Travel to a destination of distinction...character, history, and charm are just a few of the reasons Saratoga was named as one of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Experience Victorian architecture, an award-winning downtown with tree-lined streets and one-of-a-kind boutiques, exceptional dining, culture, golf, museums, history, and of course, world-class horse racing! Whether you're planning a romantic getaway, a weekend with friends or a family vacation, Saratoga invites you to come and enjoy. There are a variety of hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts to fit everyone’s taste and budget.
For centuries, Saratoga Springs has been a premier summer destination. Some visit to be a part of the excitement of the world renowned Saratoga Race Course, others to "see and be seen." Still others visit Saratoga Springs to partake of the legendary healing waters, visit the spas, revel in the county's rich and varied natural beauty, capture a bit of the past at the area's historical sites and Victorian mansions or simply to relax.
In order to fully appreciate all of Saratoga County in its present glory, it is necessary to understand its past. In the later years of the Revolutionary War, The Battle of Saratoga took place here. This battle has become known as "the turning point of the American Revolution” and is ranked among the fifteen most decisive battles in world history. Here in 1777 American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender. Today Saratoga National Historical Park is open year-round and is located on the beautiful upper Hudson River.
Saratoga Springs is perhaps best known for its horse racing, which runs from late July through Labor Day. Visitors can start the day with a trackside breakfast in the morning sun, a behind-the-scenes tour of the backstretch and then spend an exciting afternoon at the oldest and most beautiful Thoroughbred race course in the nation. The biggest racing event of the Thoroughbred meet is the Travers Stakes, known as the Midsummer Derby, which takes place the last weekend in August.
From classical to jazz; ballet to rock, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center is one of upstate New York’s most popular cultural sites. Located in the beautiful Saratoga Spa State Park, the Performing Arts Center is also home to the New York City Ballet for three weeks in July and the Philadelphia Orchestra during the month of August. SPAC also hosts some of the most popular performers in the country at rock and pop concerts - all this under the spectacular backdrop and scenery of the 2,100 acre Saratoga Spa State Park. While at the Spa Park, explore the Saratoga Automobile Museum, The National Museum of Dance, the championship Saratoga Spa Golf Course and the Roosevelt Baths and Spa. These attractions are complimented by two pools, a historic hotel, hiking and biking trails, flowing mineral water springs and a theater company.
Saratoga Lake, just minutes from the race track, is best know for swimming, boating, sailing, bass fishing, ice fishing and waterskiing. A public beach, several marinas, cozy inns and great restaurants await you. A public boat launch makes it easy to enjoy a leisurely day of boating or fishing.
A myriad of recreational opportunities will leave the outdoor enthusiast coming back for more! Golfing, tennis, mountain biking, road biking, kayaking, hiking, white water rafting and skydiving are just a few of the outdoor adventures Saratoga County has to offer. Saratoga Lake, Sacandaga Lake, the Hudson River and Champlain Canal posses endless possibilities when it comes to taking advantage of the area’s waterways.
Round out your stay in Saratoga’s charming downtown with its Victorian buildings and gorgeous floral plantings. Browse lovely shops or enjoy one of over 100 outstanding restaurants for lunch or dinner. This is just a sampling of the Saratoga experience. You are always welcome in the city of Health, History, Horses and Hospitality!
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