Family Fun in Saratoga Springs
It's not just for racing - Saratoga is a great family destination! When you are visiting Saratoga with kids in tow, these itinerary ideas will make it easy to keep them busy in this wonderful city. Depending upon your children's ages and energy limits, adjust to suit your family and schedule.
The Children's Museum at Saratoga is perfect for the little ones in your family ages seven and under - it's a delight in exploration! Interactive exhibits let kids run their own grocery store, be a bank teller, even experience a 1950s diner. Science, history, arts, and community are all represented in a fun and educational format.
The toy store G. Willikers, photo credit: Scott Rougia, CAJ Photography
Get to know downtown Saratoga Springs: take a leisurely stroll down Broadway, where you can find wonderful ice cream shops, a toy store, and a bookstore perfect for browsing with little ones. They'll love the famous Saratoga horse sculptures scattered around!
Visit the Saratoga National Historic Park - when the teacher asks your child what he or she did over summer vacation, your kid will be ready! Considered to be one of the 15 most decisive battles in world history, the Battle of Saratoga is commemorated here. There's a visitors center, a driving tour, a monument, and a restored General's home. And, there are often activities and events going on geared towards kids.
The Congress Park Carousel was made in 1910 - anyone who loves antique carousels know this one is a gem! There are 28 horses with real horsehair tails, making this a magical experience for little ones. While you're at Congress Park riding the horses, make a day of it. Pack a picnic lunch, tour the gardens, and watch for butterflies and hummingbirds!
Brown's Beach on Saratoga Lake offers a day of relaxation and fun for kids and adults! Pick up a few floats, beach toys, and swimmies at the store, and the kids will stay entertained all afternoon. After the beach, head to the Circus Cafe on Broadway for a fun dinner and dessert.
Take a plash in the Peerless Pool on a hot afternoon. The pool as a zero-depth entrace where the youngest can splash and play, as well as a baby pool with a mushroom-shaped fountain. Check out the walking and hiking trails in the park before you leave - they're easy and perfect for kids!
Looking for more tips? Vacationing with the family doesn't have to be an excruciating experience. Check out our suggestions for planning ahead, booking a kid-friendly hotel or vacation rental, what to do with the kids when you get here, and even how to keep the memories alive once you get back home.