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Congress Park Tours

Tue-Sat at 10:30AM Perfect for the entire family

Tours of Beautiful Congress Park in Saratoga Springs, New York

Learn about the fascinating history of “The Queen of Spas” with a leisurely walk thru Congress Park. Our experienced guides will tell you the stories of: - How Saratoga became the “Queen of Spas” in the 19th Century - The tragic story behind the Trask Family and the Spirit of Life statue. - The history of the Saratoga City Museum and it’s notorious reputation as the highest rolling gambling casino in the US. - How the city rallied to restore the historic Spit and Spat statues.

Our Tours

- Tuesday - Saturday @ 10:30 AM - 90 minutes in length - Price -- $20 - Children under 12 free - About 1/2 mile in length - Flat, paved pathway - Meet at Saratoga Springs Visitors Center, 297 Broadway - Private group tours available - Phone or text -- 518-832-3796

About Us

History tours of Congress Park have been a popular summer attraction in The Spa City for more than 30 years. Because of Covid, the Visitors Center will not be opening this year so we have made arrangements to offer tours on most days starting at Saratoga Tea and Honey, 348 Broadway. The tours are given by the regular staff of guides—all of whom are well versed in Saratoga history and lore. They will entertain and sometimes even amaze you with the stories of Saratoga history which are so well represented in our beautiful park. Tours are held every Tuesday-Saturday at 10:30AM. We encourage you to book in advance but last minute tickets are often available for cash at the starting point. Private tours are also available for groups at other times. Please email us at funinsaratoga@gmail.com or call us at 518-832-3796

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Contact US

Get in touch and arrange bookings.

FAQ

There are several large lots on Putnam Street a block from the starting point and next to the park and street parking is often available but there are times when parking is a challenge although at the time the tour starts, parking is usually not a problem.

Yes. Cameras and filming are allowed during the tour. We strongly encourage participants to take photos during the tour (and hope you will share them with your friends).

If you are bringing an infant/very young child there is no charge.

The tours are held rain or shine. We advise you to check the weather conditions for your day’s event and dress appropriately. In the case of severe storms, all participants will be notified and can choose either a refund or a rain check.

No, we end at the carousel in the park about a block from where we start.

Yes, Private Group Tours are available. The cost is $125 and can be arranged at your convenience.


Absolutely. The tour route is flat and mostly on paved pathways.

Absolutely, there is no charge for children under 12. The tour is 90 minutes long and some children have a limited attention span and therefore the tour may not be appropriate for some of them. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation individually. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tour is appropriate for your child.

Tickets are usually purchased in advance as they typically sell out ahead of time. To maximize your chances of getting the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book in advance. There are often spaces on tours and you can pay cash at the tour. You can always call us at 518-832-3796 to check on availability.

We do not provide a waiting list. If a date and time is sold out, there is always a good chance that we will add an additional tour on that day. Please email us to let us know what date you are interested in if you do not see availability.

Tours generally last approximately 90 minutes and participants can expect to be standing or walking for a majority of the time. We walk at a moderate pace with many stops for stories.

A majority of our attendees live right here in the Capital area. Saratoga Springs locals participate to learn about the neighborhoods and the city in which they live..

Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory.