Spring into Action
Spring is a great time to explore! So come and pack your days with as much fun as possible. Saratoga has everything you need to plan the perfect spring getaway with that special someone in your life or your entire family. We will help you start your planning with some fun ideas and great spring stay packages. And don't forget to check out all the other great things to do in Saratoga throughout the seasons! Take in an intimate theater experience, or step back in time with the Saratoga National Historical Park, or just marvel at the change of seasons this weekend in Saratoga. Highlights of Saratoga Happenings are below.
Yaddo Garden Tours
Mid-June - September, 2017
Saturday and Sunday: 11am
Tuesdays during meet
Yaddo Garden Gate
Docent-led garden tours meet at the main fountain near garden entrance gate and only include the gardens. Learn the history of the Trask family, the mansion and the history and creative energy of the Yaddo Gardens. Tours are $10. Gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk, free of charge.
Friehofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival
June 24 - 25, 2017
Noon - 10 pm
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
"The Hang" returns to two stages for two days. Celebrating the 39th year and headlined by the talented Chaka Khan. One of the longest-running jazz events in the world will host world-renowned and up-and-coming jazz artists, including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jean-Luc Ponty, Gipsy Kings and many more.
Round Lake Antiques Festival
June 24 - 25, 2017
9AM - 5PM
Village Greens, Round Lake
Held in the parks and green spaces of the charming Victorian village of Round Lake. Antiques & vintage items, specialty food vendors, music & more! Event hosts an average of over 125 vendors from around the USA and Canada. Dealers bring their treasured antiques and collectibles. The festival is free. Rain or Shine.
Or Simply Come and Explore All that Saratoga Has to Offer
No matter whether you're a theater buff, racing aficionado, olympic shopper, or history buff, there's something in Saratoga for you!
It was news of healing waters that first brought visitors to Saratoga. Today you can walk or drive around downtown Saratoga and sample over a dozen natural flowing and carbonated springs.
We have historical sites and museums that feature classic automobiles, horse racing, glass bottles, military artifacts and so much more. The Saratoga National Historical Park’s tour road is open to cars, bikers and hikers, so you can enjoy and learn in the way that pleases you most.
State and City Parks
Saratoga is located in the Foothills of the Adirondacks, which means outdoor activities are abundant. Saratoga has thousands of acres to explore through nature hikes and mountain biking. Congress Park is nestled right downtown with lawns, statues, museum, ponds, mineral springs and a Circa 1910 restored carousel. Just off Broaday is the expansive Saratoga Spa State Park with acres of land, miles of trails, two golf courses, playgrounds, picnic areas and more. Be sure you don't forget the many nature preserves around Saratoga County.
Saratoga has many cultural treasures with Saratoga Arts at the Arts Center located right downtown, as well as an eclectic and revitalized neighborhood designated as the Beekman Street Art District. Visitors will also find numerous exhibits, galleries, "how to" workshops, museum, art shows and art events, including First Saturdays. We’re also home to Skidmore College, with its teaching museum, state-of-the-art music center and theater department.
Enjoy live harness racing at Saratoga Casino & Raceway, along with over 1,700 state-of-the-art video gaming machines and simulcast broadcasting. There are also several dining options on site, as well as the Capital Region’s hottest night club - Vapor. Catch the racing action Friday through Sunday, as well as most Wednesdays and try your luck on the gaming floor seven days a week.
There is live music throughout downtown Saratoga Springs, in the bars, jazz clubs and wine bars. There are also a number of dance events and concerts. Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center is new place to watch a musical performance, including jazz, guitar ensemble, recitals and more.
Ride the Rapids
Great whitewater rafting may be one of Saratoga’s best kept secrets. Visitors can experience Class II and III rapids with some of the best guides around. With controlled water release on the Great Sacandaga River, there are waves to ride all day and just not at peak times. Opening is weather dependent but is usually in full-swing by Memorial Day Weekend.
Check Out A Car Show
The Saratoga Automobile Museum preserves, interprets, and exhibits automobiles and automotive artifacts. The museum features regular exhibits, as well as special events and lawn show series. Their popular Spring Invitatinal is a must attend event.
Spring brings the start of horse shows in Saratoga. Top riders from all around will showcase their Hunter and Jumper skills at the annual Saratoga Springs Horse Show. And there will be nothing but elegance and grace at the Annual Dressage at Saratoga at the end of May.
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