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  and the many stores including Target, Lowe's, etc.
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 , 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.
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.
- Adirondack Trailways, 540 State St., toll-free: .
- Greyhound, 540 State St. (North Dr Inn Theatre, NY Route 3E), toll-free: .
- Watertown International Airport ( IATA: ART), Dexter NY 13624, ☎ . Twice-daily service to Philadelphia; airport otherwise primarily serves general aviation and charters.
The closest major airport is Syracuse Hancock International (IATA: SYR) a little over 70 miles to the south.
- 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 Arboretum, 200 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' Market, Washington Street (by City Hall). Open Wednesdays; everything from fresh fruit & vegetables to arts & crafts,
- Art's Jug, 820 Huntington St., ☎ . 4pm-9:30pm. Italian.
- Black River Coffee Co, 4 Paddock Arc, ☎ . Café, wi-fi.
- Bob Evans Restaurant, 21050 State Route 3, ☎ . Wi-fi.
- Church Street Diner, 107 Church St, Carthage 13619, ☎ . 6am-2pm. Burgers, sandwiches, chicken, breakfast foods.
- Jreck Subs, 1201 Arsenal St., ☎ . Watertown-based submarine sandwich chain, over forty locations in northern New York.
- Panera Bread, 21872 Towne Ctr Dr, ☎ . Café, wi-fi.
- Stefanos Pizza and Restaurant, 258 State St, Carthage 13619, ☎ . Italian/Sicilian.
- Make your way into Sackets Harbor for additional dining opportunities.
- Maggie's on the River, 500 Newell St, Watertown 13601, ☎ . Sports bar and restaurant, casual.
- Herrings Inn, 35802 NY Route 3, Carthage 13619-3340, ☎ . 21-room stagecoach inn with bar and restaurant.
- Water is plentiful in the region.
- Best Western Carriage House Motor Inn, 300 Washington Street, ☎ , fax: +1 315 786-2097. Wi-fi.
- Econo Lodge Watertown, 1030 Arsenal St, ☎ . Wi-fi.
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 1290 Arsenal Street, ☎ . Wi-fi.
- Ramada Watertown, 6300 Arsenal St 21000 NY Rt 3,Watertown, NY - 13601, ☎ .
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).
|Routes through Watertown|
|Ends at ← Thousand Islands ←||N S||→ Pulaski → Syracuse|
|Champlain ← Potsdam ←||N S||→ Pulaski → Syracuse|
|Sterling ← Sackets Harbor ←||W E||→ Tupper Lake → Plattsburgh|
|Morristown ← Clayton ←||N S||→ Utica → Binghamton|