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10 Best Bets for Quieter Spaces

If you're in town for the track - great! You'll undoubtedly have an amazing time and will find a multitude of special events, activities, and dining options. But maybe you're also looking to get away from the track for a day, and spend some time exploring the quieter side of Saratoga Springs.

If so, we've got 10 Best Bets for Quieter Spaces right here for you to check out.

1. National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame

national racing museum

For those track enthusiasts, you can get away from the crowd while still enjoying the track! The National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame is dedicated to fostering education and understanding of thoroughbred racing by providing access to equine art, artifacts, memorabilia, film, and more. You can find the entire spectrum of thoroughbred racing here through interactive displays.

2. Children's Museum at Saratoga

children's museum at Saratoga

If you've got kids with you, you'll definitely want to make time for the Children's Museum at Saratoga. Get involved with your children's learning in a fun, interactive way. Explore a tree house, learn about animal life in ponds, paint at the art studio, count money pretending to be a banker, and more.

3. Saratoga Winery

saratoga winery

Sit back and relax as you sample a wide variety of exceptional wines. Don't leave without sampling their signature wine, the Melomel. Considered to be the ancestor of all fermented drinks, these wines are made of only grapes and local honey, offering a smooth, sweet flavor.

4. Impressions of Saratoga

impressions of saratoga

If you're looking to bring back souvenirs or gifts to loved ones from your visit to Saratoga, look no further. In business since 1978, this great shop sells Saratoga memorabilia, collectibles, sportswear, gourmet food products, jewelry, and more. You'll definitely find something for everyone on your list.

5. Northshire Bookstore

northshire bookstore

The Northshire Bookstore came to Saratoga in 2013; they also have a location in Manchester, Vermont. This quaint independent bookstore combines the charm of the Vermont store with the more urban apeal of Saratoga Springs. A large floor is dedicated just to children. Browsing and discovering new books and treasures is encouraged!

6. Congress Park

carousel in congress park saratoga

What better way to escape the hustle and bustle of the track than to explore a park? Congress Park offers spacious fields, beautiful fountains, a duck pond and more - it's a truly nice area to just walk around. But if you're interested in a bit more, you can check out the Canfield Casino, located right in the park, or the Carousel, offering rides for just $1.

7. Yaddo Gardens

yaddo gardens

Another excellent outdoor place to just walk around and enjoy the quiet is Yaddo Gardens. Take a stroll through the 400-acre property, or jump in on a guided garden tour to check out the rose and rock gardens.

8. Saratoga Sweets Candy Company

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Home of the world famous Peppermint Pig, Saratoga Sweets Candy Company will bring you back to your childhood once you step in the door. Check out decadent chocolates and truffles, 18 different flavors of homemade fudge, "penny candy" and more. This is also a great spot to check out if you need to bring something from Saratoga back home with you.

9. Kayak Shak

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Located minutes away from downtown, kayaking is one of Saratoga's favorite activities. Spend some serene time on the lake in a rented kayak or on a stand-up paddleboard. They now offer SUP Yoga! Try something new as you explore your balance while floating on a paddle board.

10. Yoga Mandali

two women in warrior two pose

If yoga on the water doesn't sound like your thing, or if you're truly looking for a quiet experience away from the track, head on over to Yoga Mandali. Whether you're a beginner or a serious yogi this is an excellent environment to grow your practice. They have promotional rates that are great for visitors, where you can try as many classes as you'd like for an entire week.

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