Why UW-Eau Claire?
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Why UW-Eau Claire?

1. Grill out at a local park to enjoy a classic burger or brat fry

2. Satisfy your ice cream cravings at one of the many local ice cream shops, like Olson’s or Ramone’s

3. Head over to The Lakely for live music and their Campfire Stories series

Photo Credit: The Lakely Facebook page

4. Attend events like The Northern Wisconsin State Fair, Country Fest, Country Jam, and Blue Ox Music Festival

Photo Credit: Blue Ox Music Festival Facebook page

5. Enjoy summer nights on outdoor patios like the one at The Livery

Photo Credit: The Livery Facebook page

6. Walk around and check out the historic homes in Eau Claire’s Third Ward neighborhood

7. Take advantage of Taco Tuesday at Burrito Xpress on Water Street. Get $1 tacos every Tuesday.

8. Spend a day cooling off at the Fairfax Pool

9. Cheer on the Eau Claire Express from the Fan Deck for the ultimate spectator experience

10. Bike the Eau Claire Marathon route for a long-distance biking challenge

11. Watch MLB or the PGA Tour on a big screen at Monk’s Bar and Grill

12. Get active with some outdoor volleyball at The Complexx

13. Enjoy a day off and relax at Half Moon Beach

14. Join the “VolunTourism” trend and give back to the community by volunteering

15. Diversify your palate with an afternoon of wine tasting at Infinity Winery or 200 Main Art & Wine

Photo Credit: Infinity Beverages Facebook page

16. Pick up a gift created by a community artist from The Local Store

Photo Credit: The Local Store Facebook page

17. Get artsy at places like Cheers Pablo Paint & Sip

18. Grab some friends and your tube for a float down the Chippewa River

19. Impress your out of town guests with a Leinie’s tour. Don’t forget to stop in the Leinie Lodge to see vintage brewing equipment!

Photo Credit: Leinie Lodge Facebook page

20. Stroll through the Sculpture Tour to see installations scattered throughout downtown Eau Claire

Photo Credit: Visit Eau Claire Facebook page

21. Practice your fishing skills and get out on local waterways with Bullfrog Fish Farm

Photo Credit: Bullfrog Fish Farm Facebook page

22. Exercise on the Parcourse Fitness Course at Lowes Creek Park

23. Experience the cuteness overload at the Butterfly House at the Beaver Creek Reserve

24. Discover the numerous outdoor wonders within Irvine Park

25. Put in a round of “Frolf” at a regional course like Tower Ridge County Park

Photo Credit: Travel Wisconsin

26. Listen to live music at Owen Park where free concerts are offered Tuesday nights

Photo Credit: Leader Telegram

27. Learn how to play Kubb! If you’re up for the challenge, compete in the U.S. National Kubb Championship in July

28. Grab dinner with friends at The District Pub & Grill

29. Go on a treasure hunt, try geocaching!

30. Learn more about our galaxy with star gazing at the Hobbs Observatory

31. Grab some friends and become detectives for a day finding hidden gems around downtown

32. Browse local works of art at Tangled Up in Hue

33. See a live performance at the State Theatre

34. Take Insta-worthy photos at local murals scattered around downtown and Artisan Forge Studios

35. Grab some friends, catch your favorite movie, and eat lots of popcorn at the recently renovated Downtown Micon Cinema

36. Challenge your friends to a volleyball game at Mount Simon Park

37. Treat yourself at Altoona Family Restaurant with brunch or dinner

Photo Credit: Visit Eau Claire

38. Learn something new at a local library and read in a nearby park

39. Watch the Ski Sprites water ski show team perform on Lake Altoona, Sunday and Wednesday evenings during the summer months

40. Immerse yourself in the history of our region at the Chippewa Valley Museum

41. Stroll through one of many community gardens like Down to Earth or May’s Floral

42. Grab some friends for Free Yoga in the Park on Saturdays at River Prairie Park in Altoona

43. Find a new restaurant that Eau Claire has to offer on VisitEauClaire.com

44. Watch an outdoor movie for free with UWEC’s Summer Cinema series on Wednesday evenings during the months of June, July, and August

45. Catch some local music (thanks to Volume One) during the Sounds Like Summer Series on Thursdays in Phoenix Park

46. Go roller blade to your heart’s content on the Chippewa River Trail

47. Grab a kombucha and participate in trivia night at Growler Guys on Tuesday nights

48. Get to know your neighbors by hosting a BBQ or bonfire. Don’t forget the s’mores supplies!

49. Enjoy a carefree afternoon at Lake Altoona Beach

50. Be adventurous and go camping! Stay in EC or check out area campsites in Chippewa Falls

51. Venture off-road by biking the trails at Lowes Creek Park

52. Get active by participating in a local 5k race

53. Try berry picking! Try Govin’s Farm or Appledore Woods Berry Farm

54. Check out the art at Artisan Forge Studios

55. Keep it local by shopping at Just Local Food Co-op

56. Reduce, reuse and recycle. Make a day of visiting local thrift sales to find some new styles or home decor

57. Get into gardening and create your own summer meals by using the ingredients in your backyard

58. Shop at a local ethnic grocery store and try a new recipe using the ingredients found at the store

59. Rent a pontoon to explore Lake Wissota

Photo Credit: Visit Eau Claire

60. Go roller-skating at High Roller Skating Center

61. Grab your tennis racket and play at the Owen Park tennis courts

62. Try horseback riding at Wilderness Pursuit in Neillsville

63. Snag a photo op with Paul Bunyan and his blue ox at the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp in Carson Park

64. Plan a picnic and head to Phoenix Park for an afternoon of sunshine with friends

65. Attend the U.S. Chainsaw Competition in August at the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp

66. Mark your calendar for the Fourth of July fireworks (presented by Festival Foods) in Carson Park

Photo Credit: Visit Eau Claire

67. Rent a canoe or kayak from the EAC on campus and explore the never-ending waterways in the Chippewa Valley

68. Discover the environmental wonders of the area with a hike along the Ice Age trail

69. Buy some homegrown produce and fresh flowers at the Farmer’s Market in Phoenix Park on Saturday mornings

70. See amazing art created solely with chalk at Chalkfest, hosted in July

71. Grab a group of family and friends and enjoy axe throwing at Wisco’s Bar and Restaurant

Photo Credit: Wisco’s Facebook page

72. Channel your inner author and get involved in the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild

73. Practice your perfect swing at Dick’s Divot Driving Range

74. Go for a drive along rustic roads through the Chippewa Valley

75. Take a day trip to explore Big Falls

76. Participate in a DIY Wood Sign Workshop at Board and Brush Creative Studio

77. Support local musicians at various music events at The Lakely, Acoustic Cafe, and more

78. Jet down the tube slides at Carson Park

79. Enjoy a charcuterie board at 3rd and Vine

Photo Credit: 3rd & Vine Facebook page

80. Support local music — buy an album from Revival Records

81. Treat yo’self to a night in a local hotel! A room at the Metropolis gets you access to Chaos Water Park!

82. Relax and rejuvenate; enjoy a day at the spa or get a massage at Lotus Spa Eau Claire

83. Get a Boba Tea at StarCup downtown

84. Explore the Chippewa Valley’s antique stores

85. Head over to The Coffee Grounds for a delicious drink, pastries, and truffles. Also be sure to check out K Point Brewing located inside The Coffee Grounds

86. Jam out to your favorite country artists at Country Jam in July or get your rock on at Rock Fest

87. Check out all the local options at Food Truck Friday in Phoenix Park throughout the summer

88. Dive in to an adventurous outing, like sky diving, to cross an item off of your bucket list

89. Go to a Burger King Car Show at a local Burger King

90. Try a cup of joe everywhere you go to see which local coffee shop is your favorite

91. Support the Pack — watch pre-season games at Dooley’s Pub

92. Sip a Blender Bonanza from Racy’s for a sweet treat

93. Eat a specialty sandwich from Nelson’s Cheese Factory and get an ice cream cone for dessert. We won’t judge

94. Watch the sun rise and set on the same day while sitting at Little Niagara

95. Take a walk around your neighborhood and pick up trash along the way to keep Eau Claire beautiful

96. Perfect your bowling skills at a local bowling alley

97. Play Bocce Ball through the UW-Eau Claire campus

98. Team up with Visit Eau Claire to join the Eau Claire Crew and experience Chippewa Valley in a fresh, new way!

99. Take a trip over 70 feet below ground to Crystal Cave, Wisconsin’s longest cave

100. Share your love for Eau Claire on social media — hashtag #CaptureEC to highlight personal photos and awesome finds in the Eau Claire area



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