If you’re not from upstate NY or the Capital Region, you might only know about Saratoga because of the city’s historic Saratoga Race Course. It’s true—Saratoga Springs is synonymous with horse racing. But there’s so much more to this charming city that’s nestled in the Adirondacks. In fact, Saratoga NY is a thriving year-round destination perfect for social or professional events. 

Discover Saratoga President Darryl Leggieri sat down with radio personality and DJ Richie Phillips for his podcast The Top to discuss the top reasons why you should plan your next event in Saratoga, New York.


Reason #1: Location is key

Saratoga Springs, located just off I-87, is an ideal destination nestled between New York's Capital Region and the scenic Adirondacks. With a 3-hour drive from large metro areas such as New York City, Boston and Montreal, Saratoga is an easily accessible hub within the state.

Whether you're getting to Saratoga by car, train or plane, your trip will be easy. A conveniently located Amtrak station is approximately 1.5 miles from downtown Saratoga Springs, with a 40-minute drive to the Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station. In addition, Saratoga Springs is only 30 minutes from the Albany International Airport. 

Reason #2: Hospitality is in our nature

Saratoga has a rich heritage as a health resort and gambling center for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. Since then, the city has only grown to become a one-of-a-kind event destination with an eclectic mix of upscale hotels, inns and superior venues in a dynamic, Victorian setting.

You’ll discover how seamless planning can be when working with our top-notch hospitality partners and destination experts. Whether you’re planning a wedding, conference, or group tour, Discover Saratoga has you covered with a variety of 13+ FREE convention services.

Reason #3: You'll never get bored in Saratoga

Saratoga has long been a cultural hub as the summer home of the NYC Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga Performing Arts CenterSaratoga Race CourseThe National Museum of RacingNational Museum of Dance, natural mineral springs, and the renowned Saratoga Battlefield are among some of Saratoga’s iconic attractions. There are countless group excursions and pub crawls waiting for your arrangements to help unwind after a long day.

Reason #4: An award-winning downtown

Downtown Saratoga Springs is within walking distance to countless restaurants, boutique shops, galleries, lively bars and more. In fact, Broadway in Saratoga was named one of the top 10 main streets in the country, in addition to being the happiest city in the area with 100+ restaurants within walking distance of the Saratoga Springs City Center and downtown hotels.

Reason #5: Out-of-the-box venues

Choose from 56 mesmerizing meeting venues, from the state-of-the-art City Center and historic banquet halls to national museums and charming inns. The city boasts a variety of options that can accommodate groups of 10-1200 attendees.


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