Saratoga Springs, NY, Guide and Information

Your Guide to Saratoga Springs, NY.

Welcome to Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs is best-known today for its world-class horse racing, but the area’s rich history, legendary healing springs, and thriving cultural opportunities provide numerous opportunities to enjoy Saratoga. From traces of the Battle of Saratoga—the turning point of the Revolutionary War—to the vibrant downtown music scene, Saratoga offers attractions for every taste.

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Heading into History in Saratoga

The history of Saratoga Springs is rich and storied. If you want, go as far back as 1777 and visit the Saratoga Battlefields, also known as the Saratoga National Historical Park, the sacred land where the turning point of the American Revolution occurred. If you like nature, it’s worth the fifteen-mile drive out here. It’s a great place to hike and bike or just enjoy a scenic drive around and an educational moment at the Visitor Center.

Back toward town, garden lovers enjoy docent-led tours at Yaddo, an historic property that has served as an artist’s residency since 1926. Known for their voluptuous roses in summer, the grounds of this property inspire the artist in all of us. Come fall, you can let yourself be spooked by their “ghost tours.” No worries though because there’s no such thing as a crazy artist–right?

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Health, Wellbeing and Beauty in the Spa Town

People have been “taking the waters” in Saratoga Springs, New York since the early part of the nineteenth century. (Actually indigenous Native Americans indulged in therapeutic drinks and soaks there long before they were discovered by the white man.) Known for their healing benefits, the mineral-rich water still found in springs in and around Saratoga is how and why this town was put on the map.

For fun and perhaps good health, equip yourself with a jug and jog around to the various stations within town and the Saratoga Spa State Park. And enjoy some good swigs! Or not. Because it is pretty stinky. When you go, imagine the gentry standing around in their waistcoats and long full skirts sipping from the source. This was the water cooler of the day, the epicenter of activity from which a great number of sites and attractions were born.

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