Year-round fun

Spa State Park offers diverse activities

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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Year-round fun

People relax at the Peerless Pool in Saratoga Spa State Park on Sunday, June 23, 2013.
Photographer: Kayla Galway
People relax at the Peerless Pool in Saratoga Spa State Park on Sunday, June 23, 2013.

— Whether it’s fishing at Geyser Creek, a concert at Saratoga Performing Arts Center or a wedding reception at the Hall of Springs, there’s something for everyone at the Saratoga Spa State Park.

The park is a historic landmark within Saratoga Springs and includes two golf courses, two pool complexes, two museums, concert venues, more than 12 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, mineral springs, hotels and playgrounds — among other attractions.

“There is so much to offer,” said Mike Greenslade, park manager, “pretty much everything from just walking your dog to having a big event.”

There are four playgrounds throughout the park, too — a new one opened near the Hawthorne Pavilions a few months ago. This playground is in a wooded area and has more of a nature theme, Greenslade said, with rocks to climb on and logs to sit on, along with more traditional playground equipment.

“On a hot day, it’s just a nice place to sit and watch the kids play,” he said.

The many recreational options throughout the park are very popular.

“The golfers love to play golf here,” Greenslade said. “The tennis players love the tennis courts.”

Open fields and a few volleyball nets are also perfect for pickup games or family outings. Grills for barbecues and picnic tables add to the possibilities.

The two public pools, the Victoria and Peerless pools, will be open until Labor Day.

The Victoria Pool is known for its architecture and beauty, and for being a relaxing place to cool off.

“A lot of people like to lounge around the Victoria Pool,” Greenslade said.

The Peerless has three pools within its complex: a slide pool, kiddie pool and the main pool. The complex is family-friendly.

The pools are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Victoria costs $8 for adults and $4 for children. The Peerless costs $8 per vehicle, $2 per adult and $1 per child.

“One of the great new additions to the park is the market,” Greenslade added.

In May, three local female entrepreneurs opened the Spa City Farmers Market. With the park as its backdrop, the market is open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 99 South Broadway. Vendors include local farmers, producers and lots of fresh food. But fresh vegetables are not all the market has to offer. There is live jazz entertainment, free parking, face painting, caricatures for the kids and plenty of seating.

While the park is a popular destination for summer tourists, it is a favorite among locals year-round.

“There are a lot of people who come to the park every single day of the year,” Greenslade said.

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