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Our historic city, situated in both Dodge and Jefferson Counties, is located half-way between Madison and Milwaukee along the Rock River. Watertown features a wealth of recreational opportunities, along with numerous festivals and activities. Surrounded by small town hospitality, visitors will feel right at home exploring all Watertown has to offer.
A city for all seasons, Watertown offers an abundance of outdoor recreation. Kayakers will enjoy paddling the Rock River Trail which extends the 11 counties of the Rock River (www.rockrivertrail.com). Watertown’s ample park system is sure to impress visitors with 22 parks covering over 263 acres. Wooded walking trails, 18 hole Frisbee golf course, skate park, fishing areas, lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, ice skating, cross country skiing, and playgrounds are among the many amenities offered. Riverside Park, one of the largest in Watertown, contains the ever popular Chamberland, a community-built children’s playground, scenic picnic sites along the Rock River and the Watertown Aquatic Center. The park also hosts Riverfest, an outdoor music festival held in August, and Watertown’s long-standing Tuesday farmers’ market held May – November.
If golf is on the agenda, Windwood of Watertown is a public golf course, which includes outstanding amenities and appeals to a variety of skill levels. Watertown has 2 bowling alleys and a movie theater if indoor activities are called for.
During the year, Watertown plays host to many festivals, celebrations and competitions. The Watertown Art Festival kicks off the summer in June, followed by the city’s Fourth of July Celebration, Rockman Challenge, Run from the Cops, Rock River Winefest, Fall Festival and the Holiday of Lights parade, which rounds out the year.
For those looking for day trip activities there are several tours to be taken including the historic Octagon House and America’s First Kindergarten, Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters and Rosy-Lane Holsteins farm. Visitors can also stop by the Chamber to pick up any of the eight historic walking and driving tours of the city. The tours feature Main Street, Washington Street, Clyman Street, City Parks and more.
If an overnight stay is in order, guests can choose from several hotels throughout the city. Those looking for historic accommodations will find the Jesse Stone House Bed and Breakfast a perfect choice to end the day.
Be sure to check our Calendar of Events for more activities and events held throughout the year.