In Pictures: "Health, History, Horses"
"Health, History, Horses" is the well-known slogan for Saratoga Springs. Visiting Saratoga Springs offers health in the form of healing mineral waters, history that can be seen in many Saratoga Springs Hot Spots and horses at the Saratoga Race Track and sprinkled throughout Saratoga culture. These are three of the things that make this area so popular, unique and timeless.
There are 17 public mineral springs which offer naturally carbonated, mineral-rich waters famed for their health benefits. By the mid-1800s, tourism in the area led to the growth of Saratoga Springs, spearheaded by the healing powers of the springs. Today, you can find two locations for mineral baths, The Roosevelt Baths at the Gideon Putnam Resort and the Crystal Spa on South Broadway in Downtown Saratoga Springs. You can soak in the effervescent waters in privacy. You can also check out the countless spas in Saratoga Springs, offering relaxation and a healthy way to spend an afternoon.
The rich history of Saratoga Springs can be seen in the over 1400 stereoscopic images at the Saratoga Public Library. The stereoscopic images document Victorian America and the development of tourism in Saratoga Springs. Just looking at the buildings lining Broadway will showcase the longevity of the Saratoga culture. Congress Park, Saratoga Spa State Park, Franklin Square and The Saratoga Race Track are among the most popular historic sites.
"And They're Off!" The Saratoga Race Track epitomizes the birth of the Saratoga culture. It's not just about the big blue Saratoga Spring Water bottles lining grocery store shelves but all the horse inspired art and events that define this region most. Every summer since 1863, the Saratoga Race Track has been the focal point for exciting thoroughbred racing. The popular Travers Stakes is the oldest major thoroughbred race in the US!