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“Definitely worth a visit”

Saratoga National Historical Park
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Site of the historic 1777 Battles of Saratoga, which represented the first significant victory for the rebels in the American Revolution. Today, the 3,200-acre park is a popular tourism and recreation site and a wildlife conservation area.
Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Definitely worth a visit”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

The site of the Battle of Saratoga that is known as the turning point of the American Revolution, this park has a very nice visitors center with exhibits and a video that explains what happened in the battle. Then you go on either a car tour or a walking tour of the battlefield, with stops at key sites and signs explaining the importance of each. You can get information about the sites by cell phone (if you have a better carrier than we do. The car tour is probably a better choice as you get to all the sites, which I suspect you don't on the walking tour.

Visited July 2014
Thank Douglas F
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DeWitt, New York
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541 reviews
253 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 399 helpful votes
“Important historical site, story well told”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

Sad to say, I'll bet that only a small percentage of Americans know why the battles at Saratoga were so important. A visit here is a great way to gain a good understanding of what happened, and why it was so critical.

The visitor center, in addition to providing exhibits of artifacts from the period, provides a film that explains what happened. It helps, but if you want to really understand the battles, the best place is the scale model of the area, with its colored lights. I've seen this type of display before, but this is one of the best. Have patience and see the display from the beginning, and in 15 minutes you will have a good idea of what happened. Listen carefully and watch the lights; they tell the story well. Children (and some adults) won't have the patience for this but I think it was important to see it before going out on the battlefield tour.

The park itself is quite nice, and if you like birds you see and hear a lot of them (in season). The locations of British and American fortifications, which, of course, are long gone, is marked by posts with colors. This helps to make the connection between what you learn in the visitor center and the mostly empty fields.

There is a narration on the website that you can download as MP3 files, or access using your cell phone as you tour the grounds. This also helps with understanding of what you're seeing. There's a different set of files and narration if you want to do the walking trail; but be aware that it is not a short trail and may take you two hours to do it all.

While technically there is an entrance fee that you should pay at the visitor center, nobody asked us to pay and there is no gate attendant collecting it.

Visited July 2014
Thank Joe H
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Olathe, Kansas
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207 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Before Benedict Went Bad”
Reviewed July 17, 2014

In 1777 the Battle of Saratoga became one of the most important battles in world history. With the American victory the French chose to back the fledgling colonies in the bid for independence thus changing the course of the war. The visitor center has an excellent film and a lighted board that helps you understand how the battle unfolded. Pick up the audio CD guide and drive the route, stopping at the various sites. See where Benedict Arnold helped turn back the British and win the battle. An interesting piece of American history.

Visited July 2014
Thank Jennifer S
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Boston MA
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140 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“New York Trip”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

once again i am very impressed by the National Park Service and their volunteers. this is a must see for any history buff. the park headquarters has a film that explains the battle, the view from here is worth a picture. the battle field can be toured by car or bike or even foot. i believe the tour is 10 miles with stops along the way. at each stop there are placards explaining the scene.

Visited July 2014
Thank MeterReader
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Northeast USA
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226 reviews
84 attraction reviews
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“Saratoga Battlefield - living history”
Reviewed June 12, 2014

I want to return here since we had only a brief time to spend this time. We drove the Battlefield Tour road and stopped to read the signs, look at the battle lines and listen to one of the docents. You need to spend a day here to absorb all the history. Not only is the history fascinating, but the views are amazing! Taking the guided tour would be a good idea. You can drive, walk and/or bike in the park.
"Here in the autumn of 1777 American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender. This crucial American victory renewed patriots' hopes for independence, secured essential foreign recognition and support, and forever changed the face of the world." (Natl. Park website)

Visited June 2014
Thank emeraldisle45
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