Eau Claire in Wisconsin is an independent-minded university town that offers an array of things to see and do as well as great shopping, unique dining experiences, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Located at the confluence of the crystal-clear Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers, Eau Claire is home to an alternative community of artists and entrepreneurs who welcome visitors with open arms and leave lasting memories. Whether you are interested in enjoying good food, exploring farmer’s markets, wandering through art galleries and museums, or just sitting at a sidewalk café with a cup of coffee and watching the world go by, Eau Claire has something for everyone.
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1.The Ager House, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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The Ager House is a museum dedicated to the life of author and writer Waldemar Ager, displaying the home where he wrote all of his seven novels and chronicling his life and career. Located on Madison Street, the 1890s Victorian-era cottage in which Ager and his wife lived and raised nine children has been beautifully restored to its former early 1900s glory and is currently managed by the Waldemar Ager Association and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can enjoy guided tours around this Literary Landmark and learn about the works of Waldemar Ager and the contributions made by other immigrants in the Chippewa Valley.
514 W Madison St, Eau Claire, WI 54703, Phone: 715-834-3985
2.Beaver Creek Reserve, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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Bordered by the Eau Claire River and two trout-stocked streams in Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley, Beaver Creek Reserve is a beautiful 400-acre reserve of pristine landscapes and wilderness that is home to a multitude of diverse flora and fauna. The preserve features an array of terrain, ranging from river bottom forests and wetlands to upland woods and savannah areas as well as nearly 9 miles of hiking trails and a modern Nature Center. Beaver Creek Reserve also boasts a citizen science center, the Hobbs Observatory, Wildland’s Charter School, a youth camp, and a seasonal butterfly house. Activities in the reserve include hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, outdoor play pods for children, and group activities such as animal tracking, archery, and bird banding.
S1 County Road K, Fall Creek, WI 54742, Phone: 715-877-2212
3.Carson Park, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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Situated on a 134-acre peninsula formed in the oxbow Half Moon Lake, which was once part of the former course of the Chippewa River, Carson Park is a beautiful green space that is home to several sports fields, including baseball, softball and football fields, as well as the Chippewa Valley Museum and the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum. Named in honor of lumber baron William Carson, the park has a variety of things to see and do, including fishing at Braun's Bay, visiting the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox at the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum, snacking on a famous Butterfinger Dilly Bar from the Dairy Queen, and catching amazing sunsets and photographs. Other activities in the park range from hiking and mountain biking to waterskiing and horseshoeing.
100 Carson Park Dr, Eau Claire, WI 54703, Phone: 715-839-5039
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4.Children's Museum of Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
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The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is an interactive institution for children and their families to inspire imagination and creativity through play. Spanning three floors, the museum features a variety of interactive exhibits and displays that encourage children to see, touch, play, think, and grow in a colorful and friendly environment. Permanent exhibits include the sizeable digestive system of BodySmarts, the wonderful world of water in WaterWorks, and designing and building a fort in the Imagination Playground in addition to such exhibits as Bitty City, Kidstruction, and Show Business. The museum also offers a range of daily programs for children of all ages, such as art classes, planetarium shows, face painting, and science workshops.
40 S Barstow St, Eau Claire, WI 54701fBrewing Projekt, Phone: 715-832-5437
5.Chippewa River Trail, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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The Chippewa River State Trail is a 26-mile urban-rural trail system that follows the path of the Chippewa River in western Wisconsin. The trail begins in Phoenix Park in downtown Eau Claire, at the point where the Eau Claire River meets the Chippewa River, and runs all the way to the town of Durand, where it meets the Red Cedar State Trail. Once a railroad corridor, the Chippewa River State Trail passes through beautiful landscapes and terrains, including prairies, wetlands, and sandstone bluffs. The trail also connects with smaller trails in and around the city, including a lovely walking trail through Putnam Park and an access pathway to the ever-popular farmers market in Phoenix Park, which is open on Saturday mornings. The path is paved for about 11 miles from downtown Eau Claire to near Caryville and is ideal for mountain biking, cycling, and in-line skating.
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6.Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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The Chippewa Valley Museum is a museum dedicated to highlighting the history and the intertwining stories of the Chippewa Valley and the people who have inhabited it through time. Set in Eau Claire's beautiful Carson Park, the museum features several galleries and award-winning exhibits, a 1950s ice cream parlor, a museum store, and a variety of educational programs and activities for visitors of all ages. Exhibitions include the Barland Gallery, Farm Life, Object Theater: This Day, Ayres Associates Gallery: Picture of Health, and the RCU Children’s Gallery: History Quest, and the grounds around the museum feature beautifully preserved historical structures.
1204 E Half Moon Dr, Eau Claire, WI 54703, Phone: 715-834-7871
7.Chippewa Valley Railroad, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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The Chippewa Valley Railroad (CVRR) is an historic 1880 mini steam locomotive with coaches that offers fun rides around a forested park. Pulled by coal-fired steam locomotives and a diesel engine, the mini train is made up wooden 1880-style passenger coaches, a gondola car, and a caboose. The quarter-size working railroad includes a depot, a roundtable, a passenger waiting canopy, a turntable, a switchyard, and the oldest interlocking tower in the state, all of which visitors can experience on their ride around the park. The vintage train station has suspender-clad conductors wearing pin-striped engineer's hats to complete the experience.
Carson Park, Eau Claire, WI 54702-1266, Phone: 715-831-0900, Eau Claire, WI 54703
8.Things to Do in Eau Claire, Wisconsin: Downtown Farmers Market
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Located next to the Madison Street Bridge in the north section of Phoenix Park, the Downtown Farmers Market features 70 vendors who sell a variety of organic produce, ranging from fruit, vegetables, fresh flowers and bread to butter, eggs, meats, cheeses, and more. Established to supply the citizens of Eau Claire with farm-fresh products of the highest quality, the market was created in 1994 by Philip Arthur Chute. The Downtown Farmers Market hosts an array of events throughout the year as well as a unique winter market, which sells a variety of seasonal produce and other homemade goodies, such as honey, popcorn, baked treats, and more.
300 Riverfront Terrace, Eau Claire, WI 54701
9.Mount Simon Park, Eau Claire, WI
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Located on Dells Pond, Mount Simon Park is a 49-acre green urban space that runs along the banks of the Chippewa River. The park features a variety of recreational and outdoor activities, such as two picnic pavilions, two sand volleyball courts, two Frisbee nine-hole golf courses, and a boat landing and dock. Other activities to be enjoyed in the park include fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, boating, and water-skiing in the river, along with hiking, biking, tennis, and golf. There are plenty of restrooms and parking throughout the park, and it can be accessed from Birch or Madison Streets.
1100 Addison St, Eau Claire, WI 54703, Phone: 715-839-5032
10.Things to Do in Eau Claire, Wisconsin: Paul Bunyan Logging Camp
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The Paul Bunyan Logging Camp is a living museum with a whimsical Paul Bunyan theme that brings the world of 1890s logging to life, highlighting the history of Eau Claire and showcasing preserved historical structures. Established in 1934, the museum is spread across several expertly recreated buildings, including a blacksmith’s shop, a bunkhouse, a cook’s cabin, and a heavy equipment shed, each of which houses original artifacts, objects, and items from the era. The museum features a delightful theme, with oversized fiberglass statues of Paul Bunyan and his companion, Babe the blue ox, and a variety of attractions, such as shooting galleries, flumes, and more.
1110 E Half Moon Dr, Eau Claire, WI 54703, Phone: 715-835-6200
11.The Brewing Projekt, Eau Claire, WI
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Founded in 2013, The Brewing Projekt is a local taproom that produces specialty crafted and artisan beers and brews in an eclectic, industrial atmosphere. The Brewing Projekt's TapRoom boasts a welcoming vibe where visitors can sample some of the brewery’s finest ales and beers, with a bar counter and stools and an outdoor patio with tables and chairs. Products include an ever-changing lineup of beers, including Chamomile WitBier, GunPowder IPA, Dare Mighty Things IPA, Skull Duggery IPA, and WISCoast Hybrid Pale, as well as seasonal brews like Double GunPowder, IPA Wet Hopped GunPowder, MidNight Oil, and the Stolen Mile.
1807 N Oxford Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54703, Phone: 715-214-3728
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Enjoy fresh air, greenery, and a truly welcoming community vibe at Phoenix Park. Offering some of the city’s best natural sights and vistas, the Phoenix Park is located on downtown Eau Claire’s Chippewa River. There’s a lot to enjoy at Phoenix Park such as tubing down the Chippewa River, a walking tour of Eau Claire’s famous bridges, a tour of the sculptures located around the downtown area, or an exploration of the Chippewa River State Trail and Old Abe State Trail. Additionally, Phoenix Park is home to the city’s farmer’s market, making it the place to be for fresh produce, unique foodie finds, and rare homemade treats by locals.
330 Riverfront Terrace, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701, Phone: 715-839-5032
13.Acoustic Cafe, Eau Claire, WI
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The Acoustic Café is a bright and spacious corner café on Barstow Street in downtown Eau Claire that serves delicious homemade cuisine and drinks in a friendly, relaxed setting. The casual vegetarian-friendly menu features staples such as gourmet sandwiches, hot hoagies, pitas, homemade soups, and fresh salads as well as baked-from-scratch cookies, muffins, and artisan coffees and espresso. The café hosts live music on the weekends and offers outdoor seating during the summer months, and there is complimentary wireless Internet on site.
505 S Barstow St # A, Eau Claire, WI 54701, Phone: 715-832-9090
14.Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery, Eau Claire, WI
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Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery is owned by proprietor, distiller, and winemaker Matthew Rick and features a tasting lounge where visitors can enjoy samples and tastings, wines by the glass, and flights of specialty drinks. Guided tours of the facility are also offered, highlighting the history of the operation as well as the story of Infinity and how Matthew grew the business from its humble beginning to the burgeoning company it is today. Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery produces a variety of products, including grape, fruit and port wines, whiskey, vodka and flavored vodka, experimental drinks, and custom-labeled wines for special occasions. The winery can be booked for private events and tailormade group tours.
3460 Mall Dr, Eau Claire, WI 54701, Phone: 715-895-8020
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Nestled within the Metropolis Resort is Action City, a family entertainment center that is home to tons of fun activities. Perfect for visitors of all ages and interests, Action City isn’t just home to the largest go-kart track in the Midwest, it’s also home to a huge trampoline park, an incredible laser maze vault, a huge laser tag course, and well over 150 of the newest and most popular arcade games in the business. In the outdoor section of Action City, visitors can enjoy an adrenaline-pumping 130-foot high zipline, an outdoor go-kart track, and a tough 19-hole mini golf course. Meanwhile, the trampoline park has even more attractions to enjoy including a ninja warrior course, airbag stunt jumps, and even a fidget ladder.
2402 Lorch Avenue, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701, Phone: 715-710-2259
16.Chaos Water Park
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It’s all about having fun under the sun at Chaos Water Park, one of Wisconsin’s top water parks. This particular water park is great for families with young children thanks to several attractions specifically made for the enjoyment of young children like the Anarchy Bay Activity Pool, the Indoor Aquatic Playground, and the Tsunami Lazy River. One of the parks’ most popular attractions is the activity pool which features a tricky lily pad path, that visitors have to run across without falling in the water. There is also a water basketball area that is perfect for sporty families, and two large water slides for thrill seekers: the Twister and Hurricane Run.
5152 Fairview Drive, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701, Phone: 844-855-2724
17.Lazy Monk Brewing
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Lazy Monk Brewing takes the best of tradition and uses it to inspire its modern artisan approach to beer. With a tasting room that overlooks downtown Eau Claire and the Chippewa River, Lazy Monk Brewing invites people to taste the popular traditional Bohemian and German lagers that are made within its European craft brewery. The tasting room at Lazy Monk is quite unique in the sense that it is designed to be much like the iconic Bier Halls and Bier Gardens of Germans. Enjoy tasting flights in a warm and welcoming atmosphere and enjoy flagship offerings like the brewery’s lagers, or outstanding stouts, ales, and IPAs.
97 West Madison Street, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702, Phone: 715-271-0848
18.Tactical Escape 101
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Located in Oakwood Mall is Tactical Escape 101, an escape room experience perfect for a night out with friends, team building with workmates, or even a bonding experience with family members. Tactical Escape 101 offers several adventures, all of which require reservations, that can accommodate parties as small as two and as large as ten. Players can try out beginner-friendly rooms like The Fresh Prince of Eau Claire, or intermediate-level rooms like Ascension: The Rescue or Prophetic Practicum. Meanwhile, those who feel like they’ve got the brain power and teamwork to take on harder rooms can try The Vault, an advanced-level play, or Conspiracy Theory, an expert-level playroom.
4800 Golf Road, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701, Phone: 715-418-0012
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19.Ironside Axe Club Eau Claire
Ironside Axe Club invites you to unleash your inner Viking at their popular axe-throwing club. With several locations in Iowa, and now branching into Wisconsin, Ironside is undeniably an iconic name in the axe-throwing industry of the country and is even a part of the World Axe Throwing League (WATL). Welcoming all ages and abilities, Ironside Axe Club encourages beginners and seasoned axe throwers alike to embrace their inner Viking spirit through competitive axe-throwing games. Professionals and expert axe throwers are also at the ready to help first-timers hone their skills and get a hang of this adrenaline-pumping and addictive pastime.
2930 London Road, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701, Phone: 715-514-5845
20 Best Things to Do in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
- The Ager House, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Photo: The Ager House
- Beaver Creek Reserve, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Photo: Courtesy of Harold - Fotolia.com
- Carson Park, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Thornberg - Fotolia.com
- Children's Museum of Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI, Photo: Children's Museum of Eau Claire
- Chippewa River Trail, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Photo: Courtesy of Bryan Neuswanger - Fotolia.com
- Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Photo: Chippewa Valley Museum
- Chippewa Valley Railroad, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Photo: Chippewa Valley Railroad
- Things to Do in Eau Claire, Wisconsin: Downtown Farmers Market, Photo: Courtesy of smashingoats - Fotolia.com
- Mount Simon Park, Eau Claire, WI, Photo: Courtesy of Al - Fotolia.com
- Things to Do in Eau Claire, Wisconsin: Paul Bunyan Logging Camp, Photo: Paul Bunyan Logging Camp
- The Brewing Projekt, Eau Claire, WI, Photo: The Brewing Projekt
- Phoenix Park, Photo: Wirestock Creators/stock.adobe.com
- Acoustic Cafe, Eau Claire, WI, Photo: Acoustic Cafe
- Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery, Eau Claire, WI, Photo: Courtesy of caftor - Fotolia.com
- Action City, Photo: ROTEM/stock.adobe.com
- Chaos Water Park, Photo: Gennadiy Poznyakov/stock.adobe.com
- Lazy Monk Brewing, Photo: Lazy Monk Brewing
- Tactical Escape 101, Photo: Tactical Escape 101
- Ironside Axe Club Eau Claire, Photo: Ty/stock.adobe.com
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