The City of Watertown is located in the northeast section of New York State at the juncture of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The County borders Lake Ontario on the west and the St. Lawrence River on the north. To the northeast is St. Lawrence County; to the east, Lewis County; and south, Oswego County. Jefferson County is also located directly south of the Province of Ontario, Canada. The St. Lawrence River and Hill Island are the dividing lines between the United States and Canada.
CITY PARKS: Watertown has one main park with three smaller parks and numerous playgrounds located around the city. Thompson Park, the main park located on Pinnacle Hill, was donated to the City by John C. Thompson at the turn of the century. It now includes 513 acres of land on the southeast edge of the city. The Thompson Park Conservancy has undertaken a major renovation at the Zoo. It is now home to animals which are native to the North Country. A public swimming pool, tennis courts, exercise trail, playground and an 18 hole private golf course are also located at Thompson Park. While there is a charge to visit the Zoo and to use the golf course, other facilities are open to the public free of charge. For more information, call 785-7775.
STATE PARKS: 21 State Parks are located in the Greater Watertown Area. Almost all offer camping for a fee. Most offer swimming on Lake Ontario or the St. Lawrence River. Although walk-ins are accepted based on availability, reservations are suggested. For more information call Keewaydin State Park 315-482-2593.
WHITE WATER RAFTING: The Black River which runs through the City of Watertown, has rapids classified as mid-intensity. Three local companies offer full and half day adventures. Call the Chamber, for information.
PUBLIC POOLS: Three public pools are located in the City of Watertown: one in Thompson Park, one at the Fairgrounds on Coffeen Street and the third, William J. Flynn Pool, is on Division Street in the northeast section of the city. There is also a public pool in Recreation Park in the Village of Clayton.
TENNIS: Outdoor Courts are available to the public at Thompson Park, Watertown High School, North Elementary School and Immaculate Heart Central School. Jefferson Community College courts may at times be available for public use. Call the College at 786-2200. Indoor courts are available at Gold's Gym.
HIKING, BIKING & X-COUNTRY: The area offers many trails of varying difficulty. Several trails are dual-purpose: used for hiking and biking in the warm months and for cross-country skiing in the winter. The NYS Tug Hill Commission has a guide to these resources, as well as fishing in the area. They are available at the Chamber office.
MUSEUMS: Two are located in Watertown, Jefferson County Historical Society and Sci-Tech Center which offers interactive exhibits of a scientific nature. Several other museums in the area feature Antique Boats, Maple Syrup, The War of 1812 and the works of Frederick Remington. Call 315-788-4400.
ZOOS: Two zoos are located in Jefferson County: The Zoo at Thompson Park in Watertown and Old McDonald's Children's Village in Sackets Harbor.
GOLF: 13 public golf courses in the area, both 9 and 18 holes. Call 315-788-4400 for more information.
DOWNHILL SKIING: Dry Hill Ski area in Watertown has 6 slopes, call 315-782-8584 for information. Several other areas are located in the nearby Adirondack Mountains including Whiteface Mountain, site of the 1980 Winter Olympic games, and south of Watertown at Snow Ridge in Turin.
SKATING: Indoor ice skating is available at the Fairgrounds on Coffeen Street. Outdoor ice skating rinks are located at Knickerbocker and North Elementary Schools. Watertown Roller Skating Rink is located on Mill Street.