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Petrified Sea Gardens

Petrified Sea Gardens Road, Saratoga Springs, NY
+1 518-691-0150
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There is still something worth seeing

The Petrified Sea Gardens are gone -- turned into a quarry, alas -- but there is still a small area... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
Jonathan R
Great easy hike for the family

Unique geological site a short distance from Saratoga Springs, NY. Well marked trails featuring a... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2016
Albany, New York
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Both a natural and historic national landmark, this scenic park has close to an acre of 500-million-year-old fossil formations, called Stromatolites, discovered in the 1920s.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good12%
  • Average29%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible20%
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“lester park” (3 reviews)
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Petrified Sea Gardens Road, Saratoga Springs, NY
+1 518-691-0150
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

The Petrified Sea Gardens are gone -- turned into a quarry, alas -- but there is still a small area that is well worth seeing if you are interested in geology or ancient creatures. It is called Lester Park and is at the north end...More

2  Thank Jonathan R
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Unique geological site a short distance from Saratoga Springs, NY. Well marked trails featuring a walk across a 490 million year-old fossil (stromatolites) sea floor; Domed Cyanobacterial Cabbage-head Stromatolites: Hoyt Limestone of Late Cambrian Age. Great outdoor activity for families. Also a garden area built...More

3  Thank napngs
Reviewed 23 August 2016

This was closed a few years ago when a local stone quarry bought it! There is a small area just east of the old place that has the same type of features, it's called Lester park and is just off the road. I was sorry...More

6  Thank luvdacape60
Reviewed 4 August 2016

This was a fun adventure, but I should start by pointing out that you can see stromatolites from the same Hoyt limestone on easily accessed public land just up the road at Lester Park, where there is room to park and you don't need to...More

12  Thank Paul_in_Seattle
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This place has been closed for many years. It's very overgrown and POSTED. You can see the remains of a former road sign, and if you look hard you will see a large metal swing set from the road. As much as I wanted to...More

5  Thank sdonk53
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Seeing the rocks here is great, and if you happen to be driving from Greenfield to Ballston Spa or back and have an extra few minutes, it might be worth stopping in. There is no welcome center or staff or cetera however, and there might...More

1  Thank Charlie D
Reviewed 25 May 2016

It wasn't much but if you were into some of the oldest living fossils and stromatilities life on earth. Than you could find it fascinating and cool. Such a shame..

1  Thank AnnetteLee822
Reviewed 19 November 2015

It takes some diligence to find this roadside attraction off the beaten path in Saratoga Springs. The road going past this flat outcropping of stromatolites is named after this historical attraction but it's easy to drive by quickly. The visitor photos attached above are very...More

2  Thank G3G
Reviewed 13 November 2015

Not much of a site, unless you are a natural history fan. The site has fossils of stromatilites which are some of the oldest life on earth. The surrounding quarries have removed other history. Too bad it wasn't protected better

1  Thank Kent J
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Tis is no longer in business It has been out of business for years. It is deserted and the gates are even broken down,, why is this even on this site now?

4  Thank Daphne V
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