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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. The gentle terrain offers picnic areas, shady streamside 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 7, 2016 through May 22, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.(weekends only)

    May 28, 2016 through September 5, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.(Except for Special Events)

    September 10, 2016 through October 10, 2016, 8:30a.m.—4:30p.m.(weekends & holidays)

  • Peerless Pool: 6/25 - 9/5, Daily, 10 am - 6 pm 

    Victoria Pool:
    6/25 – 9/5, 10 am – 6 pm;
  • 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.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • 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:
    5/7 - 5/22, weekends
    5/28 - 9/5, daily, 8:30am - 4:30pm
    9/10 - 10/10, weekends
  • Swimming
  • Peerless Pool
    $2 Adult
    $1 Child (5-11yrs)
    $1* Seniors (weekdays, 62 yrs & older, NYS resident) *$2 fee weekends & holidays
    Children under 5-Free

    Victoria Pool
    $8 Adult
    $4 Child (5-11yrs)
    $4* Seniors (weekdays, 62 yrs & older, NYS resident) *$8 fee weekends & holidays
    Children under 5: Free

  • 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)

  • 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.

 

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.

Tue 31 May
Stream Study
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 03:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 116

Spend an afternoon in Geyser Creek getting to know the aquatic creatures that call it home! Please wear water shoes and clothes that can get wet. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Jun
Dragon the Dads 5k
Saturday, June 18, 2016 07:45 AM - 08:45 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Dragon the Dads 5k (also Kids 1 Mile and Dragon Dash) sponsored by the Greenfield Elementary School HASSaturday, June 18th 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 out of the Warming Hut, Saratoga Spa State Park

Online registration: www.finishright.com

More info: mpone@nycap.rr.com

Registration: Required
Mon 11 Jul
Saratoga Spa Learn-to-Swim
Monday, July 11, 2016 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 116

Who: Any child between the ages of 3 and 12 (Children must be potty trained)

Where: Peerless Pool

When: Monday – Friday, July 11 – 22, 2016, between 8a.m. and 10a.m.

SESSION A: 8:30-9:10AM
SESSION B: 9:20AM-10:00AM

Cost: FREE

How: Two registration sessions: (at the Saratoga Spa State Park Administration Building): Saturday, June 4th: 11a.m. Sunday, June 12th: 11a.m. (if spots still available)

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

For more information, call 518.584.2000 x116.

Registration: Required
Tue 12 Jul
Saratoga Spa Learn-to-Swim
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 116

Who: Any child between the ages of 3 and 12 (Children must be potty trained)

Where: Peerless Pool

When: Monday – Friday, July 11 – 22, 2016, between 8a.m. and 10a.m.

SESSION A: 8:30-9:10AM
SESSION B: 9:20AM-10:00AM

Cost: FREE

How: Two registration sessions: (at the Saratoga Spa State Park Administration Building): Saturday, June 4th: 11a.m. Sunday, June 12th: 11a.m. (if spots still available)

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

For more information, call 518.584.2000 x116.

Registration: Required
Wed 13 Jul
Saratoga Spa Learn-to-Swim
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2000 ext 116

Who: Any child between the ages of 3 and 12 (Children must be potty trained)

Where: Peerless Pool

When: Monday – Friday, July 11 – 22, 2016, between 8a.m. and 10a.m.

SESSION A: 8:30-9:10AM
SESSION B: 9:20AM-10:00AM

Cost: FREE

How: Two registration sessions: (at the Saratoga Spa State Park Administration Building): Saturday, June 4th: 11a.m. Sunday, June 12th: 11a.m. (if spots still available)

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

For more information, call 518.584.2000 x116.

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