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Summer at Skidmore

 Summer in Saratoga


The Skidmore campus is far from sleepy in the summer.  In fact, our vibrant summer campus features so much to do that you can't possibly do everything!  Public events create campus nightlife rich with opportunities for entertainment and enlightenment.  The summer campus hosts the Skidmore Summer Studio Art ProgramSkidmore Jazz InstituteNew York State Writers InstituteSITI Company, and Summer Dance Workshop.  You won't want to miss the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery and the Arthur Zankel Music Center.  Be sure to check out the college's Calendar for a listing of events.

The City of Saratoga Springs boasts a wealth of things to do off campus as well.  

10 reasons to be in Saratoga Springs this Summer:

The Saratoga Farmer's Market: In its 30th year, the Saratoga Farmer's Market operates year-round, but is most vibrant and active in the summer. Featuring over fifty local venders and just a short walk from Skidmore, the summer farmer's market includes a variety of locally grown and produced products, including organic vegetables and fruits, cheeses, yogurt, milk, crafts, honey, jams, peanut butter, baked goods, cider, organic lotions, soaps, crafts and more. During the summer, the Farmer's Market also features local bluegrass bands and performance groups.

Saratoga Spa State Park: This Historic National Landmark features the Roosevelt Baths and Spa, for relaxation in Saratoga's world-famous mineral springs, as well as nature trails, biking and hiking trails, fishing spots, tennis courts, and a golf course -- all summer just a trolley ride from downtown.

Downtown Saratoga Springs: Just a short walk from Skidmore, the bustling downtown area -- situated around Saratoga's main street, Broadway -- features an abundance of restaurants, coffee shops, shopping, art galleries, record stores, music venues, and more.

Congress Park: Located in downtown Saratoga, historic Congress Park features ample picnic space, strolling and biking paths, fountains, duck ponds, and a fully operational and wildly popular wooden carousel that is over 100 years old.

Festivals and nightlife: galore!  The City is host to numerous celebrations and parades all summer long so there’s always something to do.

Fantastic weather! Perfect temperatures and clear blue sky (most of the time!).

Saratoga Race Course, also known as the Saratoga Racetrack or the “flat track,” is the oldest continually operating Thoroughbred horse racing track in the United States.  From mid-July through Labor Day, the horse races are really fun – people flock to Saratoga for this one-of-a-kind sporting experience!

Saratoga Performing Arts Center: Referred to locals and frequent visitors as “SPAC,” this outdoor performing arts venue features classical performances, the Saratoga Jazz Festival, the Saratoga Wine and Food Festival and major pop and rock concerts.  It is also the summer home of the New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra. 

Adirondack Park and Lake George: 6 Million Acres Forever Wild! Larger than several states in New England, bigger even than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Canyon and the Great Smokies National Parks combined - the Adirondack Park contains the largest protected wilderness area east of the Mississippi.

Skidmore College: A highlight, of course! We look forward to seeing you this summer.