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Watertown Trip Guide

An historic downtown, picturesque parks and zoo fill the town best known for its famous resident, artist Terry Redlin. Things to do in Watertown include visiting the Goss Opera House and Gallery, the Redlin Art Center and eating at Lunkers or the Common Ground Coffee House.
Photo courtesy of Redlin Art Center.
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Crystal Springs Rodeo.
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What to do

Crystal Springs Rodeo It's not exactly the biggest, but this rodeo in June is one of the best location-wise. It's held in a bowl created by glaciers thousands of years ago: no bleachers, no stadium. Bring a blanket and grab a spot on the hillside to enjoy the show. In Clear Lake, about 27 miles southeast of Watertown. (605) 874-2996; crystalspringsrodeo.com

Goss Opera House and Gallery Regional artists display and sell artwork; performances take place at the opera house. (605) 878-4677; gossoperahouse.com

Lake Kampeska Clear waters—typical of lakes in the Coteau de Prairies region—invite swimming and year-round fishing. (605) 753-0282

Redlin Art Center Paved trails weave around the galleries showing original oil paintings by native son Terry Redlin. Free. (605) 882-3877; redlinart.com

Where to eat

The Goss Opera House Charley's Restaurant and Bar caters to the crowd there for live music—naturally. (605) 878-4677; gossoperahouse.com

Past Times Coffee House and Restaurant Antiques and old photos make for a nostalgic setting for breakfast, coffee or lunch. (605) 882-5813; pasttimesrestaurant.com

Where to stay

Best Western Ramkota Hotel Stay here for the upscale rooms, on-site restaurant and swimming pool. (605) 886-8011; watertown.ramkota.com 

For information: Watertown Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 658-4505; visitwatertownsd.com

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