Eau Claire (Wisconsin)Northwest Wisconsin.
phone: +1 715 874-6966address: 6251 Truax LaneEau Claire is served by Greyhound services from Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Chicago. The bus "terminal" is inside a McDonald's restaurant at the far northwestern outskirts of town, so you will need to hire a taxi from there to your accommodations unless you feel like walking 7 miles to downtown.
Eau Claire is on Interstate 94 and U.S. Highway 53 and is 90 miles (145 km) east of the Twin Cities.
Chippewa Valley Regional AirportIs a public airport on the north side of town. Most U.S. destinations are available within 2-3 hours of transfer. As of March 2010 service is available to Chicago O'Hare with several flights each day.
Alternatively, you can fly into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and take the shuttle service to Eau Claire:
address: 6204 Chuck LaneThe terminal in Eau Claire is in the northwestern part of town, across the street from the Greyhound terminal.
Like most U.S. cities of its size, all Eau Claire offers by the way of mass transit is a relatively anemic municipal bus system. The buses have bike racks.
The downtown and Water Street areas, and most of the University academic buildings, are located within a river valley. Other parts of the town are located on higher ground. Walking and biking is an option in and between downtown, Water Street, and the University lower campus. However, for most folks (particularly in the winter) travel to other parts of the city will be by auto, taxi, or bus.
Chippewa Valley MuseumAward-winning exhibits, beautifully preserved historic structures on the grounds, fun activities, a working turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor, and more.
Idea Gardensaddress: 5530 Fairview Dr.Presented by Eau Claire Master Gardeners and UW-Extension.
Paul Bunyan Logging CampA museum.
phone: +1 715-832-7028address: 517 S Farwell St
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address: 1 Jefferson Avenue, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729-1318
For a fairly complete listing of current events, pick up a copy of Volume One, a free magazine available at more than 200 locations throughout the area. Another listing can be found in the Thursday edition of the local Eau Claire Leader-Telegram newspaper.
Action CityIndoor/outdoor amusement center, including a climbing wall, arcade, laser tag, go karts, mini bowling, bumper cars, and mini golf.
Ski SpritesWater ski shows offered in the summer months.
State TheaterPlays, musical performances, occasional headline acts.
address: 102 W. Grand Ave
address: 316 Eau Claire St.Performances at the State Theatre
address: Haas Fine Arts Building, 121 Water Street
address: 1814 Oxford Avenue
- See also the Fairfax Pool listing in the "Recreation" section below, and the Crystal Cave and Wise Nature Center listings in the Northwest Wisconsin article.
Festivals and events
These listings are presented in chronological order.
address: Carson ParkA family festival. Third weekend in June.
U.S. National Kubb ChampionshipThe largest kubb tournament in North America. Held in mid-July.
Country JamA country music festival. Third weekend in July.
SummerfestCelebration of the 1950s and 60s featuring food, live music, chalk art, and classic cars. Fourth Saturday in July.
Pioneer DaysTractor pulls, antique cars, steam engines, etc. Second weekend in August.
address: Carson ParkA family festival. Fourth weekend in August.
International Fall FestivalBazaar, performances, and parade.
address: Chippewa Falls, WisconsinJousting, juggling, comedy, minstrels, magic, stage shows and more! You’ll find gourmet delights and entertainment fit for a king! Our artisan village is filled with merchants offering pottery, stained glass, jewelry, costumes & finery and other handmade wares. Plenty of fun for the wee ones too!
address: Cadott, WisconsinA country music festival held in the fourth weekend in June.
address: Cadott, WisconsinA rock music festival held in the third weekend in July.
address: Chippewa Falls, WisconsinMagic, music, mayhem & more. Unlimited carnival rides every night. One price for all attractions. Friday and Saturday nights late Sep-late Oct.
City ParksEau Claire has many city parks. Carson Park is in the center on the city, surrounded by an oxbow lake. Home to Eau Claire baseball and football teams, Chippewa Valley Museum, Chippewa Valley Railroad, and Paul Bunyan Camp. Phoenix Park is the newest park at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers. It is home to the Eau Claire Downtown Farmer's Market and features free concerts on Thursday evenings in the summer. Other city parks include Mount Simon, Rod & Gun, Boyd, Owen, and Riverview.
BowlingTwo public bowling alleys: Wagner's (South Hastings Way, East side) and Bowlwinkles (North Clairemont Ave, West Side).
Chippewa River State TrailBicycling, walking, running, in-line skating, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Connects to the Red Cedar Trail to the south, and planned expansion will link it to Chippewa Falls to the north, and eventually to the Old Abe State Trail.
Disc golfThree courses, one in town at Mount Simon City Park, another just a few miles east of Eau Claire at the Tower Ridge Recreation Area, and the final located an North Star Middle School.
Fairfax PoolThe facility includes a main pool with zero depth entry and an olympic size, eight lane, 50 meter swimming area. A stationary waterslide, 22 feet high with a flume extending 150 feet, is one of the main attractions of the pool. The pool also features a "Raindrop" in the zero depth area of the pool. A separate diving well includes both a one meter and a three meter diving board. Also located on the grounds are a sand volleyball court, a concession stand, and a covered pavilion.
GolfSix public courses. Pine Meadows (Par 3 course), Mill Run, Wild Ridge, Lake Hallie Golf, Hickory Hills (a few miles south of town, on Hwy 93), Princeton Valley Golf. Two private clubs, Hillcrest Country Club and the Eau Claire Country Club (both in nearby Altoona)
Riverside Bike & Skateaddress: 937 Water StreetOffers rental bicycles, canoes, kayaks, rollerblades, child trailers, and ice skates. It also offers one to four hour canoe and kayak trips on the Eau Claire or Chippewa Rivers.
Chippewa Valley PredatorsGreat Plains Football League (April - August).
Eau Claire CavaliersWisconsin State Baseball League(May - August).
Eau Claire ExpressNorthwoods League Baseball (May - August).
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire AthleticsCollegiate sports events.
Oakwood MallThe Oakwood Mall commercial area includes Target, Walmart, and Best Buy stores.
Water Street DistrictSmall shops primarily catering to the nearby University population.
phone: +1 715 838-1000address: 3007 Mall Dr
phone: +1 715 878-4328
Eau Claire has its share of the usual chains. For more unique dining try:
Ray's Placeaddress: 838 Water Street StHot beefs and hot ham sandwiches, and Ray's hot horseradish mustard.
address: Barstow StCoffee house and sandwich shop.
phone: +1 715 833-8440address: 210 S Barstow StBakery and cafe.
Grand Avenue Cafeaddress: W Grand AveCoffee house and cafe. Sidewalk seating available.
Houligansaddress: S Barstow StSteak and seafood. Upscale casual.
Oakwood Mall Area
phone: +1 715 552-0510address: 3560 Oakwood Mall DrEau Claire's only brewpub. 10 beers and seasonal brews crafted on the premises. Norske Nook food and pies.
Hmong Noodle Wrapphone: +1 715 552-0525address: 3509 Gateway Dr
Upper Campus Area
Randy's Family Diner
Shanghai BistroChinese and Japanese (sushi and sashimi.)
El Patioaddress: Water StreetMexican food.
phone: +1 715 839-8969address: 428 Water StreetUpscale casual contemporary Italian and Mediterranean
The NucleusCasual. Serving breakfast (until closing on weekends) and lunch. Unique variety of sweet and savory breakfasts, including daily varieties of quiche.
phone: +1 715 834-9234address: Clairemont Ave at Hwy 53Italian cuisine. Patio seating available.
Mike's Smokehousephone: +1 715 834-8153address: 2235 North Clairemont AveBarbeque.
Monkey in the Middle Pizza Co.address: 2402 Lorch Ave
Olympic Flameaddress: London RoadGyros and a few other Greek specialties. A long time Eau Claire favorite.
Tokyoaddress: London RoadJapanese. Dinner is grilled at the table. Lunch is table service from the kitchen.
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phone: +1 715 834-1733address: Hwy 93Coffee roasted on the premises. Sandwiches. Also sell bulk coffee, craft beers, wine, fine spirits, teas, chocolate, gourmet foods. Walk-in cigar humidor. Outdoor seating available.
The Goat Coffee Houseaddress: 408 Water StSidewalk seating available.
The Living Room Coffee House & Drive Thruphone: +1 715 831-0245address: 2006 Cameron St
Racy D'Lene's Very Coffee Houseaddress: 404 Riverside DrBehind the Nucleus Cafe (connected), faces the Chippewa River and bike trail. Outdoor bench seating available.
Seattle Prideaddress: Brackett AvenueLocally owned. Drive up window.
address: South Hastings WayCoffee roasted on the premises. Live music on some Friday nights.
Gloria Jeansaddress: Oakwood Mall and at Menards West
Seattle's Best Cafe
Starbuck'saddress: Located in Target, one on Hastings Way, one on Clairemont Ave (near Shopko)Drive up at Hastings Way and Clairemont Ave locations
The Mousetrapaddress: S Barstow StLive music.
Clancy's Irish Pubaddress: 414 S Barstow St
The primary bar scene in Eau Claire is on Water Street, near the University lower campus. There are 10-15 bars within a few blocks. Highlights include:
- Stella's Red Room near downtown
Dooley's Irish PubFood available. Private room available.
Mogie's PubBurgers and Chicken Wings, and other food available.
The Brat Kabin
Upper West Side
Tailgates Sports Baraddress: North Clairemont AveFood menu. Outdoor sand volleyball court. Patio seating available. Live music on weekends.
South Side/Upper Campus Area
O'Learys Pubaddress: West Clairemont AveLive music on weekends.
Green Tree Inn and Suites
Upper Campus Area
phone: +1 715 838-9989address: 3340 Mondovi RoadEasy access to the Chippewa River State Trail.