9.1 out of 10


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Great for
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Gym & Fitness
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"The Oldest Village of NY State Was Never So Alive!"

Established by the Dutch in 1622, “Waterford” was in fact an actual “ford” (otherwise known as a crossing) between the Mohawk River and surrounding streams and islands in what is now beautiful, historic Saratoga County. The now famous Peebles Island, an important spot because it is where the Erie Canal and Champlain Canal begins, was once home to the Mahican Native Americans. After settlement from the Dutch, Waterford became an important port for travelers along the Erie and Champlain canals and the Mohawk and Hudson rivers.

Known as NY's “oldest” of villages, Waterford is steeped in rich American history. For instance, a special spot, Second Street, can give you a tour of the town's Revolutionary War history: beginning your walk at the sight of the colonial pub (or also known as “watering hole” during that time) known as “Eagle Tavern”. Here is where famous patrons such as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton stopped to quench their thirst and rest their weary bones after a hard day's work. Also along Second Street you will find “The Battery”, where the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers meet, as well as the start of the Champlain and Erie canals are located. Also, on First Street towards US Rt. 4, you will also find the Knox Trail, named after General Henry Knox, who braved this trail in the Winter of Revolutionary War years 1775- 1776, delivering artillery as well as other supplies to George Washington and his troops back in Boston, all the way from now famous, historical Fort Ticonderoga. Knox had to actually drill holes through the ice so that he could continue on towards Boston. Thankfully, he was successful, and the Artillery that he delivered there was what George Washington and Troops utilized to drive the British out of Boston, successfully continuing the American's winning side of the war.

Today as a visitor to Waterford you can enjoy learning about the Revolutionary War, visit magical, mysterious Peebles Island (the town's very own State Park) and enjoy fantastic, exciting community events such as “Tugboat Roundup” and “Canal Fest” (fun for the whole family)! There's also the Waterford Tugboat Festival, where you can enjoy food, arts & crafts, music, games, storytelling and boarding actual tugboats! This is the largest of tugboat festivals in Saratoga County, and you won't be disappointed---as well as a fantastic learning experience (don't forget to visit the Waterford Historical Museum, as well as the Cultural Center located at the gorgeous Hugh White Homestead (built back in the year 1830). The museum has a Victorian room on display, as well as the George and Annabel O'Connor Library for Local History.

Waterford also has lots of fantastic, fun places to eat and places to shop in town, as well as wonderful schools: there's two school districts, The Waterford-Halfmoon Central School District and the Shenendehowa School District (which also serves nearby Clifton Park). There's fun recreational activities to be had here as well. Come on down!
  • lots of history, fantastic events
  • wonderful schools (2 to choose from)
  • wonderful amenities; very affordable for working class families/low income housing available
  • must have a car to get around
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
SaraKaplan Located in southeast Saratoga, north of the state capitol of Albany, lies the town of Halfmoon, which is the parent town of Clifton Park. Halfmoon, home to more than 21,535 residents, offers many different varieties of benefits to those who live here, as well as those who wish to visit for entertainment: whether it be seeing the latest flick at Clifton Park Center, or the wide variety of choices for dining, shopping and festivities.

Halfmoon got its name due to its shape, which is a crescent. Its Clifton Park portion was once a vibrant port, and the southern part was where the building of the Erie Canal began. (The Erie Canal is considered to be a portion of the beautiful Mohawk River.) To the eastern side is the Hudson River, as well as a tributary of the Hudson known as Anthony Kill towards the northern side. The town is reached via US Rt. 9 and Interstate 87 (also known as the Adirondack Northway), a very busy road with multiple lanes, and other major state routes (such as US Rt 4) lead here as well.

Clifton Park of Halfmoon is where most of the action is (i.e. Clifton Park Center Mall, which is a strip-lane mall much like Woodsbury Commons, complete with restaurants and movie theater (and more). There's also more than 65 stores here, so you'll be certain to find what you need: and great food as well as excellent entertainment is always just around the corner!

Halfmoon is a wonderful town to live in with a vibrant community. There's both youth and senior programs to be found in abundance, as well as several community-oriented festivities such as the Tree Lighting Ceremony (complete with a festive party), the Fall Festival, the Learn to Ski Program, the Thanksgiving Food Drive, and, last but not least, the youth-oriented Winter Camp, which will help get kids outside doing fun things to keep themselves active as well as warm, even in the great outdoors!

Halfmoon is very affordable and also offers low-income housing options to families who are struggling. The school system is the wonderful, fantastic Shenendehowa School District. Clifton Park is also very true its names, as there are a lot of great parks here. You can bet that if you move to Halfmoon or Clifton Park, you can be sure that you'll never be bored!
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