Major leaguer Hank Aaron may be the city's most famous face, but there is a lot more to Eau Claire, WI than baseball. From nature to history to sports, Wisconsin's ninth largest city, located in the Chippewa Valley, has something for everyone.
Check into one of these Eau Claire, WI hotels, near the city's most popular attractions, including:
The Chippewa River Trail is a great place for year-round outdoor fun. The warmer summer months are perfect for biking and hiking, while in the winter the trails are converted for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Reasonably priced trail prices make this an affordable family activity.
Grab a great souvenir at the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp, where visitors can have their picture taken with a statue of the famous outdoorsman and his blue ox, Babe. The camp, which features a working cooking shanty and blacksmith's shed, is open from May to September.
There is even more history at hand at the Chippewa Valley Museum, which features exhibits and hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. Children will especially enjoy the museum's 1950s ice cream parlor, and the museum's wooded outdoor location on Half Moon Lake makes for a scenic day of learning and exploring.
Just a short drive from Eau Claire is Crystal Cave. Tour guides are on hand to show you amazing geological formations more than 70 feet below ground, and the site features educational activities, such as prospecting for real gems and fossils, as well as excellent hiking.
If you find yourself tired after a long day of sightseeing, then a tour of one of Eau Claire's many wineries is in order. Autumn Harvest Winery offers tastings of their 14 varieties—a perfect way to relax!
Of course, no visit to Eau Claire, WI would be complete without paying homage to the city's favorite son. Carson Park is home to the Hank Aaron Statue, as well as several stadiums and museums.
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