Local Attractions

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WAAL 2019 Local Attractions


Explore the Eau Claire’s downtown area before, during, or after conference activities! All times and distances are for walking. Explore the Google interactive map or download the entire list.

1. Pablo Center at the Confluence (500 feet, 2 min)– After six years of planning, Eau Claire’s new $51 million-dollar arts center opened in September 2018 replacing the dated community’s State Theater and UW-Eau Claire’s Kjer Theatre. The new arts center provides rehearsal and teaching space for the university’s theater program and hosts concerts and performances. Free entry to the art galleries is Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and 2 hours before events.

2. Local Libraries – Who doesn’t love visiting libraries while at conferences?
     a. L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (500 ft, 2 min) – Open from 10am-9pm on Wednesday and Thursday, pop over to the public library one block from The Lismore during a session break.

     b. UWEC’s McIntyre Library (1.1 miles, 1 hour round trip walking) – McIntyre Library opens at 7am, so take an early morning or afternoon walk along the Chippewa River and visit all six floors. BONUS: Walk the new pedestrian mall along the Chippewa River, extending past the library to a nature trail along the river and through the woods. Either way you’ll discover what’s been called “Wisconsin’s most beautiful campus.”

3. Shift Cyclery and Coffee Bar (.3 miles, 6 min) – Part craft coffee bar, part full service bike repair shop, Shift is a creative lounge with coffee, Kombucha and liege waffles. Open 7am-9pm Wednesday and Thursday.

4. Sculpture Tour – View this free outdoor public art exhibit of 54 sculptures along the streets of downtown Eau Claire. Grab a brochure near the registration desk to guide your way or visit sculpturetour.org.

5. The Brewing Projekt (.9 miles, 15 min) – Featuring uniquely crafted brews with a new taproom scheduled to open this spring, The Brewing Projekt recently relocated to a three-story brick property that house a canning factory during World War II. Open 4pm-11pm Wednesday and Thursday.

6. The Local Store (.3 miles, 6 min) – Located and run by the local music, events and restaurant publication, Volume One, The Local Store features merchandise that represents the Chippewa Valley and Wisconsin in general. Pick up your own kubb set, local music, books, and more! Open 9am-9pm Wednesday and Thursday.

7. Phoenix Park and Rainbow Bridge (.3 miles, 7 min) – Previously a brownfield site, visit the rejuvenated green space, view the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers, and see where the farmer’s market and summer concerts are held. Bonus: At nighttime, view The River Lights at Phoenix Park Bridge illuminated by 172 computer-controlled LED fixtures!

8. Tangled Up in Hue (.2 miles, 4 min) – A local art co-op with jewelry, clothing, paintings and more for sale, all made by local artisans. Open 10am-8pm Wednesday and Thursday.

9. Ramone’s Ice Cream Parlor (.2 miles, 5 min) – Ramone’s serves Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream from Madison with flavors sure to delight your taste buds such as Lemon Poppyseed, Zanzibar Chocolate and This *&^ Just Got Serious. Gluten free, non-dairy, nut free, no sugar added and vegan options available! Open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 11am-9pm.

10. Revival Records (200 feet, 1 min) – Are you a fan of vinyl? Dig through a variety of new and used records at Eau Claire’s #1 record store. Open 10am to 7pm daily.

11. Murals
     a. Cascade mural (.2 miles, 5 min walk) – Recently added to Eau Claire’s cityscape in June 2018, look for this colorful mural on the corner of Galloway and Farwell Street.

     b. Bon Iver Mural (400ft, 1 min) –This mural appeared at the intersection of South Farwell and Eau Claire streets in August 2016 before the release of Bon Iver’s album, “22, A Million.”  Bonus: It is right across from L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library!

12. Baroque sculpture (.3 miles, 5 min) - Cross the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge to see the Baroque sculpture, from the 2016 Eaux Claires music festival. BONUS: It is lit up at night!

13. Lazy Monk Brewing (.7 miles, 13 min) – Lazy Monk specializes in German and Czech beers and has a German-style Bier Hall for socializing. Open 2-10pm Wednesday and Thursday.

14. Blue Boxer Arts (.2 miles, 3 min) – A gathering space and store for yarn, wool, fibers, beads, for knitters and others interested in textile or jewelry making. Open 10am-6pm Wednesday and Thursday.

15. Running and walking loops (various distances) – Looking for a route with maps and directions starting and finishing at the Lismore?  Visit runeauclaire.com/maps/