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“Historically Significant But Mostly Empty Fields”

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.
Boston,Ma
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Historically Significant But Mostly Empty Fields”
Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

The Visitor Center has an informative short film detailing the importance of the revolutionary war battles that took place here. Driving tour and cell phone narration are only mildly interesting except to avid students of American Revolutionary war battles. One stop has an awesome view of the Hudson River Valley but otherwise the tour mostly consists of viewing large open fields.

Visited August 2014
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Orange County, California
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175 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 353 helpful votes
“Pivotal Revolutionary battle chronicled, & Benedict Arnold's boot, to boot.”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

A drive-through and semi interactive park, my family visited years ago, where one learns about a crucial time in the Revolutionary War in the Battles of Saratoga. It includes a dedication to a courageous soldier we mostly know as a trader, Benedict Arnold. That is the boot in question, which references how he hurt his foot with a military career ending injury while serving his country. The boot statue is un named, for obvious reasons to those who cast/ commissioned it, but mentions him by deeds. Quite a beautiful park and divergence amid the springs and famous race track the area is also famous for.

Visited May 2014
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Burlington, Connecticut
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73 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A little history to balance your trip to the races”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

While in the area, we went out to the battlefield. It is a bit of a drive from Saratoga Springs. I didn't know much about what has been come to be called THE pivotal battle in the American Revolution. The 10 mile park loop wasn't all that interesting as it is mostly just hills and fields. But the visitor center had an optical table that showed you the movement of the troops during the battle. And there was a movie that was informative. I could have spent longer there, but the kids were not so interested. It's $5 per car if you want to drive the loop, otherwise free. They have a cell phone tour of the loop if you are interested. We did not do it, but would have liked to if the kids were not there.

Visited July 2014
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Monterey Park, California
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194 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Eric Schnitzer----You're the Best!”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Eric is so knowledgeable about what happened at the Battle of Saratoga. He has done a lot of research in the area of the "Hessen and Hessians". Although I was part of a teacher group and got to hear his lecture, he is extremely knowledgeable and you can ask him all kinds of questions and he would be able to answer them. The displays are wonderful and they have a film to orient you to what occurred there. They have a lighted display and it shows very clearly the strategies involved in the Revolutionary War. You can then go and out and drive to each of the battlefield sites. if you don't want to cover all of them, the ones that I recommend are: Neilson Home, American River Fortification, Barber Wheatfield, Battle of Freeman's Farm, Breymann Redoubt, and Burgoyne's Headquarters. It's almost each stop, but these are the most important ones. They do have a gift shop, but it can get quite cramped.

Visited July 2014
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Jeannette, Pennsylvania
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105 reviews
47 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful battlefield”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

The staff at the Visitor Center were the nicest NPS staff that I've encountered for quite a while. You could tell they loved the site and really wanted you to feel welcome and learn the history. Watched the video and looked around and then headed to the battlefield. The volunteer guide at the house on the battlefield was very informative and helped put the battle in perspective. The cell phone tour is great and gives you a lot of details that you might not otherwise find out by just driving and looking at the waysides.

Visited July 2014
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