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Plan your trip

Planning to come to campus? To enhance your trip, we’ve collected a few resources to ensure you have a great experience, including a few tips and tricks from current students.


Visitors are welcome on our campus and there are no requirements to register vehicles as long as they are parked during normal business hours and don’t remain on campus overnight. If you are attending an Open House or other special event, you will receive separate instructions for parking as part of your registration process. All other visitors are invited to park in the dedicated lots near the Office of Admissions (No. 1 on our campus map.)


If you or your guests would benefit from assistance navigating campus or you have questions about various accomodations to make your visit comfortable, please call our office 518-580-5570 or email and we'd be happy to talk through options. 

City of Saratoga Springs

City of Saratoga Springs

Skidmore is located just one mile north of downtown Saratoga Springs. No visit to campus is complete without some time spent exploring our hometown. And be sure to ask your tour guide for tips about where all the students go for food, fun, and more. 

Where to stay

Where to stay

One option is Skidmore’s Surrey-Williamson Inn, adjacent to the Eissner Admissions Center. For reservations, visit the Inn's site or call 518-580-8270. Be sure to mention you are visiting as a prospective student and family in order to receive a discount.

Several hotels, inns and B&Bs are also within a short drive of campus. For a complete list, visit the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau.

Where to dine

Where to dine

We encourage all visitors to use their campus visit as an opportunity to explore our on-campus dining options, including the Murray-Aikins Dining Hall and The Spa. Ask your tour guide when you arrive for more information. 
There are also more than 50 local restaurants within a few miles of campus. We recommend exploring those in downtown Saratoga Springs on and off Broadway, including those on Caroline, Phila, Spring and Henry Street. You may also be interested in venturing a few blocks off Broadway to the niche Beekman Street Arts District. 

Downtown Saratoga dining options

Campus visit tips from Thoroughbred Ambassadors  

Student tour guides, known as Thoroughbred Ambassadors, give campus tours. They’re also your student-to-student contact for tips and tricks that will make the most of your Skidmore experience. When it comes to planning your trip to Skidmore, they have a few helpful suggestions. 

Take full advantage of your time with your tour guide. Bring all of your questions. Even if there isn’t time during the tour, they’re often available before and after as well. Many of them are also happy to share their email address if something comes up later. Just ask!

Here are a few questions that go beyond “What do you think of Skidmore?”

  • What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
  • What’s the best class you’ve taken recently?
  • What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were applying to college?
  • Do people really think Creative Thought Matters?
  • How do people get around campus and town?

A significant part of Skidmore’s charm is the ever-lively Saratoga Springs. 

  • Get a restaurant list. Tour guides maintain a colorful list of restaurant recommendations. Don’t leave the Admissions Office without asking for a copy!
  • Take a $5, 30-minute tour. Downtown, in the heart of Congress Park, is one of the most convenient ways to learn about our small city. The Saratoga Springs History Museum, in the Canfield Casino, tells the story of Saratoga Springs from its beginnings.
  • Leave time for a stop on your way out of town. Check out Saratoga Spa State Park. The historical landmark has biking and hiking trails and hosts the famous Roosevelt Baths, Hall of Springs and Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Our award-winning Murray-Aikins Dining Hall provides nutritious and sustainable food while also functioning as a social hub for students running between classes during the day or extracurriculars in the evening. Your tour guide will bring you through here, winding you through the many stations and delicious smells — Supremo’s for Pizza, Emily’s Garden for vegetarian dishes, The Diner for hot meals and more.

  • Eat a cookie. If you have a chance when you’re in “D-Hall,” grab a cookie. Yes, you can have one (or two). Yes, they are amazing. 
  • Look beyond the food. You’re there to check out the food. But campus dining spots are also great places to people-watch. And not just the students. Also look for our amazing and friendly dining staff. They’d love to meet you.