Saratoga Spa State Park is unlike any other State Park I've been to. it's quite small, with many buildings, including the Gideon Putnum Spa resort, the Auto Museum, a grand looking resturant, and a few bathhouses. There are of course hiking and walking trails as well.
My favorite thing about the park was the beautiful towering pines, they are magnificent
The old bottling plant in Saratoga Spa State park has been turned into the Saratoga Automobile Museum. When we went they were holding a Shelby show, we just had to stop in. The museum is two floors with the exhibition on the first and the permanent collection on the second. It's not a huge museum, there are about 50 cars in all. But well worth stopping by at $7 per adult.
The main town in Saratoga is really pretty. There are statues of horses on every corner and a lot cowboy shops and little boutiques. There are a ton of really good restaurants but the wait time is insane! For breakfast there was at least an hour wait and for dinner almost 2 hours. (No reservations)
There is a beautiful park right in the town with a kids carousel (.50c per ride).
I heard from one of the store owners that most of the stores and hotels are closed during the winter because there is no horse racing, which means no business.
Yaddo is an artist's colony; the mansion is closed to guests, but the gardens are open to the public. There are beautiful fountains, rose gardens, arbors, woods, etc, but please respect the privacy and quiet of the artists and don't go past the signs on the lawn!
The property on which Yaddo stands originally housed a farm, gristmill, and tavern owned by a Revolutionary War veteran who fought at the battle of Saratoga. In 1881, it was bought by Spencer Trask and his wife. Their daughter suggested the name Yaddo. The current mansion was built in 1893 after the original burnt to the ground. The gardens were designed in 1899 as a gift to Katrina. They based their design for the Rose Garden on Italian classical gardens. The Rock Garden is a contrast between Anglo-American tradition and interest in indigenous landscape. It is laid out on a north-south and east-west axis and is divided into 4 beds centered by a fountain and overlooked by 3 terraces, a balcony, and a rose-covered terra cotta columned pergola. East of the rose beds are Italian marble statues of the 4 seasons and a statue of a youth, "Christalan", sculpted by William Partridge in 1900.
When all four children died and the Trasks had no further heirs, they formed the Corporation of Yaddo and endowed it in perpetuity to administer a working community of artists.
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The gardens are open 7 days a week from 8am to dusk. It's a great place to have a picnic and/or take a walk. A lot of people go there to get their wedding pictures taken, too.
The estate is 400 acres - lots of space to explore.
You definitely have to see the springs! There are plenty of places to picnic, hike, people watch, etc.
Be very very careful about trying the water - although all the water coming from the springs is safe to drink, a lot of them are pretty nasty tasting because of the natural minerals disolved in the water!
These tours start at the Farmer's Market on Saturdays during the summer around noon. During the tour we got to taste yogurt, jam, cheese and peanut butter all made by local farmers at the market. Then the tour went to the Old Bryan Inn for a great steak bruschetta which was enough for an entire lunch.
After that we headed up to Boadway for stops at the new Saratoga Olive Oil company, Saratoga Salsa and finally had delicious Bettie's cupcakes for dessert. Along the way our tour guide told stories about the Walworth family, Lucy Skidmore and other figures who built the city.
All in all it was a great and fun experience and I recommend it highly. The cost was $40 and included more than enough food for lunch.
Relaxing escape. My girlfriend and I had heard about the Rose gardens at Yaddo, an artist retreat. We went in the middle of the summer when the rest of Saratoga was packed because of the Horse Races. This was a great way to get away and relax after a busy day of shopping and watching the races.
i like listening to music and dancing. Lots of places to do this in Saratoga Springs. A great place is the Grotto Nightclub. It was open up couple of years ago. Happening place with its florescent lights, bumping loud thumping music. They have ladies night, on sat that is fun. THey have private parties and drink specials. ITs a lot of fun, the dance floor is always happening between 12-3pm i always go home tired and my feet sore from dancing.
The NYC ballet perfomances take place in July. The Philadelphia Orchestra performances take place in August. Then there are popular performances like the Backstreet Boys, Brian Wilson: SMiLE, Motley Crue, and Brooks & Dunn.
Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the culture center of Saratoga. The summer home of the New York City Ballet, the Philadelphia Orchestra, various concerts, etc.
This is right past the Saratoga Race Track on Union Avenue. Beautiful gardens, statues and water fountains with fish overlooked by a huge huge stone mansion over 100 years aged.