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25 Things to Do in Saratoga This Summer

July 11, 2017 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

 

  1. Get up early. We mean really early. Head to the backside to watch morning training and then watch some works from the frontside after the break. Make sure you grab your coffee and copy of the Saratoga Special newspaper at the Morning Line. It’s even money you’ll see the West Point team and Partners.


  1. Attend a concert or show at SPAC. NYC Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, Foreigner, Rod Stewart, Florida Georgia Line, Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, Kings of Leon, One Republic, Goo Goo Dolls, Earth Wind & Fire, Matchbox Twenty & Counting Crows, Luke Bryan, Sting, Zac Brown Band, etc.

  1. Watch a race with the West Point team at the “big screen” then have drinks at the famous paddock bar. Grab fries and a shake from Shake Shack while you’re at it.


  1. Tour the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Better yet, take a guided tour with legendary track announcer Tom Durkin.
     

  1. Attend the jockey karaoke contest on July 31 and jockey/trainer charity basketball game on August 3.


  1. Take the scenic drive to Manchester, Vermont and enjoy outlet shopping, hiking, and fly fishing. Be sure to check out the Orvis Store.


  1. Play a round of golf at Saratoga National.


  1. Have a delicious Italian dinner at Pennell’s, WPT’s favorite spot.


  1. Catch a polo match on Friday or Sunday evenings throughout the meet.


  1. Attend the Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale held August 7 and 8. This is a must do if you’re in town then -- it’s a huge social event a ton of fun.


  1. Stop by The Parting Glass on a Thursday Night to hear Andy Serling and his special guests talk about racing. You might get a tip or two on a horse for Friday.


  1. Visit Lake George. Hike Buck Mountain and enjoy a beautiful view of the lake and Adirondacks.


  1. Get an after dinner ice cream cone at Dairy Haus. It’s homemade and the best!


  1. Have an after dinner drink at Sperry’s downtown.


  1. Attend the races on giveaway days.


  1. Explore downtown Saratoga with a stroll down Broadway. Walk through Saratoga State Park or Congress Park.


  1. Rent a boat and spend a Tuesday afternoon on Saratoga Lake. There’s a good chance you’ll see Dallas Stewart in his bright yellow watercraft.


  1. Walk along the path from the winner’s circle to the jocks room after a race to hear the most insane excuses jockeys give to trainers and trainers give to owners. Have one of the jocks sign your program. Get a pair of dirty goggles for the kiddos.


  1. Arrive at the track early on Thursdays and watch the steeplechase races to get your heart pumping out of your chest.


  1. Enjoy a casual day at the track in the backyard picnic area. Wear shorts and a t-shirt and bring your cooler, lawn chair, and picnic basket.


  1. Join Larry Collmus in exclaiming “And they’re off at Saratoga” on Friday, July 21. This tradition was started by the one and only Tom Durkin.


  1. After morning training head to the Spring Street Deli. There’s a good chance you’ll see Dale Romans. Impress him by ordering the “Shackleford” sandwich.


  1. Watch a race from the backstretch. Seven furlong races are really cool because you’ll see the horses break just feet from the rail.


  1. Book a trip to go white water rafting.
     

  2. Visit Saratoga’s famous mineral springs. Bathe in the mineral water at Roosevelt Baths. Get a massage while there too.
     

  3. I had to add one more. Visit Old Friends Cabin Creek and spend time with some really cool retired Thoroughbreds, including our beloved King Congie. 

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Cider donuts!
A visit to Hattie's is a treat as well!
This never gets old.
Visit the Old Friends at Cabin Creek horse rescue farm about 10 minutes out of town. Have a lunch at Route 50 Diner in Ballston Spa. Have dinner at Augies in Ballston Spa, or do a takeout from Augies in Saratoga. Have lunch at the Log Jam restaurant in near the Lake George outlets. Go to Saratoga Lake, make a left and drive up to the top of the hill near McMahon's Farm.
Ride the carousel and feed the ducks in Congress Park. Browse in Lyrical Ballad Bookstore and check out the marvelous collection of books and magazines on racing and all things equine.
Thanks all for the great suggestions!
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