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Watkins Glen International

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Address: 2790 County Route 16, Watkins Glen, NY
Phone Number: +1 607-535-2486
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Driving
Description: Watkins Glen International welcomes guests on a nearly a daily basis April...
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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White knuckled that track!

Visited Watkins Glen International because my husband absolutely loves NASCAR. He was thrilled to think that he could actually drive this road course track. For $25 you are able... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2015
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Toledo, Ohio
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70 reviews 70 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Visited Watkins Glen International because my husband absolutely loves NASCAR. He was thrilled to think that he could actually drive this road course track. For $25 you are able to take your own car for a 3-lap drive on the track. We were told that we should not exceed 55 mph......yeah, sure! Needless to say, speeds were much higher. We... More 

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Waterloo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I have always been a long time NASCAR fan since I was a young Kid but oddly did not ever attend a race Til August 2012 at Watkins Glen and I have been hooked ever since and have done a few races down south as well since. My review of this attraction will contain facts and tips from what I... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We attended the NASCAR Sprint Cup race of 2014. We've been to several over the years. We like the Pit Terrace seating option for the view of pit action and proximity to everything. These seats are along the pit road straightaway approaching turn #1. The seats all have backs and there is ample leg room even for my 6' 4"... More 

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Newark, De
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Beautiful views from up on the Glen. Awesome weekend of racing. Early august can bring some rain so pack accordingly! Bring extra everything to share cause you are sure to want to once you start partying with 100000 of your closest friends!

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New Castle, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I visited the speedway on a rainy day in Watkins Glen. We drove in (for free) and parked our car next to a grandstand. We climbed to the top row with our open umbrellas and were able to watch a BMW event. (No spectators, so was it practice?) At noon and 5, you can drive your own... More 

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Rye, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

For a unique, exciting and inexpensive experience, take your car onto the track and drive three laps behind a pace car. Although you can't zip around at 100 mph, the track is curvy enough that the ride is still exhilarating.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Great to watch races here, even better to be a driver racing here! One of the most challenging and rewarding tracks on which to compete.

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Elizabeth M, Public Relations Manager at Watkins Glen International, responded to this review

Thank you for considering us one of the best tracks in the North East. We are proud to be located in the Finger Lake Region of New York. We are thrilled to provide competitors a challenge at Watkins Glen International. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Rye, New York
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134 reviews 134 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Twice a day, at noon and 5:00, there is an opportunity to drive the 3+ mile long road course at Watkins Glen International. The pace car leads drivers on a three lap ride with time taken after the second lap for pictures on the finish line. The three laps are exhilarating, regardless of the type of car you bring. When... More 

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Elizabeth M, Public Relations Manager at Watkins Glen International, responded to this review

Thank you so much for stopping by. We are thrilled to know you enjoyed Driving The Glen! More 

Levittown
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Made me long to own a great car to drive on that track. It was mid-week so no races were scheduled but we did get a peek at the grandstands and a car on the track.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I was in the area and heard from the locals there was some end of the season racing taking place. Had to stop by and take it in. What can you say about Watkins Glen International? It doesn't get much better.

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