Saratoga’s history is vast in origin. With its roots deeply embedded in the Revolutionary War, and several battles acknowledged as the turning point of the War, there are endless memorials, parks and battlefields to pique historians’ interests. The city of Saratoga Springs is known as the “Queen of Spas” and boasts the only natural carbonated springs east of the Rocky Mountains. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the springs were believed to have healing powers and bath houses began to attract tourists from all over looking to tap into the health attributes of the springs. Today, the Lincoln and Roosevelt Bath Houses still exist in Saratoga State Park. One of Saratoga’s most prominent and prestigious landmarks is the Saratoga Race Course. Established in 1863, the racetrack is the oldest sports facility in the country and hosts the famous Travers Day each year. Keeping with the progress development of the county, Skidmore College, established in the 1900s was founded as an all women’s liberal arts college
There is something for everyone in Saratoga County. The Saratoga Race Course’ summer season doubles the city’s population, boosting tourism and offers a number of restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques. There are also polo matches and harness racing for horse enthusiasts to enjoy. Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the Summer home to the NYC Ballet and hosts a number of first-run entertainment. For people who like the outdoors, Saratoga County has a number of parks, trails and lakes with the largest lake, Saratoga Lake, offering public beach and boat launch access.
With access to I-87 and I-90, Saratoga County is easily accessible from NYC and Boston. For those looking to live in the county, there are a number of housing choices. Live among ornate mansions dating back the the 1800 and 1900s, near a majestic horse farm, or relax by one of the county’s 50 lakes. For those looking for something newer with more modern amenities, the Fab 8, GlobalFoundries Chip factory has attracted professionals to the area, resulting in the creation of new communities throughout the county. For its homeowners, Saratoga County also has one of the lowest property tax rates in the capital district. Overall, whether it is to reside, work or play, Saratoga County has so much to offer.
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