It is easy to feel like a Watertown native due to its colorful past and rich culture. It is a small town that dreams of being a city. Situated on the eastern side of South Dakota, it is without a doubt unassuming tourism destination for friends’ gateway, family vacation, romantic getaways or solo trips.
The following are 5 best places to visit when in Watertown.
It sits on the edge of Watertown and is a great place for hiking and golfing. It has over thirteen miles of shoreline and it is a perfect place chill out. Along the water edge, there are beaches, boat landings, and camping sites.
Bramble Park Zoo
Named Frank Bramble this wildlife park hosts animals, exhibits and facilities. It houses jaguars in a large naturalistic exhibit known as Jaguar Junction which comprises of a pond and a waterfall. Visitors can view the Jaguars through the glass viewing areas. The most famous resident in the zoo is the white Bengal tiger. Other famous creatures include the snow leopards and rehabilitated birds. The playground in the zoo features animal-themed climbing and just outside is a diner that serves authentic Louisiana jambalaya recipe.
Codington County Heritage Museum
Formerly known as the Kampeska heritage museum is located at 27 first avenue southeast of South Dakota. It collects and preserves the history of the county in order to motivate people to appreciate local history and also to educate the community and visitor on the rich history of Watertown. The museum hosts events and history activities such as the murder mystery. Additionally, it has children activities and clubs.
Redlin Art Center
The art center is picturesque as the works of art displayed in it. The grandeur of the structure envelopes visitors as they enter the center. The exterior is magnificently beautiful as it draws its inspiration from Egypt and incorporates Rockville white granite at the entrance. Specific time in Redlin’s life is marked in permanently displayed paintings in the center. The paintings depict a deep affection for family and fine arts. Visitors can participate in gallery games, which promote the detailed study of the paintings.
The art center has a sketch room that features just about 50 original, preliminary pencil drawings by Terry Redlin. The sketch room is located on the main level, in the back west wing. The creativity portrayed in the sketch room is fascinating.
Stokes-Thomas lake city park
Located at fourth avenue, ballfield, it is a park and campground with many amenities. It is a perfect place for hiking and trail biking. It also has a beach area for swimming and sunbathing. Other amenities include picnic facilities, sand volleyball courts, ballfields, walking path, fishing, boating and basketball court.
To end with, Watertown is favored with humid mainland climate. This means it experiences cold, snowy winters and warm and wet summers. The annual high temperature is 55.2°F while the annual low temperature is 36.8°F. Transportation in Watertown is quite easy as it is served by several MBTA bus and trackless trolley routes. Most bus stations are located in Watertown yard or Watertown square.