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Saratoga Spa State Park

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Address
19 Roosevelt Drive
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Latitude 43.057819
Longitude -73.807358

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Saratoga Spa State Park, distinguished by its classical architecture and listed as a National Historic Landmark, is noted for its diverse cultural, aesthetic and recreational resources. In addition to the nationally-known Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Spa Little Theater, the National Museum of Dance, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, the Gideon Putnam Resort and Roosevelt Baths and Spa, the park offers a multitude of traditional recreation opportunities.

The Peerless Pool Complex consists of a main pool with a zero-depth entry, separate slide pool with a 19' double slide and a children's wading pool with a mushroom fountain. The slide pool has a minimum height requirement of 48" tall. The Historic Victoria Pool is a smaller pool surrounded by arched promenades. Both pool areas include food and beverage services, showers, locker rooms and restrooms.

The Saratoga Spa State Park Golf Course offers two beautiful golf courses; a championship 18-hole course and a challenging 9-hole course, complete with pro shop and restaurant. For more information and to reserve a tee time online visit: Saratoga Spa Golf

The Creekside Classroom is a four-season environmental education center where Park staff offer environmental education programs year-round, including school field trips, hikes, tours and snowshoe walks.

The gentle terrain offers picnic areas, shady stream side trails, suitable for the nature-lover or the casual walker, as well as certified running courses used by joggers and high school and college athletes. Winter activities include cross-country skiing on approximately 12 miles of trails, ice skating, ice hockey.

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet in length, rabies vaccination and proof of same required. Not permitted in buildings or bathing areas.

Hours of Operation

  • Saratoga Spa State Park operates year round. Park hours and facility operations (including swimming) are subject to change. Patrons are encouraged to contact the park directly to confirm operating hours before traveling.
  • Toll Booth Operation
    May 6, 2017 through May 21, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (weekends only)

    May 27, 2017 through September 4, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Except for Special Events)

    September 9, 2017 through October 9, 2017, 8:30a.m.—4:30p.m. (weekends & holidays)

  • Swimming Pools
    Victoria Pool
    June 24, 2017 through September 4, 2017 **10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Peerless Pool
    June 24, 2017 through August 13, 2017 *10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    *All opening and closing dates are weather permitting and subject to change without notice.

    **The Victoria Pool will be open on Friday, September 15th, Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th from 10a.m. to 6p.m. The pool will be closed after Sunday, September 17th.

  • Boat Launching (car top):

    Gray's Crossing: Mid-April - Dec., 8 am - sunset, daily.
    (Daily hours vary, weather permitting or time of year)

    Driscoll Road: Mid-April - Dec. 8 AM-sunset, daily
    (Daily hours vary, weather permitting or time of year)

    Saratoga Boat Launch:

    Year Round Weather Permitting *Sunrise to Sunset
    Pay & Display Parking Kiosk – accepts credit cards and exact change

  • Catherine's in the Park Restaurant: Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Operating hours coincide with golf course. Patrons are encouraged to contact restaurant directly to confirm operating hours before traveling. (518) 583-4657 or visit Catherine's in the Park
  • Cross Country Skiing, Ice Skating, Snowshoeing:
    During winter season. Snowshoe rentals available through Park Office open Mon - Fri 8 AM - 4:30 PM Weekends 8 AM - 4 PM
  • Gideon Putnam Hotel: Open year round (518) 584-3000 or visit The Gideon Putnam
  • Golf courses: Championship18 hole and 9 hole executive open from March – late November, weather dependant. For reservations and golf course operating schedule please call (518) 584-2006 or visit Saratoga Spa Golf Proshop# (518) 584-2006 x10
  • Hall of Springs - banquet facility:
    Open year round (518) 583-3003 or visit Hall of Springs
  • Home Made Theater:
    Open Sept – May (518) 587-4427 or visit Homemade Theater for box office schedule details.
  • Mineral Baths & Roosevelt Spa:
    Open year-round. Please call (518) 226-4790 or visit The Roosevelt Spa
  • Museum of Dance:
    (518) 584-2225 or visit The National Museum of Dance
    Hours change seasonally, Please call or check website.
  • Putnams Restaurant: Open year round located in Hotel (518) 226-4719 or visit Putnam's Restaurant
  • Saratoga Auto Museum:
    Open year round (518) 587-1935 or visit The Saratoga Auto Museum
    June – Sept open 7days a week 10- 5
    Oct – May open Tues – Sun 10-5
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center:
    (518) 584-9330 or visit The Saratoga Performing Arts Center- SPAC for box office schedule details

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Snowshoeing
  • $5 per person less than 4 hours
    $10 per person all day rental
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • $8 per vehicle *pool additional
    Special event vehicle use fee: $10
    Non-Profit Buses: $35
    Commercial Buses: $75
    Not-for-Profit seasonal bus Permit: $150

    Fee collected:
    5/6 - 5/21, weekends
    5/27 - 9/4, daily, 8:30am - 4:30pm
    9/9 - 10/9, weekends
  • Swimming
  • Peerless Pool
    Adults: $2.00
    Children (5-11 yrs): $1.00
    Children (under 5 yrs): No Charge
    Seniors ( 62 yrs & older, NYS Resident): $1.00 *$2 fee weekends & holidays

    Victoria Pool
    Adults: $8.00
    Children (5-11 yrs): $4.00
    Children (under 5 yrs): No Charge
    Seniors (62 yrs & older, NYS Resident): $4.00 *$8 fee weekends & holidays

  • Picnic Shelters
  • Rates range from $125 - $300

    See Shelter Info & Rates

    Please Contact the Saratoga Spa State Park Office for Pavilion availability and applications.518-584-2000 Ext. 113

  • Wedding/Special Use Permit
  • $250

    (Other special use permit fees vary by the activity or event)

    Contact:
    Sue Ward
    518-584-2000 Ext. 111

  • Gideon Putnam Hotel
  • Gideon Putnam Hotel

  • Hall of Springs - banquet facility
  • Hall of Springs

  • Golf
  • Saratoga Spa Golf Course

  • Homemade Theater
  •  Homemade Theater

  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)

  • Mineral Baths- Roosevelt Spa
  • Mineral Baths- Roosevelt Spa

  • National Museum of Dance
  • National Museum of Dance

  • Saratoga Auto Museum
  • Saratoga Auto Museum

Register Today! Classes are filling up fast!

To register call 518-584-2000 Ext 116 or email allison.schweizer@parks.ny.gov

Grades: Adaptable from Pre-K-8th Grade

Length: 1-2 hours

Group Size: Classes must be limited to 25 children per instructor.Price: $3 per student, due upon day of visit. Parking fees vary. The Park Naturalist will help select the best parking option for your group.

State Parks has launched a grant program to provide transportation funding assistance to schools for field trips to State Parks. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply.

 

Exploring the Outdoors (K-2 only):

An introduction to the five senses for the youngest students. Students will smell spruce needles and wildflowers, listen for crickets and birds, and learn to use their eyes like owls. The hands-on class will encourage young students to enjoy and appreciate the great outdoors.

Stream Exploration:

Students will get a close-up, hands-on introduction to the creatures that live in Geyser Creek. During this lesson, students will measure the stream's depth and flow, suvey aquatic life, and observe and identify some of their finds. Students will also learn to measure the health of a stream through their observations.

Hug a Tree and Survive:

This program teaches children how to survive in the woods should they become lost. This program is also available to private groups and clubs. The program is appropriate for children 6 to 12, and lasts approximatley 45 minutes. The program includes a video and demonstrations. Each child receives a survival pack with their own safety whistle.

A Taste of History:

A guided tour of our famous springs and "spouters." This class introduces students to the importance of their local history. Students will taste mineral springs, learn about geology and discover the folklore of Saratoga Springs. Each student will receive a free tasting cup. Paired with a picnic, this tour makes a great year-end field trip!

Winter Challenges and Snowshoeing Lesson:

Students will learn about various types of snowshoes and the history of their use. After a beginner's snowshoe lesson, the class takes to the woods and learns about the challenges of winter survival while looking for tracks and signs of local wildlife.

Key BCA Criteria:

- Migratory concentration site

- Diverse species concentration site

The Saratoga Spa BCA is located within Saratoga Spa State Park. During spring and fall migration, birds concentrate in the wetlands associated with Geyser and Kayaderosseras Creeks. Of 75 Neotropical migratory songbird species that breed in New York, 54 have been observed within the park. One-hundred seventy bird species in total have been identified within the park, and 97 of these species have been noted as breeders within the park. The BCA lies within Bird Conservation Region 13, and 14 of 15 regional Responsibility Species have been recorded breeding here.

Download a copy of the BCA map.

Sun 22 Apr
Celebrate Earth Day
Sunday, April 22, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 111

Children and their families are invited to the Creekside Classroom at 11am on Earth Day, Sunday April 22nd, to help end plastic pollution. Join us for a reading of "One Plastic Bag" a story of how five Gambian women sparked a movement to save their village from the negative effects of plastic waste, followed by a craft showing how we can reuse our own plastic waste to make something new. Registration is required; please call 518-584-2000 ext. 111 to register. Please bring your plastic (shopping) bags with you for the craft.

Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Register: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/zzs5hpu0r41tjb/

Meeting location: S Lawn south of Administration Building

Project Descriptions

Project 1: Continuation of straightening and upgrading Mall walkways. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, and snack

Project 2: Spreading woodchips in playgrounds. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, and snack

Project 3: Planting annuals in Administration Building flower beds. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, and snack

Can accommodate: Small Groups, College student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts

For questions about this event:
Call: 518-584-2000
Email: jenny.emmons@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Mon 09 Jul
Learn-to-Swim
Monday, July 9, 2018 until Friday, July 20, 2018
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 116

Saratoga Spa State Park will be holding its annual Learn-to-Swim program from July 9th through July 20th, 2018 at the Peerless Pool.

Who: Any child between the ages of 3 and 12

Where: Peerless Pool

When: Monday – Friday, July 9 – 20, 2018, between 8-10a.m.
Session I: 8:30-9:10a.m.
Session II: 9:20-10:00a.m.

Cost: FREE

How: ONE registration session: (at the Saratoga Spa State Park Administration Building): Wednesday, May 16th, 6p.m.

Bring: Medical information- Child's guardian's name, address and phone number, Child's doctor's name, address and phone number, Child's insurance information (name of company and ID number), List of any allergies or special conditions, Date of last tetanus shot, List of medications being taken.

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Food
  • Gift Shop
  • Inns & Conference Centers
  • Museum/Visitors Center
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Swimming Pool (Accessible)
  • WiFi
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • Tennis
  • X-Country Skiing