Description - The American victory here over the British in 1777 was the turning point of the Revolution and one of the decisive battles in world history. Maj. General Philip Schuyler's country home and the 154-foot Saratoga monument are nearby.
- The American victory here over the British in 1777 was the turning point of the Revolution and one of the decisive battles in world history. Major General Philip Schuyler's country home and the 154-foot Saratoga monument are nearby.
Recreation - The Battlefield Visitor Center in Stillwater is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day when the park is closed. The Tour Road is open usually from April 1 to mid-November depending upon weather conditions.
The Schuyler House is open for guided tours Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., from mid-June through Labor Day. An annual Schedule of Special Events is available from the park. These programs are subject to change or cancellation so calling ahead for up-to-date information on specific events is recommended.
The Monument is closed for renovations. Expected opening: Fall 2000 or Spring 2001.
The staff and park volunteers provide a number of educational programs to local schools, either at the park site or in the classroom. Contact the park to obtain information on arranging these programs.
The Friends of Saratoga Battlefield sponsor many programs and activities during the year that also assist the park in carrying out its educational mission.
There are many special events and programs that visitors will enjoy. During the winter and spring the park hosts a Frost Faire, a March for Parks fundraiser and a Crown Forces encampment. During the summer the Battlefield offers the annual 4th of July Celebration, colonial demonstrations, military encampments and interpretive programs on topics ranging from colonial history to the environment. In September the park hosts an annual event to commemorate the two battles which includes programs centered around the American, British, German and Canadian forces encamped as they were in the fall of 1777.
Visitors also enjoy auto touring, biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, snowshoeing and wildlife viewing.
Climate - The Saratoga Capital District Travel Region has a varied climate with average January temperatures ranging from 14 to 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 36 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. A slender parcel along the eastern state line receive the heaviest precipitation.
Saratoga NHP is located 40 miles north of Albany, the state capital, and some 15 miles southeast of Saratoga Springs.
From Montreal and points north - get off the Northway (I-87) at Exit 14 and follow signs for Route 29 East to Schuylerville where the Schuyler House and Saratoga Monument are located. Eight miles south on Route 4 you will find the main entrance to the Battlefield.
From Albany and points south - get off the Northway (I-87) at Exit 12, and follow the park signs to the Battlefield.
From points east or west - use Route 29 to Schuylerville.