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Watkins Glen International

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Address: 2790 County Road 16, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-9511
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+1 607-535-2486
08:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00

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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A fantastic place that anchors our community!

The race track has it all, new surface which only adds to the fact that this is a world class racetrack Great people run the place, with super nice ambassadors, fabulous views... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Evan Stewart E
Odessa, New York
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Odessa, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The race track has it all, new surface which only adds to the fact that this is a world class racetrack Great people run the place, with super nice ambassadors, fabulous views from all angles, and excellent concessions.

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Watkin Glen is a very fast, well kept, natural terrain track located in a very attractive vacation area. The grandstands were open for the race and also you could sit in the infield on blankets or lawn chairs. Camping is available at the track. My only complaint about last year was the lack of drinks and food at the track.... More 

Hartsdale , New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First, contrary to another review, you WON'T see "Grand Prix" cars at the Glen. They priced themselves out of the area decades ago. What you will see, at the SCCA races, NASCAR race and the wonderful Historic races, are some extremely nice cars going extremely fast in an extremely attractive setting. I've been to a lot of race tracks, both... More 

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Miller Place, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Best to come here in the summer and experience Grand Prix, formula one, NASCAR and classic cars race around the track near Watkins glen

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Drive the Glen! We visited from the UK and did. Great value and brilliant entertainment, even in a rental car. Be sure to arrive early and pay at the gate before joining the line to lap the circuit. We got four laps including a stop halfway to take pictures on the winning line. It far exceeded our expectations and at... More 

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Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We visited on a non-race weekend while in Watkins Glen. We were able to watch some racers who rented the track for the afternoon. It was nice, and allowed us to see what a race might look like here vs. an oval track. Nothing was open other than the one grandstand. There was no charge to watch, but a charge... More 

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Westminster, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

My husband raced at the Glen in the sixties. drive the Glen was a wonderful opportunity to relive his previous experiences. Fee of $25 seemed reasonable for the event.

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Greenfield Center, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

I was at a conference and we had one of our dinners at the racetrack.... Taking a ride...FAST... in a pace car made this a memorable day!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

On the day we arrived there was no admission. As the person at the entry point said "all there is is cars travelling in circles". So despite the fact there was no sanctioned racing, there were a number of cars turning practice runs. As we watched from the highest point of one of the grandstands, we did see a little... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Pleasantly stories at how nice this track was situated. Was able to stop and see a few car races first hand and it's nestled in s great location.

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