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Here, the boundary between hotel and nature is blurred. Havens like Putnam's Patio create quality resort experiences right at the park's pristine edge. Forests, flowers and grassy acres unfurl from every angle, surrounding The Gideon Putnam with nature's restoring and realigning energy.

Enjoy a peaceful stroll through Saratoa Spa State ParkStep outside the doors of The Gideon Putnam and you are immediately surrounded by nature. Saratoga Spa State Park is rich in outdoor recreation, offering hiking, biking, golf, tennis swimming, and more. Whether your preference is summer or winter activities, The Gideon Putnam places you right where the action is.

Venture away from the hotel, and Saratoga Lake offers kayaking, SUP boarding, boating, swimming, fishing, lake excursions, parks, and great restaurants where you can just relax and enjoy being near the water.

Stray just a little farther and you are in the Adirondack Mountains; part of the Adirondack Park, the largest protected area in the contiguous United States, which includes millions of acres of protected land. Whatever your level of interest or ability, The Adirondack Mountains provide myriad outdoor activities year-round.

Click here to view a video of The Gideon PutnamReady to amble? Nature trails trek along natural mineral spring streams and through old growth hemlock forests.

Saratoga Spa State Park 5 Mile Map

Sitting on a blanket by the Reflecting Pool, a walk through the Arcades, fishing in Kayaderosseras Creek, exploring the winding hiking trails, bird watching in the Conversation Area, discovering the mineral springs and relaxing in a mineral bath at Roosevelt Baths & Spa. These are the many ways you can find serenity while staying at The Gideon Putnam.

Set within Saratoga Spa State Park, The Gideon Putnam offers a serene vacation escape that encourages guest to recharge and restore mind, body and spirit.

Other Area Attractions

Moreau Lake State Park

Located just 18 miles north of the Gideon Putnam lies Moreau Lake State Park. This tranquil escape lies among hardwood forests, pine strands, and rocky ridges, and offers numerous picnic grounds beneath shady groves of trees. Two pavilions, each with a 20' x 30' tent and a maximum capacity of 75 people, are available and can be reserved on a daily basis. There is also a sandy beach where you can lounge during the summer, and a variety of trails for hiking in summer or cross-country skiing in winter. Rental equipment is also available.

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Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

The stately Schuyler Mansion is located approximately 35 miles south of the Gideon Putnam, in Albany, NY. This historic site was once home to the renowned Revolutionary War general, US Senator, and business entrepreneur, Philip J. Schuyler. The mansion was the site of military strategizing and political hobnobbing during the years the Schuyler family occupied the house, and daughter Elizabeth Schuyler was even married to Alexander Hamilton at the house in 1780. The mansion was actually burned down by the British after their occupation of the area, but was rebuilt after their surrender, and even includes salvaged glass, nails, locks, and hinges that were recovered from the burned site. The house does not feature running water or electricity, and appears very much the same today as when it was built. Daily tours are available for school and adult groups.

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U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site

The U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site sits just 9 miles from downtown Saratoga Springs, and is the final home of Ulysses S. Grant; Civil War Commanding General, and the 18th President of the United States. Grant moved into the cottage on June 16, 1885, just weeks prior to his death on July 23 of the same year, where he wrote Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, one of the most critically acclaimed memoirs by a US President or historic military figure. Today, visitors can tour the downstairs of the cottage where you can view the original furnishings, decorations, and personal items belonging to Grant, including the bed where he died and floral arrangements from his funeral.

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Museums in Saratoga Springs, NY

From the Saratoga Automobile Museum® to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame®, notable Saratoga Springs museums are minutes from The Gideon Putnam.

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Saratoga Lake

Located in eastern Saratoga County, Saratoga Lake is one of the region's most popular natural attractions. Every year, people visit Saratoga Lake for a variety of fun activities such as boating, swimming, fishing, paddling, and more. For details, please visit

Congress Park

Located in Saratoga Springs, this is a beautiful public park that offers fun and relaxation. Activities include picnicking, strolling along the park's many trails, a historic wooden carousel, more of Saratoga's famous mineral springs, snowshoeing in the winter, and more!

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"The Gideon Putnam is an old-fashioned hotel, but newly renovated, with appropriate amenities. I slept well in a clean, firm, king-sized bed, and ate well in the attached restaurant. It is inside the lovely Saratoga Park and a convenient shuttle takes you to downtown Saratoga. I highly recommend you try the Roosevelt Baths - a unique experience!"
- Jennifer, - July, 2022