Summer in Saratoga Springs

Jun 12, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. ET

The idyllic city of Saratoga Springs in upstate New York comes alive in the summertime, with horse racing, performances, concerts, excellent restaurants and more. Whether you come for a day or stay for the summer, find out how to make the most of your visit.

Saratoga Springs

Famous for its natural mineral springs, Saratoga Springs became popular in the 18th and 19th centuries as a place to come and relax in the healing waters. Today, it's a charming college town that truly comes alive in the summer, with a race track, performances, world-class eateries and more. Perfect for a weekend with the girls, romantic getaway, or family vacation, Saratoga has something for everyone.

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Mint julepGo to the races

One of Saratoga’s biggest summer draws is the world-renowned horse-racing track, which is open from the third week in July through Labor Day. Whether you wish to gamble or not, throw on a floppy hat and enjoy a day outdoors watching the magnificent horses strut their stuff.

Catch a performance

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the summer home to the New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra, and also hosts dozens of performances throughout the summer, from the annual Dave Matthews Band concert to classical concertos. For a more folksy environment, head downtown to Cafe Lena where folk legends like Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie and Don McLean have graced the stage.

Relax at the spa

Saratoga Springs gets its name from its natural springs, which you can experience at one of the city's fabulous spas. Sit in a natural mineral bath before treating yourself to a relaxing massage, which is sure to release any tension.

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Take a class

For those feeling academic, head to Skidmore, the well-respected local liberal arts college. They offer all kinds of classes during the summer months, so you can exercise your brain. If you don’t feel like committing to an entire course, summer is also a great time to catch a public lecture or reading on campus.

Eat, drink and be merry

It may not be a big city, but Saratoga Springs is home to some fine food and drink. From upscale wine bars to down-home diners, there’s something for every meal and mood. For a good pub crawl, head to Caroline Street, which is packed with bars and gets crowded any night of the week in the summer.

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