The scenic Luce Line Trail is located on the former railroad bed which belonged to the Chicago-Northwestern Railroad.
The trail offers incomparable year-round opportunities for jogging, hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling and cross country skiing through a countryside of lakes, marshes, farm fields and pastures. The trail begins in Plymouth and runs west through the heart of Watertown to Hutchinson and beyond.
For more information on the Luce Line Trail, see luceline.com or call Minnesota DNR Trails and Waterways Unit at (651) 772-7935.
The beautiful Crow River, which flows through Watertown, offers even more recreational opportunities. Canoers and anglers find it equally inviting. People can leisurely canoe down the river or try their luck at a number of game fish found in the river.
The City of Watertown maintains an excellent park system for both passive and organized recreation.
Rick Johnson Memorial Park is nestled along the Crow River and is a perfect setting for fishing, canoeing or a picnic lunch.
Highland Park provides a wide variety of uses for people of all ages – a baseball field, home of the Watertown Red Devils, Legion and Little League games; horseshoe pits; recreation equipment for kids; and shaded picnic areas.
An ice rink is located at the intersection of White St SE and Grove Ave SE, just east of the Crow River.
Evergreen Park features four regulation fields for both softball and Little League games. The complex was funded by generous contributions from the Watertown Lions Club and Watertown American Legion Post 121.
During the summer, the community has a fun-filled two-day celebration in July called the Watertown Rails to Trails Festival. It features many events for young and old alike, including a parade, local bands, a 5K run/walk, Kids Fun Zone, and other family friendly activities.
During the school year, high school sports, music and dramatic activities offer a unique opportunity to see young people display their talents. Churches give seasonal concerts and programs which are open to the public. A Christian Music Festival is also held each summer and draws talented musicians and vocalists from the area.
In addition, the Watertown Area Fine Arts Council promotes and showcases the creative and fine arts by sponsoring performances of music, theatre, and art and other creative/artistic endeavors in the Watertown area.
Within minutes of Watertown are regional parks and nature reserves including Lowry Nature Center in Carver Park Reserve, Lake Rebecca, and Morris Baker Parks. All offer a wide program of nature study and miles of hiking trails and groomed ski trails. For additional information on the regional parks, call (763) 559-9000 or see Three Rivers Park District.
If fishing or boating interest you, there are many nearby lakes, such as Lake Waconia, Lake Minnetonka, and many other smaller lakes in the Three Rivers Park District.
Swimming beaches can be found on many of the lakes, including Waconia, Minnetonka, Rebecca, and Independence. Anglers will find a wide variety of game fish waiting for the right bait in these lakes.
Watertown is less than an hour away from fine music, art and sport entertainment of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Walker Art Center, Guthrie Theatre, Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Science Museum and Omni Theatre, Minnesota History Center, University of Minnesota, US Bank Stadium, Target Center, Valley Fair amusement park, Minnesota Zoo, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, St. Paul RiverCentre, and Mall of America are some of the entertainment centers in the metro area.