- The list below includes 87 free or cheap things to do in or near Watkins Glen, New York, including 55 different types of inexpensive activities like National & State Parks, Camping Site, Farms & Ranches and Race Tracks.
- From Gorge at Watkins Glen State Park to Watkins Glen State Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Watkins Glen and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Ithaca, Elmira, Corning and Penn Yan.
The Robert Treman State Park is popular for its waterfalls, the best known being the Lucifer Falls. 4.5 miles of trails connect all the falls. In here there are also camping areas, picnic tables, playing fields, and a pool. The Enfield Falls Mill and Miller's House is also in here.
Named after the creek which crosses it and after the many falls in it, the Buttermilk Falls State Park was founded in 1924 and has cabins, pavilions, playgrounds, as well as other amenities. The main activities which can be performed in here are fishing, hunting, and hiking.
The first recorded winemaking company in the Finger Lakes Wine Region is dating back to 1829. Since then, the region has grown into a popular touristic attraction, with amenities and facilities which include lodging, museums, restaurants, and others.