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Ballston Spa

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Milton Ave, Ballston Spa

Ballston Spa is a town in the county seat of Saratoga County in New York. The town is well-known for it's walkable village with hometown restaurants, shops and museums.

Understand[edit]

Ballston Spa was first settled in 1771. The village was officially incorporated in 1807. It was served for four major railroads and was at that time the 11th most populated region located in the modern United States. The town is well-known for the natural mineral water used for healing, hence the name.

In 1803, the Sans Souchi Hotel located in downtown Ballston Spa was the largest hotel of it's time in the modern United States. All kinds of people from presidents, governors, wealthy citizens and senators stayed there.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

  • Take Interstate 87 (I-87) to exit 12 and follow Route 67 West. Ballston Spa would be preferable to drive through, because the public transportation system is limited and many attractions are a far distance from each other.

By bus[edit]

MegaBus offers an affordable trip from several destinations in New York City for usually around $5. The pickup destination in New York City is usually at a random street corner, though. You will be dropped off at Rensselaer Station in Albany, the capital of New York. To get to Ballston Spa from there, go to the East St. & Herrick St. bus station. Take the 114 West bus for about 10 minutes to the Broadway & Hudson Ave. stop. Walk for about a minute to the SUNY Plaza Broadway station and get on the 905 West bus for an hour to the State St. & Washington Ave. station. Wait there for the 450 North bus. It will take about 30 minutes on the 450 to get to downtown Ballston Spa. The heart of the village can be accessed from the Rt. 50 & Malta Ave. station.

By plane[edit]

Albany International Airport (IATA: ALB) is the closest airport, and connections on CDTA can be found to get to the village by bus. Most US northeast airlines have service there.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

The CDTA (Capital District Transport Authority) has multiple buses running through Ballston Spa. Bus number 451 runs down the main road, Route 50, at frequent stops, so for tourists without a car, it is an ideal service. A 3-day visitor pass ticket can be purchased from CDTA for a low cost of $10, which includes unlimited travel on all CDTA branded buses.

See[edit]

  • Birthplace of Abner Doubleday – The supposed founder of baseball, Abner Doubleday, was born in Ballston Spa. The house he was born in is now an antique shop, called Doubleday House Antiques Gallery28 Washington St. Ballston Spa, NY +1 518 309-3745, e-mail: . 10am-5pm, except Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

  • Dozer's Bar & Grill411 Geyser Road +1 518 587-9478.

Coffee[edit]

  • 1 Coffee Planet100 Milton Avenue +1 518 884-9913. Mon-Sat 7:00am-7:00pm Sun 8:00am-3:00pm. Coffee, baked goods, ice cream, and free wi-fi.

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Go next[edit]

  • Nearby Saratoga Springs is a logical place to go next. It's about a 15-minute drive up New York State Route 50 (Milton Ave., Doubleday Ave., and Ballston Ave.).
  • Schenectady is also close, about 30 minutes' drive.
  • Troy and Albany are just a bit farther away.
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