You wouldn’t expect to find a hotbed of artistic expression in a prairie town of some 20,000 residents. Nor would you anticipate a diverse dining experience and the timeless appeal of well-preserved roots. But that’s exactly what awaits in Watertown, a cultural oasis on the plains of South Dakota. This is where life slows down to a pleasant hum, giving your creative spirit room to soar. Spend a few days here and discover why.
An Americana master, Terry Redlin’s wildlife and rural scenes pay homage to his Watertown upbringing. Those in search of inspiration will find it at the Redlin Art Center, where 150+ original oil paintings immortalize this beloved American artist. Head to Uptown and tour the Watertown Artwalk, a trail of stunningly crafted sculptures. Plus the scenery itself is a work of art; anyone with a penchant for history will enjoy Watertown’s timeless appeal. Take a stroll or a trolley ride through the ages on Kemp Avenue, where some of the 60 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places predate South Dakota statehood itself.
Head downtown for countless locally inspired dishes and drinks guaranteed to satisfy any palate. Tickle your sweet tooth at Watertown Confectionery and Ghost Town Winery, where you’ll find hand-dipped chocolates and house-bottled vinos. After you lay a solid base, sip like the locals at the artisanal Glacial Lakes Distillery or Watertown Brewing Company.
Autumn is the perfect time for outdoor lovers to visit Watertown. Take in the fall colors on a dream-like ride on Lake Kampeska or play 18 holes on a shoreline course with gorgeous water views. The crisp air makes for an exhilarating ride on the Recreation Trail, made up of 30 miles of bike paths winding through the most memorable parts of town and the countryside. After a day of play, recharge at one of Watertown’s wide-ranging lodging options, including flagship hotel brands.
Discover a work of art — and start planning your fall getaway — with the Watertown Visitor’s Guide.