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FANNIE P. LEWIS PARK Fannie P. Lewis Park is a narrow, one acre parcel located along the Rock River adjacent to North Water Street. This park includes a boat landing, handicapped fishing pier, gazebo, fountain, and flower beds.
VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK
Watertown features many beautiful parks, including neighborhood, dog parks and sporting complexes. The city’s vast park system includes over 30 parks on over 300 acres. RIVERSIDE PARK
Riverside Park is the most scenic city park. Its 29 acres are laid out along the banks of the Rock River. Open areas are located throughout the park featuring barbecue grills, benches, tables, and several shelter facilities. Activity facilities include: a softball complex, an aquatic center, basketball courts, tennis courts, horseshoe courts, volleyball courts, and a large interactive playground facility for kids of all ages. The beautiful scenery lends a perfect backdrop for photography.
Brandt-Quirk is the city’s largest park at 167 acres. The park includes 3¾ miles of hiking and crosscountry ski and pet exercise trails, soccer fields, tennis courts, lighted baseball diamonds, play equipment, 21-hole Rock River Disc Golf Course, sand/water play equipment, a batting cage, picnic shelters, and restrooms.
Brandt-Quirk Ski Trails
Veterans Park is located between South Third and South Fourth Streets. It is a one acre site with a memorial to all war veterans. A World War I cannon can also be found here.
WATERTOWN PET EXERCISE PARK The Pet Exercise Park is located on the city’s southeast side and is accessible off of Boomer Street. This 10 acre park is designated as a leashed pet exercise area and features a parking lot and one mile of mowed trail.
MARINE CORPS LEAGUE AERO PARK
Silver Creek is a small parcel of land located on North Water Street. It is used by the Watertown Park and Recreation department during the winter months as an ice skating facility.
This park is maintained by of the Bartelme/Schwefel Detachment of the Marine Corps League. It contains a pavilion and several memorials including a steel box beam from the South tower of the World Trade Center. The 600-pound, 4-footlong by 14-inch steel beam can be visited year-round at Aero Park - 984 Boomer St.
Brandt Baseball Center
Fannie P. Lewis Park
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The Watertown Tourism Commission is proud to welcome you to Watertown. Watertown has so much to offer the traveler, promising small town charm, while having everything right at your fingertips. We pride ourselves on our beautiful natural resources, local history, and warm hospitality. Whether you are looking to rejuvenate with outdoor recreation, take a local shopping tour, or visit our many historical sites, Watertown will accommodate! Outdoor amenities abound with local parks, hiking trails, golf, and of course the beautiful Rock River. History enthusiasts will enjoy one of the largest historical districts in the state. Walking and driving tours are available, and you don’t want to miss the guided tour of the Octagon House Museum and America’s First Kindergarten. Whatever the reason for your stay, we hope you take advantage of all that Watertown has to offer! ~ Watertown Tourism Commission
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1st Brigade Band
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History enthusiasts will delight in Watertown’s rich heritage and historical sites, including the Octagon House Museum and America’s First Kindergarten. THE OCTAGON HOUSE was built by pioneer settler John Richards and completed in 1854. The unique 8-sided design for this grand residence was inspired by New York architect Orson Fowler, who promoted the healthy living aspects of octagonal dwellings in the 1850s.
e solid brick, five-story mansion Th was built with early forms of central heating, running water, and ventilating systems. A magnificent cantilevered spiral staircase rises four stories from the first floor to the cupola or “tower room” where one can enjoy sweeping vistas of the city and surrounding countryside. e Octagon House was one of the Th largest homes built prior to the Civil War in Wisconsin. Its only occupants have been members of the Richards family. Following the passing of Anna Richards Thomas in 1936, the mansion was donated in 1938 to the Watertown Historical Society whose dedicated members have maintained the
Octagon House as a public museum ever since. e museum grounds are home Th to the FIRST KINDERGARTEN in America, a restored pioneer barn, and a delightful 1936 model of the Octagon House. The public will enjoy visiting the newly remodeled tour center. Renamed the Watertown History Center, the updated building will provide space for tour registration and a gift shop as well as a large multi-purpose area for rotating historical displays and special events. Historic Murals
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The grounds play host to several events throughout the year including the Octagon House Ice Cream Social with 1st Brigade Band Concert held every August, and the Antique and Art Show held in September. The museum grounds are available as a venue for special events, including weddings and corporate gatherings. The museum welcomes over 4,000 visitors each year from all over the world. Tours can consist of individuals, large and small groups, and student field trips. The sites are open to visitors from MayOctober with fully-guided tours of the Octagon House Museum and self-guided tours of the First Kindergarten and Pioneer Barn. For more information visit octagonhousemuseum.org. In addition to the Museum, the city boasts several historic districts with eight walking/ driving tour brochures available to guide you through historic neighborhoods and commercial districts, highlighting architecture, ghost signs, and murals. The brochures are available through
the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce and can be downloaded at watertownchamber.com. Watertown is proud to be home to the 1ST BRIGADE BAND. The band makes history live by presenting period brass band music, performed on antique instruments. Attired in uniforms and gowns, the Band’s musicians, color guard, and costumed ladies take you back to the 1860’s. More than eighty volunteers, men and women, make up the 1st Brigade Band. They travel nationwide, delivering over 40 performances annually. Local rehearsals are open to the public. Visit their website for a current schedule at 1stbrigadeband.org. Don’t miss their performance in August at the Annual Ice Cream Social held at the Octagon House Museum. For those looking to research their family history, the Dodge-Jefferson Counties Genealogical Society, located in Watertown, is available for assistance to both beginners and experienced researchers. Learn more at dodgejeffgen.org.
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Shopping A TO Z VENDORS MARKET 320A N. Summit Ave. (920) 390-7077 50 plus vendors with one-of-a-kind items. AVA’S A POSH BOUTIQUE 209 E. Main St. (920) 390-4800
BARN OWL ANTIQUES & TREASURES 208 S. First St. (608) 444-7436 BERRES BROTHERS COFFEE ROASTERS 202 Air Park Dr. (920) 261-6158 Over 100 specialty coffee beans, coffee accessories, and gifts.
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CLARA’S ANTIQUES / FOX MUSIC COMPANY 100 E. Main St. (920) 262-2007 THE CLOSET HANGER 307 E. Main St. (920) 248-9682 Stylish clothing & accessories resale shop. DRAEGER’S FLORAL 616 E. Main St. (920) 261-7186 Floral, wine, and gifts. FAR HORIZONS IMPORTS 413 E. Main St. (920) 261-2908 FENDT BROTHER’S MEAT MARKET 303 N. 4th St. (920) 261-7613 The Chic Boutique
GLENN’S MARKET & CATERING 722 W. Main St. (920) 261-2226
NORTHERN TRAILS MEATS 109 Emerald St. (920) 261-7807
KECK FURNITURE 110 E. Main St. (920) 261-7214
PARAMOUNT RECORD SHOP 402 E. Main St. (608) 513-1158
KRAEMER WISCONSIN CHEESE 1173 N. 4th St. (920) 261-6363
PIDDER PADDER PAWS 608 S. Church St. (920) 253-5062 SANDRA D’S BRIDAL BOUTIQUE 115 E. Main St. (920) 261-1313 LITERATUS & CO. 401 E. Main St. (920) 206-2885 Books and more. WATERTOWN ARTISAN MARKET 111 N. 4th St. (920) 210-0226 WATERTOWN HOMETOWN PHARMACY 204 E. Main St. (920) 261-1900 Boutique décor, apparel, and more.
DOMINO’S PIZZA 1009 E. Main St. (920) 262-3030 DONNY’S GIRL SUPPER CLUB N8240 County Rd. E (920) 262-1919 American
EL MARIACHI 1694 S. Church St. (920) 261-0200 Mexican
Biggs Bar & Grill
BISMARCK’S BAR & GRILL 105 E. Main St. (920) 261-9391
ARBY’S 1910 Market Way (920) 261-9380
CHINATOWN RESTAURANT 1309 Memorial Dr. (920) 206-8688
BAMBOO KITCHEN 310 W. Main St. (920) 261-1992 Takeout
BERRES BROTHERS COFFEE ROASTERS 202 Air Park Dr. (920) 261-6158 Salads, Sandwiches
BIGGS BAR & GRILL 1217 River Dr. (920) 261-1747 8
CONNECTION CAFÉ 1308 W. Main St. (920) 261-6636 American
CULVER’S 1722 S. Church St. (920) 261-3388 DEEG’S 1002 W. Main St. (920) 261-8977
MOON RABBIT (SEASONAL) 510 E. Main St. (920) 261-0774
MULLEN’S DAIRY BAR 212 W. Main St. (920) 390-4606
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ELIAS INN SUPPER CLUB 200 N. 2nd St. (920) 261-6262
PAPA MURPHY’S 623 S. Church St. (920) 206-8888
GOLDEN DRAGON RESTAURANT 516 E. Main St. (920) 261-0510
PHIL’S PIZZA 112 S. 2nd St. (920) 261-0102
AMADO’S 403 E. Main St. (920) 262-9560
MCDONALD’S 625 S. Church St. (920) 261-1108
HARDEE’S 715 E. Main St. (920) 262-9640 JIMMY JOHN’S 103 N. Church St. (920) 262-8380 LATTE DONATTE 501 E. Main St. (920) 206-7080 MAIN STREET CAFÉ 116 E. Main St. (920) 261-8760 MARCO’S PIZZA 813 E. Main St. (920) 206-2666
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PIZZA HUT 1504 S. Church St. (920) 261-0603 PIZZA RANCH 1726 S Church St (920) 390-2782 PJ’S PIZZA 118 N. Church St. (920) 261-5299 Pizza, Subs, Salads, Tacos, Desserts
ROCK RIVER PIZZA 100 E. Madison St. (920) 262-9992 ROSATI’S 1907 Market Way (920) 261-4222
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ROSE GARDEN CAFÉ 500 Bernard St. (920) 261-0006 American, Pizza
SAKE HOUSE 1506 S. Church St. (920) 390-4242 Japanese, Sushi
THE SCRAMBLED YOLK 1727 S. Church St. (920) 390-4989
TACO BELL 1729 S. Church St. (920) 206-1727 TAQUERIA MARIA 301 S. 1st St. (920) 206-0270 THE SPOT 605 S. Church St. (920) 261-1980 LITERATUS & CO 401 E. Main St. (920) 206-2885
SILVER MOON SUPPER CLUB 1601 East Gate Dr.
TWO SISTERS CAFÉ 1300 Memorial Dr. (920) 261-0001
SUBWAY 2 LOCATIONS 1303 Memorial Dr. (920) 206-8760
ZWIEG’S GRILL 904 E. Main St. (920) 261-1922
1115 S. Church St. (920) 261-5755
BENNETT BARN N9045 CR-Q (920) 253-7227 THE HAY LOFT W2750 E. Gate Dr., (920) 988-7415 THE MARKET 210 S. Water St. (920) 253-1690 OCTAGON HOUSE MUSEUM 919 Charles St. (920) 261-2796 TURNER HALL 301 S. 4th St. (920) 261-5481 WATERTOWN COUNTRY CLUB 1340 N. Water St. (920) 261-5009 WATERTOWN ELK’S LODGE 117 N. 1st St. (920) 261-5473
Get Active Skate Express Family Roller Rink is a fun, family attraction in Watertown. Skate to your favorite music and play some roller games, complete with colorful lighting and a disco ball. The business also services and sells roller skates. Group discounts are available for schools, churches, scouts, etc., and can offer private parties, available anytime they do not offer public skating.
Indoor Activities Bowl a Few Frames
Family Friendly Fun
Watertown Bowl provides the community with two bowling venues to choose from. Each location provides friendly, courteous service, along with a clean, family atmosphere. The facilities can also hold your next group gathering.
Family friendly fun is in abundance at The Arcade. New and classic arcade games, pool, and so much more.
WATERTOWN BOWL NORTH 102 W. Cady St.
WATERTOWN BOWL 18 766 N. Church St. watertownbowl.com
THE ARCADE 210 S. Water St. (920) 253-3250
SKATE EXPRESS FAMILY ROLLER RINK N9668 Frohling Dr. skateexpress.com
Catch a Movie The Towne Cinema is a three screen venue that primarily shows first and second run new releases. They also hear the voice of the community, and offer special showings based on suggestions of their patrons. Movies are affordable for families - never more than $4.25 per ticket! They have a vast concession stand with options for everyone. The business is also known locally for giving back to the community with its many charitable contributions. Visit soon! Find their current showings at facebook.com/thetownecinema.
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THE WATERTOWN INDOOR POOL offers lessons for all ages, water aerobics, and lap swim in the mornings and evenings. On weekends, the pool is available for open swim from 1-4pm. A monthly calendar is available on their website.
Indoor axe throwing is all the rage, and Watertown is excited to welcome Kiss My Axe to the city. Perfect for date night, family outings, and groups of all sizes, axe throwing is competitive and fun. Children under 16 are welcome with an adult until 8pm. 16 and up after 8pm.
Enjoy a coffee roastery tour at Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters. Find out where coffee comes from and learn about Berres Brothers as a specialty coffee roaster. Watch demonstrations on how to roast, grind, and brew the perfect cup of coffee, and enjoy samples from around the world. Admission is free.
THE WATERTOWN INDOOR POOL
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KISS MY AXE
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Salon and Spa Services
BERRES BROTHERS COFFEE ROASTERS 202 Air Park Dr. berresbrothers.com
Rest and relaxation is well within reach at one of Watertown’s full service salon and spas. Enjoy a facial, massage, manicure, pedicure, and so much more.
DOMANI SALON & SPA 1149 Boughton St.
OASIS SALON & SPA 620 S. Church St.
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Karlee Vandertie’s dog, Emmett, walking at Tivoli Island
Outdoor Activities Winter Fun
Take a Hike
Winter lends itself to great outdoor activities including snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and ice skating. Cross country ski trails are groomed at BRANDT-QUIRK PARK when the weather permits. HEIDEN POND and SILVER CREEK POND are groomed for ice skating. The WATERTOWN PARK & REC department notifies the public when trails and rinks are available for use.
TIVOLI ISLAND is located on the east side of the city on Tivoli Drive. The 8.5 acre island has been restored to a natural prairie state. Wood chip hiking trails make for easy access where fishing, bird watching, and Watertown Skate Park
Hit the Deck The WATERTOWN SKATEPARK is located off of Carriage Hill Drive, adjacent to Watertown High School. The park features a 120’x100’ concrete surface with 20 different obstacles for skaters and bikes.
hiking can be enjoyed. BRANDTQUIRK PARK offers a 3.75 mile trail system for hiking, walking, and leashed dog walking. This hike includes the STORYBOOK TRAIL, allowing families to enjoy a story along the path. The story along the path is updated frequently, so check back throughout the year.
StoryBook Trail (photo by Abby Streicher)
Camping River Bend RV Resort provides space for RV and tent camping. The grounds will provide all your family needs for summer fun. Enjoy a huge waterpark and pool, fishing ponds, mini golf, frisbee golf, pedal carts, bikes, an arcade, and so much more. RIVER BEND RV RESORT W6940 Rubidell Rd. riverbendrvresort.com
the Glacial River Trail in Watertown east to the shores of Lake Michigan connecting along the way to trails such as the Lake Country Trail in Waukesha County and the Hank Aaron Trail in Milwaukee.
Up the River
PEDAL CRUISE WATERTOWN 210 S. Water St. (920) 285-4562
Enjoy the views from the ROCK RIVER. Public access to the river is located at FANNIE P. LEWIS PARK on North Water Street, at CAPPIE’S LANDING on Jefferson Road, at RIVERSIDE PARK on Labaree Street, and on Willow Street. Kayaks are available for adults and children. Kayaks and stand up paddle board (SUP) rentals are available through the WATERTOWN PARK & REC DEPARTMENT during warm-weather months.
WATERTOWN KAYAK RENTALS 514 S. First St. (920) 262-8080 watertownwi.recdesk.com
Blaze a Trail The WATERTOWN/OCONOMOWOC INTERURBAN TRAIL is a nonmotorized recreational trail, transforming the former electric rail line into a bike and pedestrian path. The project is nearing the end of phase one, with the Watertown trailhead available for parking, and a stretch of the trail available for recreational use. A restroom facility is slated for completion at the Watertown trailhead in 2021. After the completion of all three phases, this blacktopped, off-road trail will support people bicycling, walking, and other nonmotorized recreational activities. It will offer cyclists the opportunity to ride safely from the northern end of
It’s a 6+ person bicycle-powered party on wheels for all - family fun joy rides to pedaling pub crawls. Rent the entire bike, or if you have a smaller group, join in with others.
Rock On! The ROCK RIVER WALKWAY begins at the Senior and Community Center at the corner of South First Street and Milwaukee Street. The walkway follows the river North to the Main Street Bridge. Relax and admire with park benches and a boardwalk.
Throw a Flying Disc A 21-HOLE DISC GOLF COURSE is located at the Brandt-Quirk Park. The moderately hilly and lightly wooded park has concrete pads on the front 11 holes, and rubber pads on the back 10 and is home to several tournaments including the Midwest Masters Age Protected PDGA B Tier. This is a free course that is open year round. The park is accessible from Endeavour Drive and Carriage Hill Drive.
Above: Riverside Park (photo by Tracy Degner) Below: Rock River (photo by Hanna Cahoon)
WATERTOWN AQUATIC CENTER 1009 Perry Street.
Two of the piers are found at Riverside Park, another is located at Fannie P. Lewis Park, and the fourth located at Heron Landing on Oconomowoc Avenue. Other popular spots include the Tivoli Island Bridge, Heiden Pond, below the dam on the River Walkway, and especially along the channel by Tivoli Island. Abundant fish include walleye, bass, northern, muskies, crappies, catfish and bullheads.
Fishing abounds along the Rock River and Watertown provides FOUR FISHING PIERS accessible around the city for all abilities.
Watertown is home to two Farmers Markets. Each has an abundance of fresh, local produce. You can also find fresh meats and cheeses, décor, potted plants, fresh popcorn,
The Watertown Aquatic Center offers a fun-filled day of refreshing activities for the whole family. Enjoy heated water in a variety of depths from zero to 5½ feet in the main pool. Swimmers can take advantage of the many features including a mushroom waterfall, several floor fountains, and water slides for the younger set. You can also enjoy a wild ride down the 216foot waterslide and take a plunge on the 24-foot drop slide. There is also a diving board and a 25-meter lap lane. The Aquatic Center also features plenty of seating and a large concession area with options for many tastes. Coin-operated lockers are available for your convenience.
Watertown Aquatic Center
Fishing Pier (photo by Hanna Cahoon)
pumpkins, pastries, hand-crafted jewelry, and so much more. The WATERTOWN FARMERS MARKET is held in Riverside Park every Tuesday (May through October) 7am to 12pm, with a 2ND WEEKLY FARMERS MARKET held each Thursday (August through October) in the parking lot of the Watertown Public Library on Water St., 3-6pm. Farmers Market
JUNE 25-26 - Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce 100-Year Anniversary Celebration and Vendor Fair JULY 22 - Downtown Watertown Craft Beer Walk AUGUST 12-15 - Watertown Riverfest 4-day FREE Music Festival SEPTEMBER 9 - 5th Annual Downtown Watertown Wine Walk OCTOBER 30 - Pumpkin Palooza NOVEMBER 19-21 - Women's Only Weekend DECEMBER 5 - Holiday Parade of Homes DECEMBER 31 - Watertown New Year's Eve Ball Watertown plays host to over 50 public events each year. Be sure to follow facebook.com/WatertownTourism to stay up to date on 2021 events!
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