10 Best Bets for Quieter Fun Near Saratoga Race Track
Every summer, Saratoga Race Course is a huge draw for visitors during the 40-day racing meet. The sights, sounds and action at the historic track attracts racing diehards and casual fans alike. But Saratoga and the surrounding area offer a slew of alternatives for anyone who may also be looking to get away from the track for a day. Here's a list of just some of the many more ways to enjoy your Saratoga experience in a more chillaxed setting.
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
Here's a place where all the color and history of thoroughbred horse racing are on display, but without the hustle and bustle of actually being at the track. The National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame is dedicated to fostering education about 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.
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.
Sit back and relax as you sample a wide variety of exceptional wines that the expert vintners at Saratoga Winery proudly create. Don't leave without sampling their Cabernet Franc. It's a delicious and sophisticated blend that really rates. The winery is located just east of downtown Saratoga and offers indoor space as well as outdoor seating under lights and an awning for a delightful ambiance.
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.
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 appeal of Saratoga Springs. A large floor is dedicated just to children. Browsing and discovering new books and treasures is encouraged!
What better way to escape the hustle and bustle of the track than to explore a park -- or just sit there! Congress Park offers spacious fields, beautiful fountains, a duck pond and more. It's a truly nice area to just walk around and take a deep breath. If you're interested in a bit more activity, you can check out the Canfield Casino, located right in the park, or the Carousel, offering rides for just $1.
Another excellent outdoor place to just walk around and enjoy the quiet is Yaddo Gardens. It's part of the Yaddo estate where many famous writers and artists have spent summers working on novels, poems and music. This is a hidden treasure of Saratoga, located just to the east downtown. Adults and children will enjoy strolling through the 400-acre property, especially the koi ponds, rose garden and paths. Guided tours are available, too.
Saratoga Sweets Candy Company
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. In fact, it's the sort of candy shop that makes you wonder how so much confection exists in the world! This is also a great spot to check out if you need to bring something from Saratoga back home with you.
Located minutes away from downtown, this kayak and stand-up paddleboard shop makes for a very fun way to get onto Saratoga Lake. Located on a quieter, north end cove, you don't have to be an expert to have a fabulous paddle. They now offer SUP Yoga! The owners of this shop make it easy for everyone to get out and enjoy one of Saratoga's greatest assets.
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. This is a little bit more than just yoga classes, since Yoga Mandali is a school that, in addition to offering individual classes, helps promote yoga as a foundation for a healthy lifestyle and life-long learning process.