Saratoga Springs is a favorite vacation spot for a lot of New Yorkers. The city has more than 26,500 residents.
Arts and Culture. Horse racing is what put Saratoga Springs on the map. The Saratoga Race Course hosts the oldest thoroughbred racing event in the country. In the past the horse races here helped established the city as a gambling destination during the years when gambling was still illegal. Both the gambling and the horseracing set the stage for Saratoga Casino and Raceway where you can bet on the horse races while enjoying video slots, poker, craps, keno, roulette and other video lottery machines.
Art lovers would love Beekman Street, which is an art district where you can find four art galleries. Here you can even watch an artist at work. Check out Yaddo, which is an artists' community. Yaddo is known for hosting close to 70 authors who later on won Pulitzers. Yaddo also hosted Saul Bellow, David Sedaris, Aaron Copland and Truman Capote, among other luminaries. Other arts attractions include the Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio and the Saratoga Clay Arts Center.
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center, located in the Saratoga Spa State Park, is an outdoor amphitheater that can accommodate 5,000 people and another 20,000 in the lawn area. The center is where the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York City Ballet performs in the summer. You can also catch performances at the Spa Little Theater and the Opera Saratoga.
Museums. Saratoga is also home to several museums that touches on different subjects. Check out the:
Outdoors. Natural mineral springs have been drawing visitors from near and far to the city even before horseracing became big here. These springs dot the city and are thought to have healing powers. You can bottle the spring water for your own personal use. Better yet, go to Saratoga Spa State Park where you could play golf, tennis and swim or wade in the pools. You can also hike here or have a picnic.
If you want some tee time, then you can choose from these golf courses:
Saratoga Springs is also home to the state's first municipal skatepark, the Saratoga Springs Skatepark, which was built in the late 1980s.
History. If you are history buffs, you should first stop at the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center where you can learn more about the local history.
Then you can head out to the New York State Military Museum and the Saratoga Springs History Museum. Then you can get on a bus rental and charter in Saratoga Springs and visit the historic sites and districts in the city, such as:
Dining and shopping. Local cuisine in Saratoga Springs is very varied. You can try out exotic dishes or go for fine dining. You can sample Italian, American or Asian food, among other cuisines. You can enjoy your brunch in the outdoor patio of the best cafes in town, or savor a pizza and ice cream while ogling the wonderful views outside. Some of the local favorites are:
Meanwhile, you can find some upscale shopping in the city. Head out to downtown Saratoga for unique boutiques. Check out the antique shops or buy jewelry from local businesses. Some shops you should not miss are Frank Adams Jewelers, Lifestyles of Saratoga, DeJonghe Original Jewelry, Crush and Cask, the Candy Company of Saratoga Springs, and Olde Saratoga Coin.
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