If you were under the impression that Saratoga Springs was strictly a summertime destination you’ve underestimated the appeal of the city and its surrounding areas. Not everyone is lucky enough to live in a region that will undergo the magnificent season, therefore making Saratoga a great “spooky season” stop.

Family-friendly activities

Got kids? Plan a fun packed family trip to Ellms Farm! Ellms Farm is located in Ballston Spa and offers up a ton of fall family fun. Check out their corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo and more!

If the kids aren’t too tired out yet, make your next stop the Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom. Every year the Great Escape (a Six Flags theme park) puts on Fright Fest, the perfect spooky season event for you and your family. Fright Fest consists of several haunted attractions throughout the theme park, scary rides, frightful performances, and much more.


Fright Fest starts tomorrow... don’t say we didn’t warn you! #runscared #frightfest

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If it's a bit too chilly out (or if Fright Fest is out of the cards for your kids), you can always bring the whole family to the Children's Museum of Saratoga where learning and play go hand in hand. Your little ones will love watching Saratoga history come to life in their interactive exhibits.

Dine out during Saratoga Restaurant Week

Discover Saratoga’s Annual Restaurant week is always a great event to look forward to. Starting Nov. 5th, and ending on the 11th, participating restaurants offer 3-course dinners including an appetizer, entree, and dessert for either $20 or $30 (plus tax & tip). Some participating restaurants will also be running a $10 lunch special. Restaurant week is the perfect opportunity to test your taste buds and give some new restaurants a try!


nothing like patatas bravas & stuffed dates wrapped in bacon to motivate you during finals prep 🙌🍷

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Take the waters before winter comes

Adirondack Cruise and Charter is one of the best ways to enjoy Saratoga Lake in the fall. Enjoy the scenery on the fifty foot classic 1900’s Fantail Launch or 22 foot Pontoon. Choose a public ride, or choose to rent out the whole boat for you, your friends and family!

Want more time on the water? Head north a bit, and relish in the beauty of Lake George. The Lake George Steamboat Co. offers brunch, lunch and/or site seeing tours across the historic lake. Board the Mini Ha-Ha, Lac Du Saint Sacrement, or the Mohican! All three boats are equipped with a cocktail bar and plenty of guest seating.


Passing the MO! #mvmohican #lakegeorgeboats #lakegeorgesteamboatcompany

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Enjoy fall foliage in Saratoga

Check your weather app and I LOVE NY's fall foliage report to pinpoint the perfect fall day and immerse yourself in some historic scenery like the famous Saratoga Battlefield or Grant Cottage State Historic Site. Discover the site of the battle of Saratoga, walk, run, bike or drive the 4 and a half mile Wilkinson trail, or venture out to the Saratoga Monument.


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Create your own craft beverage trail

If you have an appreciation for local craft beverages like beer and wine, you've come to the right place! Fan favorites like Druthers, Artisanal Brew Works, and Racing City Brewing Co. (which includes wine from Olivia Winery!) offer a variety of locally brewed IPAs, ales, stouts and sours. Not to mention these breweries are relatively close to one other!

Don't worry, Saratoga has plenty of wine too! Find a variety of locally sourced red and whites from Saratoga Winery or head 40 miles north to Adirondack Winery. Pro tip: Adirondack Winery has lots of crafty events happening that are not just your typical paint and sip. Check out their calendar for more.

If you're traveling with a group, we recommend organizing transportation with fun tour buses like Spa City Brew Bus. Before your beverage tour, make sure to stop at the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center across from Congress Park to pick up a Capital Craft Beverage Trail passport to redeem prizes and more.

Fall in love with fall in Saratoga Springs!

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This post was written by Social Static.