Saratoga Spa State Park – Saratoga Springs, NY

Posted on: September 12th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

1024px-Saratoga_State_Park_Perimeter_01Aug2008Saratoga Spa State Park is the cultural hub of Saratoga Springs.  A National Historic Landmark, the park is home to several mineral baths, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Naional Museum of Dance, the Gideon Putnam Resort, Spa Little Theater, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, and Roosevelt Baths and Spa.  It is also home to two golf courses, which can be used for cross country skiing, ice skating, and ice hockey in the winter!  This park offers endless distractions to fill your day.  It is also just a great place to head for a picnic or a casual walk to enjoy the scenery!

Saratoga Springs is home to many natural mineral springs which are purported to heal all manner of ailments.  This belief has been held since the French and Indian War when Sir William Johnson was brought to Saratoga to recover from his injuries.   The city is home to the only active geysers east of the Mississippi.  It was during the 19th century that the area become visited by people traveling far and wide to experience its healing waters for themselves.  Its popularity continued and in WWII, veterans flooded the city to use the natural baths to aid their healing.  These spas became a state park in 1962, and a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Operating springs are Hathorne, Hayes, Orenda, Charlie, Geyser, State Seal and Polaris.  The Lincoln baths are also in operation!Admission to the baths requires a $20 fee.

Aside from its famous mineral springs, Spa Park’s recreational opportunities are vast and varied.  The Performing Arts Center is the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philedelphia Orchestra.  The amphitheater hosts many different events, particularly jazz and dance.  The Little Theater also hosts numerous summer events.  The National Museum of Dance, and the Saratoga Automobile Museum are also worth a visit!

The park is well landscaped, and maintained well without compromising its natural beauty.  There are plenty of picnic tables mixed in along its tree lined lanes.  Hiking, cycling, tennis, golf, fishing, and in winter cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and hockey are all enjoyed by visitors to the park.  Peerless Pool offers lots of different pools to enjoy, including an Olympic sized pool, and pools with water slides.

Saratoga Spa State Park is a fabulous place to visit.  With tons of museums, its historic mineral springs, and countless other activities, you can easily spend several days here before exhausting all it has to offer.  Stroll through its wooded hiking trails, go for a swim, or enrich your mind by visiting one of its many museums, or just relax and enjoy the scenery! It’s impossible to run out of things to do at this great park!


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