My wife Becky and I reside in Watkins Glen, NY. It is a beautiful little village. I fell in love with this place when I first started dating her.
Watkins Glen is what is considered a tourist town. I am going to list places of interest and things to do, should you ever decide to visit!
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone’s daily life as we know it. I fear that tourism this year will not be as robust as it has been in years past. With some optimism and a little hope, perhaps Watkins Glen can be that little tourist town again!
Our little town has many great places to eat. From fast food to great dine-in restaurants, Watkins Glen has quite an assortment!
There are many hotels, big and small, several BnB’s and even some Airbnb’s.
This is a little cottage we stayed at while our house was being built.
Many people who come here take in swimming, boating, sailing, and fishing, as Seneca Lake is noted for its lake trout.
Watkins Glen is at the southern point of Seneca Lake. It is the largest of the glacial Finger Lakes of the U.S. state of New York, and the deepest lake entirely within the state. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seneca_Lake_(New_York).
Watkins Glen International Speedway
WGI hosts the annual NASCAR and IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) race. The track is what is known as a road course, and there are only five on the circuit: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, ON, Charlotte Motor Speedway. Charlotte, NC, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH, Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI, and Watkins Glen International. Source: https://www.nascar.com/tracks.
WGI not only hosts NASCAR. It also has weekend events. Auto clubs from around the country and world use the location to race their cars.
Another popular event at WGI is the Finger Lakes Wine Festival. With over ninety wineries and numerous vendors, the Wine Festival is a three-day celebration that is wine.
The Gorge at Watkins Glen State Park
If you want to have a great outdoor experience, then the Gorge is for you! It’s a little over two miles. It is a very popular attraction in Watkins Glen. It is part of Watkins Glen State Park, which is the most famous park in the Finger Lakes.
Walking the gorge is free; however, there is paid parking across the street. If you want to avoid paying to park, your best idea is to park off a side street and walk to the gorge.
Watkins Glen is centered around many wineries and hosts a few microbreweries, and they all offer tastings, at a cost. Some wineries also offer tours of their cellar and vineyards.
Free places to check out
There are a few places that are free to the public so I am going to list them below so you do not have to search for them.
Shequagua Falls – Montour Falls
Located in the middle of town, Shequagua Falls is a very popular attraction. The falls fountain down approximately 156 feet.
There is also another waterfall called Aunt Sarah’s Falls, which is located just as you enter Montour Falls from Watkins Glen. There are several walking trails to go on a nature hike with the family.
There are several camping sites, all located within close proximity to the Glen.