Your Kids Will Love These Educational Attractions in Saratoga Springs, NY
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): Local educational attractions are operating with new restrictions or are temporarily closed. As of this note, we've provided the latest updates for each attraction listed below. Please contact individual attractions with questions.
If you're looking for something to do together as a family that's both fun and educational, look no further than these spots right here in Saratoga. Visit a museum and learn about history, art, or culture, try a new craft, or sign up for an educational program. After you've explored Saratoga Springs, venture into the surrounding region to check out even more options.
Museums & Historical Attractions
Note: This photo was taken prior to 2020 and does not reflect current social distancing requirements
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): Grant Cottage is open to the public with new restrictions. Only 12 vehicles are allowed on site at one time, and tours of Grant Cottage are limited to members of the same household or party with a max of four individuals per tour.
Learn about American history by visiting the last home of Ulysses S. Grant. Grant Cottage in nearby Wilton sits atop Mt. McGregor and is preserved as it was in 1885. Take a guided tour of the house, attend one of their frequent events, and take in the mountaintop view of the southern Adirondacks.
Saratoga National Historical Park
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): The Visitor Center, Schuyler House, Saratoga Monument, and Neilson House are closed until further notice. The Battlefield grounds and Victory Woods are open to the public. The Battlefield Tour Road will be closed temporarily for road work from November 16-20. The road will close for the season on December 1 or after the first significant snowfall, whichever comes first.
Learn about the turning point of the Revolutionary War when you visit the Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater. Explore the visitor center, then hike, drive, or bike to explore the battlefield. You can also arrange for a guided tour ahead of time. For more historical fun, the park maintains a second location a short drive away in Schuylerville, comprised of the Saratoga Monument, the Schuyler House, and Victory Woods.
Saratoga Springs History Museum
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): The Saratoga Springs History Museum is open to the public. Face masks are required by all staff and visitors.
The Saratoga Springs History Museum is conveniently located in Congress Park. Learn about Saratoga's history from its settlement through the Gilded Age and beyond, explore the historic Canfield Casino, and tour the third floor, which acts as a historic house museum. The museum also features special exhibits that change every so often.
The Children's Museum at Saratoga
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): The Children's Museum at Saratoga is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Please follow their website for info on virtual programs and outdoor events.
If you have children ages eight and under, visit The Children's Museum at Saratoga. The museum's many exhibits teach children scientific, problem-solving, artistic, social, and practical skills through different types of play. Kids can explore recreations of local spots like Congress Park and the Spa Little Theater, or learn in settings like a post office, grocery store, or veterinary clinic. The museum also frequently hosts special events.
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is open seven days a week, 10:00AM - 4:00PM. Please purchase your timed admission ticket in advance to visit the museum.
Photo provided by the National Museum of Racing - Note: This photo was taken prior to 2020 and does not reflect current social distancing requirements
Learn about the history of horse racing and Saratoga's role in it at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Curated items include paintings, photographs, sculptures, memorabilia, and trophies.
The National Bottle Museum
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): The National Bottle Museum is open Wednesday - Saturday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM. Admission is free.
Looking to explore an obscure but fascinating aspect of local and national history? The National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa boasts a collection of thousands of glass bottles. Learn about glassmaking, the different kinds and colors of glass, the various types and shapes of bottles, and their many uses through the years. The museum also has exhibits on glass paperweights, the bottling of mineral water and medicine, and the process of dating bottles.
Saratoga Automobile Museum
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): The Saratoga Automobile Museum is open for visitors, but museum capacity is limited. Timed admission tickets are available for purchase online and will allow visitors to reserve a specific date and time to enter the museum.
At the Saratoga Automobile Museum, located in Saratoga Spa State Park, you can learn about the history of cars and view many old models. The museum features a stock car hall of fame and permanent exhibits on early automobiles, racing, and Saratoga's role in the industry. They also have an exhibit on the history of Saratoga's mineral water, as well as changing exhibits on other aspects of auto history.
The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame is temporarily closed until further notice.
If your kids are interested in ballet, visit the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Spa State Park. In addition to permanent and changing exhibitions on the history of dance, the museum also houses a children's wing where kids can dress up and try dancing for themselves.
Arts & Crafts
Saratoga Clay Arts Center
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): The Saratoga Clay Arts Center is offering fall classes and workshops. Visitors must complete and submit a COVID-19 consent form before coming to the center.
Learn how to make pottery at Saratoga Clay Arts Center. They offer classes on wheel throwing and hand building, and also give instruction on finishing your pieces. They teach people of all ages, and offer private lessons, scheduled classes, and day camps for children.
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): Creative Sparks in Saratoga Springs is open for in-store painting by appointment only. Call 518-583-2030.
You can create a variety of crafts at Creative Sparks. They provide the materials and tools to paint and personalize pottery, piece together mosaics, and make fused glass creations. Arrive with your own projects in mind or take a look around their studio for inspiration.
Indoor and Outdoor Programs
Ellms Family Farm
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): Ellms Family Farm's farm activities closed on November 1, 2020.
Spend an autumn day outside at Ellms Family Farm in Ballston Spa. Kids can explore the pumpkin patch, solve their way through one of the farm's many mazes, bounce around on the jump pads, take a spin around the pedal cart tracks, visit the petting zoo, navigate a ropes course, and go gemstone mining. They have many activities that teach kids valuable problem-solving skills while they play.
Ndakinna Education Center
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): The Ndakinna Education Center is currently offering online events and programs. Please visit their website for updates about in-person camps.
Ndakinna Education Center offers programs for children and families including camps, adventure days, special events, and classes. They teach wilderness and survival skills, Native American arts and culture, animal tracking, martial arts, and nature studies. While there, explore their nature preserve and listen to talented storytellers.
The Saratoga Springs Public Library
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): The Saratoga Springs Public Library is open to the public with a number of new restrictions. The Meeting Rooms, the Children's Room, and the Teen Room are closed, and library programs remain virtual for now.
A great way to enjoy a rainy day is by staying dry inside with some books. The Saratoga Springs Public Library not only has a large children's department, activity room, and playroom, but also frequently hosts events oriented toward kids. They also offer a junior version of the Saratoga Reads program.
A Short Drive Away
The World Awareness Children's Museum
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): The World Awareness Children's Museum is currently closed for general admission until further notice. However, they are hosting special events at the museum. Check their calendar, website, or social media for updates.
The World Awareness Children's Museum in Glens Falls is designed for younger children and aims to teach them about other cultures through play. Explore the hands-on exhibits that depict the food, customs, and music of countries from around the world and participate in art projects.
The Hyde Collection
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): The Museum and galleries are temporarily closed for maintenance through December 11, 2020.
Looking for a fun way to teach your kids about art? Explore The Hyde Collection together with the help of a discovery kit designed to engage children with the fine art in the gallery and historic mansion. Take in paintings by the Old Masters and other famed artists in the context of a collector's house, make your way through the gallery, and if you're feeling inspired to create, participate in a workshop.
Language Learning Institute
Editor's Note (November 16, 2020 8:00AM): The Language Learning Institute is now offering all courses online. Have fun and learn a new language while a live instructor teaches you using their virtual platform. We will update this section when in-person classes return.
If your child wants to learn a new language, or wants more practice outside of school, visit the Language Learning Institute in Latham. They teach foreign languages to people of all ages using their own proprietary method. Learn Spanish, French, Italian, or Mandarin in one of their many seasonal programs, or sign up for classes or private lessons.
Whether you want to visit a museum, learn a new craft or skill, or sign up for a class or program, there are many fun and educational experiences for your kids to enjoy within a short drive from Saratoga Springs.