Watkins Glen, NY Visitors Guide
Located in Upstate, NY on the southern end of Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen is a small town (population close to only 2,000 people) that is a big tourist spot. This article will highlight some of the attractions that make it a friendly draw.
Watkins Glen State Park
Cutting right down the middle of town is Watkins Glen State Park. The park has a stream that flows down 400 feet from start to finish between a large canyon, creating 19 different waterfalls. With over 800 stone steps running along the main trail and various other trails running above and on either side, this scenic walk is worth a visit.
Above the park is a full Olympic-sized swimming pool for those looking to get in some swimming while in the park. There are also picnic areas and camping sites at the top of the gorge.
The park also has a small gift shop that is open year-round located at the bottom of the gorge.
Seneca Lake is famous for being wine country. With 34 different wineries on both sides of the lake, there's something for everyone. Some of the featured wineries include:
2010 Watkins Glen Cardboard Boat Race
The Waterfront Festival (Mid-June, Yearly)
- Cardboard Boat Regatta
- Friday Night Fireworks
Finger Lakes Wine Festival (2nd Week of July, Yearly)
- Launch of the Lakes
- Wine Showcase
- Culinary Classes/Demonstrations
Watkins Glen Italian Festival (First Weekend in August, Yearly)
- Food, craft, gift marketplace
- Bocce Tournament
- Pasta Eating Contest
- Beer and Wine Garden
The Grand Prix Festival (Early September, Yearly)
- Vintage cars
- Wine Tasting and Food Courts
Watkins Glen International Raceway
Watkins Glen International was established on the streets of Watkins Glen, NY in 1948 and is North America’s premier racing facility. The Glen has a long and storied past from its Formula 1 roots to its position as New York’s only home to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
US Vintage Grand Prix
Ferrari Challenge North America
Finger Lakes Beer Festival