Buffalo Bills Bar: Saratoga Springs Official Bills Backers Places to Watch the Game

I think we are all excited that some sort of normal has returned with NFL football season under way. With Covid-19 still affecting everyday life, the NFL games look a bit different this year. Just because many of the stadiums will be empty of fans does not mean we won’t be enjoying the games and cheering on our teams. (more…)

Best Place to Return Cans and Bottles in Saratoga Springs

Redeemable bottles and cans help landfills just store garbage.

Redeemable bottles and cans help landfills just store garbage.

It is important to return cans and bottles because it is a great way to keep them out of the landfills. And it helps that we can make a little money too. If you are like us, you wait to return your bottles until you have 12 garbage bags full taking up all the space in the garage.

So where do can you take all those bags bottles to return in the Saratoga Area?

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A Day Visit to Fort Ticonderoga

If you are looking for something to do in the Saratoga Springs area the historic Fort Ticonderoga is only about and hour and half from Saratoga Springs. The Fort has been renovated based on pictures to resemble the Fort built in the late 1750’s by the French.

Living Museum actors explain cooking in this oven made from a pile of dirt at Fort Ticonderoga.

Living Museum actors explain cooking in this oven made from a pile of dirt at Fort Ticonderoga.

The living museum is a wonderful asset as knowledgeable and skilled men and women speak to you about the Fort and the way of life. The actors portray their roles so knowledgeably while they talk about their trade, their lifestyle and answer questions. You really are immersed into the culture.

We chose a special weekend for our visit, “THE ENEMY ATTACKED US AT DAYBREAK” BROWN’S RAID WEEKEND LIVING HISTORY EVENT. A full day of activities, lectures, displays, music, and cannon fire made for a fun and educational experience. They have different programs through their season so be sure to check out the calendar to see what would be fun for you and your family.

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Fife and Drum at Fort Ticonderoga

There are buildings where actors are performing day to day activities of the time period. You can wander through the museums full of artifacts and information. There is a wonderful hands area in the Mars Education Center where kids of all ages can try their skills.
There are snacks and drinks at the Museum Store inside the Log House Welcome Center, as well as the Fort Cafe, a sit down restaurant. The store has tons of awesome memorabilia including maps, books, puzzles, action figures, t-shirts and of course play guns and more.

Fort Ticonderoga firing cannon at mountain top enemy.

Fort Ticonderoga firing cannon at mountain top enemy.

There are public bathrooms in both the Museum Store and the Mars Education Center. There is an elevator in the Mars Education Center. There are stairs to get up to the second level of the fort. The upper level is where the actors shot the cannon and where much of the museum artifacts are housed. I did not see an elevator for the main building.

The Fort is open from early May to late October. Be sure to look at the videos they have on their web site, they are fantastic! People have worked very hard to share our history and did a professional job with educational videos.

Plan your visit to Fort Ticonderoga to go back to the Revolutionary War. Learn more about our history, the weapons used, and the lifestyle these men and women had. Listen to exciting accounts of what happened so long ago.

Have you been to Fort Ticonderoga? Did you go for a special event? Share your stories and thoughts about Fort Ticonderoga in the comments.

Thanks for reading.  I hope it helps!  :o)

Guide to Restaurants in Saratoga Springs NY

Huge list of Restaurants in downtown Saratoga Springs

With so many choices for food and drinks in downtown Saratoga Springs, it’s hard to make a decision on where to go. I hope this list of all the restaurants, cafes, drinks places, bars, desserts places, and all the spots to go to fill your belly, will help you pick out the place to try or revisit today!

“What should we do for dinner?” Next is the Google search, which did give some restaurants in Saratoga. But what I did NOT find was a web site with quick links to food places sites in Saratoga.

So, I decided to make one.

Here are the restaurants in Saratoga Springs including links to web sites, Facebook pages and yelp reviews.

What restaurants do you go to in Saratoga Springs? Are there any missing from the list? Let us know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading! I hope this helps!  :o)

5 More Places to Find Pokemon in Areas Surrounding Saratoga Springs

There are Pokemon spawning in areas around Saratoga Springs, NY. Don’t just stick to the downtown Saratoga area, head out to towns outside of Saratoga Springs.

Pokemon Go was intended to get people out and walking. And another benefit of the super active game is to get out exploring areas you may have never been to before. It’s exciting to drive to a place known for awesome or rare Pokemon.

Here are some places you may not have tried yet, but cool Pokemon show up there often.

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If you are looking for Bulbasaurs and Machops, get yourself to the Saratoga Spa State Park. Bulbasaurs are spawning all over including the entrance off South Broadway. Multiple Machops can be caught in the parking lot for the Gideon Putnam Hotel and the drop off circle in front of the hotel. (Don’t linger though, as I’m not sure how happy the hotel is with Poke Trainers hanging out in front of their hotel). Keep wandering the park because Bulbasaurs have been spawning behind the Automobile Museum and you can catch them while just driving and walking around the park.

Ballston Spa

Head to Ballston Spa and be sure to drive down Front Street. There are 3 Pokestops close together near Milton Ave and Front Street. Be sure to drive all the way to the end of Front Street to the little building that houses a spring. There are 2 Pokestops, one is a walking trail and the other is the Old Iron Spring. Especially when Lured, Magicarps, Polywags, Goldeens and Starus have been caught while walking around the area. While you are there, check out the Gym at the Saratoga County Historical Museum, team ownership changes frequently.

Wilton Place Plaza

There is a great Pokemon spawning place on Route 50 in Wilton, just outside Saratoga Springs. Wilton Place Plaza is home to Chipolte, Hattie’s Chicken Shack, Five Guys, AT&T, Sports Clips, Aspen Dental, and more. As you pull in you will see a road that connects this plaza with the Market 32 plaza. As you pull into the Market 32 parking lot you will see some cool Pokemon. Tauros, Meowth, Ghastly, and even Squirtle have been caught there. This isn’t a good place for walking because it is a parking lot, so please be careful.

Saratoga Lake

Dratini and Dragonair were caught right on Route 9p, which runs alongside Saratoga Lake. Not only is it a scenic drive along the water, but some interesting Pokemon spawn there too. Drive slowly as the road is curvy, but you never know what Pokemon you may find.

Lake George

There are plenty of souvenir shops and mini-golf places in Lake George. Did you know that Magicarps hang out in Lake George too? As you walk around the main street area make sure you head down Beach Road. It runs between the lake and Fort William Henry. Magicarps, Horseas, Goldeens and other water type Pokemon can be found. And while you are there, be sure to check out the supernatural Mystery Spot in Lake George right near the Visitors Center.

Where have you been catching Pokemon? Any new places where you found rare and cool Pokemon? Let us know in the comments!

Thanks for reading. I hope this helps!  :o)

27 Places for Free WiFi Downtown in Saratoga Springs

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Free WiFi in Saratoga Springs NY

Downtown Saratoga Springs is a busy place and would not be complete without Free WiFi! Here is an interactive map and list of the places where you get online without using your data.

Whether you are playing Pokemon Go, checking your email, researching restaurant menus or just using your laptop for work, it’s great to find the places that offer Free Wifi. There are some apps and web sites that say they can do this for us, but I haven’t found one yet with complete information or great reviews.

So, I did my own research while traveling around Saratoga Springs. I just want to say that this is not an exhaustive list. I’m sure I have missed some places. As I discover more Free WiFi in Saratoga Springs I will add it to the list.

Here’s what I found so far:

Business name, address and the Free WiFi SSID:

 

Public Buildings:

  • Saratoga Public Library, 49 Henry St | Saratoga Library WiFi
  • Saratoga Springs Court House, 474 Broadway | SSCH-NET

Broadway:

  • Salt & Char Restaurant, 353 Broadway | Salt and Char Guest
  • Saratoga Marketplace, 454 Broadway | saratoga_marketplace_guest
  • BurgerFi, 460 Broadway | BurgerFi
  • Saratoga Coffee Traders, 447 Broadway | SCT Main
  • Gap, 341 Broadway | @Gap Brands Free Wi-Fi

Caroline Street:

  • One Caroline | paddocklounge
  • The Bourbon Room, 8 Caroline Street | bourbonroom-guest
  • Desperate Annie’s, 12 Caroline St | DesperateAnnies
  • Gaffney’s Restaurant, 16 Caroline St | GAFFNEY’S
  • Sperry’s, 30 1/2 Caroline St | SPERRY’S
  • Dango’s Irish Sports Bar & Steakhouse, 38 Caroline Street | Dangos

Phila Street:

  • Park Side Eatery, 42 Phila St | PSE – Guest
  • Boghosian Brothers,  57 Phila St | Boghosian Bros-guest

Downtown North:

  • 9 Maple Ave | 9 maple guest
  • Olde Bryan Inn, 123 Maple Ave | OBI_Guest
  • Pavilion Grand Hotel, 30 Lake Avenue | Pavilion_Guest, Pavilion_Lobby
  • Grace Fellowship Church, 165 High Rock Ave | GFGuest
  • Courtyard Marriot, 11 Excelsior Ave | Courtyard_Guest

Congress Plaza:

  • Wendy’s, 24 Congress St | Wendys
  • Kin jo Japanese Steak House, 68 Congress St | Kinjo Guest
  • Price Chopper, 55 Railroad Place | Price Chopper

 South Broadway:

  • The Inn at Saratoga, 231 Broadway | THEINN20
  • Boston Market, 204 S Broadway | BostonMkt_Guest
  • Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway | Holiday_Inn_Saratoga_Springs
  • Saratoga Catholic High School, 247 Broadway | SCHS_Students

I’m sure there are more places who offer Free WiFi in Saratoga. Please help make it better by adding places in the comments below!

Thanks for reading. I hope this helps!  :o)