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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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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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Fast cars and and Concerts

The track at Watkins Glen is known world-wide to those who like fast cars. There's even a day a year when you can take your own car onto the track for the day. They also hold... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Charles M
Elmira, New York
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Elmira, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The track at Watkins Glen is known world-wide to those who like fast cars. There's even a day a year when you can take your own car onto the track for the day. They also hold concerts that go all night long during certain times of the year.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, I love this place, but it doesn't get a 5 because it isn't what it use to be. The facility is way better, but the atmosphere of the 70's is gone. Nascar race is way to crowded, and the don't use the boot section of the track so there is a lot of people trying to find the best... More 

Thank deltaraider21
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

What a great little track. Nice location. Nice set up. And Historic. They have some great specials and family rates, there are so many events here I don't want to single out a particular one. If not everyone in the family is a race fan, bring them and let them hang out in town, there is a lot to do.

Thank Brian D
Waterloo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Had a great time at the Cheese-It 355. Would definitely go again for next year, Our son and fiance were there as well, and want to go next year.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Camped out for three days at The Glen. Phish's Magnaball....Absolutely gorgeous!!! Its off the beaten path, but the views are absolutely breathtaking

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Great Nascar track.....packed on race days and a bit difficult to get good spots to see the race but cool to be there.

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

My son and I enjoyed a NASCAR race here about 8 years ago. It was a great track, but at the time the parking lot was mostly grass/gravel. It rained hard the week prior to the race and dozens, if not hundreds, of people got stuck in the muck. I heard they've redone it now so that's obviously a good... More 

Thank LookingForBigfoot
Cape Coral
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Great race venue with friendly people. Took a ride on the track in the pace car. Fun elevation changes.

Thank Denise K
Saugerties, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This was my first Live Nascar race. It was awesome. Noisy but fun. had decent seats. The food there was not all that great. They need to have better food and more selection. The selection was poor. Food needs to be like fair food with bigger selection. Too much walking around in the crowd looking for better food.

Thank natties1mom
Glassboro, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Went to The Glen as a stop on the way to a car show in Webster, NY. Myself and a number of other cars participating did some warm laps on the track. What a thrill. To know that you have driven on the same track as some of the greatest legends in the sport. Highly recommended. Note!!! Do NOT pass... More 

Thank Richard Z

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