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Saratoga Springs

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Saratoga Springs is located just south of the Adirondacks in upstate New York. Long a vacation destination for New Yorkers, Saratoga Springs is a pleasant town filled with swanky shops, spas and horse racing. A key battle in the Revolutionary War happened nearby. Saratoga Springs is home to Skidmore College and Empire State College (SUNY).

Understand[edit]

Saratoga is most known for its great horse racing track (oldest on the country) and harness racing track. Victorian visitors came to take the waters at springs. The spring waters are located at different pavilions around the city and surrounds. They vary tremendously in flavor from a light mineral water to frosty and hard. The city of Saratoga Springs is a major tourist destination during its summer horse racing season. Yaddo, the famous writers retreat is located near the "flat track" on Union avenue. If you call ahead, you may be able to tour.

Get in[edit]

Map of Saratoga Springs

By plane[edit]

Albany International Airport (ALB IATA) in Albany.

By car[edit]

Saratoga Springs is just off Interstate 87 about 45min north of Albany and 4 hours from New York City and 3.5h south of the Canadian border. Enjoy this tree lined drive along I-87, also called the Adirondack Northway.

By train[edit]

Amtrak serves the city two daily trains in each direction, both trains have their southern terminus in New York City. The Adirondack runs between NYC and Montreal while Ethan Allen Express originates in Rutland, Vermont. 1 Saratoga Springs Station is located at 26 Station Lane, about a mile west downtown. Local buses are timed to arrive and depart in conjunction with trains.

For a more leisurely experience, Saratoga and North Creek Railroad runs heritage trains between Saratoga Springs to the Adironack village of North Creek, with flag stops at seven other intermediate stations. Service is offered daily from Thursday through Monday during summer in historic dome cars. The morning train is timed to coordinate with Amtrak service. A great way to see the Adirondacks without driving.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound, in conjunction with other bus carriers, offers service to Saratoga from both the north and south. Buses that originate in New York City, Albany, and Montreal stop here several times a day.
  • Megabus has a service from New York City and Burlington. The bus stop is located at the Saratoga Raceway Casino, near the Nelson Avenue entrance and CDTA bus stop. Fares from $1 and up.

Get around[edit]

The downtown walking area is centered on Broadway, but you will need to use public transport or a car to reach the world famous Saratoga Race Track, Saratoga Racino, Natural Museum of Dance, Roosevelt Spa, Saratoga SPA State Parkor SPAC. However, there is a lot to see and do in the downtown area of Saratoga Springs.

Visitor center[edit]

  • Saratoga Springs Urban Cultural Park Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Phone: +1 518 587-3241. Daily 9AM-4PM (Closed Su Dec-Mar).

See[edit]

  • 4 National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame, Union and Ludlow Sts, +1 518 584-0400. M-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 12PM-4PM (Closed M,Tu in Jan. and Feb.). A place to experience the history of one of Saratoga's most popular attractions, thoroughbred racing. Something for everyone with interactive exhibits, rare memorabilia, and equine art. Adults $7, Seniors, students $5, under 6 free.
  • 7 Saratoga Automobile Museum, 110 Avenue of the Pines, +1 518 587-1935.
  • 8 Saratoga Spa State Park (I-87 to exit 13N. Take Route 9 north for 3 miles to park. Or from Downtown, take Route 9 south about 2 miles), +1 518 584-2535. year round. Dubbed "The Public's Resort", this park has mineral baths, eighteen-hole and nine-hole golf courses, free hardtop and clay tennis courts, and several pool areas with showers, locker rooms, rest rooms and food concessions. Hiking (and cross country/snowshoe) trails and picnic areas complete with grills are available as well. The park encompasses and protects the mineral springs in use at least as far back as the 14th century. This "Queen of Spas" was a 19th century vacation retreat for the rich and famous. Saratoga Spa State Park on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

  • Adirondack Balloon Flights, +1 518 793-6342. Located 4 exits north of Saratoga, exit 19 on I-87. This once and a lifetime experience is not to be missed. Enjoy the gorgeous views of the Adirondack Region and the Green Mountains of Vermont from high in the sky with some of the most experienced ballooning crews.
  • Caffè Lena, 47 Phila Street (second floor, accessible by elevator or stairs.), +1 518 583-0022, toll-free: +1-800-838-3006, e-mail: . Daily 5 PM to 11 PM. Acoustic music in a 110 seat coffeehouse that opened in 1960. The venue enjoys a world-wide reputation for preserving and furthering American musical traditions. Its archives are held at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The schedule features a mix of established career musicians and nationally touring emerging artists. Emerging artists presented by Caffe Lena have included Bob Dylan, EmmyLou Harris, Don McLean, Arlo Guthrie, Ani DiFranco, G. Love and Sawyer Fredericks. A complete performer list dating back to May 21, 1960 can be viewed on the venue's website. Hospitality for concert-goers includes desserts, light fare, local craft beer, wine, coffees and teas. The venue is operated as a non-profit organization. Monday and Wednesday $3 to $5. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday $16 to $60..
  • Saratoga Lake Located 4 miles southeast of Saratoga Springs. This 8 1/2 mile long lake has a public boat launch at the north end, as well as several private marinas. Popular activities include bass fishing, sailing, boating, water skiing, and ice fishing.

Horse Racing[edit]

The time to come to Saratoga is during the Thoroughbred season, which is five or so weeks in July, August and September. The premier race here is the Travers, but every day in the season thousands flock from around New York and points behind to the see the ponies. That said, if you find yourself in town during other times of the year, check out some of the smaller tracks. Indoor gambling places are available for those who have a gambling urge during the winter months.

  • Oklahoma Training Track

Golf[edit]

Walking[edit]

Aside from walking on park trails, one really fun thing to do in good weather is to simply walk up and down Broadway in Downtown. There are lots of beautiful 19th- and early 20th-century buildings lining the street.

Learn[edit]

  • Adirondack Community College, 6 Mountain Ledge Drive, Gansevoort 12831, +1 518 584-3959, [1].
  • Empire State College, 111 West Avenue, +1 518 587-2100 ext. 2297, [2].
  • Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, +1 518 580-5000, [3]. Offering bachelors and/or graduate degrees in over 30 areas of study, as well as the "University Without Walls" degree completion program.

Buy[edit]

Saratoga isn't Manhattan, but it does have plenty of boutiques and shops that cater to that particular crowd. No matter what your style is, Saratoga Springs is full of chic boutiques, trendy antique stores and a wide variety of eclectic shops to satisfy any style. Start on Broadway and find local crafts, haute fashion and other merchandise for that platinum card.

  • Celtic Treasures 456 Broadway +1 518 583-9452. Open Daily. This Irish gift shop has only the best from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Pottery, china, jewelry, music, books, posters and prints, sweaters and caps are all available at this charming establishment.
  • Crafters Gallery, 427 Broadway, +1 518 583-2435. Open Daily, shipping available. A large selection of Saratoga related paintings and prints, as well as thoroughbred photos. This local favorite is a great place for gifts.
  • deJonghe Original Jewelry, 470 Broadway, +1 518 587-6422. This Gallery/Workshop is where designer and goldsmith Dennis deJonghe creates his one of a kind jewelry out of fine gems and precious metals. It features his equestrian collection, as well as sample wedding bands and other original designs.
  • Lifestyles 436 Broadway, +1 518 584-4665. Open Daily. V/MC/AE accepted. This specialty boutique located downtown is known for elegant fine fashions and accessories. Designers include Eileen Fisher, Singrid Olsenand, and Michael Stars.
  • Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, +1 518-682-4200. 10AM-7PM Su-Th, 10AM-9PM Fr-Sa. A family-owned, independent bookstore committed to the future of the book
  • Rockabella's Boutique, 441B Broadway, +1 518 581-8386. Find the hottest fashions for women and teens. Find trend driven clothing perfect for your style. Designs by Ed Hardy, Sky, Sweetees, Blue Cult, David Kahn, Unyx, Steve Madden and more.
  • Saratoga Farmers Market High Rock Park. +1 518 893-2669 Open Wed 3-6PM, Sat 9AM-1PM. This open air market is home to a variety of homemade goods, crafts, and foods. The market is a must and has been serving the locals for over 25 years.
  • Sweetheart’s Dolls, 368 Broadway, +1 518 584-6362. V/M accepted. This "shop with a heart" has 24 lines of dolls to choose from. Play dolls as well as porcelain and vinyl collectibles are available in a variety of price ranges.

Eat[edit]

Saratoga has some of the best dining in upstate New York. Chefs from New York City have emigrated northward to ensure that there's food for every palette. Most of the finest restaurants can be found on or near Broadway. Keep in mind that some places aren't open outside of the tourist season.

There's also plenty of choice for those less discriminating taste buds or smaller budgets. Pub grub, American specials and small diners abound. And if you're hungry at 2AM, be sure to ask a local where you can get a doughboy. They're great.

  • Char Koon, 388A Broadway, +1 518 581-9000. Mo-Th 11AM-11PM, Fr Sa 11AM-11:30PM, Su and Holidays 12PM-11PM. If you're in the mood for Chinese, look no further than this delicious spot downtown. Good price, great food, and also serves Thai.
  • Compton's, 457 Broadway, +1 518 584-9632. 4AM-3PM Mon-Fri, 3AM-3PM Sat-Sun. Early morning breakfast.fast! Opens when the bars close.
  • [dead link]Esperanto, 4 Caroline Street, +1 518 587-4236, e-mail: . Su Mo 11AM-12AM, Tu W 11AM-2AM, Th 11AM-3AM, Fr Sa 11AM-4AM. Pizza and a doughboy and you're ready for anything. Take them out for a stroll. Originally at 6 1/2 Caroline, the restaurant moved its location in August 2009 to provide an expanded dining area.
  • Four Seasons Natural Food Store & Cafe, 33 Phila Street, +1 518 584-4670. Cafe: daily 11:30am-8:00pm. This vegetarian spot has a variety of soups, salads, and hot en trees. While you are there, check out the retail store which offers a selection of natural foods,teas,supplements, and personal care and organic produce.
  • Hattie's Restaurant, 45 Phila Street, +1 518 584-4790. "Hattie" may have long since passed, but her Cajun tastes are still reflected on the menu, which includes her signature fired chicken.
  • The Merry Monk Restaurant and Bar (formerly Tiznow), 84 Henry Street, +1 518-584-6655. 4PM=9PM M-Th, 3PM-10:30PM Fr, 11AM-10:30PM Sa, 11AM-9PM Su. Classic bistro decor makes this a great spot for cocktails or dinner. Ask for a corner banquette table to enjoy a cozy meal for two and listen to the funky world beat soundtrack. $$.
  • Mouzon House, 1 York Street, +1 518 226-0014. Located in a renovated Victorian house, this sister restaurant to One Caroline Street Bistro specializes in locally-sourced cuisine with a Cajun flair. Try the Crawfish Beignets!
  • Pizza Works, 88 Henry St., +1 518-584-6650. 4PM-9PM. Pizzaworks is a family pizzeria. Their hand tossed New York style, thin crust pizza is based of a traditional Italian family recipe. They also serve a variety of subs, wings, calzones, stromboli, wraps, salads and appetizers including bread sticks and garlic knots.
  • PJ's BAR-B-QSA, +1 518 583-3455. South Broadway (US Route 9). Barbecue chicken and ribs; includes two 20-foot barbecue pits out in the back. Located about one mile from the Northway, open year-round.
  • Ravenous, 21 Phila Street, +1 518 581-0560. A unique menu featuring savory and sweet crepes for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.
  • Spring Street Deli, 132 Spring St, +1 518-584-0994. 7AM-9PM. Neighborhood delicatessen, featuring sandwiches named for famous thoroughbred race horses. $.
  • Uncommon Grounds, 402 Broadway, +1 518-581-0656. 6:30AM-10PM M-Th, 6:30AM-11PM Fr, 7AM-11PM Sa, 7AM-10PM Su. Serves coffee, bagels, bagel sandwiches and such. A local favorite.

Drink[edit]

Saratoga has no lack of choices if what you desire is a hop-or-two. Fine Irish Pubs to trendy ultra-light-serving watering holes abound. If wine is what makes you feel fine, you will. Mare, 43 Phila, Doc's and, of course, The Wine Bar will be more than happy to help you. Even if they have to run across town to get exactly what you want, literally!

The wineries from New York's Fingerlakes region have been maturing very well and can be found on most lists. The pages of more established varieties from California, Australia, France and Italy sometimes make your head spin before you sip. If you get the chance attend one of the many wine tastings. They are available both for the novice and the Guru of the Grape.

  • The Merry Monk, 84 Henry Street, +1 518 584-6555. M-F 11:30A-10P, Sa 11A-10:30P, Su 11:30A-9P. Classic bistro decor makes this a great spot for cocktails or dinner.
  • The Parting Glass, 40 Lake Ave, +1 518 583-1916. This local favorite had tons to offer, live music and great food add to the appeal of this one of a kind bar.
  • Tin 'n' Lint, 2 Caroline Street, +1 518 587-5897. A 1930s era saloon.
  • Trotters, 45 Caroline Street, +1 518 266-8818. A great place to watch football on Sundays, or start out your night. Inexpensive and the best specials in town.

Sleep[edit]

Saratoga Springs has a number of different accommodation options ranging from budget chain motels to quaint (and often historic) bed and breakfasts.

Connect[edit]

Saratoga Springs is in the 518 area code. The ZIP code is 12866.

Cope[edit]

Publications[edit]

  • Albany Times-Union, [4]
  • Glens Falls Post-Star, [5]
  • Saratoga Living, [6], quarterly magazine; also covers nearby Warren and Washington Counties
  • The Saratogian, [7], Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County's daily newspaper

Religious services[edit]

  • Church of Saint Peter, [8], +1 518 584-2375
  • St. Clement's Church, [9], +1 518 584-6122

Stay safe[edit]

Saratoga Springs is relatively safe for a city its size. However, the bars along Caroline Street can get a bit rowdy late in the week and on weekends.

Hospitals[edit]

Go next[edit]

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