Watertown, New York


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Watertown, in New York’s North Country, boasts a strong military presence because of nearby Fort Drum. There is an air of American pride in the town from the large number of veterans and families connected to the military living here. To catch the spirit of patriotism, visit Sackets Harbor Battlefield to tour the Commandant’s House and Navy Yard and see reenactments of the War of 1812.

There is something for everyone in Watertown from adventures to education. Learn about New York State's history visiting the library, museums and historic homes. Be sure to visit the 10th Division and Fort Drum Museum to learn about the history of Fort Drum as a military installation, the history of the 10th Mountain Division, and local military history. Additionally tour the Jefferson County Historical Society Museum and the New York State Living Museum at Thompson.

Visitors can choose from a variety of water sports on Lake Ontario or whitewater rafting on the Black River. The area offers diving, boating, fishing, hunting, golfing and snowmobiling seasonally. See wild animals at Thompson Park’s New York State Zoo and visit nearby St. Lawrence National Park Islands.

Find plenty of shopping at the Salmon Run Mall, any of 10 shopping centers and downtown boutiques. Take in the aerial view at the SkyDeck, go antiquing, or even take a ghost tour. See what locals love about Watertown in their reviews.

Having been a part of the activation and assignment of the 10th Mountain Division, and retiring in Watertown; I can attest to the patriotism of the citizens of Watertown and the surrounding areas. Everywhere you look you can see yellow ribbons and other signs supporting the Division and troops all over the country who are serving or have served.
Reviewed by BadBoy#3
on June 1, 2012
Having lived in the Watertown area all of my life I have watched the growth of Fort Drum which in turn has grown the entire region. Our neighborhoods welcome the men and women of the Army and appreciate their dedication to their work. Military appreciation events take place all year long and it is commonplace to see someone walk up to a soldier on the street simply to shake their hand and say 'thank you for your service.' Several associations have been created to ensure that Watertown continues to provide the services to Fort Drum personnel.
Reviewed by Tillie ClarkYoungs
on June 1, 2012
The expansion of U.S. Army base Fort Drum essentially doubled the size of Watertown, New York, a small city between Syracuse and the 1000 Islands region on the New York-Ontario (Canada) border. Watertown proudly wears its Red, White & Blue on its sleeve. Yellow Ribbon-events granting discounted and free access to soldiers and their families are a regular occurrence. The fort's growth provided Watertown with unique economic growth during a time when other communities struggled. Watertown residents, businesses and organizations return the favor daily by hosting solider-appreciation events and offering attractions that otherwise would be unattainable: Comedian Bill Cosby, country musician Blake Shelton and '80s rockers Journey will all perform in Watertown in 2012 to the delight of soldiers, city residents and visitors alike.
Reviewed by Visit1000Isles
on June 1, 2012
With Fort Drum being so close, Watertown is always showing it appreciation.
Reviewed by parandall
on June 1, 2012
Watertown is the regional center for New York's beautiful North Country. Traditional values run deep here and the community has a long history of patriotism. In the early 1900's, the City was known as the "Garland City" because of the enthusiastic displays of red, white & blue bunting on its downtown buildings.In recent decades, the community has worked hard to support the military families at neighboring Fort Drum, an Army post of 19,000+ soldiers. In an unusual military-community partnership, military families attend public schools, use the community health system and often live in civilian neighborhoods. To be sure, Watertown still has public displays of its patriotism with a big Armed Forces day parade and Independence Day Fireworks. But, its true patriotic spirit is displayed with its everyday support of the community’s citizen-soldiers and their families.
Reviewed by ticouncil
on June 1, 2012
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