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The area offers many options for visitors

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The area offers many options for visitors

FINGER LAKES–As NASCAR fans converge on Watkins Glen and the Finger Lakes region, visitors will be able also discover a number of non-racing attractions in the area. In addition to great food and shopping, there are museums, wine trails, some of the best state parks in the country, boat rides, and more for visitors.
Museums
For racing fans who really want to dig into the history of the sport, there’s no better place than the International Center for Motor Racing Research located at 610 Decatur St. in Watkins Glen. Along with having plenty of historical data and photos of racing in America, there is also an opportunity to learn about racing legends and the long history of Watkins Glen and racing.
For more information visit https://www.racingarchives.org.
Beyond the races, there is the Corning Museum of Glass which is a national attraction dedicated to glass and craftsmen. There are live glass blowing demonstrations, examples of modern art, as well as glass from all over history, from the Egyptians to Louis Tiffany. Located at 1 Museum Way in Corning, more information is available at https://home.cmog.org.
Also in Corning is the Rockwell Museum containing some of the best examples of the American spirit by American artists. Affiliated with the Smithsonian Museum, the unique building contains several floors of oil paintings. Located at 111 Cedar St. in Corning, more information at https://rockwellmuseum.org.
If boats and aviation-related artifacts are faster, there’s the Finger Lakes Boating Museum and the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. Located in Hammondsport, each museum showcases excellent examples of historic American craftsmanship and innovation.
The Finger Lakes Boating Museum features excellent examples of historic and local boats, while visitors to Depot Park can see the museum’s ship, the Pat II, go on excursions. For more information, including information on boat rides, visit https://www.flbm.org.
The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum contains perfectly restored and maintained vintage airplanes and motorcycles. For more information, visit https://glennhcurtissmuseum.org.
Wine routes
The Finger Lakes wine region is quickly becoming a regional and national destination for wine lovers. The region produces a variety of red, white, fruit and dessert wines, with environmental conditions that have made the region known worldwide. In addition to some of the liveliest and most sophisticated wines on the market, many wineries have also added gourmet options to complement their tastings.
Choosing one of the three wine routes will take you on a beautiful tour not only of the local wines produced by the region, but also of the region itself. The three main wine routes around Watkins Glen include: the Seneca Wine Route, the Keuka Wine Route and the Cayuga Wine Route.
For more information, see https://senecalakewine.com, https://www.keukawinetrail.com and https://www.cayugawinetrail.com.
Local parks
Less than 10 minutes from Watkins Glen International is Watkins Glen State Park, considered one of the crown jewels of New York State’s park system. A variety of hiking trails, incredible vistas, and incredible geology help make Watkins Glen State Park one of the most popular in the state. Admission is free, but there is a $10 parking fee. The upper part of the park’s campground also has a large outdoor pool.
For more information visit https://parks.ny.gov/parks/142/.
Although Watkins Glen is the closest, there are many local state parks within an hour’s drive of WGI, including Keuka State Park, Seneca Lake State Park, Sampson State, Robert H. Treman State Park and more. Additional information can be viewed at https://parks.ny.gov/regions/finger-lakes/default.aspx.
Watkins Glen’s own Clute Park can also provide a waterfront experience for visitors. Recent upgrades include a popular splash pool for children.
boat trips
Being right on Seneca Lake also allows visitors to stay off the roads and stay on the water with a boat ride at Captain Bill’s. For those looking for a sailing adventure, Sail True Love offers a one-of-a-kind experience. For more information on Captain Bill’s visit https://www.senecaharborstation.com and https://sailtruelove.com.