizza and homemade soups.
  • Longfellows Hotel, Restaurant & Conference Center, 500 Union Avenue +1 518 587-0108, [66]. Perfect location for weddings, businesses meetings or private gatherings. Enjoy this Saratoga Springs resort located near race track, fine dining and boutique shopping.
  • D'Andreas Pizza, 33 Caroline Street, 518-584-3632, [1]. Su-We 11a-11p, Th 11AM-2AM, Fr-Sa 11AM-4AM.
  • Tiznow Restaurant, 84 Henry Street, 518-226-0655, [2]. Classic bistro decor makes this a great spot for cocktails or dinner. Ask for a corner banquette table to enjoy a cozy meal for two and listen to the funky world beat soundtrack.
  • Uncommon Grounds, 402 Broadway, 518-581-0656. Serves coffee, bagels, bagel sandwiches, and much more. A local favorite.
  • Golden Corral Buffet & Grill, 15 Old Gick Road (I-87(Northway) Exit 15, North on Rt. 50, Left on Old Gick Rd.), 518-580-0682, [3]. M-F 11am-9pm; Weekends 8am-9pm. Weekend Breakfast, Weekday Lunch & Daily Dinner Buffets offered. Over 150+ dinner choices including sirloin steak. Prices Vary by Meal.


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, Phone: +1 518 583-0022, [67]. 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, Phone: +1 518 587-5897. Singer Don McLean is said to have composed his American Pie while sitting at a table in this bar. A plaque marks the table today. A 1930s era saloon.
  • The Parting Glass, 40 Lake Ave. +1 518 583-1916, [68]. 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. +1 518 584-8818. A great place to watch football on Sundays, or start out your night. Inexpensive and the best specials in town.
  • Tiznow Restaurant, 84 Henry Street, 518-226-0655, [4]. Classic bistro decor makes this a great spot for cocktails or dinner. Ask for a corner banquette table to enjoy a cozy meal for two and listen to the funky world beat soundtrack.
  • Desperate Annie's, 10 Caroline Street, [5]. A Caroline Street institution since who-knows-when.
  • Gotchya's, 68 Beekman Street, 518-584-5772. Tu-Sat. Located in the Art District, this bar and restaurant offers comfortable atmosphere,Italian American cuisine and quality service at a reasonable cost. Great spot for a first date to dinner with the family.


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

  • Batcheller Mansion Inn, 20 Circular Street, Toll free: 800-616-7012 or Phone: +1 518 584-7012, Fax: +1 518 581-7746, [69]. A historical bed and breakfast.
  • Best Western Park Inn, 3291 South Broadway, +1 518 584-2350, Fax: +1 518 584-2480, [70].
  • Comfort Inn & Suites, 17 Old Gick Road, 518-587-6244, [6]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Free Wifi, indoor pool, pet-friendly, free hot breakfast. $89-$399.
  • Courtyard Saratoga Springs, 11 Excelsior Av., +1 518 226-0538, Toll-free: +1 866 426-8789, Fax: +1 518 226-0542, [71].
  • Gideon Putnam Hotel & Conference Center, 24 Gideon Putnam Road, Toll free: 800-732-1560 or Phone: +1 518 584-3000, Fax: +1 518 584-1354, [72].
  • Hampton Inn & Suites, 25 Lake Avenue, 518-584-2100, [7]. checkin: 3:00 PM; checkout: 11:00 AM.
  • Hilton Garden Inn, 125 South Broadway, 518-587-1500, [8]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM.
  • Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway, +1 518 584-4550, [73].
  • Inn At Saratoga, 231 Broadway, (518) 583-1890‎
  • Residence Inn Saratoga Springs, 295 Excelsior Av., +1 518 584-9600, Fax: +1 518 584-9692, [74].
  • The Saratoga Hilton, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, 888-866-3591, [9].
  • Saratoga Arms, 497 Broadway, Phone 518-584-1775, [75]. 31 rooms. $175-$595.
  • The Westchester House Bed and Breakfast Inn, 102 Lincoln Avenue, Phone: +1 518 587-7613, [76]. 7 rooms. $110-$170.


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



  • The Saratogian, [77], Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County's daily newspaper
  • Saratoga Living, [78], quarterly magazine; also covers nearby Warren and Washington Counties
  • Glens Falls Post-Star, [79]
  • Albany Times-Union, [80]

Religious services

  • St. Clement's Church, [81], +1 518 584-6122
  • Church of Saint Peter, [82], +1 518 584-2375

Stay safe

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.


  • Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church Street, 518-587-3222, [10].

Get out

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