Saratoga Springs is a US city not very well known, yet it can represent an interesting travel stop, an authentic hidden gem on a vacation on the American East Coast. The town, 67km north of the New York State capital, Albany, is in fact a popular holiday destination, especially for those looking for relaxation of the thermal waters or the charm of horse races of the old days.
At its origins, Saratoga Springs' main tourist attraction was precisely the hot Springs, but already in the second half of the nineteenth century racecourses and casinos began to open, transforming the town into the ideal refuge for the wealthy classes of the Northeast. In the summer months (especially in August) thatexclusive atmosphere it still comes alive, but in Saratoga Springs you can find much more. Here is a list of things to see, do and visit:
What to see in Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Spa State Park, nicknamed “The Public's Resort”, is a park that includes and protects the mineral springs that have been in use since at least the XNUMXth century. It is a complex with beautiful Victorian swimming pools, golf and tennis courts, beautiful areas for walking, picnics and excursions. The advice obviously is to take a nice bath in the thermal waters and undergo the numerous treatments available.
Roosevelt Mineral Baths. Here, too, the main attraction is represented by wellness: mineral baths, massages, aromatherapy, reflexology, face and body treatments.
Congress Park: pleasant park in which three of the ancient thermal springs of the past still flow. Here you will also find the old racecourse and the old casino.
Saratoga Springs History Museum. The museum is housed in an ancient casino from the second half of the 1800s (called a national historic monument) and represents the authentic historical memory of the city.
The other museums of Saratoga: the town hosts a remarkable variety of museums, including one for the children (The Children’s Museum at Saratoga), uno military (New York State Military Museum), one on dance (National Museum of Dance), one dedicated to Corsican (National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame), uno alle cars (Saratoga Automobile Museum) and uno d'modern art (Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery).
Yaddo Gardens: Founded in 1900 by financier Spencer Trask and his poet wife Katrina, Yaddo is a community of artists located on a 400-acre estate. Its mission is to nurture and foster the creative process, providing artists with the opportunity to work in harmony and without interruption. Do you feel inspired?
What to do in Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC): hosts prestigious events including the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra in the summer.
Trip in hot air balloon: At least once in your life such an experience must be allowed. Enjoy stunning views of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains from the top of the sky accompanied by expert balloon crews.
Saratoga Lake: Located 4km southeast of Saratoga Springs. It is an 8 1/2 mile long lake with private and public marinas. Popular activities include fishing, sailing, boating, water skiing, and ice fishing.
Give yourself to horse racing! No, that's no offense, just enjoy racing at one of these racecourses: Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, and Oklahoma Training Track.
When is it best to visit Saratoga Springs?
The main precautions in this sense concern the horse racing season. From this point of view the best time is during the thoroughbred season, between July and August. If you are interested but you are in the city at other times of the year you can look for smaller tracks or circuits.
Advice on staying overnight
Unless you are incurable lovers of racing or thermal waters, I would say that 1 maximum 2 days they may be enough to enjoy Saratoga Springs. As for the hotel in the city you can find everything from popular chains like Best Western, Hilton and Holiday Inn to historic bed and breakfasts like Batcheller Mansion Inn. To get an idea of the prices and get a quote, you can consult this online resource:
Trova hotel a Saratoga Springs