What's Open In Saratoga Springs NY Right Now & Other COVID-19-Related FAQs
Are you wondering what's open in Saratoga? We've got the answers you're looking for! The FAQs below cover the topics our readers have been asking about the most, and we've responded to each question to the best of our ability. Since things have been changing so rapidly, we'll update this page frequently to keep it as accurate as possible.
Will the New York State travel advisory impact my visit?
As of November 4, New York State has implemented a new travel advisory.
Travelers coming to New York from states that do not border New York have two options:
1) They must quarantine for a period of 14 days upon arrival in New York State.
2) They must test negative for COVID-19 three days prior to entering New York State. They must then quarantine for three days after arrival in New York and take an additional COVID test on the fourth day. That test must be negative before they can be released from quarantine.
This advisory does not apply to essential workers or to those traveling from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont.
Is Saratoga Springs welcoming out-of-state guests?
Yes -- visitors who abide by the travel advisory listed above are welcome in Saratoga Springs. That being said, when planning a visit to Saratoga Springs, it is important to note that your visit to the area this year will be different than what you're used to from past visits. Many hotels are welcoming visitors, but to prioritize the safety and well-being of guests, employees, and the Saratoga community, there are new protocols in place, like capacity restrictions, mask requirements, sanitization procedures, and more.
The majority of outdoor activities are open, but many larger attractions, both indoor and outdoor, are closed. Restaurants and bars are operating, but have limited capacities in their indoor and outdoor spaces. Many have chosen to offer takeout/delivery and/or outdoor dining only. Large events that were originally scheduled to take place in early to mid-summer have been canceled or postponed.
If you decide to visit Saratoga Springs, it's crucial that you follow all social distancing guidelines so we can limit the spread of COVID-19 together.
Where do I have to wear a mask?
If you are in a public closed environment (indoors) or are unable to keep a proper social distance indoors or outdoors (six feet away from people who aren't members of your household), you must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. You should always have your mask with you in case you find yourself in a situation where you are not able to social distance.
Many businesses are enforcing facial covering and social distancing policies. Be sure to pay attention to any signs they may have posted regarding masks and do your best to be respectful if a business owner asks you to put your mask on.
Why do I have to wear a mask? I am healthy and am not worried about contracting COVID-19
Everyone must wear a mask as part of New York State's effort to prevent a second wave of COVID-19. People who aren't showing any symptoms of the virus may still be carrying it with them and unknowingly spread it to others they interact with. When you wear your mask, you're improving the chances that Saratoga Springs may return to a "new normal" sooner rather than later.
Shopping, Spas & Salons
Are shops open in Saratoga?
Shops are allowed to welcome shoppers into their stores as long as capacity restrictions, mask requirements, social distancing guidelines, and cleaning procedures are put in place and enforced. Many shops are also still offering curbside or in-store pickup for those who don't feel comfortable entering the store just yet.
If there's a particular shop you're interested in, give them a call or check out their website or Facebook page to find out more about their status and new procedures.
Are salons and spas open in Saratoga?
Hair salons and barber shops are able to be open. Please contact your salon of choice to learn more about any new procedures and restrictions they may have in place before arriving.
Restaurants & Dining
Are restaurants open for outdoor dining?
Saratoga restaurants are able to be open for outdoor dining. Restaurants must follow certain requirements that include: tables must be spaced at least six feet apart; all staff must wear face coverings; and all customers must wear face coverings when not seated.
Click here to find restaurants in Saratoga that have patios, but keep in mind that every restaurant on the list may not be open and some are requiring reservations. Your best bet is to call before arriving.
Are restaurants open for indoor dining?
Restaurants are able to open their indoor dining areas at 50% capacity. Some restaurants are requiring reservations, while others are walk-in only. Contact your favorite restaurants directly or check their websites/Facebook pages for information on their status. Mask requirements apply to indoor dining as well, so be prepared to follow any rules a restaurant has posted. Respect the small business owner that is trying to survive during these difficult times, and wear your mask when asked to do so.
Click here to find restaurants in Saratoga that are offering indoor dining.
What Saratoga area restaurants are offering takeout and/or delivery?
You can find out which Saratoga restaurants are open for takeout and/or delivery on our list here »
Indoor & Outdoor Activities
What attractions and activities are open?
Click here to see a list of specific activities and attractions that are open. As things continue to change, we'll be keeping that list up-to-date.
What trails are open in the Saratoga area?
The trails at Moreau Lake State Park and Saratoga Spa State Park are open, and the grounds of Saratoga National Historical Park are open for pedestrians and cyclists. Additionally, the Battlefield Tour Road is open to motor vehicles from 9:00AM - 5:00PM daily.
We have an extensive guide to other hiking and nature trails and preserves here.
Please note that although trails are open, facilities (including bathrooms) may not be.
Is Saratoga National Historical Park Open?
Yes! All grounds at the park are open from sunrise to sunset for walking and the tour road is open from sunrise to sunset for pedestrians and cyclists.
Motor vehicles can travel on the tour road from 9:00AM - 5:00PM daily through November 30.
Visitors can find restrooms in the main parking lot and at Tour Stops 2 and 7. Drinking water is not available, though.
For the time being, the following facilities remain closed: General Philip Schuyler House, Saratoga Monument, Neilson House, and the Visitor Center.
Is Brown's Beach open?
Brown's Beach is closed for the 2020 season.
What is open that is fun to do in Saratoga right now?
The following activities/attractions are available:
- Hiking and walking
- Parks (with social distancing guidelines), including Congress Park and Saratoga Spa State Park
- Golf courses, including mini-golf (check with the specific course before you visit - they may have new rules and capacity restrictions)
- Bowling alleys
To see a list of what specific businesses are open, click here.
Will major events be taking place as planned?
Currently, large public gatherings are not allowed in our region. We're keeping our Saratoga area events calendar as up-to-date as possible with postponements, cancellations, and new events. If you have questions about a specific event, we recommend that you contact that event's organizers to confirm the event's status before coming to Saratoga.
Lodging & Accommodations
Are hotels open? What about other lodging properties?
Most hotels, cabins, cottages, bed & breakfasts, and inns are open. If there's a specific hotel or lodging property you're wondering about, you should contact them directly.
Are campgrounds open?
Most campgrounds opened for the summer season, but many have since closed for the season. For those campgrounds that are still open, please keep in mind that some amenities - including community restrooms and showers, swimming pools, playgrounds, and beaches - may have limited availability. Contact campgrounds directly to inquire about their status and any restrictions they may currently have in place before arriving.
The Harness Track & Saratoga Casino Hotel
Is the harness track open?
Is the Saratoga Casino Hotel open?
Saratoga Casino Hotel's lodging and dining facilities, as well as the casino itself, have re-opened. Mask requirements and other safety protocols are in place.