Amtrak Stop: Saratoga Springs Station (SAR)
Plan your next trip by rail and experience the excitement of Saratoga Springs, NY.
You may know Saratoga Springs for the Saratoga Race Course, or its famed mineral springs, but do you know about its historic sites, performing arts venues, golf, polo, shopping and restaurants?
For a list of upcoming events, click here.
The Saratoga North Creek Railway will launch a new farm-to-table dining experience, The Pullman Table Dinner Train. Menus featuring locally-sourced gourmet food and wine will be served on the three-hour excursions in the refurbished 1950s dome car. More information: sncrr.com
Located at SAR Station
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with special programming, including world premieres by City Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Justin Peck and composer Michael Torke. Other shows include Dixie Chicks, Mumford & Sons, Steely Dan, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. More information: spac.org
From SAR Station: 2.5 miles car
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College commemorates its 15th anniversary with new contemporary art exhibitions, including Liz Collins—Energy Field; Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection; and Pattern/System/Network. More information: skidmore.edu/tang
From SAR Station: 2.1 miles car; 39 minute bus
The Saratoga Casino and Raceway will open a new 117-room, four-star hotel on the property this summer with an indoor resort pool and spa. The 75-year old venue is home to more than 1,700 slot machines and electronic games, as well as a harness raceway. More information: saratogacasino.com
From SAR Station: 3.6 miles car; 45 minute bus
Historic Brown’s Beach Resort on Saratoga Lake has re-introduced public swimming and recreation. In addition to the sandy beach, there’s Dock Brown’s restaurant, The Nest Inn, and a marina with boat launch. More information: brownsbeachresort.com
From SAR Station: 9.9 miles car
Saratoga Springs Downtown is a year-round walkable destination for dining, shopping, and nightlife. During the day, explore boutiques, bookstores, and cafes. At night, bars, restaurants, and theaters bring life to Lake Avenue, Broadway, and surrounding streets. More information: saratogadowntown.com
From SAR Station: 1.7 miles car; 32 minute bus
The National Museum of Dance is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated entirely to this art form. Visit the Children's Wing or the Hall of Fame, and check out exhibits like Making Art Dance. More information: dancemuseum.org
From SAR Station: 2 miles car; 31 minute bus
At the National Museum of Racing, the history of thoroughbred racing is on view through art, photography and memorabilia. Exhibits this year include the Treasures of the Vault and Hall of Fame Heroes. More information: racingmuseum.org
From SAR Station: 2.3 miles car; 20 minute bus
The Saratoga Automobile Museum not only hosts several car shows every year, it’s also home to a collection of New York-manufactured cars. Exhibits this year include Real Steel – Stories of Automotive Archaeology and Luxury Automobiles Through The Ages. More information: saratogaautomuseum.org
From SAR Station: 2.3 miles car
WHAT'S NOT TO MISS
From SAR Station: 2.6 miles car; 25 minute bus
The Ulysses S. Grant Cottage was home to the 18th U.S. president during his final days in 1885. In addition to tours, the site hosts annual events including a Remembrance Day, family days, and a “Porch Chat” series of history lectures and portrayals. More information: grantcottage.org
From SAR Station: 9.0 miles car; 28 minute bus
In 1777,the Saratoga National Historical Park was the site where American forces defeated and forced a British army to surrender during the War of Independence. Take a self-guided tour of the battlefield, visit the Saratoga Monument or Schuyler House. More information: nps.gov/sara
From SAR Station: 16.3 miles car
The Great Sacandaga Lake is a popular spot in the summer for events and recreation, including swimming, boating and fishing. The winter months bring snowshoeing and ice fishing. Restaurants, shops, and attractions surround the lake. More information: visitsacandaga.com
From SAR Station: 23.3 miles car
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National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame
2.0 miles, 5 min. drive
The only U.S. museum dedicated entirely to the art of dance is located in former Washington Bathhouse in Saratoga Spa State Park. Through April 15, Guatemalan traditional dances reflect ancient Mayan, Spanish and African cultures, weaving an elaborate story. dancemuseum.org
The Saratoga Race Course
2.6 miles, 7 min. drive, 23 min. by bus
Opened in 1863, the famed Saratoga Race Course is considered the oldest organized sporting venue in the country and has been the featured setting for films like "Seabiscuit," "Saratoga," "The Horse Whisperer," "The Way We Were," "Billy Bathgate," "Ghost Story" and "My Old Man." The thoroughbread racing season takes place during the summer. nyra.com/saratoga and saratogaracetrack.com
Saratoga's mineral springs were discovered more than 150 years ago and made Saratoga famous. Seventeen of them are still spouting their naturally carbonated waters. Each has its own distinct flavor, so why not take a tasting tour? Bring along a cup and stop by the Visitors Center for a map to guide you, or dowload a brochure from saratogaspringsvisitorcenter.com
Historic structures and charming architecture abound in Saratoga Springs, with many homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Broadway is the place for grand Victorians, while the East Side hosts late-19th and early-20th century styles. The Batcheller Mansion Inn on Circular Drive was built in 1873 in the French Renaissance Style and is now a bed and breakfast.
Saratoga National Historical Park
17.9 miles, 30 min. drive
The 1777 Battle of Saratoga, commemorated here, was a crucial victory over the British, one that historians consider a turning point in the Revolutionary War. The park includes four sites: The Battlefield and Visitor Center, Schuyler House, the Saratoga Monument and Victory Woods. Special events, including concerts and encampments, are held throughout the year. www.nps.gov
Path Through History
Saratoga Spa State Park
2.7 miles, 6 min. drive
They call it "The Public's Resort," with 2,200 beautiful acres of 4-season activities and views. From the casually upscale luxury of the Gideon Putnam Spa Resort to snow-shoe treks on trails both groomed and ungroomed. Golfers can play through an 18-hole championship course, test their skills on a challenging 9-hole course, and recoup their strength in the restaurant. The Park makes it easy to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
The park is also home to a number of Saratoga's prime cultural venues, including the National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, SPAC, and the Hall of Springs.
For trail maps, history, and links to park attractions visit nysparks.com