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Watch Some Horse Racing in Saratoga Springs This Summer

Select Registry - May 17, 2022

Welcome to Thoroughbred Country

A person riding a horse - which is one of the top things to do in Saratoga Springs

There are quite a few beautiful destinations with Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts across the state, including the Finger Lakes Region and the Adirondacks. However, if you’re looking for a fun getaway just outside of New York City, it’s time to consider all of the fantastic things to do in Saratoga Springs. 

Saratoga Springs is just three short hours north of New York City, right in the heart of Upstate New York’s revered Thoroughbred racing county. Saratoga Springs is perhaps best known for the Saratoga Race Course, but there are plenty more things to do in Saratoga Springs that are worth experiencing this summer. 

The city is also known for its mineral springs, an excellent restaurant scene, fun shopping, and plenty of historical and cultural attractions. There’s something for everyone in Saratoga Springs, especially if you’re looking for a relaxing change of pace from larger metropolitan areas like New York City. The healing waters of Saratoga Springs’ mineral springs are legendary for a reason. Isn’t it time you experienced them for yourself?

Whether you’re in town to enjoy a bit of race racing or are just looking for fun things to do in Saratoga Springs this summer, we’d love to welcome you to a bit of comfortable luxury at our Select Registry Bed and Breakfast. We offer a range of diverse lodging accommodations around the country, some in popular travel destinations and others in off-the-beaten-path destinations worth experiencing.  Team up with us, and explore the best of the United States this summer – starting, of course, with our New York Bed and Breakfast in Saratoga Springs!

Spending some time in this beautiful downtown is one of the top things to do in Saratoga Springs

Best Things to do in Saratoga Springs

The possibilities are endless in Saratoga Springs!  It’s located in Upstate New York, near the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, and offers guests a delightful retreat out of the city. More importantly, there is an abundance of awesome things to do in Saratoga Springs. With plenty of outdoor adventure, cultural attractions, exciting events, and wonderful amenities like restaurants and shopping, there’s something for everyone here. 

In fact, Saratoga Springs was named “one of the nation’s most charming small cities” by Travel Magazine – a sentiment we couldn’t agree with more! We’re so excited for the busy season ahead. If you’re ready to start planning with us, here are some of our favorite things to do in Saratoga Springs:

  1. One of the most popular things to do in Saratoga Springs during the summer is to watch Thoroughbred horse racing at the Saratoga Race Course. We’ll cover this top attraction in more detail below. 
  2. Horse fans in the area also don’t want to miss a trip to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, which displays a variety of horse paintings and trophies.
  3. Spend a relaxing day at Saratoga Spa State Park, home to mineral baths, a pool complex, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and a variety of fun recreational opportunities.
  4. Horse enthusiasts aren’t the only ones that enjoy trips to Saratoga Springs. Another one of the top things to do in Saratoga Springs is to visit the Saratoga Automobile Museum, which is filled with a variety of vintage and racing cars. 
  5. Take a break from the exciting world of horse racing, and unwind at the area wineries, breweries, and distilleries
  6. History buffs – there are plenty of things to do in Saratoga Springs for you, too!  Learn all about the Battle of Saratoga battlefield, which was a turning point in the Revolutionary War.
  7. Playing a round of golf is another of the most popular things to do in Saratoga Springs. There are plenty of great golf courses to tee up, including the Saratoga Spa Golf Course and Saratoga National Golf Club
  8. Get out on the water! It’s one of the best things to do in Saratoga Springs, especially when the weather heats up in summer! Try whitewater rafting at the Sacandaga Outdoor Center or the Adirondack Adventure Center, or opt for a calmer water adventure on Saratoga Lake
  9. Hit the trails!  There are several great hikes in the area, and it’s one of the more popular things to do in Saratoga Springs. 
  10. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in the legendary mineral springs at local spas. It’s one of our favorite things to do in Saratoga Springs, especially after a day of adventure outdoors. These waters boast magical healing properties. 
One of the best things to do in Saratoga Springs is to watch a race at Saratoga race Course

Catch a Race at Saratoga Race Course

One of the top things to do in Saratoga Springs is to visit the Saratoga Race Course. The Saratoga Race Course is the oldest and largest Thoroughbred racing track in the country and brings in more than a million visitors to the area each year. The thrill of watching a race in person is unbeatable and definitely something to add to your “must-do” list for the summer. 

The Saratoga Race Course is so much more than one of the most popular things to do in Saratoga Springs – it’s a way of life here in Upstate New York. The Saratoga Race Course opened for its first race in 1863. It is considered one of the oldest racing tracks in the country, but more importantly, it’s one of the oldest sporting venues of any kind in the country. It’s also the home of the oldest and most esteemed Thoroughbred race of the year, The Travers Stakes (also called the Midsummer Derby). 

For many in the industry, the Saratoga Race Course is considered the gold standard for tracks. You can read more about the legendary history of this track, including the famous horses who once raced it, here

The horse races kick off for the season on July 14th with the Wilton and Schuylerville races, and they will continue through early September. Tickets for each event can be purchased online.  Dining reservations can also be made for the season now – these spots are coveted and limited, so get your reservations in early. 

Horse racing is an exciting world, but it’s nothing compared to the luxe accommodations offered at our New York Bed and Breakfast in Saratoga Springs. From the moment you first arrive at our property, you’ll begin to see and feel the difference lodging with Select Registry makes.  Join us in Saratoga Springs, and let us treat you to an unforgettable getaway this summer.

Best Place to Stay in Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Arms

Saratoga Arms is a Second Empire brick boutique hotel, situated in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs, New York. Our recently restored, luxurious Saratoga Springs, NY hotel is just steps to fantastic shopping, restaurants, museums, and colleges. Experience the grandeur of the Thoroughbred Races, located only minutes from the front door of our charming Saratoga inn. Enjoy the view of the hustle and bustle of downtown from the beautiful wrap-around front-porch of our romantic Saratoga Springs hotel.

Our lovely New York hotel features 31 individually appointed rooms and custom décor, combining elegance and modern amenities. A delicious full breakfast is served from 8:00 – 10 a.m. and is included in the room rate, as well as complimentary soft drinks and snacks in our guest pantry. Indulge in a glass of wine and our small plates menu by the fireplace or stay active in our 24-hour exercise room.

Our Saratoga Springs hotel is perfect for both business and leisure travelers; new state-of-the-art meeting rooms offer executive meeting space, VPN accessibility, audio conferencing, along with free high speed and wireless internet available throughout the entire hotel for conferences, board and committee meetings or company retreats. 

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