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A Budget-Friendly Day in Saratoga Springs

Spending the day in Saratoga Springs doesn't have to break the bank. If you're low on cash at the moment - or maybe you're just being more mindful about money in general - we've got fun budget-friendly activities for you right here.

Enjoy the Outdoors

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Saratoga Spa State Park is a beautiful spot with open fields and a variety of activities available - you'll have access to everything with just an $10 entrance fee. Check out picnic sites, tennis courts, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and more.

Swimming pools are available for public use at Spa State Park during the summer - the Victoria Pool has an additional $8 fee for adults and $4 for children 5-11; the Peerless Pool is free with the park's standard entrance fee.

Many may not realize it, but the park is actually home to a variety of nature trails. Take the Peerless Loop from the Peerless Pool to the Karista Trail, or check out the State Park's Wetland Trail in the southwest area of the park.

Discover Saratoga History

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Stop by the Saratoga Springs Visitor Center on Broadway and pick up a variety of information, maps of the area, and activity brochures. They have a self-guided walking tour of the mineral water fountains, which is a great way to get a taste of Saratoga's rich history.

Saratoga has 21 public mineral springs in various locations throughout the city. Most of them are naturally carbonated, and none taste alike. These springs are easily accessible and free to sample - just bring your own cup or water bottle. The mineral springs are said to contain amazing healing and curative powers.

Visit Saratoga Race Course

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Think the track always has to be an expensive experience? Not necessarily! The Saratoga Race Course offers walking tours at $3 a person, or $10 for a family - and tram tours are completely free.

Tours are held each racing day of the summer meet, except Travers Day. Get an overview of the facility, check out the unique landscapes and architecture, and get an inside peek at the track's backstretch area.

Also during the summer, you can have breakfast on The Porch of the Clubhouse - the track allows you to bring in outside food, so more savings for you! This is a unique opportunity to see the horses work out in the morning. Admission is free; there is a fee for trackside parking but it is refundable if you leave before 10am.

Enjoy Live Shows

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Seeing great entertainment live doesn't need to be expensive with the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College. Admission is completely free and they offer live music on the rooftop patio on specific dates in summer.

The Tang Teaching Museum also hosts a number of additional shows, events, and demonstrations, most of which are free or inexpensive.

Find Economical Dining Options

Of course, you have to eat during the day! Once again, you don't need to go broke in order to enjoy all that Saratoga has to offer. Check out one of the below options, or share a larger meal with a friend or loved one.

Grab a drink while you're in Saratoga by taking advantage of these happy hour specials.

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