It's a great time of year to get out and experience something new, or see something familiar with a new perspective. Pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready—you're about to take a staycation.
That's right, you won't need plane tickets for this trip, no long lines or security checks. You don't even have to worry about your itinerary! That's because we've created a comprehensive insider's guide for getting away right here around Watertown. Who ever said adventure can't be close to home?
Below you'll find all our favorite local attractions. Food and drink, art and music, shopping, unwinding, exploring with the family—it has something for travelers of all sorts. You might be surprised at what you find, and you'll never be so proud to call this place home.
Enjoy your stay.
Your Staycation Itinerary
Dempsey’s Brewery Restaurant and Pub (restaurant)
Why we love it: Try any of their microbrew beers or homemade root beer and cream soda.
Why you'll love it: Their pizzas are internationally famous! Give them a try.
Bramble Park Zoo (family fun)
Why we love it: They have a hands-on children’s barn area, a playground, and picnic area. Why you'll love it: Fun place to visit with something for every age. Lots of cute and exotic animals!
Lake Kampeska (looking for adventure)
Why we love it: North Shore Chophouse has delicious food and drink options, and a gorgeous view of the lake.
Why you'll love it: The lake also has several launch areas for a leisurely pontoon ride, jet skiing, fishing, or boating. Beautiful and relaxing.
Redlin Art Center (arts & culture)
Why we love it: We're from Watertown… we're full of Terry Redlin pride!
Why you'll love it: Over 150 Terry Redlin originals on display, including the Americana Series. Don't miss the Gift Shop!
Thursday Night Live (fun with friends)
Why we love it: Free entertainment, food, vendors, and farmers market.
Why you'll love it: A perfect excuse to start your weekend early!
Hunting and Fishing (the outdoors are calling)
Why we love it: Some of South Dakota's finest hunting and fishing can be experienced here.
Why you'll love it: Watertown loves our hunters and fishers so much that we have pet-friendly rooms ($25 pet fee), pet treats, bagged ice, and plenty of parking for your boats.