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Attractions

Action City

2402 Lorch Ave., Eau Claire

Action City, attached to the Metropolis Resort, is a 55,000 square foot family fun center featuring popular arcade games and fun attractions. Action City has the largest indoor go-kart track in the Midwest, laser tag, a climbing wall, batting cages,…

Amusement & Fun

Ager House

514 W. Madison St., Eau Claire

Presented by the Waldemar Ager Association, the Ager House is the historic home to Norwegian-American writer Waldemar Ager, restored to its early-1900's likeness. Part of the National Register of Historic Places a Literary Landmark by the National Association of Friends of Public Libraries, the public may tour by appointment, hold events at the house, visit its unique resource library, and much more.

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Ager Resource Library

514 W. Madison St., Eau Claire

Designed to bring together materials that are otherwise difficult to find and/or not usually accessible in one place. The collection is organized into two major areas: Ager’s life and work, and relevant immigrant issues. Ager was an influential Norwegian-American writer and publisher who settled in Eau Claire in 1892.

Museums

Beaver Creek Reserve

S1 County Highway K, Fall Creek

Enjoy a multitude of flora and fauna on more than 400 acres of diverse habitat. Beaver Creek Reserve offers a butterfly house, citizen science center, obstacle course, field research station, and much more.

Nature Centers

Carson Park Train Rides

Carson Park, Carson Park Dr., Eau Claire

Enjoy a scenic half mile minature steam- and gasoline-powered train ride located in Eau Claire's Carson Park, presented by the Chippewa Valley Railroad Association. Opens May 30th, and runs on Sundays throughout the summer from noon until 5pm. Additional days: July 4th and September 5th.

Amusement & Fun

Chaos Water Park

5150 Fairview Dr., Eau Claire

Chaos Indoor Waterpark has been reviewed as one of the best indoor water parks in Wisconsin. Chaos features multiple slides, an activity pool, a lazy river, double hot tub, lily pads and a Kid's Aquatic Playground. Admission included in overnight hotel stays. Visit website for walk-in admission information.

Water Park Amusement & Fun

Children’s Museum of Eau Claire

220 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

An interactive environment for kids and their grown-ups that inspires imagination, creativity, discovery and the love of learning. A favorite destination for families in the Chippewa Valley, the Children’s Museum offers non-traditional learning opportunities that help kids of all ages see, touch, learn and grow their way through important developmental milestones.

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Chippewa Area History Center

123 Allen St., Chippewa Falls

The Chippewa County Area History Center and Museum building was formerly the Notre Dame Convent, built in 1883. Your tour will take you through the history of the Chippewa Valley and includes exhibits on furniture, photos, lumber-period toys, a seashell collection, lumberjack tools, Native American artifacts, military artifacts, railroad artifacts and much more.

Local History Attractions

Chippewa County Genealogical Society

123 Allen St., Chippewa Falls

The mission of the Chippewa County Genealogical Society is to provide education and assistance to those who are tracing their family roots; to collect and maintain genealogical and historical materials; and to provide access to all materials and educational programs for members and the general public.

Local History Attractions Museums

Chippewa Valley Museum

1204 E. Half Moon Dr., Eau Claire

Have an adventure in history for all ages throughout exhibits showcasing American Indian history, European settlement, industry, farm life, and health and recreation. Grab a treat at the vintage ice cream parlor year round, or visit the schoolhouse and the log house during warmer months.

Museums

Chippewa Valley Museum

1204 E. Half Moon Dr., Eau Claire

Have an adventure in history for all ages throughout exhibits showcasing American Indian history, European settlement, industry, farm life, and health and recreation. Grab a treat at the vintage ice cream parlor year round, or visit the schoolhouse and the log house during warmer months.

Local History

Colfax Railroad Museum

500 E. Railroad Ave., Colfax

The depot houses the large collection of lanterns, railroad china, and the nation's largest railroad paper-weight collection. The primary purpose of these artifacts is to show what people encountered on day-to-day activities with the railroads and how the technology changed throughout time.

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Cook-Rutledge Mansion

505 W. Grand Ave., Chippewa Falls

The Cook-Rutledge Mansion, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the finest examples of High Victorian-Italianate architecture in the Midwest. Extraordinary hand-painted ceilings and walls, ornately carved woodwork, parquet…

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Crystal Cave

W965 State Road 29, Spring Valley

Knowledgeable guides will lead you on a one-hour tour through a maze of well-lighted passages where glistening cave formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, and rippling flowstone can be seen hanging from the ceiling or covering the ledges. The cave is accessed by a series of steps and ramps that allow you to descend 70 feet underground where your journey follows well-lit, graveled trails. The cave temperature hovers near 50 degrees, so a sweatshirt is recommended. See contact info for admission costs.

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Dells Mill and Museum

E18855 County Road V, Augusta

The five-story Dells Mill was built in 1864 as a grist mill. Wisconsin had been a state for just 16 years and Augusta was a town for eight years. The area was barely settled and Augusta was just a pioneer community; there were no automobiles and…

Local History Museums

Eau Claire Planet Walk

Starts at the Phoenix Park Farmers Market Pavilion and ends at the UWEC Haas Fine Arts Center, Eau Claire

The Eau Claire Planet Walk is a one-mile scale model of the Solar System stretching from the Phoenix Park Farmers Market Pavilion (the Sun) to the Haas Fine Arts Center at UWEC (Pluto). thomaspj@uwec.edu.

Science Interests

Historical Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts

205 Main St. E, Menomonie

The Mabel Tainter building includes a lavish 313-seat "crown jewel" Victorian theatre and a historic reading room. It is a premier example of a restored vintage American Theater. Take a self-guided tour to inspect the intricate hand-stenciling, hand-carved white pine archways, rich walnut, mahogany, and oak woodwork, gleaming brass fixtures, leaded glass windows, and a rare working Steere and turner tracker pipe organ with 1597 pipes.

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Hobbs Observatory

S1 County Road K, Fall Creek

Hobbs Observatory consists of two domes with computer-operated telescopes, a large lecture room and a resource room. It features a digital camera that allows images from the telescopes to be stored on computer disks or transmitted to a video projector in the classroom. Available for private groups such as educational (k-12), college, scouts, church, family, etc.

Science & Nature Science Interests

Irvine Park Zoo and Nature Area

Bridgewater Avenue, Chippewa Falls

With over 300 acres of natural and scenic beauty, this FREE park offers a zoo with cougars, bear, bison, tigers and many other wildlife and a petting zoo, scenic dam, museum, picnic shelters, restrooms and historical displays. Take a tour of the Sunny Valley Schoolhouse or Pioneer Norwegian Log Home on the weekends from Memoral Day to Labor Day. Also take in a natural historical marker, the Irvine Park Cave, which is about 20 feet long with natural springs running through it.

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