Find a variety of outdoor things to do in Watertown

Whether you’re staying in one of our rooms or suites for an extended vacation or just for a night, you’ll find plenty of attractions that will fit into your schedule near the Country Inn & Suites, Watertown, SD. Swim, hike, or explore the many things to do at Sandy Shore Recreation Area at Lake Kampeska. Our hotel is located less than five minutes from the Redlin Art Center, and historical sites like the Mellette House and Codington County Heritage Museum are less than 10 minutes away. Looking for an evening of excitement? You can head to a local brewery downtown or make the quick drive up I-29 to Dakota Sioux Casino.

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Lake Kampeska

7.67 mi / 12.35 km from the hotel
Plan an excursion to this popular lake, which draws outdoor enthusiasts for exceptional boating, fishing, and swimming opportunities. The shoreline features 30 miles of walking trails and two golf courses.

Bramble Park Zoo

3.65 mi / 5.88 km from the hotel
From African hedgehogs to Tessalata eels and Bactrian camels, the hundreds of animals at Bramble Park Zoo will keep your family entertained for hours. Commemorate your trip with a souvenir from the gift shop.

Codington County Heritage Museum

2.61 mi / 4.21 km from the hotel
Learn all about the area's history through exhibits at this former Carnegie Library building. The museum also offers special events, including lectures and murder mysteries.

Dakota Sioux Casino

8.91 mi / 14.33 km from the hotel
Feeling lucky? Then head to Dakota Sioux Casino for a fun-filled evening of slots, table games, and poker. You can celebrate a big win with prime rib or lobster at the on-site steak house.

Mellette House

3.14 mi / 5.06 km from the hotel
Take a tour of the former home of South Dakota's first governor, Arthur Calvin Mellette. This ornate mansion gives visitors a glimpse of life in an 1885 Dakota territory home.

Redlin Art Center

0.37 mi / 0.6 km from the hotel
Be inspired as you walk through the Redlin Art Center, home to the nationally acclaimed artwork of Watertown native Terry Redlin. Since admission is free, you can split your visit up over multiple days.

Sandy Shore Recreation Area

9.13 mi / 14.7 km from the hotel
For a day of sun and sand, set up your beach chair at Lake Kampeska. Need a break from the sun? Grab a game from the visitor center and relax with your family under a picnic shelter.

The Watertown Event Center

4.07 mi / 6.56 km from the hotel
Featuring the largest amphitheater in South Dakota, The Watertown Event Center hosts conventions, weddings, galas, and corporate functions.

Watertown Mall

1.69 mi / 2.72 km from the hotel
You can shop at popular retailers, including Maurices and Bath & Body Works, before stopping for a bite at Godfather’s Pizza.