Saratoga Springs: Health, History, Horses

Nationally acclaimed museums, performing arts, fine dining, and horseracing are just a few of exciting experiences in and around Saratoga Springs. Natural mineral springs were the driving force for the growth for this promising small city. “Taking the waters,” long a European tradition attracted Presidents, political leaders, and celebrities of the 19th century. The Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, J.P Morgan and others added glamor to the city, building their ornate homes in the various architectural styles of their day. With the arrival of the social elite and the wealthy, horseracing was a natural development; it flourished until the name Saratoga became synonymous with racing.

Today, a trip to Saratoga encompasses bubbling springs, the Saratoga Spa State Park, eight historic districts, a vibrant downtown, flourishing cultural life, as well as racing season in the summer. Visit the City of Saratoga Springs and discover why Travel + Leisure magazine has listed it as one of the “Coolest Main Streets in America.”

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Saratoga Springs
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Saratoga Springs
Waypoint Community | Community

Saratoga Springs is known as “the Queen of the Spas.” It has a rich heritage as a health resort and gambling center for much of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The area known as Serachtague, “place of swift water,” was sacred to the Mohawks…

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Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center
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Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center
Heritage Areas and Sites | Lakes to Locks Passage Gateway Visitor and Heritage Centers

Centrally located at 297 Broadway, across from Congress Park, the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center is open year round to offer information about  history, attractions, accommodations, recreation, events, and much more in our region.

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National Museum of Dance
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National Museum of Dance
Cultural Attractions | Cultural Museums and Collections

The National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame was established in 1986 and is the only museum in the nation dedicated entirely to dance. Located in the former Washington Bathhouse in the Saratoga Spa State Park, the museum houses a growing…

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Saratoga Spa State Park
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Saratoga Spa State Park
Recreation | Distinctive Recreational Attractions

Saratoga Spa State Park, distinguished by its classical architecture and listed as a National Historic Landmark, is noted for its diverse cultural, aesthetic and recreational resources. In addition to the nationally-known Saratoga Performing Arts Center,…

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Winter Sports and Activities at the Saratoga Spa State Park
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Cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing on approximately 12 miles of trails.  There is also ice skating and ice hockey available in the winter.

Contact the park for information about renting snow shoes.

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Saratoga Farmer's Market
Specialty Markets | Farmers Markets, Produce Stands, Orchards or Farms

The Saratoga Farmers’ Market Association runs local “producer-only” markets. This standard requires that vendors to grow or produce their goods in Saratoga, Schenectady, Rensselaer, or Washington counties and ensures that products are fresh and unique,…

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New York State Military Museum
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New York State Military Museum
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Museums and Attractions

 In 1863, New York State began collecting military paraphernalia related to New York State’s military forces, the state’s military history and the contributions of New York veterans.  The collection had not secured a permanent home until the…

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Grant Cottage State Historic Site
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Grant Cottage State Historic Site
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Museums and Attractions

It was in Joseph W. Drexel's Adirondack cottage that General Ulysses S. Grant died of throat cancer on July 23, 1885. President Grant arrived at the cottage on June 16, 1885, with a large entourage of family, friends, servants, and physicians in…

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1 Saratoga Springs
2 Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center
3 National Museum of Dance
4 Saratoga Spa State Park
5 Winter Sports and Activities at the Saratoga Spa State Park
6 Saratoga Farmer's Market
7 New York State Military Museum
8 Grant Cottage State Historic Site