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What is the closest airport to Saratoga Springs?

Saratoga Airport is the closest to almost any event venue in Saratoga, a public-use airport located just three miles southwest of Saratoga. The Albany International Airport is 30 minutes South of Saratoga Springs.  Albany International Airport is the major air center for the Capital Region, Northeastern New York and Western New England. There are 2 AMTRAK stations, in Albany/Rensselaer and the Saratoga address is 26 Station Lane, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

When is the 2016 Saratoga Racing Season?

Saratoga’s 2016 racing season begins on Friday, July 22 and runs for 40 days, through  Monday, September 5. Dark Tuesdays. Post times: 1 p.m. daily except for Twilight Friday. Hats Off Festival is July 22-24. Travers Day is August 27.

Where can you park?

Parking is conveniently located throughout downtown Saratoga.  View the parking map.

Dog Friendly?

Many businesses and restaurants in Saratoga Springs have a little blue decal near their entrance. When you see it, you know that you and your well-behaved dog are welcome inside. View the map for dog friendly places.

The 2016 Saratoga Summer Concert Series

The Saratoga Summer Concert Series returns to Congress Park for the 2016 season, kicking off on July 3rd. Gather your friends and family, bring your blankets and chairs, find a spot on the lawn and enjoy some of our areas favorite performers. This FREE Saratoga Summer Concert Series is program of the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center in cooperation with the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau and the City of Saratoga Springs. Shows begin at 7:00PM at the War Memorial in beautiful Congress Park and each concert will be approximately 90 minutes. New this year – the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center, at 297 Broadway, will be the concert rain location.

2016 Dates and Performers are:

July 3-Keller & Cannon – Dynamic Duo ranging from modern and classic country, rock and Americana. Keller & Cannon bring rock-style modern and classic country and pure rock to audiences of all sizes and all ages, featuring recognizable, danceable, high energy tunes that reflect the good-time feeling of Americana music.

July 10-Hot Club of Saratoga-The Capital Region’s premier gypsy swing ensemble. The driving rhythms under dynamic soloing give the music a life and vibrancy sure to bring a smile and often an irresistible desire to move.

July 17-Marc Berger & RIDE-Marc Berger & Ride bring a well-choreographed mix of deep country folk songs with touches of bluegrass, roots, Americana, a little spicy cajun, and even a little indie with an effects laced lead acoustic guitar.

July 24-Sonny and Perley-The exciting duo of Sonny Daye and Perley Rousseau achieves arare musical symbiosis. The husband and wife team master a unique blend of Jazz, Bossa Nova, American Songbook Standards, and International Cabaret which has become their musical signature.

August 9-Rich Ortiz-Rich Ortiz’s style is truly his own and his music is his soul. Richplays guitar, harmonica, and peddle bass (with his feet), and he turns heads with his vocals! As his passion for life grows stronger, so does the energy in his music; he is a truly rare, authentic talent.

August 16-Betsy & The ByeGons-Whether you lived the sixties yourself or you just dig that classic girl-group sound, there’s no better way to spend some time than with Betsy and the ByeGons! Bring back those happy days when The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Shirelles, The Shangri-las, The Supremes and so many others lit up stages and screens throughout the world!

August 23-Garland Nelson Soulist-A high energy and spirited ensemble, performing multi-genre soul music with entertaining command and spontaneous originality. Led by “soulist” Garland Nelson, Soul Session emotes supernatural passions from material by Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Bill Withers, and many others.

August 30-Cryin’ Out Loud-With an energizing live show that features five dynamic vocalists, a fluid rhythm section, and a hot three-piece horn section, Cryin’ Out Loud will definitely make your event one to remember. During a live performance you can feel their energy inspire the crowd, taking listeners on musical journey that encompasses the greatest hits of Pop, RnB, Country, Disco, Motown and Classic Rock.

The Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center would like to thank our many sponsors for helping to make this series possible, with special thanks to The Courtyard by Marriott Saratoga Springs, Ben and Jerry’s Saratoga Springs, CDTA, The Adirondack Trust Company, Stewart’s Shops, The Masie Center, Saratoga National Bank, Clements Insurance, Price Chopper, The Saratoga Downtowner, 101.3 The Jockey and Saratoga Today.

History, Legends, Lore and More – Guided Walking Tours

A 90 Minute Walking Tour that concentrates on historic Congress Park and the colorful characters who helped make Saratoga what it is!

This guided tour of legends and lore will walk you through history while sipping the famous mineral waters and strolling through the Victorian Congress Park.

2016 tours take place on Friday’s & Saturday’s in June starting Saturday, June 11, June 17 & 18 and June 24 & 25.

July 1 – September 3 tours will run Monday through Saturday – no tours on Sunday’s.  September and October tours will be Saturday’s only, starting September 10.

All tours begin at 10:30AM rain or shine and meet at the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866.  Cost:  $8.00 per person, children under 12 are free.  Call 518-587-3241 for more information.

For more information, contact the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center at (518) 587-3241, www.saratogaspringsvisitorcenter.com

The Congress Park Carousel is open for the late spring and summer season in Saratoga Springs, NY!

The Carousel in Congress Park is an historic wooden carousel that has all the charm of yesteryear with all the enjoyment of today. The carousel usually opens for the year in early May for weekends only, until the school year ends in mid to late June, then operates daily from late morning until dusk. After Labor Day, the carousel returns to weekend-only hours.

Carousel operating hours for 2016 (weather dependent):
May 13 – June 22, 2016
Friday 4pm – 8pm
Saturday 11am – 6pm
Sunday 12pm – 6pm

June 23 – September 5, 2016
7 Days A Week
11am – 8pm

Sept 9 – October 31, 2016
Friday 4pm – 8pm
Saturday 12pm – 6pm
Sunday 12pm – 6pm

The Carousel is open through Halloween this year, which is October 31st. It is also open for many special events in Saratoga Springs, including the Victorian Streetwalk in December and First Night Saratoga on New Years Eve!

* Additional individual tokens may be purchased for $1 per ride at the Carousel.
For groups of 20 or more, please contact the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau in advance at (518) 584-1531.

Call (518) 587-3550 x 2555 for additional details on hours, rain dates and other information on the Congress Park Carousel.

Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau Assumes Management of the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center

On June 3rd, the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau (SCTB) entered into a two and a half year agreement with the City of Saratoga Springs to manage the operations and programs of the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitors Center, located at 297 Broadway.

This opportunity will provide the SCTB another resource to market all Saratoga has to offer to the groups, conventions and visitors that frequent Saratoga County.  Heather McElhiney has relocated from the Bureau’s office to the Visitor Center to be the full-time Director there. Heather encourages everyone to stop in and say hello.

In the short time since taking over the operations there, the Convention & Tourism Bureau has added an additional part-time staff person, created a free Wi-Fi hotspot which extends onto the front lawn and into the beautiful courtyard area, extended the popular walking tours through the fall and expanded the marketing reach for the upcoming free summer concert series in Congress Park.

Stay tuned for announcements of additional activities, initiatives and changes to make the visitors to our region feel more welcome!

 

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: The Creator of the Spirit of Life

Dana Pilson, Curatorial Researcher of Chesterwood, Daniel Chester French’s former summer home, studio and gardens in Stockbridge, MA, will present on the nationally significant “Spirit of Life” sculpture by Daniel Chester French and its setting in Congress Park, the Spencer Trask Memorial, designed by Henry Bacon. Ms. Pilson will highlight the sculptor’s artistic career and discuss the various preliminary stages of his work on The Spirit of Life sculpture in Congress Park in a powerpoint presentation with Samantha Bosshart, Executive Director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. Ms. Bosshart will discuss the restoration project to be completed by June 2015, the Memorial’s centennial, as part of the City of Saratoga Springs’ own centennial celebration.

The Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series is a monthly, hour-long program presented in partnership by the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center and the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This event is conducted in the Dutcher Community Room located on the main floor of the library.

 

This free program is open to the public and begins promptly at noon. Tea and coffee are provided. For more information please contact the Visitor Center at 518-587-3241.

 

 

Lost Ski Areas In (and Near) Saratoga Springs

Lost ski area, Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadows, photo courtesy of The Strader Family.

December 11, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow… if you are a skier, that white stuff is the right stuff! The Southern Adirondacks were once home to dozens of small ski areas that no longer exist today. In this presentation based on his book, “Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks,” ski historian Jeremy Davis chronicles the history of these vanished ski areas with photographs and memories from those who enjoyed them, while also paying homage to restored and classic skiing opportunities still available in the region.

The Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series is a monthly, hour-long program presented in partnership by the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center and the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This event is conducted in the Dutcher Community Room located on the main floor of the library.

This free program is open to the public and begins promptly at noon. Tea and coffee are provided. For more information, please contact the Visitor Center at 518-587-3241.

 

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture

Photo courtesy of the Saratoga Springs History Museum.

Photo courtesy of the Saratoga Springs History Museum.

In the late 1800’s, every town had its own time zoned based on sundials and train schedules were chaotic. So how did standardization eventually come about? Join Charlie Keunzel and Dave Patterson as they talk about the timely intervention of Charles Dowd and the sundial that honors him.

The Brown Bag Lunch lecture Series is a monthly, hour-long program presented in partnership with the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center and the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This event is conducted in the Dutcher Community Room located on the main floor of the library.

This free program is open to the public and begins promptly at noon. Tea and coffee are provided. For more information, please contact the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center at 518-587-3241.

Supernatural Saratoga Springs Story Sampler

ghostly pic yaddo 1(1)

Photo courtesy of the Corporation of Yaddo

Bewitched, bothered and bewildered by bumps in the night? And daytime, too? Join Charlie Kuenzel and special guests, including representatives from the History Museum, the Preservation foundation and Yaddo Gardens, as they share their own tales of ghosts and apparitions in spook-tacular Saratoga Springs. Information on local ghost tours will be available. Books by David Pitkin, noted expert on ghost stories, will also be for sale.

The Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series is a monthly, hour-long program. It is presented in partnership by the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center and the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This event is conducted in the Dutcher Community Room located on the main floor of the library. This free program  is open to the public. It begins promptly at noon. Tea and coffee are provided. For more information, please contact the Visitor Center at 518-587-3241.

Since 1887: Saratoga’s Police Department

1887 Saratoga Police Force

The first chief of police, George W. Blodgett, (center, with straw hat and light colored pants) with his police force.

By 1887, Saratoga Springs had grown to a point where a police department was needed to ensure law and order.  An act of the State Legislature created the Saratoga Springs police department on April 26th of that year, and on June 1st, eight men marked their first official work day in the new department. Come hear Saratoga Springs’ Police Chief Greg Veitch talk about this unique part of our city’s history.

The Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series is a monthly, hour-long program presented in partnership by the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area visitor Center and the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This event is conducted in Dutcher Community Room located on the main floor of the library. This program is free and open to the public and begins promptly at noon. Tea and coffee are provided.