From Itineraries Minnesota Summer Issue 2006
This itinerary is best spring through fall but can be customized for anytime of the year.
9 – 10:00 am
Start your day along I-29, just 45 minutes south of Watertown, with a morning walk through the beautiful McCrory Gardens in Brookings. This is one of the top 10 small botanical gardens in the U.S. and offers an impressive picturesque view of northeastern South Dakota.
10 – 12:00 pm
The morning finishes with a stop at the South Dakota Art Museum before boarding the bus for a relaxing drive to Watertown.
12 – 4:00 pm
After an enjoyable lunch in Watertown, witness world-famous Terry Redlin’s more than 150 awe-inspiring original art pieces at the Redlin Art Center. Step inside the new Comforts of Home cabin as if you were stepping inside one of Terry’s images. Enjoy ice cream treats or refreshments at the old-fashioned soda fountain available for pre-scheduled tours. Take a scenic walk through the Wildlife Park outside the gallery.
4 – 5:30 pm
Spend the remainder of the afternoon touring the beautifully restored Arthur C. Mellette House Victorian home of South Dakota’s first Governor. Continue re-living history of the early 1900’s while strolling through the Codington County Historical Museum in uptown Watertown.
5:30 – 9:00 pm
After a satisfying dinner at one of Watertown’s charming restaurants, enjoy an evening of excitement at the Dakota Sioux Casino. Head out for a shopping expedition at the Watertown Mall or set up for a preplanned special event just for your group. Stay overnight in one of Watertown’s safe and comfortable accommodations.
8 – 4:30 pm
After a home-style breakfast in one of Watertown‘s finest restaurants or light continental breakfast at your motel, enjoy a countryside drive to historic Sisseton (60 miles). Visits includes: Fort Sisseton State Park, a remarkably restored 1864 Calvary outpost, Sica Hollow State Park, a scenic ravine steeped in Sioux Indian legend(s), and crisscrossed by a National Recreation Trail, or the Nicollet Tower, and the Stavig House Museum, where stories of Scandinavian immigration and settlement of the community of Sisseton are told through historic letters and photographs.
4:30 – 8:00 pm
After returning to Watertown in the late afternoon, enjoy a delightful dinner followed by a leisurely stroll through beautiful landscaped areas where bird watcher’s flock. You’ll also discover the best-kept secret in South Dakota — the Bramble Park Zoo and new educational indoor Discovery Center.
For more information or to customize this tour for your group contact your tour operator or the Watertown CVB, 605-886-5814.