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Great Weekends: Saratoga Springs, NY

July 1st, 2010 · No Comments · Destinations

I fell in love with Saratoga Springs, NY, located on the southeastern edge of Upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains, as a tween on a day trip with my family.  Something about the place spoke to me despite my aversion to the stench of sulfur that bubbled up from the famous springs.

Original Saratoga Spring in upstate NY

The Saratoga Spring still flows in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY.

Returning decades later with my family, Saratoga Springs has only gotten better.  It still speaks to me as an old town full of activity and energy that lets me relax.  It is also a town where I can enjoy “adult” activities while parenting. This is definitely a place to go with the kids, not for the kids.

World class performing arts are enjoyed beneath the stars wearing shorts, drinking wine or lemonade, and paying very little for tickets.  Delicious food is readily available and separate kids menus aren’t needed.  History is everywhere.  People are friendly.  A town full of amusement parks, hot dog stands and mini golf courses set on a spectacular Adirondack lake is less than 30 minutes away.  And of course, healing waters bubble up all over town including into a spa (because some adult activities are best without the kids.)

A weekend in Saratoga Springs is now an annual trip anchored on catching performances of the New York City Ballet‘s summer program at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.  We make sure to visit the Saturday morning farmer’s market, take a ride on the carousel at Congress Park and I sneak in a bath at Roosevelt Spa while my husband and daughter go swimming.

Learn more about what we see and do in Saratoga Springs: (Coming in July)
Saratoga Springs: Congress Park
Saratoga Springs: Saratoga Spa National Park
Saratoga Springs: Saratoga Center for the Performing Arts (SPAC)
Saratoga Springs: Farmers Market
Saratoga Springs: Great Food
Saratoga Springs: Roosevelt Baths and Spa
Saratoga Springs: Hotels


  • Located halfway between New York City and Montreal (about 3.5 hours from each) off of I-87.  Close to Lake George, Albany Airport and Adirondack Park.
  • During the summer, there is always enough going on that popular hotels sell out and traffic is slow on Broadway Ave. but the racing season and Skidmore College events are particularly busy.
  • Visit Saratoga! at is a comprehensive visitors guide including deals and events.
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