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Saratoga Springs, New York: where it is, when to go and what to see


Saratoga Springs, in the state of New York, is one still little known destination for mass tourism, but much loved by American tourists, who visit it every year especially in the summer. In fact, the horse racing season is held in July and August, sport that made this place famous.
But not only that, the city it is an important spa, thanks to its wonderful thermal springs and the many wellness centers that offer every type of treatment, making it an ideal destination for those looking for a little relaxation.

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Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see in and around Saratoga Springs
  5. How much does it cost to visit Saratoga Springs? Prices, offers and advice
  6. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 26.586
  • Language: English
  • Local currency: US dollar ($) / € 1,00 = $ 1,14
  • Weather: continental, hot summers and very cold winters with temperatures even below 0 and snowfalls. The best months are from May to September. In a year, an average of 420 mm of rain falls and the wettest months are May and April
  • Time zone: GMT-5 (-6h compared to Italy)
  • Entry requirements: passport with an expiration date after the date scheduled for returning to Italy; ESTA authorization to be requested directly on the official website of the Department of Homeland Security before leaving (cost of $ 14,00, approximately € 12,25). Those who have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria since March 1, 2011, cannot enter the United States with authorization, but must necessarily apply for an entry visa
  • Closest airports: that of Albany (50 km), there are no direct flights from Italy. Alternatively you can arrive at New York Airport (distance 324 km) or Boston (distance 304 km), with direct flights from Italy

Where it is

Is situated in Saratoga County, New York, United States, and is located approximately 67 kilometers from the capital Albany. Taking the best known cities as a reference, it is about 303 kilometers from New York and about 326 kilometers from Boston, Massachusetts.
Still little known to mass tourism, it is instead aimportant holiday resort much loved by Americans, thanks to its thermal springs.



How to reach us

  • From the main European capitalsThere are no direct flights to Albany. Starting from cities like Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt or Madrid, you will still have to make a stopover. So the best solution is to arrive at the New York airport

When to go? Info on climate and best time

  • Weather: continental, hot summers and very cold winters with temperatures even below 0 and snowfalls. The best months are from May to September. In a year, an average of 420 mm of rain falls and the wettest months are May and April
  • Best time: the summer months, from May to October, especially in July and August for the excellent temperatures and for the horse racing season, which always attracts many people
  • Period to avoid: the winter period, as temperatures are very low and there are several snowfalls that could cause inconvenience
  • Advice: in summer bring light clothes for the day and a sweatshirt for the evening, don't forget a light raincoat. In winter, warm and warm clothes, gloves, a scarf and a hat and a raincoat. At any time of the year, don't forget your bathing suit for the thermal springs

10 things to see in and around Saratoga Springs

  1. Saratoga Spa State Park: huge park located just outside the center of Saratoga, inside it includes and protects the ancient mineral springs. Between Victorian swimming pools, small hikes, playgrounds, picnic areas and museums, don't forget to take a dip in the famous thermal waters as well.
  2. Roosevelt Mineral Baths: this spa is one of the most famous in the city and is located right in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Relax and indulge in one of the many wellness treatments such as mineral baths, massages and aromatherapy.
  3. Congress Park: beautiful park in the city center where the ancient casino is located and it is also possible to see three ancient thermal springs. Ideal place to stroll, relax and spend some time with your family.
  4. Saratoga Springs History Museum: in this museum you can learn about the history of the city, retracing the most important stages. It is located inside an old casino from the second half of the 1800s.
  5. The Children's Museum at Saratoga: if you are traveling with children, you cannot miss this museum dedicated to children, with interactive exhibits and shows to entertain and entertain them.
  6. National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame: Saratoga is best known for its horse racing season and for racing in the racecourses. This museum traces through works of art, films and a roll of honor, more than 300 years of equestrian racing.
  7. Race to the Hippodrome: if you are here during the horse racing season, in July and August, you cannot miss at least one horse race. There are several racecourses in town: Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, and Oklahoma Training Track.
  8. Yaddo Gardens: it is a 400-acre estate where the community of Yaddo is located, which is a community of artists. In this immense estate, people can work in harmony, without interruption, thus fostering creativity.
  9. Saratoga Performing Arts Center: art and cultural center which, especially in summer, hosts large and prestigious events, such as the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
  10. Saratoga Lake: 4 kilometers southeast of Saratoga, a beautiful and immense lake where it is possible to take small boat trips and indulge in sports such as fishing, sailing, rowing and water skiing. Ice fishing is popular here in winter.

How much does it cost to visit Saratoga Springs? Prices, offers and advice

Since Saratoga Springs it is a destination to which it is enough to dedicate 2 or at most 3 days, we recommend that you organize an itinerary that also includes other American cities. It is indeed one perfect destination to match in New York, in this way it will be much easier to reach it, thanks to the direct train that connects the two cities, also saving something on the plane ticket.

The high season is the summer season, especially the months of June, July and August, this is due to the beginning of the horse racing season. During this period, a room in the cheapest hotel costs around € 70,00 and can even cost € 200,00.

As for the thermal springs, the main attraction of the city, the cost of the treatments starts from a base of $ 40,00 (about € 35,00) up to $ 160,00 (about € 140,00), while the wellness packages cost in average $ 200,00 (about € 175,00).



  • hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • flights to New York (303 km) starting from € 213,00
  • return flight + 7 days starting from € 1.407,00 per person -
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