New York is the city so good they named it twice so we thought we’d come up with two things that are off the agenda for most tourists from outside the city itself – and that are located in the State of New York.
Saratoga Race Course
First off – how about a trip to the world famous Saratoga Race Course? They’ve been racing horses here for almost 170 years now. It even made an appearance in the “You’re so vain” song by Carly Simon.
There are several top-grade races held here each year on the flat and over the jumps and it’s a great day out with a difference if you’re visiting New York itself and/or New York State. The racecourse though is around 200 miles due north of the Big Apple at Saratoga Springs – so get on the bus or train and study the racing form en-route and you’ll have a fighting chance of winning a few dollars with any luck.
Storm King Art Center
Alternatively, how about the Storm King Art Center, just less than half way en-route to Saratoga due north of the city? This is an enormous sculpture garden featuring 130 massive sculptured works of modern art from some of the 20th Century’s best-known artists and covering around 300 hectares (a little more than a square mile).
It’s well worth a visit for art lovers – and the rest of us Philistines will surely find it moving, which great art like this is designed to be.
It’s set within the beautiful undulating hills of the Hudson valley and has the Schunnemunk Mountain Mountainville Conservancy to form a dramatic backdrop. This place is very special – yet completely overlooked by most visiting tourists.
It’s perfectly possible to take in both these attractions in one day’s trip from New York City – and to be back in time for bed; a wonderful day out with a real difference.