Saratoga Springs, also known as the Queen of the Spas, is renowned for its carbonated mineral springs that heal people. This city of New York dates back to the 18th century when people from the Northeast began visiting it, and by the mid-90s, the place started flooding with health resorts. Apart from the soothing water, the town also provides scenic nature views, a racetrack for horseback riding, and historical places.
When and How to Visit?
The best way to get here is to take a flight to Albany, followed by a cab. It’s only half an hour’s drive, or you can opt for a train from New York to Amtrak Station. You can explore the city all year long. Still, summer is when the tourist season begins, especially from July to September. If you want to enjoy less crowds and cooler weather, going in Autumn would be considered best. When it comes to Fall, all the best hiking trails open up in and outside of the city. Winters are quiet in Saratoga, New York, but you can still take up skiing or snowshoeing for the best experience.
Where to Stay?
According to your liking, you can stay in a prime location on Broadway or try modern motels or inns. The lavish Adelphi Hotel is the town’s gem with four restaurants and is situated at the city’s heart. You can also stay in Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Spa State Park, which embraces the heritage of the city of New York. For going budget-friendly, explore Bluebird Spa City Motor Lodge on Broadway or Brentwood Hotel, five minutes outside the town. The Batcheller Mansion Inn has a Victorian Mansion feel, while Inn at Saratoga has been in the game since 1843. You can also experience a Bed-and-Breakfast like Circular Manor, Union Gables Inn, and Springwater Bed & Breakfast.
Walking in the streets of Saratoga Springs and seeing all the hotels, historic buildings, restaurants, and art galleries, is an excellent idea. You can explore the Saratoga Springs History Museum, National Racing Museum, and Hall of Fame. There’s a cultural Saratoga Race Course of 350-acre grounds that opened in the 1800s, that offers a walking tour. If you wish to participate in outdoor activities, you should visit Saratoga Spa State Park, outside of downtown Saratoga. It is a 2,400-acre National Historic Landmark hosting spas, art centers, museums, and hiking and skiing trails. Another must-visit and beautiful hiking place is Saratoga National Historical Park.