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Want to avoid the Travers madness? Try something different

Want to avoid the Travers madness? Try something different

Stay out of Saratoga Springs for some end-of-summer fun
Want to avoid the Travers madness? Try something different
The view from the Lake George Panorama overlook on Prospect Mountain in Lake George offers scenes of sky, mountains, water and f
Photographer: Jeff Wilkin

Maybe you’re not a fan of horse racing, or maybe you’re just not a fan of big crowds. You may be in luck. Here are four things to do for those looking to steer clear of Saratoga on Travers Day. 

Los Hacheros in Amsterdam

Head to Riverlink Park, 2 Front St., Amsterdam, for the Afro-Caribbean salsa sounds of Los Hacheros, a five-piece group from Brooklyn. The free show starts at 7 p.m. 

Fort Ticonderoga

Visit this Revolutionary War relic to the north for a host of activities the entire family can enjoy. In addition to learning about history, you can venture the corn maze, take a cruise on Lake Champlain aboard the 1920s-style Carillon, rent a canoe, hike a trail and more.

Head to http://www.fortticonderoga.org for more information.

Saratoga National Historic Park

For a dose of Revolutionary War history with less driving, head to this Stillwater site. It was here in the fall of 1777 that American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender, renewing patriots' hopes for independence.

For information, visit https://www.nps.gov/sara/index.htm

Prospect Mountain

This mountain’s 2,030-foot summit offers sweeping views of Lake George, and hikers can ascend 1,630 feet — a 1.5-mile climb — to get there. Non-hikers can drive the 5.5-mile Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Parkway to a lot near the summit.

For directions to the trail head, visit http://www.lakegeorge.com/hiking/prospect-mountain.

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