Off the Beaten Path – Watertown, South Dakota
Sometimes it’s the hidden gems that shine the brightest. Such is the case with Watertown. Enjoy the kind of refreshing outdoor spaces, great dining, and artistic adventures you can only find off the beaten path.
Explore a portrait of prairie wonder in Watertown, South Dakota. Watertown has a story to tell. You can hear it whispered by the ornate arches on Kemp Avenue, taste it in the local fare, and feel it in a gold-soaked sunset over Lake Kampeska. This is where life slows down and your creative spirit soars. You’ll see why after spending a few days in this picturesque haven.
Take a tour through the recently renovated Goss Opera House, where historic charm meets modern elegance. If these walls could talk, the stories they would tell! The same area is also home to a bevy of locally-inspired dishes and drink, adding up for one inedible dining experience. Tickle your sweet tooth at the Watertown Confectionery and Ghost Town Winery, where you’ll find hand-dipped chocolates and house bottled wins. “Come Closer” at the AZA accredited Bramble Park Zoo, where more than 800 animals representing 120 species call home.
A hub of prairie culture, Watertown has a flourishing arts community you might think impossible in a town of 20,000. Those in search of inspiration will find it at the Terry Redlin Art Center, where 165 original oil paintings immortalize the rural scenes of Redlin’s youth. Outside the museum is the beginning of the Watertown Artwalk, a path of 12 sculptures gracing uptown.
Discover the Watertown story-and write a chapter of your own-on an invigorating getaway. Start planning yours today at VisitWatertownSD.com
Located at the intersection of Interstate 29 and U.S. Hwy 212, Watertown is approximately halfway between Omaha and Winnipeg on Interstate 29, and about 200 miles from Minneapolis on U.S. Hwy 212. Watertown has direct service to and from Chicago O’Hare and DenverInternational airports daily in the newly opened terminal at Watertown Regional Airport.
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