As we safely reopen Watkins Glen and all of the Finger Lakes, we look forward to safely welcoming you to our communities. Please remember to call ahead: our restaurants, wineries/breweries/distilleries, and attractions have developed location-specific procedures and protocols to ensure that our community, visitors, and employees remain safe and healthy.

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Historic Grand Prix Circuit 

Watkins Glen, located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region in western New York State will forever have a place in motorsports history. On October 2, 1948, the first post-World War II road race was hosted right on our village streets.


You can drive the original Grand Prix course, it's all on public roads, in your own vehicle any time by following this map.

While you're in town, be sure to visit the International Motor Racing Research Center for the story behind the speed and to view their fantastic 20-minute video, encapsulating racing history and how several decades ago racing put Schuyler County on the map!


The 6.6 miles circuit ran through the village streets, starting and ending in front of the Schuyler County Courthouse. This tradition continues annually with the Grand Prix Festival, when classic racecars take to the streets once again. An estimated 25,000 spectators come out to enjoy the festive atmosphere, which includes a Walk of Fame ceremony, car shows, the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Tribute (a re-enactment of the 1948 - 1952 road races), and much more.

Intl. Motor Racing Research Center

Watkins Glen finally hit the international stage in 1948 when the village hosted the nation's first post-World War II road race. From there, Watkins Glen quickly become famous in the world of road racing, hosting races through the village streets of Watkins Glen through 1952, then moving up to what is now Watkins Glen International, also know...

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