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Plan Your Perfect Weekend In Saratoga Springs With A Customizable 36-Hour Itinerary

Visiting for the weekend? Create your ideal 36-hour stay in Saratoga Springs by building your own itinerary! We've outlined the must-do, can't-miss activities in Saratoga Springs, and you can pick and choose what sparks your interest: live music, arts, racing and gaming, hiking, pampering, local cuisine, craft cocktails...create your perfect weekend in Spa City.

Friday Night

a plate of mussels and a loaf of bread

For Dinner:

In the late spring and early summer, you can't beat eating al fresco in downtown Saratoga. Watch the buzz of Broadway while sipping wine at one of the many restaurants that offer patio dining. Try Chianti il Ristorante for authentic Northern Italian fare, including artisan pasta and housemade sausage. Looking for the best steak in town? Head to Salt & Char.

For Fun:

Live Music: Head to Phila Street and visit Caffe Lena, a charming-yet-lively historic coffeehouse offering live music year-round. Enjoy cookies and coffee for dessert, or try something from the wine menu.

Drinks: If you love craft cocktails and a speakeasy vibe, stop by Hamlet & Ghost on Caroline Street. The hip crowd and creative concoctions will invigorate you.

Dancing: Follow the sounds of the music to Caroline Street: the epicenter of nightlife in Saratoga Springs. Ready to dance all night? We recommend The Reserve.

Saturday Morning

pedestrians walk down a sunny street

For Breakfast:

Craving something sweet? Try the lemon ricotta pancakes with fresh blueberry sauce and a rich cup of coffee at Sweet Mimi’s. Love a classic diner breakfast? Find the perfect home fries at the cozy, welcoming Triangle Diner just outside of town.

For Fun:

Downtown: If you love discovering a new place by foot, take a full morning to explore downtown Saratoga. Stroll along Broadway and dip into the wonderful stores, galleries, and boutiques. The Saratoga Farmers' Market can be found at the High Rock Park Pavilions: you'll find organic produce, local cheese, wine, spirits, and artisan goods.

Museum: Dive into the culture and history of Spa City at one of its renowned museums: the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame, the Saratoga Springs History Museum, the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, and more!

Horses: When you only have 36 hours in town, you won't be able to get the full Saratoga Race Track experience. To get a taste, you could have breakfast trackside at the Clubhouse and enjoy a breakfast buffet as you watch the horses work out. Want to see horses up close? Take a 15 minute drive to Old Friends at Cabin Creek, where you can pet and feed retired thoroughbreds.

Saturday Day

a pond, fountain, and memorial in the lush green landscape of Congress Park

For Lunch:

Pick up lunch at the Putnam MarketSpring Street Deli, or The Bread Basket Bakery and bring a picnic to Congress Park, where four of Saratoga's 21 public mineral springs are tucked among gardens and statues. Bring a water bottle to get a taste of the mineral water, and take a ride on the historic wooden carousel!

For Fun:

Spa: Book a luxurious hydrotherapy treatment at the historic Roosevelt Baths and Spa, which offers massages, facials, reiki, pedicures, and more. You can add-on a mineral bath in the healing, naturally effervescent mineral spring waters to the beginning of your treatment.

Park: Spend hours in the lush landscape of Saratoga Spa State Park. Hike the trails, play a round of golf, go for a swim, or rent a bike with the Saratoga Bike Sharing Program! The playgrounds and pools at this park are especially fun for kids.

Saratoga Lake: Make the most of a sunny day with a trip to Saratoga Lake. Swim at Brown's Beach, rent a kayak or paddleboard at the Kayak Shak, or simply enjoy the views and breeze at Waterfront Park.

Saturday Night

a group enjoys a sunset cruise on saratoga lake

For Dinner:

Create a memorable date night by indulging in an elegant seafood dinner at 15 Church, housed in a beautifully-restored historic building in the heart of the city. For a delicious bistro dinner and a feel for Old Saratoga, visit Sperry's on Caroline Street, which has been open since 1932! Get there before your reservation and enjoy an aperol spritz at the bar.

For Fun

Cruise: To unwind before a late dinner, book a summer sunset cruise on Saratoga Lake. The 1.5 hour cruises set off at 7 PM and are a great precursor to dinner downtown. Your knowledgeable and welcoming guides will share the history of the lake with you while you drink in the beautiful sunset views. Bring your own wine and music to make the cruise truly yours!

Entertainment: The Saratoga Performing Arts Center, a world-renowned amphitheater that hosts classical events, rock concerts, comedy shows, theater, and more, is at the heart of the Saratoga arts scene. Check the schedule ahead of time and book tickets for a big show!

Jazz: Live jazz music, an old world ambiance, and an extensive martini menu make 9 Maple a popular (and often crowded) spot on Saturday nights. This is a great place to hear local and regional musicians- the scotch, rye, and bourbon options are also extensive!

Sunday Morning

guests enjoy outdoor brunch at the saratoga national golf club

For Coffee:

Uncommon Grounds is regularly voted among the best coffee shops in Saratoga Springs. When you walk in the door, you'll see and smell the coffee roasting. Take your coffee with you, or sit down and enjoy watching the morning crowds at this popular spot.

For Fun:

After a weekend of adventure, you may need a bit of quiet! Enjoy a slow stroll through the beautiful rock and rose gardens at Yaddo, or stop by the Whitney Viewing Stand at the racetrack and watch the thoroughbreds as they train.

For Brunch:

End your weekend at Spa City with a satisfying brunch experience. From 10 AM to 2 PM on Sundays, Prime at Saratoga National hosts a Live Jazz Lunch. Listen to musicians play, sip a mimosa or bellini, and tuck into omelets, french toast, bacon, sausage, and more. If you have another hour before you need to hit the road, stretch your legs on the Lake Lonely Trail. This easy walk through wetlands, woods, and open fields has its trailhead at Saratoga National- the perfect way to stretch your legs between brunch and your ride home.

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