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Watkins-Glen is a town in the Finger Lakes Region of central New York, 21 miles north of Elmira along Highway 14 in Schuyler County. It lies at the southern tip of Seneca Lake, one of the largest of the eleven Finger Lakes. Schuyler County's topography is made up of rolling hills and narrow valleys, with magnificent gorges created by thousands of years of water erosion. Of the 342 square miles of land in the county, 110 is devoted to Federal, State and County forests. It's primarily an agricultural and tourist region where grapes are the major crop. The town of Watkins Glen is most well known for its summer auto racing at the Watkins Glen International Raceway. It's also the site of one of the most famous gorges in the Finger Lakes region at the Watkins Glen State Park. This one and a half-mile-long gorge was carved out by glaciers, creating 19 waterfalls and 300-foot shale and sandstone cliffs. The Gorge Trail, which is open from mid-May to November, has over 800 stone steps, and follows the gorge, going over and under waterfalls. This park is an excellent place for backpackers to pick up the Finger Lakes Trail, which traverses the state. Other things to do in Watkins Glen include lake cruises, wine tasting tours on the Seneca Lake Wine Tour and shopping at outlet stores, antique shops, specialty shops and art galleries.

Surrounding areas: Burdett, New York (2.7 mi), Lakemont, New York (9.8 mi), Dundee, New York (11.2 mi), Keuka Lake, New York (15.5 mi), Hammondsport, New York (18.1 mi), Seneca Lake, New York (18.3 mi), Corning, New York (19.0 mi)

Watkins Glen Vacation Rentals




Watkins Glen Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Castel Grisch3380 County Rt 28Watkins Glen, NY (607) 535-9614
Chieftain Motel3815 State Rt 14Watkins Glen, NY (607) 535-4759
Gorgeous View3355 Rt 14Watkins Glen, NY (607) 535-2081
Villager Motel Inc106 East 4 th StWatkins Glen, NY (607) 535-7159
Relax Inn100 Clawson BlvdMontour Falls, NY2.6 mi.(607) 535-7183
New York State Academy Of Fire Science600 College AveMontour Falls, NY3.0 mi.( ) -
Country Inn & Suites105 E Mall RdHorseheads, NY15.0 mi.(607) 739-9205
Howard Johnson LodgeRt 17 And 14Horseheads, NY15.0 mi.(697) 739-5636
Motel 6 (#1217)151 Rt 17Horseheads, NY15.0 mi.(607) 739-2525
Hilton Garden Inn Elmira\corning35 Arnot RdHorseheads, NY15.1 mi.(607) 795-1111
Knights Inn2707 Westinghouse RdHorseheads, NY15.1 mi.(607) 739-3807
Holiday Inn - Horseheads2666 Corning RdHorseheads, NY15.7 mi.(607) 739-3681
Holiday Inn Elmira Horseheads602 Corning RdHorseheads, NY17.2 mi.(607) 739-3681
Hammondsport Motel24 Water StHammondsport, NY17.9 mi.(607) 569-2600
Hammondsport Motel IncHammondsport, NY18.1 mi.(607) 569-2600
Vinehurst MotelRt 54Hammondsport, NY18.1 mi.(607) 569-2300
Comfort Inn356 Elmira RdIthaca, NY18.4 mi.(607) 272-0100
Hampton Inn Ithaca337 Elmira RdIthaca, NY18.5 mi.(607) 277-5500
Comfort Inn66 W Pulteney StCorning, NY18.7 mi.(607) 962-1515
Days Inn Corning23 Riverside DrCorning, NY18.7 mi.(607) 936-9370
Radisson Hotel Corning125 Denison Pkwy ECorning, NY18.9 mi.(607) 962-5000
La Tourelle Country Inn1150 Danby RdIthaca, NY18.9 mi.(607) 273-2734
Meadow Court Inn529 S Meadow StIthaca, NY18.9 mi.(607) 273-3885
Holiday Inn Corning/Painted Post304 S Hamilton StPainted Post, NY18.9 mi.(607) 962-5021
Fairfield Inn-corning3 S Buffalo StCorning, NY19.0 mi.(607) 937-9600
Staybridge Suites By Holiday Inn201 Townley AveCorning, NY19.0 mi.(607) 936-7800
Best Western - Lodge On The GreenRt 15 & 17 Box 150Painted Post, NY19.0 mi.(607) 962-2456
Super 8 Motel255 S Hamilton StPainted Post, NY19.0 mi.(607) 937-5383
Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca130 E Seneca StIthaca, NY19.4 mi.(607) 277-8900
Holiday Inn Ithaca Downtown222 S Cayuga StIthaca, NY19.4 mi.(607) 272-1000
Lampliter Motel543 Victory HwyPainted Post, NY19.4 mi.(607) 962-1184
Super 8 Motel Of Ithaca400 S MdwIthaca, NY19.5 mi.(607) 273-8088
Hampton Inn9775 Victory HwyPainted Post, NY19.6 mi.(607) 936-3344
Stiles Motel9239 Victory HwyPainted Post, NY19.6 mi.(607) 962-5221
Econo Lodge200 Robert Dann DrPainted Post, NY19.8 mi.(607) 962-4444
Collegetown Motor Lodge312 College AveIthaca, NY20.1 mi.(607) 273-3542
The Statler Hotel At Cornell University11 East AveIthaca, NY20.3 mi.(800) 541-2501
Coachman Motor Lodge908 Penna AveElmira, NY20.4 mi.(607) 733-5526
Econo Lodge1339 Rt 64Elmira, NY20.4 mi.(607) 739-2000
Motel 6 (#1217)151 Rt 17Elmira, NY20.4 mi.(607) 739-2525

Watkins Glen Weather & Climate

The Finger Lakes Region is bounded by Lake Ontario to the north and the state of Pennsylvania to the south. Precipitation in the region ranges from less than 36 inches to approximately 40 inches of rain and snowmelt. The lakes act as a moderator of the air temperature. The greater the volume of water, the more time it will take for the air to heat up in the summertime, and in winter, the heat the lakes have retained all summer is slowly released, moderating temps along the shoreline. Communities along the lakeshores will be warmer in winter and cooler in the summer compared to areas further away from the shore. This accounts for the successful vineyards in the Finger Lakes region. As the lake gives out heat in the late fall and early winter, the vineyards have an extended growing season. In addition, the weather in spring heats up more slowly than other areas of the state.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 32°F 15°F 1.69 in. -
February 35°F 15°F 1.67 in. -
March 44°F 23°F 2.30 in. -
April 57°F 34°F 2.86 in. -
May 69°F 44°F 2.97 in. -
June 77°F 53°F 3.86 in. -
July 82°F 58°F 3.70 in. -
August 80°F 56°F 3.35 in. -
September 72°F 49°F 3.48 in. -
October 60°F 37°F 2.74 in. -
November 48°F 30°F 2.71 in. -
December 37°F 21°F 2.20 in. -

Watkins Glen Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Elmira Corning Regional airport (ELM) located about 15 miles south of Watkins Glen in Elmira, New York, Greater Binghamton Edwin A Link Field (BGM) located approximately 47 miles east of Watkins Glen in Binghamton, New York, the Syracuse Hancock International airport (SYR) located roughly 63 miles northeast of Watkins Glen in Syracuse, New York, and finally the Greater Rochester International airport (ROC) located around 65 miles northwest of Watkins Glen in Rochester, New York.

Watkins Glen Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Roseland ParkCanandaiguaNY40.1 mi.
SeabreezeRochesterNY65.5 mi.
Sylvan BeachSylvan BeachNY80.7 mi.
Six Flags Darien LakeDarien CenterNY85.1 mi.
 
Water Parks
Song Mountain Alpine SlideTullyNY48.3 mi.
Seabreeze ParkRochesterNY65.5 mi.
Carousel Water & Fun ParkBeach LakePA103.5 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Watkins Glen Golf ClubWatkins GlenNY 
Fox Run Golf CourseRock StreamNY6.6 mi.
Circle R Golf CourseBeaver DamsNY7.8 mi.
Trumansburg Golf ClubTrumansburgNY15.4 mi.
Soaring Eagles Golf CourseHorseheadsNY15.5 mi.
Willowcreek Golf ClubBig FlatsNY17.6 mi.
Carlowden Country ClubDenmarkNY18.4 mi.
Indian Hills Golf ClubPainted PostNY18.9 mi.
Hillendale Golf CourseIthacaNY19.4 mi.
Newman Municipal Golf CourseIthacaNY19.4 mi.
Bonavista State Golf ClubOvidNY20.1 mi.
Mark Twain Golf CourseElmiraNY21.1 mi.
Lakeside Country ClubPenn YanNY21.4 mi.
Bath Country ClubBathNY22.7 mi.
Pinnacle State Park Golf CourseAddisonNY26.7 mi.
Wells College Golf CourseAuroraNY26.9 mi.
Catatonk Golf ClubCandorNY29.1 mi.
Stonehedges Golf ClubGrotonNY29.4 mi.
Fillmore Golf ClubLockeNY29.6 mi.
 
Ski Areas
Hunt Hollow Ski ClubNaplesNY31.6 mi.
Ski ValleyNaplesNY31.6 mi.
Bristol MountainCanandaiguaNY39.7 mi.
SwainSwainNY50.3 mi.
Ski SawmillMorrisPA58.5 mi.
Ski DentonCoudersportPA72.3 mi.
Elk MountainUnion DalePA84.3 mi.
Mount ToneLake ComoPA86.8 mi.
TanglewoodTaftonPA110.0 mi.
Shu-maker MountainLittle FallsNY111.9 mi.
Snow RidgeTurinNY113.4 mi.
CockaigneCherry CreekNY114.0 mi.
Scotch ValleyStamfordNY115.2 mi.
Ski PlattekillRoxburyNY118.0 mi.
 
State Parks
Watkins Glen State ParkNY2.1 mi. 
Robert H Treman State parkNY15.4 mi. 
Taughannock Falls State ParkNY17.7 mi. 
Buttermilk Falls State ParkNY18.5 mi. 
Buttermilk Falls State ParkNY20.2 mi. 
Sampson State ParkNY23.5 mi. 
Long Point State ParkNY24.4 mi. 
Fillmore Glen State ParkNY32.5 mi. 
Seneca Lake State ParkNY34.0 mi. 
Cayuga Lake State ParkNY35.7 mi. 
 
Museums
Glenn H Curtiss Museum of Early AviationHammondsportNY18.1 mi.(History)
Rockwell MuseumCorningNY19.0 mi.(History)
Corning Museum of GlassCorningNY19.0 mi.(Technology)
Foster Cottage MuseumClifton SpringsNY42.4 mi.(History)
Wayne County Historical Society MuseumLyonsNY47.6 mi.(History)
International Museum of Ceramic ArtAlfredNY47.8 mi.(Technology)
Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic ArtAlfredNY47.8 mi.(Art)
Roberson Museum and Science CenterBinghamtonNY52.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Roberson Museum & Science CenterBinghamtonNY52.5 mi.(Art)
Everson Museum of ArtSyracuseNY58.9 mi.(Art)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
Ross Park ZooBinghamtonNY52.5 mi.
Burnet Park ZooSyracuseNY58.9 mi.
Seneca Park ZooRochesterNY65.5 mi.
Clyde Peeling's Reptiland Ltd.AllenwoodPA88.0 mi.
Utica ZooUticaNY96.9 mi.
Buffalo Zoological GardensBuffaloNY107.9 mi.


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