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8 Great Things to Do in Ballston Spa & Malta

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Arts & Entertainment

A few miles down the road from SPAC, Ballston Spa and Malta have their own thriving arts and entertainment communities. From live music at restaurants and bars to weekend craft festivals, there's plenty for any arts lover to enjoy in Ballston Spa.

The Malta Drive-In Theater

Whether you grew up going to drive-in movies or have always fantasized about singing Alone at a Drive-In Movie at an actual drive-in, you'll love the Malta Drive-In Theater. Pile everyone in the car and head out for a double-feature of the latest releases and old favorites!

The Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Festivals, fests, and fairs are always happening at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds. On any given weekend you are guaranteed to find something to do at the fairgrounds.


Though Saratoga Springs may be more famous, Ballston Spa is actually the seat of county government for Saratoga County and is the older settlement. The Saratoga County Historical Society and many other historical preservation groups make their home in this quaint village.

Brookside Museum/Saratoga County Historical Society

With rotating art exhibits and standing displays dedicated to the extraordinarily interesting history of Saratoga County, the Brookside Museum is full of history - right down to the building itself. The museum is located in one of Ballston Spa's first resort hotels where many notables stayed during the early nineteenth century.

National Bottle Museum

Bottle making was one of America's first major industries. Visit the museum to view the vast collection of bottles in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Ever heard of Saratoga water? Learn all about Saratoga County's rich history of bottle making and bottled spring water.

Family Friendly Fun Near Saratoga Springs

Not sure what to do with the whole family this weekend? Ballston Spa is a great day trip from Albany or Saratoga, with excellent restaurants and plenty to occupy the whole family.

Ellms Family Farm

Known for their fall activities, Ellms Family Farm is an adventure for kids of every age. Mazes, pumpkin patches, gemstone mines, and animals are just a few of the attractions at this Ballston Spa favorite.

A Bead Just So

This bead store and boutique is always a hit. With a large selection of beads, threads, and other supplies, you and your family will be able to create the perfect keepsakes from your trip to Ballston Spa.


We've mentioned before that Ballston Spa is actually "America's First Watering Place". Living up to their village history (and name), there are some excellent spas in Ballston Spa.

Medberry Inn & Spa

Located in one of the original spa hotels in downtown Ballston Spa, Medberry Inn & Spa retains its excellent reputation as a lovely place to stay and/or spend a day enjoying mineral spa treatments.

The Spa at Roosevelt Inn & Suites

Located between Ballston Spa and Malta, this spa is an excellent getaway or perfect launch point.

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