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Traveling – Saratoga Springs, New York

April 21, 2012
Saratoga Springs held several things of interest for our granddaughter. But before an eleven-year old girl could start sightseeing, she needed breakfast and the grandparents needed coffee.
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We didn’t get just any regular breakfast – we followed her Dad’s advice and went to the best bakery in Saratoga Springs. Mrs. London’s Bakery and Cafe offered an array of beautiful pastries that caused a big problem – which one to choose. If you go, try the Almond Croissant – it was a true delicacy. The Quiche was also wonderful – the eggs were as light as air. Mrs. London’s has to be on your list of places to eat!
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After having our delicious breakfast, we were ready to get going. She loves everything related to horses so checking out the Saratoga Race Track was a must even though it is not open yet for racing. We did get to peek inside, took a couple of pictures, and watched some of the horses working out across the street. How do you spell excitement for an eleven-year old girl? Saratoga.
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Then we were off to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. We have been on a lot of trips and adventures with this young lady, but to say her pulse quickened just pulling into the parking lot is an understatement. The first thing she saw was a statue of Seabiscuit in a lovely garden, and we were still outside.

We toured the entire Museum and were in awe of the quality of the exhibits. The staff was friendly, and all we can say is that it is one classy place if you like race horses. Seabiscuit outside and Secretariat inside. For our granddaughter, the only way to make that combination better would be to add her beloved Zanyatta. They have a very nice store, but the prices are very high because of the inventory offered. The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is a must see if you go to Saratoga Springs.

To add to the fun in Saratoga Springs, we also saw several painted horses by local artists and sponsored by local businesses.

After exploring all things racing, we were off to see the Saratoga National Historic Park which is part of the US National Park Service. The Battle of Saratoga in the late fall of 1777 is considered one of the top fifteen most decisive battles. This park celebrates the Patriots fighting for independence and our first victory in the American Revolutionary War.
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This wonderful Park is made up of three sections.  The four-square mile Battlefield includes the Visitor Center which is open year-round and includes a digital database where you can search for ancestors who may have fought in the Battle of Saratoga.
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The General Philip Schuyler House which was rebuilt after the British set fire to it during their retreat allows you to visualize early Colonial life.
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The Saratoga Monument, a 155-foot obelisk celebrates the American victory when the British General Burgoyne surrendered. Climbing to the top of the monument provides you an opportunity to see the area where the Continental Troops fought and we started our march towards liberty for all.
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Opened in 2010, about 8 miles north of the Battlefield, is Victory Woods which was the final encampment for the British Troops under  General Burgoyne.
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After such a wonderful time in Saratoga Springs, we’re back in the Honda Odyssey headed to Niagara Falls.
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Granddaughter (11) on Saratoga Springs and all things horse:  Museum was amazing. It was really cool you could watch the horses train. The Quiche was awesome, and the almond croissant was phenomenal at Mrs. London’s.
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3 comments

  1. We have been in this area before but somehow missed the Museum of Racing. If I ever go back, I’ll have to check it out and see if it has anything on my favorite horse, Tim Tam.


  2. These sleek horses look a little more agile than the old ponies in the paddock at the bottom of our garden.


    • I have to say they were beautiful specimens. But on the bright side, you get to see yours every day so that is a plus.



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