20 Things to Do in Saratoga Under $20
Whether you love exploring unique museums, trying new food and drinks, or touring the area, there are plenty of ways to have fun without spending too much. In fact, we've rounded up 20 fun things you can do in Saratoga that each costs less than $20.
Saratoga Springs is famous for its mineral water, and there are 21 public mineral springs located throughout the city. Most are naturally carbonated, and all of them have their own unique flavor profile. Take a self-guided tour to taste each one and see what makes them so special.
Bowling is a classic pastime, and you and a group of friends can have a blast at the Saratoga Strike Zone in Saratoga Springs. This family-friendly entertainment hotspot features a bowling alley with 34 lanes, bumper cars, a redemption arcade, and more indoor fun.
Bowling prices are just $5 per game per person, and $4 for shoe rentals. After an exciting game of bowling, you can enjoy some food and drinks at the on-site End Zone Sports Pub.
Start your day off right at the Country Corner Cafe. This restaurant offers affordable and delicious breakfast and lunch options with prices ranging from around $6 to $12. From homemade potato pancakes and signature omelettes to farm fresh salads and tasty grilled cheese, there is something for everyone. Plus, after you're done eating, it's just a short walk to downtown Saratoga to enjoy the rest of your day.
The Saratoga Farmers Market is free to visit and open throughout the year. While you're there, you might be enticed to spend more than $20 on the locally-grown vegetables and fruits, organic meat and cheese, handmade crafts, specialty foods, and baked goods. Check out the different vendors and pick out what you need for the week.
Editor's Note (6/15/2021): The Visitor Center, Schuyler House, and Saratoga Monument will remain closed throughout the 2021 season. Visit the Park Website for the latest announcements.
Visit the site of the turning point of the Revolutionary War. Admission to Saratoga National Historical Park is completely free, and you can drive through the battlefield park's 10 miles of tour roads, hike the scenic trails, or take a bike ride. The Historical Park offers maps and a mobile app for self-guided tours.
If you love hiking in the great outdoors, then you should check out the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park in Gansevoort. There are over 25 miles of marked trails that will take you through beautiful forests and meadows. Multiple parking areas are available for the different routes, and admission is free. Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is open year round for recreational activities.
For when you want more than Subway but don't want to spend dinner-like prices, check out Saratoga's Broadway Deli. The hot sandwiches are between $10 and $12, custom sandwiches start at $11, and cold sandwiches at $8.50. As one Google reviewer said, "If you're looking for a five dollar footlong, look elsewhere, but if you want the best sandwich in town look no further. Definitely the highest quality sandwich I've had in Saratoga."
Plan a visit to The Saratoga Winery & Tasting Room for a wine tasting or a glass of your favorite handcrafted wine. The Saratoga Winery features a rustic tasting room and a spacious patio where you can enjoy a wine flight; according to their website, the featured tasting flight costs $10. Or, if you just want to relax and sip a glass of wine, you can order one from their wine menu. Prices range from $8-$12.
Enjoy a meal and some draft beer at Druthers Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs. Their entrees range between $10-$16, and they offer a fantastic selection of homemade beers on tap. Druthers has both a spacious outdoor terrace seating area and an indoor bar.
The Saratoga Automobile Museum in Saratoga Spa State Park is well known for hosting special car shows and various exhibits that demonstrate some of the most beautiful cars in the world. Admission is free for members, $12 for adults, $10 for students, $10 for seniors, and $10 for children ages 6-16.
Get out of the house for the day and head to Saratoga Spa State Park for its hiking and biking trails, tennis and volleyball courts, and playgrounds. Although they charge a seasonal $10 vehicle entrance fee at the toll booth from early May into October (select dates), it's free to access the rest of the year. Be sure to swing by some of the mineral springs while you're there and taste the waters of Saratoga.
The two public pools in Saratoga Spa State Park are a prime destination on those hot summer days. Victoria Pool's admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 11, $4 for seniors ($8 on weekends and holidays), and children under 5 are free. Peerless Pool is free and has a kiddie pool and water slides. Remember that Saratoga Spa State Park has a seasonal vehicle access fee of $10 that you must pay in addition to pool fees.
Did you know you can experience some of America's best barbecue right here in Saratoga Springs? It's true! PJ's BAR-B-QSA specializes in a wide range of regional styles of barbecue, including NY "State Fair" Chicken, North Carolina Pulled Pork, and Texas Beef Brisket. Best of all, their huge menu has plenty of items that cost less than $20 each.
Waterfront Park is a hidden gem on the northern end of Saratoga Lake, and it's a free public park that's perfect for picnics and adventures on the water. You can drive right down to the shoreline and launch your canoe or kayak with ease. From there, head north up Fish Creek, or paddle south along the edge of Saratoga Lake.
Want to catch some sun or take a dip in the water? Brown's Beach on Saratoga Lake has a $3 fee for ages 13 and up, while ages 12 and under get in for free. The beach also features a snack bar and shallow launch area for kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddleboards.
Sometimes you need a little bit of winter in the heat of the summer. Saratoga Springs Ice Rink offers open skating days throughout the year, with admission costing $4 for residents and $5 for the general public. Open hockey and figure skating events cost a little more (between $9 and $13).
Editor's Note (5/24/2021): Yaddo Gardens is closed to the public, and they do not have a reopening date at present.
Praised as one of the most beautiful destinations in Saratoga, Yaddo Gardens features a rose garden, rock garden, fountains, sculptures, and a long colonnade. Plan a journey through the enchanting gardens for free. Yaddo is typically open year round to visitors.
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery presents exhibitions and programs that explore areas of study through visual arts. Although admission is free, a small donation is suggested to view these beautiful pieces of art.
Visit the nationally-acclaimed Saratoga Race Course and watch the thoroughbreds battle toward the finish line during the summer meet. While your bets may exceed $20, admission usually starts around $7.
Keep your kids entertained at the historic carousel in Congress Park. Each ride is only $1, and the carousel is typically open from late spring into fall. Grab an ice cream cone afterwards from Ben & Jerry's or Kilwins, which are right up the road from the park.
If you are a true Saratoga Springs connoisseur and have done all twenty things listed above, check out more things to do in the area! You can also explore "A Budget Friendly Day in Saratoga Springs" for more inexpensive activities.