Kid sledding in Saratoga

Winter Things to Do in the Saratoga Region

No matter what season of life you’re in or what season of the year it is, the Saratoga region of Upstate NY is a great place to live.

There are dozens of events, activities, and attractions to keep locals of all ages busy and entertained all year round, even during the cold and snowy winter months!

Whether you prefer outdoor adventures during the winter, or you’d rather spend your free time indoors, Saratoga has you covered!

Saratoga Springs Outdoor Winter Activities

It’s true that winters in Upstate NY are filled with snow, ice, and cold temperatures. But this weather makes Saratoga a great place to enjoy outdoor recreational activities and snow sports!

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

If you’re into cross country skiing and snowshoeing, there are trails galore in the Saratoga area. Saratoga Spa State Park has a number of scenic trails to enjoy if you want to stay very local. If you’re up for venturing a bit further, there are numerous trail systems just an easy drive away.

Learn more about cross country ski and snowshoe trails in the Saratoga region here.

Ice Skating

Ice skating is another popular outdoor winter activity in Saratoga. In fact, Saratoga is even home to an annual pond hockey tournament! There are numerous outdoor seasonal skating rinks throughout the area, including Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Lake, and others.

Get the details about local skating facilities here.


Looking to go sledding with the kids on a snowy day? Saratoga is a great place to do so! There are a handful of great local sledding hills throughout the area.

Get the inside scoop on the best sledding hills in Saratoga, submitted by residents, here.  


If you’re into winter motorsports, like snowmobiling, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to do that in Saratoga too! In and around Saratoga there are dozens of snowmobile trails, great for exploring.

Check out local snowmobile trails and plan your next adventure here.

Downhill Skiing

Downhill skiing is another favorite activity among those who love to enjoy the snow during winters in Upstate NY. While there are no downhill ski mountains right in Saratoga, there are a number of mountains just a short ways away. From West Mountain in nearby Queensbury – an easy 30 minute drive – to Gore Mountain further north in the Adirondacks, skiers in Saratoga have lots of options!

Learn about local downhill ski mountains here.

Indoor Things To Do During Winters in Saratoga

The winter weather in the Saratoga region can be harsh at times. When temperatures are too cold and the weather is too harsh for outdoor activities – or if you’re a person who simply prefers to hibernate during the winter – there are plenty of indoor things to keep you busy!

Local Museums

Saratoga is home to a handful of local museums. From art and history to hands on opportunities for kids, museums in the Saratoga area have something for everyone to enjoy.

Learn more about museums in the Saratoga region here.

Wineries & Distilleries

In the mood for a beverage? Saratoga is a great place to be. There are a few local wineries right in Saratoga, including The Saratoga Winery and Thirsty Owl, and other wineries and distilleries an easy drive away.

Check out this helpful list of local wineries and distilleries here.

Arts & Crafts

If you’re feeling crafty on a chilly winter day, check out one of Saratoga’s local art studios. Create your own masterpiece at Saratoga Paint and Sip, or decorate a piece of pottery at Creative Sparks.

Find more details about crafting opportunities in Saratoga here.

Cafes, Restaurants, & Eateries

There are dozens of cafes and restaurants throughout Saratoga. Though they are especially busy during the summer track season, they are bustling during the winter as well. If you’re looking for a cozy place to enjoy a warm meal, there’s no shortage of places to do so in the Saratoga region. No matter what you’re craving, you’re sure to find it.

Browse this list of Saratoga restaurants to find just what you’re looking for.

Winter Events in Saratoga

Need something to look forward to to get you through some of the dreary winter days we have here in Upstate NY? Saratoga has a full calendar of events going on throughout the winter. Family friendly events, indoor events, outdoor events, live music, trivia, city-wide events like Chowderfest, and more. With so much going on throughout the winter, there’s no reason to be bored if you live in or around Saratoga.

Check out the calendar of upcoming events in Saratoga here.

Stay Busy With Saratoga’s Many Winter Things To Do

If you live in Saratoga, there’s no reason to give in to the winter blues. With so much going on locally all winter long – not to mention the opportunities to enjoy the winter weather right outside your door – you can stay busy all winter long. Who knows – maybe winter will become your favorite season.

If not, with a full schedule to keep you busy, spring will be here before you know it!

Wondering what there is to do in Saratoga during other seasons?

Check out our guide to family friendly fall activities for details on where you can go apple picking, enjoy Halloween happenings, partake in local festivals, venture out on local hikes and more in the Saratoga area.

Looking forward to summer? Read through our list of the top things to do in Saratoga during the summer and start planning your summertime adventures today!