Saratoga Springs

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


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 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

By plane

Albany International Airport (IATA: ALB) in Albany.

By car

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

Amtrak 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 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

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 , Saratoga Racino , Natural Museum of Dance , Roosevelt Spa , Saratoga SPA State Park or SPAC . 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!



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 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.


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.


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.


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


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



Religious services

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.


Go next

Routes through Saratoga Springs

Montreal Ticonderoga  N  S  Albany (Rensselaer) New York City
Montreal Lake George  N  S  Clifton Park Albany
Plattsburgh Lake George  N  S  END

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