The 7 Best Kept “Secrets” in the City of Eau Claire

By: Abby Yurish

Every city has businesses, restaurants, and other places that only the locals know about, and Eau Claire is no exception! Read below some of the best kept “secrets” of Eau Claire!

The Brewing Projekt

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The Brewing Projekt is a local brewery where you can find reasonably priced, one of a kind beers. The open brewery feeling makes it a great place to grab a locally brewed beer with your friends.

Big Falls

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Located right outside Eau Claire you will find Big Falls, a beautiful county park with picnic areas, sandy beaches, canoeing/tubing, fishing, and beautiful waterfalls. Now that spring is upon us, it’s the perfect time to go enjoy what nature has to offer!

Court’n House

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Tucked away in downtown Eau Claire, the Court’n House has by far the best burgers in town. Stop by on Thursday night when it’s two-for-one burgers, or get their famous fish fry on a Friday night!

The top of Mt. Simon

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One of the most beautiful views in Eau Claire (besides the bridge, of course), is definitely on top of Mt. Simon. From the top you can see bits of the UW-Eau Claire campus as well as parts of downtown Eau Claire. Also, don’t be surprised if on the way down you see people jumping into the river; Mt. Simon is also a popular venue for cliff jumping!

The Career Development Center

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Located on Ball Street, the L.E. Phillips Career Development Center provides vocational services and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities or disadvantages. What a lot of people may not know, though, is that they offer a lot of services to the public such as: Woodworking, Printing/Embroidery, Catering, and Upholstery/Sewing.

Lowes Creek Mountain Bike Trail

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If you’re an outdoor biking enthusiast, the Lowes Creek Bike Trail is the place for you! The single and double track trails wind throughout southern Eau Claire for 10–15 miles, so there is plenty to explore while enjoying the scenic view of Lowes Creek.

The UWEC Davies Student Center

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Located on the UW-Eau Claire campus, the new student center recently opened its doors in the fall of 2012. What a lot of people may or may not know, though, is that Davies hosts a lot of events for not just students, but for members of the community as well. Hosted in Davies are events such as the Fireball, the Viennese Ball, and Experience U. Click here for a calendar of events!

Eau Claire is such an amazing city, I’m sure I missed a lot of hidden gems! What do you think should be added to the list?