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.
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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