Saratoga National Historical Park

Overview

Site of the first significant American military victory during the Revolution, the Battles of Saratoga rank among the fifteen most decisive battles in world history. Here in 1777 American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender, an event which led France to recognize the independence of the United States and enter the war as a decisive military ally of the struggling Americans. First authorized as a New York state historic preserve in 1927 on the sesquicentennial of the Battles, the Battlefield was made part of the National Park System in 1938 when Saratoga National Historical Park was authorized by the United States Congress. The park now comprises three separate units: the 4 square mile Battlefield in Stillwater, New York, the General Philip Schuyler House eight miles north in Schuylerville and the Saratoga Monument in the nearby village of Victory. The park is located on the upper Hudson River in an area possessing significant natural and cultural attractions appealing to a wide range of visitors from around the world.

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Seasonality / Weather

General Weather:
The Park lies within a temperate zone and experiences four full seasons.
* Summer Conditions:
High temperatures can reach the upper 80s and occasionally upper 90s (Farenheit). Humidity runs from around 40 percent to the upper 70 percent range.
Low temperatures generally reach the 60s, but can range from the 50s to the 70s.
Precipitation: varied rain forms (sprinkles, showers, downpours, thunderstorms)
* Autumn Conditions:
High temperatures average 50s and 60s, but may reach as high as the lower 80s or as low as the upper 40s.
Low temperatures can range from the mid-30s to the upper 40s.
Precipitation: varied rain, generally without thunderstorms
* Winter Conditions:
High temperatures may range from the 20s to the upper 30s.
Low temperatures can drop as far as the -10 degree range or hover around the 20 degree mark.
Precipitation: generally snow, occasionally sleet or freezing rain; cold, non-freezing rain also possible
* Spring Conditions:
High temperatures can run from around the 40 degree mark to the lower to mid-60s.
Low temperatures may run from the 20s or 30s to the low to mid-40s.
Precipitation: usually rain, occasional thunderstorms

Directions

Driving: 

Saratoga National Historical Park is located 40 miles north of Albany, the state capital, and approximately 15 miles southeast of Saratoga Springs. NOTE: All signs for the park are brown with white letters and say "Saratoga National Historical Park." Also, mileages are approximate.
From the north (like Glens Falls, Queensbury, or Montreal):The first portion of these directions is the same for all parts of Saratoga National Historical Park.
* Get off the Northway (I-87) at Exit 14
* Follow signs for Route 29 East into Schuylerville, and take Route 29 into Schuylerville.
* At the "T" intersection with U.S. Route 4 (Broad Street in Schuylerville), turn right. You will be going south.
* THEN, depending on what part of Saratoga National Historical Park you wish to see, refer to the directions below.

For Saratoga Monument:
* After the right turn from Route 29 onto Broad Street / U.S. Route 4, continue to drive south on Broad Street about ¾ of a mile and look for a right turn for Burgoyne Road (County Route 338).
* Take that right turn onto Burgoyne Road, going uphill; Saratoga Monument will be about ¾ of a mile uphill on your left.

For Victory Woods:
* After the right turn from Route 29 onto Broad Street / U.S. Route 4, look for a right turn for Burgoyne Road (County Route 338).
* Take that right turn onto Burgoyne Road, going uphill a short distance.
* A short distance uphill (about 2/3 of a mile), look for a left turn for Monument Drive. NOTE: Saratoga Monument will be visible uphill and to your left.
* Take that left turn onto Monument Drive. Parking for Victory Woods is at the end of Monument Drive. You can also park at Saratoga Monument and walk to Victory Woods, just south of the Monument.

For Schuyler House:
* After turning right onto Broad Street / U.S. Route 4, drive about one mile.
* As you cross over the small bridge, as you drive out of the village, Schuyler House is located on your left (it is a large yellow house).

For the Battlefield:
* After turning right onto Broad Street / U.S. Route 4, drive approximately eight miles south on Route 4.
* The entrance to the Battlefield will be on the right side of the road.
* Take that right turn into the Battlefield, where you will be on the Park Entrance Road.
* Drive approximately 2 miles on the Park Entrance Road until you arrive at a stop sign.
* REGULAR PARKING: after stopping for the stop sign, drive across the intersection to the parking lot. The Visitor Center is just uphill from the parking lot.
* HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE PARKING: after stopping for the stop sign, turn left onto Roosevelt Road. There is a universal blue and white accessible parking sign there.
* Roosevelt Road will take you uphill to an accessible parking area, just behind the Visitor Center.

From the south (like Albany, Kingston, and New York City):
The first portion of these directions is the same for all parts of Saratoga National Historical Park.
* Get off the Northway (I-87) at Exit 12.
* Turn right off the exit; you will be on Route 67 eastbound. NOTE: you will be entering a traffic circle.
* Stay in the right lane to go through the next (second) traffic circle, remaining on Rt. 67 eastbound.
* Before the next (third) traffic circle, move into the left lane. Use this lane in the traffic circle.
* Take the third exit out of the circle and get onto U.S. Rt. 9 headed north.
* After exiting the circle onto Rt. 9 northbound, drive about 1.6 miles to the second traffic light, and look for a right turn for Rt. 9 P.
* Turn right onto Rt. 9 P.
* Drive about 4.5 miles along Rt. 9 P (Saratoga Lake will be on your left), looking for a right turn for Rt. 423.
* Turn right onto Rt. 423.
* After about 5.5 miles on Rt. 423, look for a left turn for Rt. 32.
* Turn left onto Rt. 32.
* THEN, depending on what part of Saratoga National Historical Park you wish to see, refer to the directions below.
For the Battlefield:
* Drive about 2 miles on Rt. 32.
* The entrance for the Battlefield will be on your right.
* Drive to the stop sign.
* REGULAR PARKING: after stopping for the stop sign, turn right into the parking lot. The Visitor Center is just uphill from the parking lot.
* ACCESSIBLE PARKING: after stopping for the stop sign, go straight onto Roosevelt Road. There is a universal blue and white accessible parking sign there.
* Roosevelt Road will take you uphill to an accessible parking area, just behind the Visitor Center.
For Schuyler House:
* After turning left onto Route 32, drive approximately 8 miles. You will be going past the Battlefield, and driving through the Village of Victory and into the Village of Schuylerville.
* Where Rt. 32 intersects with U.S. Route 4 (Broad Street in Schuylerville), turn right.
* Schuyler House will be just over the bridge, on your left (it is a large yellow house).
For Saratoga Monument:
* After turning left onto Route 32, drive approximately 8 miles. You will be going past the Battlefield, and driving through the Village of Victory and into the Village of Schuylerville.
* At the intersection of Rtoute 32 and U.S. Route 4 (Broad Street in Schuylerville), turn left onto Broad Street / U.S. Route 4.
* The very next left turn will be Burgoyne Road (County Route 338).
* Take that left turn for Burgoyne Road.
* About ¾ of a mile uphill, Saratoga Monument will be on your left.
For Victory Woods:
* After turning left onto Route 32, drive approximately 8 miles. You will be going past the Battlefield, and driving through the Village of Victory and into the Village of Schuylerville.
* At the intersection of Rtoute 32 and U.S. Route 4 (Broad Street in Schuylerville), turn left onto Broad Street / U.S. Route 4.
* The very next left turn will be Burgoyne Road (County Route 338).
* Take that left turn for Burgoyne Road.
* A short distance uphill (about 2/3 of a mile), look for a left turn for Monument Drive. NOTE: Saratoga Monument will be visible uphill and to your left.
* Take that left turn onto Monument Drive. Parking for Victory Woods is at the end of Monument Drive. You can also park at Saratoga Monument and walk to Victory Woods, just south of the Monument.

From points east or west:
* Use Route 29 to Schuylerville.
* At the "T" intersection with U.S. Route 4 (Broad Street in Schuylerville), turn south. This will be a right turn if you are driving from the west (Rock City Falls, Gloversville, etc.), or a left turn if you are driving from the east (Greenwich, Easton, etc.).
* If you are entering Schuylerville on Route 29 from the west, follow all the above directions for reaching Saratoga National Historical Park "From the north."
* If you are entering Schuylerville on Route 29 from the east, follow all the above directions for reaching Saratoga National Historical Park "from the north" but subtract about 1/5 of a mile. (Rt. 29 east is approximately 1/5 of a mile south of Rt. 29 west)

Flying: 

The closest airports are Saratoga Airport, located just west of the town of Saratoga Springs (and about 15 miles west and north of the Park), and Albany International Airport, about 30 miles south of the Park.

Public Transport: 

Amtrak also has a train station in Saratoga Springs.