Since Skidmore is a small campus, it's a wonderful opportunity to be located up the street from downtown Saratoga Springs. Saratoga is a wonderful college town, but it is not defined by Skidmore. Home to the oldest race track in the country, Saratoga is famous for horse racing over the summer, but the liveliness of the town is not significantly lessened during the school year. Saratoga has a great range of restaurants from Legends (a great sandwich shop) to the more upscale restaurants like Max London's. There are several coffee shops that are favorite weekend homework and hangout spots. You won't go into the local coffee shop Uncommon Grounds without seeing another Skidmore student! The nightlife is mainly located on Caroline Street, home to both dive bars like Desperate Annie's and clubs like Thirteen. If you're of age, the bars are a central part of social life on the weekend nights.
Students love to go downtown to Saratoga for anything from eating a bagel to a family dinner to a night out at the bars, and it is so easy to get there. The CDTA bus service runs seven days of the week. On Fridays and Saturdays, the bus runs until 4 a.m., ensuring students a safe ride back from the bars. It is also very easy to take the bus to the Wilton Mall to go shopping or to see a movie.