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Summer in Saratoga Springs

While Skidmore's campus is host to gorgeous scenery and hundreds of lively events throughout the summer, our hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY, is also a summer destination of its own! 

Tour Top Saratoga Springs Locations


10 Reasons You'll Love Saratoga Springs:

  1. 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. 

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Festivals and nightlife:  The City is host to numerous celebrations and parades all summer long so there’s always something to do. Saratoga's most popular summer events range from arts festivals, holiday celebrations, food fairs, and racing festivities.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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. 

  8. Historic Locations Saratoga Springs features a rich and storied past. Discover the healing power of natural spring waters, Saratoga's pivotal role in the Revolutionary War, or the story of Solomun Northup by visiting the many historic locations in and around Saratoga Springs.

  9. 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.

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