Saratoga Spa State Park

Saratoga Spa State Park

We recently decided to make a day trip to Saratoga Spa State Park, which looked like it would be a great way to spend the day as a family (and it was!).

This is quite a large park, with a lot to offer, including two pools, hiking, a nature center, playgrounds, picnic areas, golf, and much more.  We paid an $8 entry fee to use the park for the day.

I recommend a map, since the park is so big.

We started off by the nature center.

Saratoga Spa State Park

While it wasn’t open, it was a good place to start exploring the different mineral springs.

Saratoga Spa State Park

We checked out the Island Spouter first, which is a Tufa, or basically a large deposit of minerals from the flowing water.

Saratoga Spa State Park

The view from the other side, plus some information.  It was very interesting to read about the history of the Springs.

Saratoga Spa State Park

The Hayes Mineral Springs are one of many, and located right near the parking lot.  This is a spring for “tasting”, not “drinking”.  We brought water bottles along with us, and after tasting, you will see why you won’t want to drink a full bottle of this mineral water!  (Note the map – there are springs for drinking, and springs for tasting).

Saratoga Spa State Park

We enjoyed walking around the park, and while we didn’t do a ton of hiking, there are quite a few trails.

Saratoga Spa State Park

We stopped at several spots around the park to try the mineral water.  It is amazing how fast the mineral deposits build up over the years.

Saratoga Spa State Park

Saratoga Spa State Park

After trying so many of the tasting springs, it was nice to find the drinking water!

Saratoga Spa State Park

There is plenty more to do at the park, including visiting the playgrounds and pools, walk on the paths, and explore the buildings.

Saratoga Spa State Park

The park was busy for a September weekend, but because it is so large, with parking lots in different areas, I think you can still enjoy the park even during busy times.  We visited on a hot day, and the pool got quite busy.  I was told that the pool gets extremely busy, especially on summer weekends, which is something to consider.

Read about our fun at the Victoria Pool here.

Saratoga Spa State Park

Visit Saratoga Spa State Park at https://parks.ny.gov/parks/saratogaspa

By | 2017-09-18T19:24:11+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Travel|17 Comments

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17 Comments

  1. GiGi Eats September 21, 2017 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    I absolutely ADORE the photo of your girls playing outside!!!!! I legit feel like kids playing outside and enjoying the wilderness is a rarity these days! I know when I have kids, I will make sure they are OUTSIDE enjoying NATURE as much as possible!!

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle September 21, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    That sounds like an amazing adventure! I love that there’s a mountain spring you can fill up your water with!

  3. Gisele September 21, 2017 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Where is this located? It looks like an awesome place to visit. I’ve been to other “springs” areas but they were all commercialized.

  4. Sapphire Kharyzma September 21, 2017 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    This looks like a very interesting experience. I never knew that there was a difference in “tasting” water and drinking water. Especially tasting! I actually learned something here. I would definitely be filling bottles for “drinking.”

  5. Joely Smith September 22, 2017 at 1:17 am - Reply

    This is the kind of place I would love to visit! I love nature, hiking and yes, spring water! I grew up on spring water and while I probably would not enjoy the tasting water I do prefer spring over any other type. I need to make a visit to Saratoga Springs!

  6. ricci September 22, 2017 at 6:58 am - Reply

    I have never been to Saratoga Spa State Park but it looks like a wonderful place! Great photos!!

  7. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place September 22, 2017 at 10:41 am - Reply

    It’s a beautiful park for the whole family to get the chance to explore and I definitely would love to take the kids there! I love that it’s also peaceful, so you get that much needed quiet time as well.

  8. Chubskulit Rose September 22, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    I love seeing natural formations like this! That’s unfortunate that the information center is closed. I’d love to see this place!

  9. Ruth I. September 22, 2017 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    $8 for the whole family? I think that is a great deal. So many activities to do and to learn. Great outdoor adventure!

  10. Mama Ash September 22, 2017 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    So pretty! I love natural springs. I went to one in Banff, Alberta and they even had a hot tub with from the springs.

  11. HilLesha O'Nan September 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    I love going to state parks, but I have never been to this one. I’d love to visit someday, though. Plus, $8 for the whole family – what a deal!

  12. Gingermommy September 22, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of visiting state parks. This one looks beautiful! Natural springs are amazing.

  13. Lynsey September 22, 2017 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    What a gorgeous park! I have only ever been to Yellowstone and that was amazing, this looks beautiful, definitely a bucket list item!

  14. Jacqui Odell September 22, 2017 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful place to visit! I bet the water tasted great out of the spring.

  15. Jennifer Van Huss September 22, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    That looks like a fabulous place to visit! i love that it combines nature and history! What a great learning experience!

  16. Bonnie G September 22, 2017 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    I would love to take my family to this place. We have never seen anything like this so it would be really fun.

  17. Bethany Stout September 26, 2017 at 7:12 am - Reply

    This looks amazing, so beautiful. We really need to check this place out on our next family trip.

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