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A Photo Tour of the Saratoga Springs Parks

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Introduction

Saratoga Springs is a city in upstate New York, about 20 miles north of Albany. It is a clean, vibrant, low crime city known for the Saratoga Race track, SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) a historic downtown, and it's mineral and fresh water Springs. Two places to visit in Saratoga are Congress park at the south end of the city as you enter downtown, and Saratoga State park at the south end of Rte.'s 9 & 50 about a half mile south of the city.

Congress park has a walking trail, mineral springs, and an Italian Garden.

The State park has walking trails, including a path along Geyser creek, a golf course, more mineral springs, and is also the location of SPAC.


Saratoga State Park

Saratoga State park contains a Golf Course, Walking trails, Hotel, the historic Hall of Springs, and Geyser Creek. There are also mineral springs throughout the park.


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Pump house for flood control in Geyser creek

Pump house for flood control in Geyser creek

Forest canopy on one of the State Park trails

Forest canopy on one of the State Park trails

Geyser Creek Trail

Geyser Creek Falls

Geyser Creek Falls

Mineral deposits on a boulder along the Geyser creek trail.

Mineral deposits on a boulder along the Geyser creek trail.

Pedestrian bridge over Geyser creek

Pedestrian bridge over Geyser creek

Freshwater spring

Freshwater spring in Saratoga State park, North entrance off Rte. 50.  There is frequently a line of people waiting to fill bottles and jugs with delicious, cold Saratoga water, free for the taking

Freshwater spring in Saratoga State park, North entrance off Rte. 50. There is frequently a line of people waiting to fill bottles and jugs with delicious, cold Saratoga water, free for the taking

Saratoga State park mineral springs

Mineral spring runoff into Geyser creek, with mineral formation on the rock wall.

Mineral spring runoff into Geyser creek, with mineral formation on the rock wall.

Mineral spring basin  The water from the mineral springs is high in iron which creates a distinctive orange-gold mineral buildup.

Mineral spring basin The water from the mineral springs is high in iron which creates a distinctive orange-gold mineral buildup.

Mineral spring basin

Mineral spring basin

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Island spouter in Geyser Creek

Island spouter in Geyser Creek

Orenda Spring

Orenda Spring

Hall of Springs in Saratoga Park

The Hall of Springs are a historic series of mineral baths in Saratoga Park

The Hall of Springs are a historic series of mineral baths in Saratoga Park

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Niche statutes in Saratoga State park near the Hall of Springs

Niche statutes in Saratoga State park near the Hall of Springs

Congress Park

Congress park is a smaller city park that can be accessed from Broadway/Rte. 50 on the south end of downtown. It features more mineral springs, an Italian garden, casino, and walking paths.

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Congress Park Mineral Springs

Congress Springs, Congress Park

Congress Springs, Congress Park

Columbia Spring, Congress park

Columbia Spring, Congress park

Mineral spring, Congress park

Mineral spring, Congress park

Congress Park Italian Garden

Spit (or Spat?)  I can never tell them apart

Spit (or Spat?) I can never tell them apart

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Sun Dial with Pan

Sun Dial with Pan

Rainbow Trout in a pool in Congress park

Rainbow Trout in a pool in Congress park

If you Visit

Saratoga Springs is a great place to visit. The parks are great places to walk, run, sit with a coffee, take photos, or golf.

If you go, sunblock, insect repellent, good footwear, empty containers for the freshwater spring in Saratoga State park, and a camera are all recommended items.

References

Wikipedia contributors. (2022, May 6). Saratoga Springs, New York. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:39, May 18, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Saratoga_Springs,_New_York&oldid=1086503290

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