Planning A Dream Road Trip: Spotlight on Watkins Glen

Monday, November 16, 2015

This is another destination that I  couldn't wait to talk about with you guys!  Watkins Glen State Park in NY.

 Somehow, this place is only an hour and a half from where I grew up and I never knew about it?!  How did this happen???  It kind of makes me want to call up everyone I ever knew back home in Rochester and ask them if they knew of Watkins Glen-- and then yell at those who dare to say yes for never taking me on their (apparently) secret trips. lol.  Just kidding...kind of.

This place is GORGEOUS.  read on.....

This will be about a 6 and half hour drive from Montreal.  One of our biggest driving stretches of the trip.  We plan to spend 2 nights here, so we will leave early in the morning from Montreal in order to get to Watkins Glen with time to relax and look around still.  We'll probably call it an early night because  the next couple days are going to be filled with outside fun!

Looks like there is an $8 fee per vehicle to enter the park.  Watkins Glen State Park has been listed on so many "Most Beautiful Places You Need To See In Your Lifetime" posts that I've come across lately---and after having looked into it, there's no surprise why.  It boasts over 200 foot cliffs in parts, 19 waterfalls, and paths that are easy even for children to experience this wonderful feat of nature.. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls, giving you an interesting look that you don't get to have at a lot of places like this.  You can get close enough to feel the spray of the water.  The rim trails overlook the magnificent gorge.  And this is why I am so distraught, people:

I will now spam you with some more pictures:

Why did I never know this existed?!?  I literally lived an hour and a half away for 18 years and never knew of this place?  Unacceptable, lol.  I can't wait to be here and take about 30,000 pictures of my own.  ha!

My plan is for us to wake up early the next morning, bring some breakfast on the go and see this majestic place early in the morning when there are less people around, and you can really enjoy the peace and serenity of the place.  Do you ever just look at pictures and feel like you just connect with a place?  That if and when you go, you know it will be a life changing experience?  That's how I feel about this place (and Scotland, but that's for another post! lol).  I feel like I will just be breath-taken and speechless here and might not ever want to leave.

They even have an Olympic size pool in the park for you to swim in while you're there.  So I'm sure the afternoon may have some swimming involved if the little guy has anything to say about it :)

On our last day, we'll check out the Farm Sanctuary which is about 30 minutes away from Watkins Glen State Park.  It is home to more than 500 rescued farm animals. The Sanctuary was made to protect farm animals against abuse they face in factory farming. Here they are free to roam about, feel the sun and fresh air, dig in the dirt, and enjoy life as they are supposed to.  They have chickens, pigs, goats, cows, ducks, turkeys and more.    It is open Wed-Sun in June from 10:30am-5pm. They have 1 hour guided walks offered every hour.  Adults are $10 while children under 12 are $5  (3 and under free).

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I can tell you now, I'm pretty certain this will be one of my favorite stops on our road trip.  Have any of you been to this secret spot before???  Tell me everything you know!  :)  

Check back next week,  when we'll talk about my hometown- Rochester, NY.

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