Watertown, South Dakota's uptown historical district is a vital core on which the remainder of the city was built and still stands. A visit to Watertown without visiting it's center core would be missing a visit to the very heart of a growing city.
Located on Kemp Ave, it is home to over 200 retail, professional and service businesses. Four of the seven Watertown banks are located in the uptown. We have several large businesses that anchor the corners of the business district, including two large furniture stores, a large grocery store, and a family hardware business. Many of the retail stores are locally owned specialty shops which feature a variety of unique offers. Parking is FREE and easily accessible.
Over 60 buildings in the uptown are included on the National Register of Historic Places. An Uptown Historic Walking Brochures will direct you to the Codington County Heritage Museum, The Goss Opera House of 1889 which is the last remaining in the area, the historic M&St. L. Railroad Depot, and the Codington County Courthouse which was built in 1929 and features a beautiful cathedral glass dome. Also available is a historic home tour brochure.
Festivals and events in the uptown include Arts & Crafts Festival in June, Crazy Days in July, Vintiques Show and Shine in September, Quilt Tour in October, Holiday Lighted Parade the Friday after Thanksgiving.