You know what they say… new year, new you! Hopefully, 2023 was your year, but still, it feels good to start anew. This year is all about you and how you want to better your life. No matter what your resolutions and goals are for the new year, we want Eau Claire to be a part of your journey. So, we’ve compiled a list of things to do and places to go in Eau Claire for when you really need to stick to your aspirations even while on vacation. Check out some ways to tackle your New Year's resolutions in Eau Claire!

A woman running in winter gear on the Winter Route

Goal: Exercise Regularly

One of the most common resolutions in the books is to exercise more often and lose weight. But, starting this in the winter and being consistent is a big challenge for some because Eau Claire tends to get pummeled with snow! Luckily, Eau Claire is ready for times like these with the Winter Loop. It’s a 4-mile winter recreation path that circles the city and is plowed with high priority after snow events. You can set out for a walk, jog, or run while also getting to enjoy the different beautiful winter views of the city. Likewise, the 2.9-mile loop around River Prairie Park is another option! Not to mention, the variety of winter recreation opportunities in Eau Claire is abundant! You are bound to find something good for your body and your mind! Also, keep in mind that many of the hotels in Eau Claire are equipped with exceptional fitness rooms. While you may be away from home, Eau Claire hotels always strive to make you feel like that’s not the case. Whether you like to exercise inside or out, Eau Claire has what you need. After all, our city was ranked the 28th Most Fitness-Friendly Place for 2021 by SmartAsset.

A woman spinning clay at a pottery class at Half Moon Clay

Goal: Pick Up A New Hobby

Maybe your goal for 2024 is to find a new hobby that you enjoy. Have you ever tried glass blowing? What about ax throwing? How about pottery or learning how to cook? Half Moon Clay, located in Banbury Place, offers pottery classes and workshops for all skill levels. Before you know it, you could be spinning mugs like a pro! For those that want to master the art of cooking, Forage often hosts different cooking classes in their space. If it’s glass-blowing that interests you, the people at The Glass Orchard are the ones to call. The owners are a duo that both have studied glass blowing and now run and operate their own studio as well as a shop where they sell their breathtaking creations. If you want to try something a little more edgy like ax throwing, you can schedule a visit to Ironside Axe Club. You’ll discover the fun and thrill behind (safely) chucking an ax into a wall. If you want your new year to look more artistic, check out crafty things to do this winter in Eau Claire!

3 friends admiring a sculpture on the Sculpture Tour in Phoenix Park

Goal: Save Money

Having some loose change saved up for the future is never a bad idea. But, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the best parts of Eau Claire. There are so many things to do in our city all year round that don’t require you to pull out your wallet. During the warmer months, you can have your very own art crawl by hunting for all the sculptures that make up the Sculpture Tour of Eau Claire or the many murals that paint the city. Or, create your own adventure on the Chippewa River State Trail.  Also in the summer months, you can catch live music almost every night of the week in Phoenix Park, River Prairie Park, and Owen Park - for free! Not to mention, winter transforms Eau Claire into a whole new world each year. There is lots to explore while there’s snow on the ground and if you don’t have the equipment to do it, Gear Share has you covered. You can rent snow equipment like skis, snowshoes, ice skates, etc. for free and head out to make some winter memories in no time. There’s lots more to do in EC for free, so know your options and plan ahead of time!

a photo inside of Dotters Books showing the book shelves and kid's corner

Goal: Read More

Setting some time away in your day to get cozy with a good book helps unwind and destress for some. If that’s what you want more of in 2024, Dotters Books sells hundreds of books through their brick-and-mortar and online store. Make a list of your must-reads and browse through their online selection to find the story you want. Besides, shopping local goes a lot farther than giving your money to big, corporate retailers. Before you know it, you won’t be able to put any of your books down!

A family walking into a hotel room at the Lismore Hotel

Goal: Spend More Time with Family + Friends

Our city is made for family fun. There’s so much to do and many new things you can try with your crew. One of the most popular places to go for people of all ages is Action City for laser tag, go-karts, bumper cars, and an insane trampoline park. Pack your swimsuits, and head to Chaos Waterpark next door for a day on the water slides! Grab a sweet treat, book a family stay at Stoney Creek RV Resort, or explore the outdoors in the Chippewa Valley. The possibilities are endless when it comes to family fun in Eau Claire, so make sure your itinerary is set for your visit!

A woman in the lobby at the Lotus Spa in Eau Claire, WI

Goal: Cultivate Healthy Habits

2024 is the year to put YOU first! Whether it's cooking healthy meals, practicing self-care, or limiting your alcohol consumption, Eau Claire has all you need to help transform you into the best version of yourself. In the warmer months, pick up local, fresh produce each week at the Eau Claire Farmers Market, and create a tasty dinner that will look good and make you feel even better! Take a yoga class at Eaum Yoga in downtown Eau Claire, or book a spa excursion at Lotus Spa for the ultimate self-care day. If you want your 2024 to be a dry year, check out all the places where you can order mocktails in Eau Claire. This winter, visit places where you can get natural light while staying inside to keep your spirits high and get you through the winter blues. Get your daily steps in by going for walks in the mornings or evenings along the Chippewa River, or sit in serenity in River Prairie Park this year!

2024 doesn’t know what’s comin’! Share all your progress and accomplishments as you take on your resolutions with #CaptureEC!

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