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Watkins Glen International

2790 County Road 16, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-9511
+1 607-535-2486
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The Place to Really Get Into Racing

Watkins Glen is my most favorite racetrack to see up close auto racing. I've been going too this... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2018
ajbaron1
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Winchendon Springs, Massachusetts
New York's Finest

This is a race car driver's track, beloved of sports car drivers, NASCAR drivers, INDY car drivers... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2017
EltonWG
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Watkins Glen, New York
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Watkins Glen International welcomes guests on a nearly a daily basis April through October to Drive The Glen and experience the Fans R1st Viewing Area. Patrons may take their personal vehicle for three-paced laps around the storied road course for $25 and/or watch the cars on track from the Argetsinger grandstand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drive The Glen is available for purchase ($25) at The Shop (located in the village at 2 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891) or at the Main Entrance of Watkins Glen International (Gate 2). In addition, The Glen hosts International Motor Sports Association (TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites, Lamborghini Super Trofeo and Porsche GT3 USA) in June, NASCAR (Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series, K&N Pro Series) in August and Sportscar Vintage Racing Association for some of the premiere racing events in the country. From racing to tasting, WGI is host to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese in July. It is the largest collection of New York State-produced wines in the Northeast. Finally, the spectator season concludes with the Finger Lakes Beer Festival presented by Finger Lakes Beer Trail in October.
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2790 County Road 16, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-9511
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

Watkins Glen is my most favorite racetrack to see up close auto racing. I've been going too this racetrack for the past 12 years and it is my all time favorite racetrack. Some tracks may be "Bigger", Daytona and Indy, but this is just much...More

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

This is a race car driver's track, beloved of sports car drivers, NASCAR drivers, INDY car drivers, and even Formula One drivers. And, it is set in some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole county, the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York.

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

I finally made it to The Glen! As is my routine I grabbed a ticket at the race. This time it was different. Every track is different. There was one scalper way down the hill. I figured I'd get one closer. No good. I bought...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

We would not miss this weekend. History in the race world, you can drive the old race corse, if you sign up as a stone bride driver.The festival starts Friday on franklin st then Saturday at the Glen and Sunday at the Glen . The...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

This was $25 very well spent. As an experienced racer, the thought of trundling around a circuit at 55mph held zero excitement for me, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to at least get a feel for this iconic circuit. What I didn’t expect...More

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

There were 10 cars when we drove the track. I was a bit nervous, there is a bathroom near where you park to line up, but it was fun. The pace truck showed you right where to go and when to slow down, speed up....More

Thank kcheze
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

The shop downtown was a bunch of overpriced crap that didn't sell at the track. Would have liked to pick up some presents for friends but their stuff wasn't worth it.

Thank Gasherbrumfour
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

I'm not really a race track guy, but my cousin was in a race and I love upstate NY, having gone to college there, so we went up to The Glen. It was a great experience. Watkins Glen is a nice town; the track was...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

We made the mistake and went for 1 day to the Wine Festival in July! It was so large we crammed it all in, and we had a blast. There was wine to taste as well as bourbon and hard ciders. We were surprised by...More

Thank kylie k
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

You won't regret visiting one of the most iconic road racing tracks in the country. It's a classic. There are grandstands on many of the corners and it's a great place to watch vintage racing as well as the modern cars.

Thank RandV V
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sunworshipper222
31 March 2018|
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Response from Douglas H | Reviewed this property |
That question is a little too open ended. Are you going for a pro event? Are you participating in an amateur event? Most of the camp sites are clean and level. I don't think any of them have water or electric.
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colletteb200
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Response from Ken l | Reviewed this property |
Be careful where you park. They have a lot of rent a cops for big races and I had one tell me it was OK to park where I was and car was towed and impounded when I came back! Make sure if you talk to law enforcement make sure... More
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