People come to Saratoga Springs for several reasons: the healing mineral springs, thoroughbred horse racing, the area's rich history and Skidmore College. Saratoga Springs is located in the foothills of the magnificent Adirondack Park, about three hours from New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Montreal. The area's mineral springs made Saratoga a popular destination for those hoping to be cured of various ailments for the last 200 years.
The city's other claim to fame is the Saratoga Race Course, opened in 1863. The thoroughbred track holds an annual summer meet that lasts six weeks and attracts top jockeys, horses, and trainers in America. The population of Saratoga Springs today is about 26,000, and the town is considered one of the top ten in New York state for its quality of life.