Saratoga Spa State Park
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 started 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.
- Picnic sites are open to the public with picnic tables, grills and rest rooms. (For larger groups, there are picnic areas that provide shelter and require advance reservations). There are also nine pavilions that are available to rent for special occasions.
- Swimming is available for the entire family at the two pools in the park: There's the Peerless Pool complex, which includes a large main pool as well as separate wading and waterslide pools, or you could take a dip in Victoria Pool - the first heated pool in the US!
- Tennis courts are available free for park visitors, and include both hardtop courts and clay courts.
- Nature trails allow visitors to enjoy all four seasons on several miles of trails throughout the park, and offer a great opportunity for walking, hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Spa State Park is full of attractions for all ages, including historic buildings, museums, golf courses, mineral springs, restaurants, and more.
Photo: Scott Rougia