Things to Do in Saratoga Springs, NY

Discover a multitude of things to do in Saratoga Springs, New York, the Spa City and epicentre of horse racing! Union Gables Inn is located two blocks from the oldest racetrack in the country and within a short walk of downtown boutiques and five star restaurants. We invite you to experience Saratoga Springs, whether it’s enjoying tranquil spa waters, attending high-intensity racing, or catching one of many annual events.

Traveling into town? Union Gables Inn is a 30-minute drive to Albany International Airport and Lake George, as well as three hours from Montreal, Manhattan, and Boston. Our hotel is also situated two miles from the Amtrak Station which travels to Penn Station.  

Saratoga Racecourse

The thoroughbred horse racing track is home to some of the most important races in North America, including the Travers Stakes, the Alabama Stakes, and the Whitney Handicap. Plan a day trip to the race track to see the horses and jockeys up close and enjoy special events all season long.

Race season is July through Labor Day.

Local Colleges

Visit campus for Parents Weekends and Commencement.

Empire College: Part of the State University of New York system and offering flexible distance education programs.

Skidmore College: One of the Hidden Ivies and a well-renowned Liberal Arts College. 

Horse Auctions

Fasig-Tipton holds three thoroughbred horse auctions in Saratoga Springs each year. The crown glory of North America, the Fasig-Tipton Company is the oldest auction company of its kind and hosts the Saratoga Yearling Sale, the New York Bed Sale, and the Saratoga Fall Sale in the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion each year.

Held the Sunday and Monday following The Saratoga Sale, the New York Bred Yearlings sale is the industry’s leading source of quality New York-bred yearlings.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Attend concerts and awe-inspiring performances of all genres at the outdoor amphitheatre. SPAC has a show for everyone, from a classical music showcase by the Philadelphia Orchestra to ROC Nation events with major artists.

Find out more about summer concerts at Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Saratoga Spa State Park

Listed as a National Historic Landmark, the Saratoga Spa State Park offers classical architecture, recreational hiking areas with natural geysers, and refreshing pools. Indulge in a cleansing soak in the Roosevelt mineral baths, renowned for their healing benefits.

Twice as large as Central Park, Saratoga Spa State Park is also a scenic cross country skiing and snowshoeing destination in Saratoga because of its timeless beauty and open terrain. In the summer, enjoy 18 miles of trails for biking and hiking!


Walk less than ten minutes into downtown Saratoga Springs. The downtown is very safe and clean at all hours of the day, perfect for an evening stroll after a concert.

Dine at delicious restaurants with a variety of cuisines and shop for a special treasure to bring home after your stay in the Spa City!

Saratoga Polo

Since 1898, the city has hosted a polo club, the old Persian game consisting of horses, mallets, and daring riders. The season usually lasts from July to Labor Day. One of the best things to do in Saratoga Springs, we recommend guests attend a game. Keep in mind the dress code, which is cocktail dresses and traditional billowy hats for women and business casual wear with a sporty edge for men.

Polo matches are held every Friday and Sunday at 5:30 PM.  

Saratoga Horse Racing Museum

Explore Saratoga’s rich history of American Thoroughbred race horses, jockeys, and trainers! Visit interactive exhibits to learn about the history of horse racing, see rare memorabilia, admire fine equine art, and take a tour of Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track.

The Saratoga Horse Racing Museum is closed for renovations from January 1 to July 17 2020.

Ask our front desk about their favorite things to do in Saratoga Springs, New York during your stay!  

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