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“A beautiful venue with lots to offer” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Saratoga Performing Arts Center
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Summertime cultural and entertainment venue features performances in a sheltered amphitheatre or "under the stars." The Center is the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A beautiful venue with lots to offer”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

SPAC offers up many different cultural and musical events throughout the summer. We've been to both the NYC ballet performance and also the Philadelphia Orchestra. Lawn seating is a unique option at thie venue, although for both the ballet and orchestra we prefer to sit in the ampitheater.

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New York
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114 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“SPAC for a different audience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

Parking distance and walk still very long. They had also roped off the Rt. 50 entrance with various designations and the staff did not seem sure what to do with it. Changed rule about alcohol in parking lot - too bad for the more mature who would like to responsibly tailgate. Acoustics still good, even on the lawn.

Visited July 2012
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Cohoes, New York
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31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very nice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

Always love SPAC. Went for the ballet and as always it was a nice pleasant experience. Beautiful, clean grounds!!

Visited June 2012
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Scotia, New York
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57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Jazz Festival 2012”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

I have only missed this event about 3 times in about 15 years. It is one that can't compare.
For a full day a fantastic music, food and meeting new people and connecting with poeple from previous years, you can't beat it.

You race in to find the piece of real estate where you will set up your chairs, blankets, coolers..whatever it is you want to bring in..kick back and relax..the sky is blue and a gentle breeze thru the pines..You just could not ask for a better day..

Bony James, Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Steven Kroon, Brian Culbertson and Michael McDonald, just to name a few of the greats..

The festival usually happens the last weekend in June. Check it out on the website and plan for one of the most enjoyable events of the summer. Plus, you also get to check out Saratoga Springs a beautiful town.

Visited June 2012
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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258 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Best large concert venue on the east coast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

Been going here since 2001 and was here many times this past summer concert season. Most concert venues are a cookie cutter venue from city to city. This venue is surrounded by tall pine trees and a creek. The bridge you cross after entering is great as you look down at the creek way below. The lawn is rather small (especially for sold out shows) and doesn't have the best sightlines but I typically sit inside anyways which is a real treat. There's not a bad seat inside as it's a pretty small seating area especially since 1/3 of the seats are in the balcony which is a great view. As well, sound quality is top notch. The concession area keeps getting better with more relaxed beer sales and good yet standard food options. I personally like the the tent for Esperanto's which has great food. There is a bathroom area by the concession area but tends to always be packed. If you're sitting inside, there is a bathroom area down to the left and if you are on the lawn head back to the very back of the lawn in a large building called the Hall of Springs. Staff here is great as well, very friendly and super helpful. I love this place and plan to keep coming back year in, year out.

Visited September 2012
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