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5 Awesome Day Trips from Saratoga Springs

Beautiful Saratoga Springs is ideally located right in the middle of some other great towns and hot spots in Upstate New York. If you are staying in Saratoga, or have just moved to the area, plan a day trip to one or more of these areas to explore all the region has to offer.

Lake George is only 30 minutes north, and Schenectady, 40 minutes south. If you're up for a little bit of a longer drive, there are some great scenic routes to take up to the Adirondacks or east to Vermont.

Remember, one of the best parts of a day trip is enjoying the drive there - it's not all about the destination, it's about the journey as well. Plan plenty of time for stopping at places you see along the way.

Check out these five awesome day trip suggestions:

1. Adirondacks

adirondacksLove hiking, boating, fishing, and just being outside in general? Get the ultimate outdoor recreation experience in the Adirondack Park. Over six million acres include thousands of hiking trails, thousands of ponds and lakes, and dozens of high peaks.

Lake Placid is a little under two hours from Saratoga - drive through Keene Valley and experience beautiful views of the high peaks. When you arrive, try dining at the amazing Whiteface Club & Resort's Moose Lodge Boathouse, a family-friendly restaurant located right on the shore of Lake Placid.

The Adirondack Region is massive, so there's lots of options! If you happen to be in the area in the fall, there's some spectacular fall foliage to enjoy - check out these prime leaf peeping spots.

2. Vermont

cow in vermontIf you want a really picturesque drive, consider taking a day trip to Vermont. Bennington and Manchester are each only slightly over an hour away from Saratoga. For Bennington, you could take Route 29 to Route 372, passing through Schuylerville and Cambridge. Or, go down Route 9P to Route 67 and drive right by Saratoga Lake. Either way, you'll be travelling along beautiful country roads.

When you get there, Bennington is full of historic sites like the Bennington Battle Monument and the Bennington Museum. Grab dinner at the Madison Brewing Company. If opting for Manchester, shop at the designer outlets. As with the Adirondacks, if you happen to take this drive in the fall, get ready for the some of the most beautiful foliage you've ever seen.

3. Lake George and Bolton Landing

kids at a beach on lake georgeOnly half an hour away from Saratoga, Lake George is a premiere hot spot and tourist destination in the summer. Try a new activity like parasailing over the "Queen of American Lakes," or spend the day boating or swimming. Take advantage of the shopping opportunities in the Village, and while you're there check out the many beaches and outdoor activities available. Million Dollar Beach is the largest and most popular in Lake George, with picnicing, swimming, a volleyball court, and a boat launch.

Bolton Landing is just a quick 15 minutes north of the Village, located right on Lake George. Spend a relaxing day at the water's edge at Rogers Memorial Park Beach or Veteran's Memorial Park Beach. Or, take a walk in town to check out all the unique shops - Black Bass Antiques, Indian Tepee Gift Shop, and Serendipity Boutique are all right off the main street, Lake Shore Drive. Have dinner right on the lake before heading back to Saratoga - check out the Algonquin Restaurant, known for one of the best lakefront views of Lake George, or dine at one of the many dining venues at the historic Sagamore Hotel.

4. Schenectady

proctors theater in schenectadyHistoric Schenectady is only 40 minutes away from Saratoga. You won't want to miss out on the fine dining opportunities, shopping, and nightlife the city has to offer - and the entertainment. Proctors is a classic theater with globally celebrated entertainment, and one of the prime hot spots in the entire Capital Region. With an always impressive lineup of shows, there's sure to be something to suit everyone's tastes.

More of an outdoorsy person, or just looking for a less expensive way to pass the day? Head on over to Central Park. There are public pools, tennis courts, a dog park, softball courts, and gorgeous open fields. The Central Park Rose Garden holds the title of third best municipal rose garden in the entire country. Definitely check out Jay Street while you're in Schenectady as well. Jay Street is a pedestrain neighborhood where you can find art, culture, and history.

5. Troy

live music in troyA mere 35 minutes away from Saratoga, Troy is another great city to consider visiting. There's plenty of amazing restaurants and bars, and even breweries. Dine outside with some craft beer at Brown's Brewing Company and get a view of the Hudson River. Or, check out Rare Form Brewing Company, not only known for their amazing beer selection, but for showcasing the work of many talented artists.

Troy has an abundant arts and culture scene - check out the Arts Center of the Capital Region, or come on down for Troy Night Out, a monthly arts and culture event on the last Friday of every month. Take part in food and drink specials, savor the live music and entertainment, and of course enjoy the art!

Want more ideas for fun in Saratoga? Find a Saratoga itinerary with lots of suggestions and tips for Saratoga Springs day trips. Also, be sure to check our Saratoga Events Calendar for all types of special events happening in and around the area!