Things to Do in Eau Claire

In west-central Wisconsin lies the bustling town of Eau Claire, the ninth largest city in the state! Our namesake translates to "clear water" and is named after famous French explorers' discovery of the illustrious Eau Claire River.

Eau Claire is composed of a colorful metropolitan area, beautiful rivers, and lush forests for navigating. Eau Claire contains frequent bus lines, major highways, and easy access to and from the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport.

Our happy city is known for its inexpensive vacation spots and fabulous sightseeing locations. If you're searching for a myriad of comfortable and entertaining events in Wisconsin, look no further than friendly Eau Claire.

Top Five Hotspots in Eau Claire

1.       Carson Park
Athletic courts, hiking trails, train rides, and more await at the famous Carson Park! This sprawling park is complete with a magnificent view of the lake and a playground area for children. You're sure to love experiencing wildlife in their natural habitat and picnicking on the grove. This famed destination is located in the middle of the city for a nice getaway. 199 Carson Park Dr., Eau Claire. www.eauclairewi.gov/home/showdocument?id=129

2.       Children's Museum of Eau Claire
The Children's Museum of Eau Claire is a hands-on experience for young and old alike. Visitors can learn the history of Eau Claire and participate in arts and craft activities to create a keepsake to take home. With new exhibits and special membership benefits, the Children's Museum of Eau Claire is a top-rated establishment in the city. 220 S. Barstow Street, Eau Claire. Monday: Closed. Tuesday through Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
www.cmec.cc

3.       Downtown Farmers Market
The seasonal Downtown Farmers Market is a great place to buy fruit and vegetables from local producers. Visitors can also find crafts and jewelry from local artisans to help out the community of Eau Claire. 300 Riverfront Terrace, Eau Claire. Saturdays in May: 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
June 3 to October 31: Wednesday and Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.ecdowntownfarmersmarket.com

4.       Chippewa River Trail
The Chippewa River Trail spans the length of Eau Claire and is a great spot for biking, horseback riding, and more! For a small trail fee, athletes of all ages can enjoy the scenic trip around the Chippewa River. www.chippewa-river-trail.com

5.       Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum
Wisconsin's famous icon, Paul Bunyan, and his big blue ox, Babe, invite you to the home of their logging camp. This educational experience allows families to explore historic barns and logging centers with interactive exhibits to learn more about history. You can even take a picture with Paul Bunyan and Babe for an unforgettable souvenir. 110 Carson Park Dr., Eau Claire. May 1 to September 30, Daily: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. www.paulbunyancamp.org

 

Hours

  • Monday 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thursday 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Friday 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday Closed

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