State Seal Spring is located on the Avenue of the Pines, under the Joseph Bruno Pavilion.
By the 20th century, Saratoga's waters and spa were celebrated throughout the nation. Tourists to Saratoga and the public at large were pursuing a healthy lifestyle that included a proper diet and exercise. Even Theodore Roosevelt was an ardent promoter of exercise. In 1900, when he was Vice President, he wrote a book entitled The Strenuous Life. It was in this environment that health enthusiasts began to seek wasters that would promote health both internally and externally. The search for a drinking water that was pure and ideal for salt-free diets, and healthy diets in general , led to the discovery of State Seal Water in the State Reservation at Saratoga Springs.
In 1915, chemist Herbert (Doc) Ant of the State Reservation at Saratoga Springs sampled 15 different springs of still water to find a nutritional, good-tasting drinking water to quench public demand. After careful research, Ant discovered a water that had a strong taste appeal and was ideal for low-salt diets. Doctor Ant's waster was bottled and commercially sold as "Saratoga State Seal Water."
In 2002, the popular State Seal Spring was moved across the street from its earlier location. This provided easier access, parking and protection in all types of weather for the countless numbers of people who collect the water.
Note to visitors: Due to inadequate water pressure, the State Seal Fountain is not functioning properly and is closed indefinitely. For updates on the status of the spring, visit https://parks.ny.gov/parks/saratogaspa