Introduction to Ballston Spa, New York
Ballston Spa, New York, in Saratoga county, is 13 miles N of Schenectady, New York and 148 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The village benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Albany metropolitan area with. Ballston Spa’s population is approximately 5,556.
Ballston Spa History
Europeans first arrived in this region in 1771. The community was named in honor of one of its earliest settlers, Reverend Eliphalet Ball. Ballston Spa was officially incorporated as a village in 1807. This area was once famous for its mineral water spring, which was believed to have healing powers. Ballston Spa was also known as the site of the Souci Hotel, which was one of the largest hotels in the world in the 1800s. This village was also the birthplace of the supposed creator of baseball, Abner Doubleday.
Ballston Spa and nearby Attractions
- National Bottle Museum
- Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
- Moreau Lake State Park
- Great Escape
- Howe Caverns
Things To Do In Ballston Spa
Nearby museums include the Brookside Saratoga County Historical Society Museum, the National Museum of Dance, and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site and the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site are all accessible from Ballston Spa, while other local parks include Moreau Lake State Park, Peebles Island State Park and Saratoga Spa State Park.
Ballston Spa Transportation
Albany International is the nearest major airport.
Ballston Spa Higher Education
Local Colleges include the Ellis Hospital School of Nursing, Schenectady County Community College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.