Watertown (New York)

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Old Jefferson County Courthouse

Watertown is a city in New York's North Country, and the seat of Jefferson County. It is well known for its shopping by many Canadians who flock to the city to visit the Salmon Run Mall [1] and the many stores including Target, Lowe's, etc.


Former Woolworth building, under renovation for apartments (2013)

Settlers came here in the early 1800s to use the power from the Black River for industry. On April 13, 1852 Frank Winfield Woolworth was born in the tiny village of Rodman, ten miles south of Watertown; he attended business college in the city and worked as a stockboy in a general store on Watertown's Public Square in 1873 before attempting to launch his own "five-cent store" in Utica in 1878. That effort failed, but a Woolworth "five and dime" in Lancaster (Pennsylvania) in 1879 succeeded.

Watertown is only a few miles from Fort Drum [2], home of the US Army 10th Mountain Division, the region's largest employer. It is home to various manufacturing industries (the "Car Freshener" scented air freshener is a local invention) and to Jefferson Community College.

Today. Watertown has a beautiful, historic downtown center.

Get in[edit]

Watertown is about 75 miles north of Syracuse on US 11 or Interstate 81 (exits 45, 46, and 47). Adirondack Trailways Service and Greyhound provide bus service, while the closest Amtrak stations are in Rome or in Syracuse.

The closest major airport is Syracuse Hancock International (IATA: SYR) a little over 70 miles to the south.

There is no direct scheduled transportation from Watertown to Canada, despite its proximity (Kingston and Brockville are each an hour away by road).

Get around[edit]

  • CitiBus. Provides a limited local bus service on three daytime routes.


  • Thompson Park. Scenic views, children's playground, pool, golf, picnic area. New York State Zoo specializing in animals of New York State. The (now-defunct) Syracuse Symphony's concert in the park presented the 1812 overture with fireworks and cannons on or near the 4th of July; in 2013, the Potsdam-based Orchestra of Northern New York now performs before the fireworks.
  • Washington Street Arboretum200 block of Washington Street. Over 30 different varieties and species of trees.


  • Black River. Kayaking and whitewater rafting. Three rafting companies (Adirondack, Bob's, Hudson), seven miles of whitewater, fourteen sets of class III and IV rapids. Riverfront walking trails at the Veteran's Memorial Riverwalk, Waterworks and Marble Street Park; bike, hike or fish along the shoreline.
  • Dry Hill. Wintertime tubing, snowboarding and downhill skiing.


  • Farmers' MarketWashington Street (by City Hall). Open Wednesdays; everything from fresh fruit & vegetables to arts & crafts,





Wi-fi is available at Wendy's (419 State St, +1 315 788-9694), Arby's (957 Arsenal St, +1 315 782-6914), Starbucks (1242 Arsenal St, +1 315 779-9029) and McDonald's (924 Arsenal St, +1 315 782-1881 and 1809 State St, +1 315 788-0610).

Go next[edit]

Routes through Watertown
Ends at Ontario 401.svgThousand Islands  N I-81.svg S  PulaskiSyracuse
ChamplainPotsdam  N US 11.svg S  PulaskiSyracuse
SterlingSackets Harbor  W NY-3.svg E  Saranac LakePlattsburgh
MorristownClayton  N NY-12.svg S  UticaBinghamton

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