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In east-central New York, near Stillwater
The Battles of Saratoga, the first significant American military victory during the American Revolution, rank among the 15 most decisive battles in world history. Here in 1777 American forces met, defeated, and forced a major British army to surrender, an event that led France to recognize the independence of the United States and enter the war as a decisive military ally of the struggling Americans. The park comprises three units—the Battlefield in Stillwater, the General Philip Schuyler House in Schuylerville, and the Saratoga Monument, a 155-foot-tall obelisk in the village of Victory. The park was authorized on June 1, 1938.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Auto or bike touring of battlefield, cross-country skiing, guided touring of Schuyler House, hiking, picnicking, viewing orientation film, visiting monument, walking. Facilities: Battlefield visitor center, tour road (audio tour rentals), 4.5-mi Wilkinson National Historic Trail, 6 mi of road trace trails, wayside exhibits, Neilson House (1777). Bookstore and sales area, picnic areas. Programs & Events: Guided tours of Schuyler House (mid-June-Labor Day), Frost Faire, March for Parks (Jan.-Apr.). July 4 Celebration, Battle Anniversary Commemoration (Sept.), Schuyler House Candlelight Tour (mid-Oct.). Military encampments and demonstrations (occasionally). Tips & Hints: Plan to stay overnight in area to visit battlefield and other sites. Some land is privately owned; respect rights of landowners. Make lodging and dining reservations early if you plan to visit during Saratoga horse racing season (end of July and Aug.). Busiest July and Aug., least crowded in Dec. and Feb.
FOOD & LODGING
Hotels: None in park. In Saratoga Springs: Holiday Inn (232 Broadway, tel. 518/584^550; 168 rooms; $280), Inn at Saratoga (231 Broadway, tel. 518/583-1890 or 800/274-3573; 38 rooms; $259-$309). X Restaurants: None in park. In Saratoga Springs: Parting Glass (40-42 Lake Ave., tel. 518/583-1916; $6-$10). In Malta: Ripe Tomato (2721 U.S. 9, tel. 518/581-1530; $5-$10).
FEES & HOURS
Entrance fee: $5 per vehicle or $3 per bicyclist or walk-in for touring battlefield (May-Oct.). General Philip Schuyler House or Saratoga Monument free. Visitor center open daily 9-5. Tour road usually open Apr.-mid-Nov. Schuyler House open for guided tours mid-June-Labor Day. Saratoga Monument and Neilson House open mid-June-Labor Day, hours vary.
HOW TO GET THERE
40 mi north of Albany and 15 mi southeast of Saratoga Springs on U.S. 4/Rte. 32. From 1-87 (Northway), take Exit 12 (if heading north) right to Rte. 67, left onto U.S. 9, right onto Rte. 9P, right onto Rte. 423, left on Rte. 32, right to battlefield; or Exit 14 (if headed south). Head east on Rte. 29 and south on U.S. 4 or Rte. 32 to park. Closest airport: Albany (29 mi).
Saratoga National Historical Park (648 Rte. 32, Stillwater, NY 12170, tel. 518/664-9821, fax 518/664-9830). Saratoga County Tourism Department and Chamber of Commerce (28 Clinton St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, tel. 800/526-8970 or 518/584-3255).
Saratoga National Historical Park. Detailed information how to get there, where to stay and what rates in the Saratoga National Historical Park In east-central New York, near Stillwater