Health, History, Horses
The Spirit and Essence of Saratoga Springs and County
Dubbed “Queen of the Spas” over a century ago, it was the naturally flowing, carbonated springs that first brought visitors in droves, including the rich and famous, to ‘take the cure’ in the healing waters of Saratoga.
Today visitors still relax and rejuvenate in those same waters at one of our historic spas, including the historic Roosevelt Baths & Spa, nestled in the Saratoga Spa State Park.
Visitors enjoy and learn about the waters by taking a self-guided or guided tour of the springs throughout downtown and the Spa State Park. Tours include taste-testing along the way and learning about each spring’s history and medicinal purpose. Each spring has a distinct taste and each have specific claims to help with all types of ailments.
Saratoga County's rich history is still evident in its architecture today. Just a short stroll down Broadway will take you back in time as you admire the grand historic structures with beautifully preserved ornate architectural details.
Dozens of the majestic homes and buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks, including our Downtown in the Broadway Historic District; the Canfield Casino and Congress Park is in the heart of our city that now houses the Saratoga Springs History Museum.
Saratoga is home to many national, state and local museums, for those who enjoy history. Include a visit to Grant Cottage where Ulysses S. Grant wrote his dying memoirs. Hike, bike or drive the beautiful Saratoga National Historical Park, noted as the place where the Turning Point of the American Revolution occurred during The Battles of Saratoga. Enjoy trails, springs and picnic areas of the 2200 acre Saratoga Spa State Park; and visit the stunning gardens of Yaddo, an historic 400-acre estate turned artists’ retreat.
Saratoga Race Course is the oldest, continually operating horse track in the country. Every summer from late July through Labor Day, visitors to Saratoga Race Course experience 40 days of world-class thoroughbred racing, including the oldest stakes race in the country for three-year-olds, the Travers. The historic venue has attracted high rollers to Saratoga Springs since the late 1800s. Today, Saratoga Race Course still brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Spa City.
Horse enthusiasts can also immerse themselves in thoroughbred racing history at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, tour the backstretch at Saratoga Race Course or watch the thoroughbreds work out in the morning at Oklahoma Training Track, take in live harness racing at the Saratoga Casino & Raceway, or enjoy the fast-paced excitement of the Saratoga Polo tournament. The Saratoga Springs Horse Show and Dressage at Saratoga events also offer a unique opportunity to see horses up close. Additionally, city shops and specialty stores offer a variety of horse related souvenirs and memorabilia.
Entertainment, Festivals, Lodging and More
Saratoga hosts numerous year-round events, festivals and world class entertainment.
Saratoga Performing Arts Center hosts the Freihofer's Jazz Festival, annually in June, which was founded in 1978 by jazz impresario George Wein. This two day music and arts festival has featured a who’s who of jazz greats over the years including Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, B.B. King, Wayne Shorter and Ray Charles. The festival draws thousands of fans from across the Northeast and throughout North America each year.
Saratoga is the summer home for the NYC Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This year the world famous Bolshoi Ballet has included Saratoga as part of it USA tour performing Don Quixote. In addition Live Nation books SPAC for Dave Mathews, Phish and other major rock tours each summer.
And the cuisine in Saratoga is award winning. With more than 150 restaurants to choose from with menus representing local farms to world cuisine, foodies will savor the experience. Then there is always shopping. Saratoga streets are lined with specialty shops, galleries and unique boutiques. And if you crave the outdoors get outside and enjoy many options for golfing, hiking, bike riding, boating and lake beaches while exploring the Foothills of the Adirondack Park.
Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County is truly an ideal and exceptional destination offering a rich experience that is only three hours from Boston, Philadelphia, NYC and Montreal.