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Saratoga is always a great place to bring the kids. The beautiful backyard at Saratoga is an ideal setting for picnics while watching the horses saddle in the Paddock.

The all-new Berkshire Bank Family Mondays

The weekly family festivals will be held each Monday of the meet at the Saratoga Pavilion, located inside the entrance to the Reserved Seats Office near the Carousel, from noon to 4 p.m.

Admission to Saratoga Race Course is free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult any day of the meet throughout the season.

Each day-long event will include free face painting, arts and crafts, mascot appearances and bounce inflatables. Additional activities will supplement these weekly staples, as outlined in the following lineup (subject to change, current at time of release):

Monday, July 21: The first Berkshire Bank Family Monday will invite attendees to participate in a puppet building workshop with The Puppet People.

Monday, July 28: Families will get a glimpse at what life was like for children at the end of the 19th century with a mobile version of the “Days Gone By” exhibit from the Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum. The exhibit will feature various toys, game, appliances and horse-related items from the 19th century.  

Monday, August 4: Kids and families will enjoy the Mad Science interactive exhibit with putty, slime, dry ice, and other hands-on activities.

Monday, August 11: The Children’s Museum of Science and Technology will present its educational and explorative Leaping Lizards and Rocking Reptiles exhibit. Kids will have a chance to meet the cold-blooded creatures, while learning about their behaviors, habitats and lifestyles.

Monday, August 18: Families will once again enjoy the “Days Gone By” exhibit from the Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum.

Monday, August 25: Saratoga Race Course will take a look to the future with a hands-on robotics demonstration from students at Shenendehowa High School.

Monday, September 1: On closing day of the 2014 meet, families will enjoy a special magic show and learn simple tricks from magician John Green.

For a complete and up to date listing of all special events at Saratoga Race Course, click here.



Breakfast Program - Walking Tour / Paddock Show / Starting Gate Demonstration

Breakfast at Saratoga on the Lower Porch

Seating Capacity – 800 people

Breakfast on the Porch is an exciting, long-standing tradition at Saratoga racecourse. Every racing day from 7 to 9:30 a.m., breakfast is served on The Porch of the Clubhouse while the Thoroughbreds prepare for future races. Mary Ryan, a lifelong horsewoman, provides expert commentary for the workouts.


Dress Code: Casual attire
Breakfast Admission: Free
Menu: Breakfast Buffet - $17.95 per person, $9.95 for children ages 3-12, plus tax and gratuity.
Seating: First-come, first-served.  Parties of 20 or more contact the Dining office at the number listed below.  
Parking: $10 trackside parking

One of the highlights of the breakfast program is the free walking tour of our famous and historic stable area (weather permitting). The first tram that takes you to the stable area, leaves the main Clubhouse entrance at 7:30 a.m. with additional trams leaving approximately every 15 minutes. The last tour departs at around 9:00 a.m. (The Tour is available every race day except Labor Day).

To make your visit as enjoyable as possible, we are offering the following Tour Tips:

  • Due to the huge popularity of the tour, trams are often full to capacity way before departure time. We strongly suggest that you plan your morning accordingly. Experience has shown that the tours popularity increases as the morning progresses.
  • No reservations are accepted. Trams are filled on a first come first serve basis.
  • Tour is roughly 45 minutes in length from start to finish.

Last tour leaves at approximately 9:00 a.m. or when the last tram is full to capacity.
The last tour of the morning is the most popular and for that reason, there are times when people must be turned away. In the event that does occur, we hope that you will consider taking the tour on your next visit.

Admission to breakfast is free, and those who elect to attend the afternoon's races are charged admission upon reentering the track. Patrons who leave before 10:00 a.m. receive a parking refund ($10 trackside). There will be no parking refunds issued on Travers Day.


For more information and reservations on any of our restaurants , please contact NYRA Dining at: 888-516-NYRA (6972), or dining@nyrainc.com.