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This July Shoreline Aviation Seaplane Services is heading off to the races. We’ll be running flights from the 23rd Street Seaplane Base up to Saratoga on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. arriving in plenty of time for the 1:00 p.m. post time. Racing season has been extended at Saratoga Race Course this year as Belmont Park is closing early for renovations. Opening Day is July 11th and the season ends on Labor Day. Racing fans can make it a day trip going up on Saturday morning and returning late in the day; or you can stay for the Sunday races as well returning to New York City on Monday around 12:00 p.m. Flight time is just one hour!

The historic Saratoga Race Course opened in 1864 and is one of the oldest thoroughbred races in the nation. Frequent visitors to the track refer to it as “the summer place to be.” The stands at the track were expanded in the 1960s to accommodate up to 50,000 spectators. Some of the more popular races of the season include the Alabama Stakes, the Whitney Handicap, and the hottest race of the season – the Travers Stakes which has the largest purse ($1,250,000) and takes place on Saturday, August 24th.

In addition to the flat track and trotter track, Saratoga Springs has much to offer culturally, recreationally, and historically. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the summer home to both the Philadelphia Orchestra and New York City Ballet. There are also a variety of performances at Opera Saratoga, the Children’s Theater, and Caffe Lena just to name a few. There are many opportunities for golfers in the area and for those who don’t like a good walk spoiled, as Mark Twain famously said, there are beautiful hiking and nature trails at Saratoga Spa State Park. To catch up on history, you can visit Saratoga National Historical Park where one of the most important battles of the Revolution was fought. 

In addition there are ten different museums to peruse including the New York State Military Museum, the Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, and my favorite, the National Museum of Dance. Make a stop at Saratoga Springs Heritage Visitor Center for ideas on things to do and upcoming events, or visit their website at

No matter what your pleasure, Saratoga Springs has something for everyone from racing fans to music lovers and getting there on a seaplane just adds to the fun. Stay tuned for information on where to stay and places to dine. Call us at 800-468-8639 or book online at

Happy travels-

Shoreline Aviation–Providing Seaplane Adventures throughout the Northeast Since 1980

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