“Health, History, Horses” is the tagline Saratoga Springs has used for decades, with the health part tied directly to the mineral springs first utilized by the Mohawk tribe of the Iroquois nation. Saratoga quickly became known as a health and spa destination as settlers arrived.
As the town grew, bathhouses sprang up and “cure institutes” became popular during the second half of the 19th century, and large bathhouses were built to accommodate thousands of daily visitors. In 1935, a health complex known as Saratoga Spa opened and was designed to rival the best of the European spas and later became Saratoga Spa State Park.
Today, the park is listed as a National Historic Landmark and features mineral spring pools along with a large spa, hotel and conference center, performing arts center, theater, museums, recreation trails and golf. Around town, there are 17 drinking springs, with a brochure available at Saratoga Springs Visitor Center.