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.

June 14, 2012
Photo courtesy of Redlin Art Center.
Photo courtesy of Redlin Art Center.

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;

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

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;

Photo courtesy of Redlin Art Center.
Photo courtesy of Redlin Art Center

Where to eat

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

Where to stay

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

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