There are lots of reasons to come to Watkins Glen and Montour Falls this summer, not the least of which is the State's #1 ranked park -- according to Conde Nast Traveler: the Watkins Glen State Park. Make sure these opps are on your list too!
Havana Glen Park - $2 per car
Havana Glen Park is a beautiful municipal park, operated by the village of Montour Falls. It's a bit of a hidden gem, since so many visitors come to our region to see famed Watkins Glen State Park. While Havana Glen Park isn't nearly as big nor does it hold as many waterfalls, it is a beautiful spot. There are picnic tables, barbeque grills, a playground, pavilions (which are available for reservation for reunions, parties, or other special occasions), and the short walk on the trail leads you to beautiful Eagle Cliff Falls. It's just $2 for parking and the rest is free to enjoy!
Brick Tavern Museum - free!
Browsing the Brick Tavern Museum is a splendid way to spend a summer day. Built in 1828, the Brick Tavern Museum is the oldest brick building in Schuyler County and it houses the Schuyler County Historical Society's incredible collection of artifacts, exhibits, and even a research library for genealogy and local history. Exhibits include a Victorian Parlor complete with furniture, china, and paintings. A music-focused exhibit in the foyer has instruments and other unique items. Venture upstairs to find a Native American exhibit and rooms dedicated to exhibits for veterans (from World War I to the present), medical, industry (including salt, railroads, and canals), toys (including games and dolls), fiber arts, and more. The Wickham Rural Life Center is located just behind the museum and inside you'll find an array of antiques and incredible historical items representative of the history of rural life. A stop here definitely takes you back in time, and it's fun for kids and adults of all ages. We highly recommend a stop in the gift shop, too! Although admission is free, we encourage you to leave a donation to help support this fantastic local not-for-profit.
Concerts at LaFayette Park - free!
It seems everywhere you turn there is live music in the Finger Lakes throughout the weekend. But if you find yourself looking for something to do during the week, check out the concerts at LaFayette Park on 4th Street in Watkins Glen. Concerts take place in the bandstand on Tuesdays, starting July 6. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket, pack a picnic or some light snacks. Kids can enjoy the adjacent playground, all while the sound of live music fills the air!