Small Town Spotlight: Watertown, South Dakota

by Country Inns & Suites
Friday, July 11, 2014

Explore the beautiful Glacier Lakes region and the area’s most popular attractions when you stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Watertown in South Dakota. This hotel is ideally located near great attractions, such as Lake Kampeska, Bramble Park Zoo, and the Redlin Art Center. Watertown may be considered a small town, but plan on having a very large itinerary! Start planning your trip to South Dakota with a few of these outstanding activities and attractions.

Outdoor enthusiasts will love visiting this small town. The city boasts 21 public parks, a recreational trail system, indoor and outdoor ice rinks, Mclaughlin Wildlife Sanctuary, disc golf course, and a kiddie fishing pond and pier. With all these amazing outdoor options, don’t forget to spend at least one day at the lake. The Glacier Lakes are a short drive from your hotel and provide idyllic scenery for boating, swimming, hiking, and fishing. As part of the Glacier Lakes, Lake Kampeska and Pelican Lake really showcase the natural beauty of Watertown.

Watertown, SD

Watertown is also home to big attractions, like the Bramble Park Zoo. The more than 100 year old zoo houses over 800 animals representing 130 species, including those native to South Dakota and others from around the world. Another popular attraction in town is the Redlin Art Center. Artist Terry Redlin was a Watertown native and over 150 of his original oil paintings hang in the impressive building at the junction of U.S. Highway 212 and Interstate 29. Finally, step back in time at the magnificent Mellette House, home of South Dakota’s first governor, Arthur Calvin Mellette. The house was constructed by Mr. Mellette, his wife, Margaret Wylie Mellette, and four sons in the Italianate-style which was popular at that time.

Of course, no trip would be complete without some shopping and dining! Grab lunch or just a tasty dessert at the Good to Go Market and Grill before hitting the shops on Kemp Avenue. This street attracts shoppers with more than 200 local and national retail stores. All that walking is sure to work up your appetite, so head to the Off the Clock Chop House for a spectacular dinner. Lastly, the Goss Opera House is ideal for a relaxing afternoon of gallery viewing and coffee talk.

Don’t let the small size of Watertown fool you! This city is packed with outdoor adventures, big time attractions, and unique dining and shopping options. The complimentary, hot breakfast at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Watertown will help make each morning bright and the Read It & Return Lending Library will help you wind down each night. We look forward to seeing you soon!