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Things to Do in Saratoga Springs

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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Saratoga Springs is filled with history and it shows! It has many museums, which can take days to explore.  It also has strong ties with its racing and gambling history, making the casino and the race tracks very popular destinations.

Saratoga Casino and Raceway is one of those destinations that brings up memories of Saratoga Springs’ former days and a gambling haven.  Featuring 1,700 slot machines, electronic table games, and more, the Saratoga Casino is a great place for anyone who enjoys gambling.  It also features live harness racing and simulcast betting March through mid-December.

The Saratoga and North Creek Railway Snow Train is a fun way to get up to North Creek.  Fly through the snow in the warm comfort of a train carriage, while you take in the beautiful scenery of the snow covered world around you.  Spend the day skiing Gore Mountain or exploring North Creek, then take the train back to Saratoga.

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is primarily a summer venue, but they do offer some programs during the winter. Enjoy ballet, opera, and classical performances at this beautiful arena.

Saratoga Springs is home to many different museums and parks of historical significance.  It has several National museums and a National park as well.

Saratoga National Park is the site of the Battle of Saratoga where, in 1777, the American army defeated a major British army and forced them to surrender.  The battle was a major turning point in the American Revolution, renewing morale for Americans and assuring potential foreign allies that the cause was one worth getting involved in.  While the Monument and Schuyler House are closed during winter, the battlefield and Victory Woods are open.

The Saratoga Automobile Museum is a great place for any automobile enthusiast!  Learn about the history of all this automotive with great exhibits aimed to impress and educate.   Learn about the past, present, and future of automotive, not just for New York, but for the world.

The New York State Military Museum houses thousands of artifacts ranging from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm, all pertaining to New York’s military history and the men and women who helped to create it.   The museum houses a very large collection from the Civil War, most notably Colonal Elmer Ellsworth’s uniform.  The collection is housed in one of New York state’s historic armories, build in the late 1800s.

The National Dance Museum and Hall of Fame was established in 1986.  It is the only museum in the country dedicated entirely to dance.  Its collection includes photographs, costumes, videos, and many other artifacts that help to preserve and honor the history of dance.  The Hall of Fame includes those who have contributed to the art of dance, including writers, dancers, choreographers, composers, and even patrons.

The Children’s Museum of Saratoga is a great place for those with elementary aged children.  Exhibits include a tree house which displays the habitats of local wildlife, a science center where you can dress like a scientist and learn all about what goes on in a lab,  a theatre with costumes and a stage putting on countless productions each year, and so much more!

At the Saratoga Springs History Museum learn all about local history.  Housed in one of Saratoga Springs’ historic gambling houses, this Historical Society is one of the oldest of its kind.  See rotating exhibits on the gambling history of Saratoga, local family history, or the story of Saratoga.

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is another museum paying homage to local history, while preserving the history of racing throughout the nation.  Learn about the history of Thoroughbread racing in the U.S and some of the most famous horses to ever hit the track. See a beautiful collection of equine art, trophies, and ribbons.

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