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Address: Petrified Sea Gardens Road, Saratoga Springs, NY
Phone Number: 518-691-0150
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Both a natural and historic national landmark, this scenic park has close...

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.

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Petrified "Marine Algae Growths"

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2015
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Poughkeepsie, NY

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Poughkeepsie, NY
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126 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 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 representative. Go stand on this Cambrian Era attraction and wonder what the Earth was really... More 

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Glenville, New York
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12 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 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

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 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?

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1 Thank Daphne V
Cherry Valley, New York
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56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

This is a quick trip but well worth it. The fossils are wonderful and they really give you insight into the geologic history of the area. There is also an abandoned lime kiln and quarry right across the street.

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1 Thank Caitlin K
Galway, New York
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25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We had been saying for years we should go check it out, but nver made the turn off the main route to go there. We happened by it one day recently and so now we can say we did it. It's interesting to look at sea creature fossils over 400 million years old... But if you made a special trip... More 

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NYC
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42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We looked up the location on both Tripadvisor and Google Maps. We kept driving past the location according to the map and never found the sea gardens. We finally gave up and did something else. Really would have loved to have seen this.

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Porter, Indiana
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143 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

My aunt choose to take her me here because I like nature and rocks. This is free as it is right off the side of the road. the rocks are pretty flat with big huge circles in them, that resemble the inside of a log. history is on a sign there, quick stop on way into saratoga , takes only... More 

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Albany, New York, United States
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37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

I am not sure that this property is still open - but it is a wonderful place to visit if it is. This is a treasure and brings home how shor human beings have been around. Liked walking the meditation circles which I understand were used by Native Americans at one time. The rock formations were really cool and our... More 

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Schenectady, New York, United States
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

While I have not gone to the sea gardens in the past year, I remember the sense of tranquility. There was a mandella for use in meditation. The host was knowledgeable and the little shop was quaint.

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Schenectady, New York
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39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

A small, but very interesting place to visit. Don't miss if you are in the upstate area. It is not far from Saratoga Springs

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