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20 Things To Do In Saratoga Under $20

From food and drink specials to kids activities to museums, we've got your budget-friendly activities covered right here, with 20 things to do for less than $20.

1: Tour the Mineral Springs

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Saratoga Springs is known for its mineral water. There are 21 public mineral springs located throughout Saratoga. Most are naturally carbonated and all are known for their amazing healthful properties. Take a free self-guided tour to taste each one.

2: Wander Yaddo Gardens

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Praised as one of the most beautiful destinations in Saratoga, Yaddo Gardens features a rose garden, rock garden, fountains, sculptures, and a long colonnade. Take a journey through the enchanting gardens for free. They're open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.

3: Get Crafty at Creative Sparks Ceramic Studio

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Paint a plate, mug, figurine - the options are endless at Creative Sparks Ceramics Studio. The studio fee is $8 per painter, plus the cost of the piece (most are under $15). On Thursdays from 4 pm to 9 pm, the fee is $6 instead of $8.

Interested in working on other creative projects? The cost to make a mosaic is as low as $16, and you can create a fused glass masterpiece starting at $15.

4: Enjoy a Meal at Country Corner Cafe

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Start your day off right at Country Corner Cafe. With affordable and delicious breakfast and lunch options, it's just a short walk to Downtown to embark on the rest of your day. Both breakfast and lunch prices run from about $5 to $10.

5: Browse Saratoga Farmer's Market

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The local farmer's market is free to attend! Admittedly, 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.

6. Take a Journey Through Saratoga National Historical Park

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Visit the site of the turning point of the Revoluntionary 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, take a bike ride, visit the one-room house that was used as an American headquarters, or learn about the decisive battle at the Visitor Center. They offer maps and a mobile app for self-guided tours.

7: Visit the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

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The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame recognizes thoroughbreds and jockeys for their outstanding performances on the track. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, $5 for senior citizens, and free for children under five; members are also free.

8: Wander Art Galleries at The Tang

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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! Suggested donations are $5 for adults, $3 for children over 12, and $2 for seniors.

9. Play a Round of Mini Golf

Mini golf is always a great pastime for a date night or an afternoon out with the kids. Saratoga Mini Golf has an $8.50 admission price, with $6.50 for kids 10 to 17. Children under 5 are $5, but you can be refunded if they use a plastic club and return it undamaged. There's also a snack bar on-site if you're craving some hot dogs, pizza, or soft-serve ice cream.

10: Relax with Friends and Food at Peabody's

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Peabody's is a popular local sports bar with indoor and outdoor seating. They offer a wide selection of entrees priced between $10 and $15.

11. Play and Learn at The Children's Museum

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Admission to the The Children's Museum at Saratoga is just $8 per person (with infants under 1 free), so this is a perfect under-$20-activity for you and your little one to enjoy together! Members get in free, and some local public libraries have memberships available to check out for free.

12: Get a Bite to Eat at Druthers

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Enjoy a meal and some draft beer at Druthers! Their entrees range between $10-$16, and they also offer an inexpensive lunch menu on weekdays. They have an outdoor terrace seating area with glass rock fire pits, and there's often live music.

13: Explore the Saratoga Automobile Museum

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The Saratoga Automobile Museum hosts specialty car shows and various exhibits that demonstrate some of the most beautiful cars in the world. Admission is free for members, $8.50 for adults, $6 for students, $6 for seniors, and $4 for children ages 6-16.

14: Grab Some Pizza at Max London's on Wednesdays

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On Wednesdays, Max London's offers their wood-fired pizza for only $9! With delicious ingredients sourced from local farms, you can't go wrong. (This deal is not offered during track season.)

15: Spend a Day Outdoors at Saratoga Spa State Park

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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. They charge a $10 parking fee from Memorial Day through Labor Day (as well as weekends and holidays in late spring and early fall), but it's free the rest of the year.

16: Watch the Races at the Track

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Visit the nationally-acclaimed Saratoga Race Track and watch the thoroughbreds battle towards the finish line. While your bets may exceed $20, admission is only $7!

17: Cool Off at Victoria Pool and Peerless Pool

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The 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 slide.

18: Relax on Brown's Beach

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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, with 12 and under free. They also have a snack bar on-site.

19: Ride the Carousel in Congress Park

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Keep your kids entertained at the historic Carousel in Congress Park. Each ride is only $1. Grab an ice cream cone afterwards from Ben & Jerry's, which is only a block away!

20: Go Ice Skating

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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 figureskating events cost a little more (between $9 and $13).

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 check out "A Budget Friendly Day in Saratoga Springs" for more inexpensive activities.