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Enjoy a Winter Wonderland of Fun in Saratoga County

If you believe Saratoga rolls up the sidewalks in winter, then think again! Here are some insider tips for having a fabulous winter vacation in Saratoga, whether you want to spend a week or a weekend. From fun-filled outdoor activities to popular annual events, you'll be endlessly entertained in the Saratoga area this season.

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From Sipping Drinks at Ice Bars to Suiting Up for Winter Sports - Here Are Seasonal Activities Worth Checking Out

Looking for cold weather fun? See our top picks for outdoor winter activities in Saratoga below!

Experience the "Coolest" Bars in Saratoga

people at an outdoor ice bar

Have you ever been to an ice bar? Saratoga is in on this super cool trend! These are often much more than just a cool establishment to rest your drink on. In addition to the physical bar, there are typically great hot and cold drink specials, exquisite ice sculptures (perfect for photo ops), and live music to enjoy.

Strap on Your Winter Gear & Explore Snowy Trails

two women cross country skiing

Don't think you need to find a huge mountain to go skiing. Saratoga is home to some amazing cross-country skiing trails, including 12 miles of trails right in Saratoga Spa State Park, and these can be used for snowshoeing as well. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are family-friendly activities that also happen to be great exercise.

Rediscover Your Love of Sledding

boy riding down an orange snow tube

Whether you'd like to take the kids out for some snowy fun or you're itching to recapture that rush you get when you fly down a hill, Saratoga has the sledding spots for you. Learn where to go sledding in the Saratoga area and then grab your sled, saucer, tube, or toboggan and head for the hills.

Find the Best Snowmobile Trails in Saratoga County

person on a snowmobile

If snowmobiling is your go-to winter activity, there's no need to travel all the way up to the Adirondacks or elsewhere to find good trails. There are excellent snowmobile trails right in Saratoga County, and our itinerary can help you plan your trip!

Lace Up Those Skates & Take a Spin on the Ice

ice skates

Ice skating is such a classic winter pastime that can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike. There are several places to ice skate in the Saratoga area both indoors and outdoors. And if you're looking to play ice hockey, that is available as well.

Get Ready for a Great Catch at These Ice Fishing Destinations

man ice fishing

Attention fishing enthusiasts! Saratoga Lake and Round Lake both offer prime ice fishing opportunities. Fish species you might find at Saratoga Lake include: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, northern pike, redbreast sunfish, rock bass, walleye, black crappie, bluegill, chain pickerel, and pumpkinseed.

Round Lake is reported to have largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, northern pike, tiger muskellunge, bluegill, common carp, black crappie, and pumpkinseed.

Please note: Both Saratoga Lake and Round Lake have public and private waters. It's the angler's responsibility to obtain the necessary permissions before fishing these waters.

Read more on Saratoga County ice fishing »

Learn about Saratoga Lake's regulations for anglers »

Discover the Best Indoor Adventures & Stay Warm Out There

Okay, we get it. The snow might be beautiful, but sometimes you want to stay warm and dry indoors. Here's where you'll find indoor fun in Saratoga.

Check Out Local Museums for Indoor Family Fun

three photos showcasing a children's museum

If you've got kids, you must carve out some time to bring them by the Children's Museum at Saratoga. They have tons of interactive exhibits exploring science, history, community living, and the arts.

No kids? Check out the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum for stunning visual art or the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame to learn more about the fascinating history of horse racing in the Spa City.

For a unique experience, stop by the National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa to see thousands of glass bottles and learn about the history of the glass bottle industry in Saratoga County.

See a list of museums in and around Saratoga »

Visit a Winery or Brewery for a Tasting

flight of four beers

For even more indoor fun this season, stop by Saratoga breweries, wineries, or distilleries and taste what our local craft beverage scene has to offer.

If you can't decide what kind of beer you're in the mood for, grab a flight at Unified Beerworks and enjoy four different options. If wine is more your style, try Saratoga Winery, which is known for their wine, but also has craft beers and wood fired pizza.

Find more breweries and wineries »

Browse the Upcoming Schedule for Home Made Theater

actors in a play

From comedy shows to murder mysteries to plays, there's always an engaging performance going on at Home Made Theater! Located right in Saratoga Spa State Park, this nonprofit theater company aims to provide high quality productions at affordable prices.

Escape Cabin Fever! Attend Popular Winter Events in the Saratoga Area

Plan your winter getaway around one or more of these annual events, or, if you already have your dates set in stone, see what's going on when you'll be in town. You can also check out the full events calendar for more ideas.

Sample Delicious Chowder & Vote for Your Favorite

January 30 - February 6, 2021

saratoga chowder tour logo 2021

Saratoga Chowderfest is a winter tradition in Saratoga Springs, and this year, the event is being reimagined as the Saratoga Chowder Tour, which will take place from January 30 - February 6, 2021. Instead of samples, participating restaurants will offer bowls/cups of chowder that you can enjoy with lunch/dinner as well as pints and quarts to-go. After you've tried some chowder, be sure to vote for your favorites online!

Enjoy a Full Day of Wintertime Fun at Winterfest

2021 Date TBD

people in a snowshoe racePhoto provided by Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park; Please note that this photo is from a past Winterfest and does not reflect current social distancing regulations.

Editor's Note (12/1/2020): Please note that the following event details are from 2020. We will provide updates for 2021 as they are announced.

Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park in Gansevoort has over 20 miles of hiking trails, year-round educational programs, and it's one of only a couple preserves in the Capital Region that serves as a haven for the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. But, this isn't just a place to enjoy in the summer - their annual Winterfest is worth checking out!

Winterfest, held in February, is a full day of outdoor fun that kicks off with an 8K snowshoe race. There will also be a bonfire, s'mores, hot cocoa, and more. Snowshoes and cross-country skis are available to rent.

Experience the Reimagined Virtual Flurry Festival

February 12-14, 2021

large group of people dancingPlease note that this photo is from a past Flurry Festival and does not reflect current social distancing regulations.

The annual Flurry Festival is an incredible event to get your groove on, and it typically features a weekend full of workshops, concerts, performances, family events, storytelling, singing, and more in Saratoga Springs. For 2021, the Flurry Festival has been reimagined as a virtual event that will include over 100 Zoom sessions from February 12-14. Enjoy music and performing arts from the comforts of your home this winter!

Browse Artisans, Exhibitors & More at the Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show

Note: Canceled for 2021

people at a home and lifestyle showPlease note that this photo is from a past Home & Lifestyle Show and does not reflect current social distancing regulations.

Editor's Note (12/18/2020): The Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs has canceled their annual Home & Lifestyle Show that was scheduled for February 27 & 28, 2021, due to COVID-19. Below, you can read about the 2020 Home & Lifestyle Show for an idea of what to expect when the event returns in 2022.

If you're the sort of person who's always working on a home improvement project, gets giddy over new home organizational techniques, and can always be found in your garden come spring, this is the event for you.

The Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show features 120 exhibitors showcasing everything from household organization to decor to food and wellness to outdoor living and gardens. And, there's much more going on besides checking out the vendors, including a fine arts and crafts show and door prizes. This year the Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show is taking place February 29th through March 1st at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

Help Raise Funds for a Worthy Cause at the Winter Ball

2021 Date TBD

people dressed for a gala in a group photoPhoto credit: Heather Bohm-Tallman Photography; Please note that this photo is from a past Winter Ball and does not reflect current social distancing regulations.

Editor's Note (12/1/2020): Please note that the following event details are from 2020. We will provide updates for 2021 as they are announced.

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is a leading performing arts venue in the area, but they do more than just provide us with amazing concerts and shows. They also offer free education programs and engage in youth education initiatives, and you can support this great cause by attending the Winter Ball 2020: The Future is Now on March 7th at the Hall of Springs.

The event includes: live music from Grand Central Station, catering by the renowned Mazzone Hospitality, an open bar, and raffle prizes. Come out for lively music and great times for a worthwhile cause.

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This article is sponsored by Saratoga County Tourism. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions or view of Saratoga County Tourism or its members.

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