Saratoga, NY’s Attractions and Festivals Offer Travelers Fun Options for a Summer Vacation

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World-class Thoroughbred horse racing, the performing arts, gaming, spas, polo, museums and more await visitors to Saratoga, New York this summer.

Horse Racing at Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Race Course, Credit Adam Coglianese/NYRA

World-class Thoroughbred horse racing, the performing arts, gaming, spas, polo, museums and more await visitors to Saratoga, New York this summer.

The 2011 season at historic Saratoga Race Course, will again feature a 40-day schedule. World-class thoroughbred racing action in Saratoga will start for the 143rd year on Friday, July 22nd and continue through Labor Day, Monday, September 5th, boasting seventeen Grade 1 stakes races. As part of the racing meet’s festivities, the Hats Off To Saratoga Festival, to be held July 22nd- 24th, will feature sunset racing, a hat contest and live downtown musical performances. The 142nd running of the oldest stakes race in the country is on Saturday, August 27th with the Grade 1, $1 million Travers Stakes, which highlights the week-long Travers Festival, August 20-28th. The Final Stretch Festival will be September 3rd – 5th and will include sunset racing, a family fun fest, Labor Day BBQ, graded stakes races and downtown music on Saturday and Sunday nights. A complete schedule of events and races is available online at http://www.nyra.com, while getaway package and festival information can be found at http://www.saratoga.org.

Performances are already underway at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), but its summer classical season opens with one of the longest-running jazz events around. The 34th Annual Freihofer’s Jazz Festival will take place Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th and will feature 5-time Grammy winning vocalist, Michael McDonald, along with other renowned and up-and-coming jazz artists. The 45th summer residency in Saratoga for the New York City Ballet is July 5th through July 16th, with the return of “The Magic Flute,” significant dance works, tribute pieces and Saratoga debuts. SPAC will host The Philadelphia Orchestra July 27th through August 13th, highlighted by the award winning actor and Saratoga native David Hyde Pierce narrating “A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” as well as acclaimed soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Emanuel Ax and more. SPAC is also home to Modern Dance (June 9 & Aug 16), the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival (July 27 – Aug 9) and several major music pop and rock concerts. Visitors can find more information on performances at http://www.spac.org.

Visitors can relive one of the most important battles in world history at Saratoga National Historical Park, site of the “Turning Point” of the American Revolution. The park hosts numerous events throughout the year, including guided walks and bike rides, reenactments, a July 4th citizenship ceremony and a weekend-long celebration September 17th & 18th for the 234th Anniversary of the Battles of Saratoga. For more information and schedule of events go online to http://www.nps.gov/sara.

Saratoga Polo’s 2011 season runs July 8th through Labor Day weekend showcasing some of the top players from around the world. A full schedule can be found online at http://www.saratogapolo.com. Visitors can also experience live harness racing and over 1,700 slot machines at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, which also has a popular nightclub and dining options. Visitors can learn more at http://www.saratogacasino.com.

Saratoga County has a number of museums, art galleries and historic landmarks, including the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, New York State Military Museum, Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Grant’s Cottage, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, Brookside Museum, The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, and several local history museums. For a complete list of museums, art galleries and historical sites, go online to http://www.saratoga.org.

Saratoga County is also rich in affordable, unique and high quality golf courses, including the award-winning Saratoga National Golf Club. Named one of the Top 100 public courses in America by Golf Digest, it is one of fourteen courses to tee off at in the area. Special golf getaway packages are available online at http://www.saratoga.org.

Visitors interested in spending time outdoors will find over 10,000 acres of parks, trails, lakes, rivers and scenic beauty nestled between the banks of the Hudson River and the southern foothills of the Adirondacks.

A visit to Saratoga is economical with a number of event and festival stay packages that include attractions, dining and special gifts. For more getaway package details or for a free travel guide, visitors can go online to http://www.saratoga.org or call 1-800-526-8970.

About Saratoga, New York

Saratoga’s attractions and spectacular scenery have made it a premier Northeast destination for centuries. Located approximately three hours from New York, Montreal and Boston, Saratoga features world-class horse racing, the performing arts, gaming, polo, award-winning golf courses, museums – including three National museums, a National Battlefield, Victorian architecture, great shopping, plentiful outdoor activities and so much more.

Visitor information is available online at http://www.saratoga.org or by calling 1-800-526-8970. The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce is the official Tourism Promotion Agency of Saratoga County, New York.

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