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Petrified Sea Gardens - CLOSED

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Nice for a quick stop

Seeing the rocks here is great, and if you happen to be driving from Greenfield to Ballston Spa or... read more

Reviewed June 12, 2016
Charlie D
Greenfield Center, New York
Petrified "Marine Algae Growths"

It takes some diligence to find this roadside attraction off the beaten path in Saratoga Springs... read more

Reviewed November 18, 2015
Poughkeepsie, NY
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Aug 6, 2017
“There is still something worth seeing”
Sep 29, 2016
“Great easy hike for the family”
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.
Petrified Sea Gardens Road, Saratoga Springs, NY
+1 518-691-0150
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Reviewed August 6, 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

Date of experience: August 2017
7  Thank Jonathan R
Reviewed September 29, 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

Date of experience: October 2015
3  Thank napngs
Reviewed August 23, 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

Date of experience: August 2016
6  Thank luvdacape60
Reviewed August 4, 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

Date of experience: August 2016
15  Thank Paul_in_Seattle
Reviewed July 25, 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

Date of experience: July 2016
6  Thank sdonk53
Reviewed June 12, 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

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank Charlie D
Reviewed May 25, 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..

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank AnnetteLee822
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...More

Date of experience: July 2015
2  Thank G3G
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

Date of experience: May 2015
1  Thank Kent J
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?

Date of experience: August 2015
4  Thank Daphne V
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