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Codington County: Entertain the Whole Family


PIERRE, S.D. – Discover a wealth of activities to entertain the whole family in Codington County. Experience the majestic Redlin Art Center in Watertown. Admire more than 150 of master painter Terry Redlin’s original oil paintings, tour the “Comforts of Home” cabin, a Redlin painting come to life, or venture outside and enjoy a relaxing outdoor experience in the Terry Redlin Conservation Park. 

The Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown is home to more than 500 mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and invertebrates representing 130 varieties from around the world and those native to South Dakota. Explore animals in naturalistic dioramas in the Discovery Center, tour outdoor exhibits and feed the animals in the Children's Petting Zoo. Shop for souvenirs in the zoo gift shop. 

Tour the restored 1885 home of Arthur C. Mellette in Watertown and learn the story of South Dakota's first governor. The site includes displays of the Mellette family heirlooms. 

Learn the history of the region at the Codington County Heritage Museum in Watertown. The museum’s collections include thousands of local history artifacts and more than 2000 photographs. Explore both permanent and temporary exhibits, including a turn of the century Victorian home, a country school and a military display. Check out various programs, workshops and traveling exhibits throughout the year.

The Uniquely South Dakota series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique aspects and attractions in each of South Dakota’s 66 counties. This profile was researched and compiled by Shayla Waugh, public relations intern for the Office of Tourism.


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