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Plan a Family Day Out With These Kid-Friendly Things to Do at Saratoga Race Course

Looking for a day trip that's exciting for all members of the family? Plan a visit to Saratoga Race Course this summer! While the thrills of thoroughbred racing are a big draw, there are a variety of kid-friendly things to do at Saratoga Race Course that you should check out.

Giddy Up for Family Sundays

adults and kids at playground in saratoga race track with red slide

Every Sunday during racing season, Saratoga Race Course hosts Family Sundays. This special event features a dedicated family zone near Gate A, packed with free, family-friendly games, activities, and attractions. Think dance classes, sports competitions, and interactive shows!

The Family Zone is smoke- and alcohol-free, offering a safe and interactive space for children to play.

Don't forget the giant Adirondack-style chair โ€“ perfect for capturing a fun family photo opportunity!

Fuel Up for the Fun: Breakfast at the Track

people seated outdoors at tables near a horse race track
Photo Courtesy of Saratoga Business Journal

Start your day off right with a delicious Breakfast at the Track! Every live racing day (except Travers Day and Labor Day) from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM, enjoy a morning buffet on The Clubhouse Porch at Saratoga Race Course.

Watch the thoroughbreds train on the main track while you fuel up for a day of family fun.

Additional Tips

  • Free Backstretch Tram Tour (weather permitting): Enhance your breakfast experience with a free backstretch tram tour offered by the CDTA. The first tram departs at 7:30 AM, with additional trams every 15 minutes. Tours last 45 minutes, and the last tram departs at 9:00 AM. Due to popularity, trams can fill up quickly, so plan your morning accordingly.
  • Breakfast is first-come, first-served: No reservations are accepted for breakfast.
  • Free Admission: Enjoy free admission to the track during breakfast hours.

Meet the Equine Stars

two girls against paddock fence watching jockey and horse walk through before race
Photo Courtesy of Tom Stock

Get the kids up close and personal with the stars of the show โ€“ the magnificent horses. Before each race, head to the paddock to watch the thoroughbreds parade alongside their jockeys. This is a fantastic opportunity to pick a favorite and cheer them on to victory!

Go Beyond the Races

5 women dressed in bright colorful dresses and hats inside the mini horse starting gate

Fashion Frenzy

Saratoga boasts a vibrant racing culture with one-of-a-kind fashion choices. From the moment you enter the gates, prepare to be dazzled by a kaleidoscope of color and creativity. From extravagant hats to colorful dresses, people-watching is a fun activity in itself!

Trackside Treats

No day at the races is complete without some delicious food and snacks. Check out local favorites like Hattie's Chicken and Eddie F's at the track, or, satisfy your cravings for ice cream and more. Follow your nose to all the best food options.

A Taste of History (and Mineral Water)

Entrance to Big Red Spring with white structure with columns over the water spring
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Nudi

Take a walk with your family to the historic Big Red Spring, located on the track grounds. Saratoga is famous for its naturally-bubbling mineral water, and visitors are welcome to sample it for free.

Be prepared for a unique taste โ€“ some might find it refreshing, while others might be surprised!

Make Memories that Last a Lifetime

A day at Saratoga Race Course is an experience your family won't soon forget. From the heart-pounding races to the unique sights and sounds, there's something for everyone. So pack your picnic basket, grab your hats, and get ready for a day of family fun at the races!

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