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Saratoga Spa State Park is home to some of Saratoga's most popular attractions. The mineral springs have been a popular destination for wealthy vacationers since the mid 1800s.
Belief that the waters of Saratoga held healing properties led to the construction of spas and health centers that would cater to the tourism and health industries. Local companies began to bottle and sell the water as well, giving Saratoga the nickname “The Queen of Spas”. At the height of this bottling frenzy in the early 1900s, there were more than two hundred private wells tapping into Saratoga's mineral springs!
Amid fears of losing this precious natural resource, Saratoga Spa State Park was begun as a conservation effort to preserve the mineral springs. New York State declared eight hundred acres as a state reservation and took ownership of the wells.