Hidden Gems to Visit & Experience in the Saratoga Springs Area
There are tons of amazing attractions to check out in Saratoga Springs, but while you're in the area, you should make a point to visit some of the area's hidden gems. Below, you'll learn about parts of Saratoga that are off the beaten path but well worth the trip!
If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard, photo by Jeremy Lawson (Past Exhibition at the Tang)
Editor's Note 4/28/20: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Tang Teaching Museum will remain closed for the 2020 summer season. This also means annual events like Frances Day, the Community Open House, and UpBeat On The Roof will not take place in 2020. These annual events will return in 2021. The Museum plans to re-open in time for its fall exhibitions to begin in October 2020.
You don't have to drive to New York City to enjoy new and contemporary art. The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, located on the Skidmore College campus, is home to several art galleries that host multiple exhibitions each year.
The Tang's art exhibitions break traditional curatorial practices by including various disciplines, time periods, and all types of media. In addition, the museum hosts live music on their rooftop during the summer, tours, hands-on activities, and more free arts events year round.
Only a short drive from Saratoga Springs in the Wilcox area of the Adirondack Park, Hadley Mountain is the second highest peak in Saratoga County and a great trail for families. You can hike to the summit of Hadley Mountain and find both a restored fire tower and a view that's hard to get anywhere else in the local area. Bring your camera and capture a beautiful shot of the Adirondack mountainscape at the top.
Keep in mind that this trail can be steep at times. Make sure you're prepared for the approximately three-mile round trip hike.
Have you ever tried goat yoga before? Located about 14 miles west of downtown Saratoga, Into the Woods Farm in Middle Grove is a small educational farm offering a variety of programs, such as yoga classes accompanied by gleeful goats. Goat yoga is a truly unique and relaxing activity in the great outdoors.
Looking for more fun on the farm? Into the Woods Farm hosts snowshoe adventures in winter, wild walks with goats, workshops, and other wilderness and agricultural based programs.
Photo Credit: Saratoga PLAN
This beautiful pathway was once home to an old railroad that led from downtown Saratoga Springs to Saratoga Lake. At two miles long, the Bog Meadow Trail is a year-round favorite for cross country skiing in the winter and long relaxing walks in the summertime.
Bog Meadow is also a great location for bird watching! Several species of birds can be seen here at different times of the year. Keep your eyes open as you travel down the trail.
The Saratoga Springs area is popularly known as a golfer's paradise, but one course that's a bit off the beaten path is Brookhaven in Porter Corners. Nestled on Alpine Meadows Road off Route 9N, Brookhaven Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 71 course with amazing views of the lower Adirondacks.
The course is open from opening day in April to closing day in November, and everyone is welcome to play, including families, experienced golfers, and juniors. Book a tee time and test your skills at Brookhaven.
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