Top 10 Things to do in Watertown, United States

October 15, 2017 Etsuko Causey

Watertown is a city in the state of New York and the county seat of Jefferson County. It is situated approximately 20 miles (35 km) south of the Thousand Islands. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 27,023, an increase of 1.2% since 2000. The U.S. Army post Fort Drum is near the city.
Restaurants in Watertown

1. Burrville Cider Mill

18176 Rt. 156/Plank Rd, Watertown, NY 13601 +1 315-788-7292
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 90 reviews

Burrville Cider Mill

Reviewed By Christina S - Ashland, United States

I bought some fresh apples and ate cider donuts that I am convinced were a religious experience. Watched the waterfall and observed what has to be the tiniest cider pressing operation ever! I loved that they sell local products and grabbed a cheese stuffed dill pickle which was also just stupid good. If I lived nearby, this would be a regular stop for me in apple season.

2. Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library

229 Washington St, Watertown, NY 13601-3324 +1 315-785-7705
Excellent
71%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, Canada

I had never taken so many pictures of a library! Wow! It was so beautiful!

This building was given to become a library in honor to Roswell P. Flower. His statue is inside this library. There was one condition, to "devote no less than 5000 $ annually to the care and maintenance of the premises.

The outside was quite beautiful with 2 lions and a fountain.

Inside was even better. Marble was all over this library and there were several amazing paintings and lots of decorations. I continually looked at the ceiling, as it attracted my attention to it. So beautiful!

There are quite a lot of books in here and all are well arranged. There is even a children section.

This is the most beautiful library that I have ever seen! Wow!

3. New York State Zoo at Thompson Park

1 Thompson Park, Watertown, NY 13601-3500 +1 315-782-6180
Excellent
27%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 136 reviews

New York State Zoo at Thompson Park

The Thompson Park Zoo prides itself as being the only zoo in the world to exhibit species native to New York State. Abundant, threatened or endangered animals, including wolverines, black bears, eagles, mountain lions, Canada lynx, grey wolves, and more make their home at our 32-acre Zoo.

Reviewed By Tara-Rae L - Watertown, New York

I walked around and wondered where all the usual zoo animals were. All I saw was a moose and Canadian Wolves. Rather then go on I asked where the animals were and I was told they only housed animals found in upstate NY.Good thing I did not have to pay as I don't feel it was worth the price. I stopped walking and left.

4. Salmon Run Mall

175 Arsenal St, Watertown, NY 13601-2244 +1 315-788-9210
Excellent
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47%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 83 reviews

Salmon Run Mall

Reviewed By Kelli99 - toronto, ontario

We stopped at this mall on our way back to Canada for a quick break and to get something to eat. It's a small mall but has enough there to kill some time. We arrived around 5:30pm on a Wednesday night and the mall was pretty empty which made us kinda wonder why.

Its right off Interstate 81 and easy to find.

We'd stop here again if we were passing through the area.

5. Dry Hill Ski Area

23682 County Route 67, Watertown, NY 13601-9360 +1 800-379-8584
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4 based on 34 reviews

Dry Hill Ski Area

With a focus on family fun, this winter recreation area offers skiing, snowboarding and tubing for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

Reviewed By Shelina M

After move to the north I decided it was time that I concur my fears and attempt to ski. I decided that the only way to do this was to take a ski lesson. The price was great and it even included all the equipment. My instructor was great and took his time showing me the basics. After the lesson was over I continued to practice and I am in love with skiing. Word to the wise this is a major workout.

6. Jefferson County Historical Society

228 Washington St, Watertown, NY 13601-3379 +1 315-782-3491
Excellent
20%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 15 reviews

Jefferson County Historical Society

Reviewed By Helen M - Ontario, Canada

It was a quaint place to visit. But we expected more. It had some interesting items to see, but we didn't think it was worth the admission price of $5 each. We wouldn't visit it again.

7. Yellow Barn Winery

18876 County Route 66, Watertown, NY 13601-5536 +1 315-782-1824
Excellent
31%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
12%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 24 reviews

Yellow Barn Winery

Reviewed By Armand M

Stopped in for a tasting of their wines. The clerk behind the desk seemed irritated that we interrupted her. We asked about tastings and she barked "four dollars per person" and ducked her head under the counter. Not very welcoming at all.

8. Roswell P. Flower Monument

Watertown, NY 13601
Excellent
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Roswell P. Flower Monument

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, Canada

It's no wonder that Watertown has an attractive statue of Rosswell P. Flower. He was quite renowned and the library in town, one of the most beautiful libraries in all of the U.S. was donated by his family.

He entered the political career, serving 3 terms in the House of the Representatives and eventually he became a governor. He was well liked by the people.

His statue is not too far from his library. Even now, the citizens of Watertown remember him fondly. This is one name that everyone in this town will remember. What a guy! He had a great impact in his time. Just for that it's worthwhile to see his monument.

9. Public Square

1200 Franklin Street, Watertown, NY 13601 +1 315-785-7775
Excellent
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Public Square

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, Canada

This Public Square in Watertown used to be called the Mall.They made it even more attractive! There is a monument there of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War monument, a lovely fountain, and a monument concerning the war in Vietnam, Korea, WWI and WWII. It also has a lovely gazebo.

It's quite peaceful on this public square, even though the traffic is quite busy.
A plaque says: "Erected to the memory of the following early settlers of Watertown who donated in 1805 for the free use of the people forever."

I enjoyed this square immensely. We were not the only ones. Wow! It's quite worthwhile to see!

10. Honor the Mountain Monument

34 Thompson Park, Thompson Park, Watertown, NY 13601-3575 +1 315-489-3633
Excellent
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5 based on 1 reviews

Honor the Mountain Monument

Reviewed By DAKonop - Watertown, New York

The North Country Honors the Mountain monument was designed, built and unveiled on July 1, 2016. It is a gift from the North Country to the 10th Mountain Division Soldiers past and present as well as the civilians that support them.
Since its reactivation at Fort Drum in 1985, the 10th Mountain Division has been the most deployed unit in the US Army. The monument stands as a lasting tribute to the Division’s history and legacy for generations to come.
The Honor the Mountain Monument was built in Tower Square, the center-piece of historic and beautiful Thompson Park, a Fredrick Olmstead designed park, in Watertown, NY.
The 3 sides of the monument honor a different period of time of the 10th Mountain. WWII, Reactivation and OIF/OEF. The 4th Side explains how the community is honoring the Division with this monument and makes room for the 50th Anniversary of the reactivation (1985) so that another relief can be added to include the Divisions' continuing contributions in defense to the nation.
I first trained at Fort Drum in 1983 with the Massachusetts National Guard, returned to Fort Drum as a member of the 2-22 Infantry Battalion 90-92 and finished my career with the Division Headquarters from 2012-14. Unique about the monument is that anyone can by a stone around the monument to honor a soldier, family, civilian. Worth a visit be before or after a tour of the Zoo.

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