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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.

Family Fun Fridays

The weekly family festivals will be held each Friday of the meet inside the entrance to the Reserved Seats Office near the Carousel, from noon to 4 p.m., beginning on Opening Day, Friday, July 19.

Family Fridays will feature the Coca-Cola Best Bet offer, which includes adult grandstand admission, a Post Parade program, a hot dog and Coca-Cola, all for $5 with a voucher found on Coca-Cola displays at participating retailers. The voucher can be redeemed at the Reserved Seats Office on Union Avenue on any Friday during the season.

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

Each day-long event will include face painting, arts and crafts from Tiny Tots Tea Room and bounce inflatables. Additional activities will supplement these weekly staples, as outlined in the following lineup for Family Fridays (subject to change):

Friday, July 19: Family Fridays kick off on Saratoga’s Opening Day. Attendees can have their day at the races commemorated with a special photo laminated on a magnet by Picture Perfect. The first 150 kids at the family tent will receive a special 150th anniversary t-shirt to decorate.

Friday, July 26: The Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) 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.

Friday, August 2: This week’s event will feature a Victorian twist in celebration of the 150th anniversary season at Saratoga. Kids will be invited to take photos with characters in traditional Victorian costumes and explore Victorian-era relics from the Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum. Special Victorian-themed arts and crafts and other activities will be available.

Friday, August 9: Kids will experience the thrill of piloting a helicopter during a ride in a flight simulator from Independent Helicopters.

Friday, August 16: Kids and families will enjoy the Mad Science interactive exhibit with putty, slime, dry ice, and other hands-on activities.

Friday, August 24: Families will have another chance to enjoy the Leaping Lizards and Rocking Reptiles exhibit from CMOST.

Friday, August 31: As the anniversary season approaches its conclusion, Saratoga Race Course will take a look to the future with a hands-on robotics demonstration from students at Shenendehowa High School.


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

Breakfast at Saratoga is a long-standing tradition. Every racing day from 7 to 9:30 a.m., a buffet 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. Schedule Note: Travers Day, Saturday, August 24, morning workouts end at approximately 8:00 a.m.

Dress Code: Casual attire
Breakfast Admission: Free (except Travers Day, August 24, 2013)
Price: $17.00 per person, $9.00 for children ages 3-12 years, plus tax & 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 Travers Day, Saturday, August 24, 2013, and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.)

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 with the exception of Travers Day when a $10 Clubhouse admission fee is required. With the exception of Travers Day, the Race Course is cleared at the conclusion of the Breakfast at Saratoga program. 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 please contact
Emma Pinette: 718-659-3553 (Belmont or Aqueduct)
518-584-6200 ext 3553 (Saratoga)