Day Trip to Wheaton, WI
Welcome to the Town of Wheaton! Located a few minutes northwest of Eau Claire, WI, the Town of Wheaton is home to parks, restaurants, and other midwestern attractions that will have you experiencing classic Wisconsin. Bellied right along the Chippewa River, Town of Wheaton is home to scenic natural sights and recreation opportunities made for all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. Check out the perfect ways to spend a day trip to Wheaton, WI below!
Places to Eat & Drink
The famous Loopy's Saloon & Grill is a crowd favorite in Wheaton all year round. Whether you're at the bar to cheer on the Green Bay Packers in the fall and winter or getting off the river after a summer day of tubing, Loopy's is a go-to for good vibes, cold drinks, and tasty foods! Find seasonal Leinenkugel's beers on tap, filling appetizers, and more at Loopy's!
Wind down and wine up at River Bend Winery & Distillery in Wheaton, WI! This stunning vineyard sits tucked into the countryside of Wheaton and right in a bend of the Chippewa River. Find seasonal wine made on-site, and try some of their craft cocktails in the distillery made with River Bend's gin, whiskey, and vodka. In the summers, enjoy live music and food trucks on the lawn, and check out events at the winery throughout the fall and winter seasons!
You may never guess that this little dive bar in Wheaton, WI is home to some of the finest chicken wings in the Eau Claire area. River Inn Bar was selected as Volume One's Best Chicken Wings of the Chippewa Valley in 2023, and they've certainly made our list of some of the best wings in Eau Claire. Get a taste of all-you-can-eat wings at River Inn, and see for yourself if they live up to the hype!
Wander over to Wheaton for cold beer and delicious appetizers at Wander Inn! This bar is located right off Highway 29 and totally fits the "Wisconsin dive bar" description. Check out our Dive Bars in Eau Claire blog to find out why!
Spend a day in nature taking on the streams at Elk Creek State Public Fishing Area. This area offers some of the best fly fishing in the area, and many are known to successfully catch trout in the upper portion of Elk Creek. Even if you aren't into fishing, this area is stunning to visit in every season!
It's not a trip to Wheaton if you don't experience tubing down the Chippewa River. Luckily, Loopy's makes it easy with their tube and kayak rentals and shuttle service so that you can end your journey where you start it! Check out our tubing page for more information about renting tubes at Loopy's!
This park is the best place to run off some energy in Wheaton! Check out Wheaton Park for an epic playground, baseball fields, basketball & tennis courts, hiking trails, and more! Don't slow down in the winter; instead, take the trails on snowshoes and have a sledding party at Wheaton Park!
Where to Stay
For those looking to stay on the outskirts of Eau Claire, Wheaton is the perfect place! Check into Sleep Inn & Suites for a convenient hotel stay while in town for Country Jam, weddings, meetings, and more. This facility is located right off Highway 29 and is home to 29 Pines Restaurant & Lounge for delicious breakfast and dinner options, buffets, as well as a conference center right on-site. Click here to learn more about Sleep Inn and 29 Pines and to book your stay today!