Watertown Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Watertown Trip Guide

An historic downtown, picturesque parks and zoo fill the town (population: 21,300) 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 (June 26-29, 2013) 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

Redlin Art Center Paved trails weave around the gallery complex, which shows original Terry Redlin oils. Free. (605) 882-3877; redlinart.com

Where to eat

Common Ground Coffee House Dine on pastries, sandwiches, salads and South Dakota State University ice cream in the Goss Opera House building. (605) 878-0678

Lunkers Come here for upscale atmosphere and great steaks, seafood and pasta. Plus every seat has a view of Lake Kampeska. (605) 882-3422; lunkersrestaurant.com

Where to stay

Best Western Ramkota Hotel Stay here for the upscale rooms, on-site restaurant and swimming pool. From $95. (605) 886-8011; watertown.ramkota.com 

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

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