Upstate New York proudly offers four distinct seasons with signature activities for winter, spring, summer and fall.
The splendor of Saratoga’s snow-covered scenic wonderland is a visual treat, and in the park guests can enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on well-groomed trails that head from the warming hut along the Avenue of the Pines. The Gideon Putnam offers complimentary use of snowshoes for guests. There’s a pair of wonderful outdoor rinks for ice skating, and downhill skiing a short drive away.
As the snow thaws, Saratoga Spa State Park springs to life with activity. The paths and trails that spin off from the hotel hub give a perfect intro to awakening world. Enjoy walking, jogging, hiking and biking on the nature trails. Trail maps are available at the hotel front desk for your use. Natural geysers and mineral springs, which are some of the most famous Saratoga Springs attractions, can easily be seen throughout the park. For a full appreciation of Saratoga’s mineral springs, take one of The Gideon Putnam’s free guided tours offered daily.
During summer the Saratoga Spa State Park buzzes as opportunities for recreation peak. Just a short walk or drive from The Gideon Putnam, Saratoga Spa Golf boasts an 18-hole Championship Course, a 9-hole Executive Course, an all-grass driving range, a practice putting green, a full-service golf shop and restaurant. Take a swim in two outdoor park pools–Victoria and the Peerless–and play tennis on the park’s eight outdoor courts. Located just minutes from The Gideon Putnam, the famed Saratoga Race Course hosts a summer session that packs its grandstand and promises to get your heart racing, while harness racing runs at Saratoga Casino and Raceway next door.
Some say fall is the best time to visit Saratoga, as the days shorten and the park transforms with a new energy. Fall colors fill the trees that envelop The Gideon Putnam, making long autumn walks along leaf-lined paths a treasured pastime.
Car shows abound in Saratoga Spa State Park, inspired by the Saratoga Automobile Museum and the open spaces that are perfect for showing your prized restoration project (or your survivor)!
If running is your thing, check the multitude of events hosted in the park, just outside the doors of The Gideon Putnam.
Winter, spring, summer or fall–the perfect time to plan an Upstate New York getaway to The Gideon Putnam is right now.