Watkins Glen State Park in downtown Watkins Glen
The Watkins Glen State Park and gorge has been a walking experience of cliffs and waterfalls charging down a deep chasm, open to the public for generations.
Watkins Glen International road racing
For a tiny village, and for a few days, Watkins Glen is anything but tranquil, having been hosts to international automobile road racing since 1948, continuing the tradition with annual Vintage Grand Prix racing taking to the streets. At the track there is NASCAR and the Indy Car Series, four miles from Watkins Glen. Race fans can even drive 3 laps around the WGI track.the requirements? $25.00 and a vehicle with four wheels!
The International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen is a 5000 sq ft modern facility, houses a reading room, film room, exhibits, and world wide racing archives. Famous race drivers periodically hold talks. A donated vintage race car or two changes every few months and is on display in the Center’s atrium lobby, such as a 1972 Indy Car Eagle, a 375 MM Ferrari or perhaps a 1929 35B Bugatti. A racing tradition at “The Glen”!
Wineries in Schuyler County
The fruit of the vine? Schuyler County’s wineries along Seneca Lake offer reds and whites blended from the grapes from the beautiful vineyards that are prolific on the hillsides high above the shores of Seneca Lake. Taste the wines, enjoy the views.
Seneca Lake boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, or wake boarding
Seneca Lake is 38 miles long and up to three miles wide. Schuyler County has six area boat ramps and four marinas for the lake enthusiast! Don’t have a boat? For power, sail or maybe boat and jet-ski rentals, contact Capt Bill, Capt Gregg at Anchor Inn Marina, and Capt Doug. For an afternoon sailing cruise on the world class bluewater cutter rigged yacht Lee Sea Anne I, contact Capt. Terry for a memorable time. Ask any of the lodging facility folks, and they will put you in touch with water fun. Swim and picnic at Clute Park on the lake or the WG State Park’s pool and picnic grounds.
National Forest lands, the only National Forest in NYS, and only one of three in the Northeast, with 16,032 acres
The National Forest is open to the public for hiking, camping, horseback riding, hunting, snow mobiling, and cross country skiing.
Agri-tourism is taking off, firmly based in generations of rural living and farming
Skyland Farms Cafe shop and animal farmyard, and Sunset View Creamery offers family fun-on-the-farm up close.
Farm Sanctuary works to end cruelty to farm animals and promotes compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy. They conduct hourly tours of their 175 acre sanctuary May – October.
Nature at her best! Hand-pick peaches, apples, cherries and blueberries at local farms or just purchase them at the many roadside vegetable and fruit stands in the area.