Light Up Eau Claire
Chippewa Falls is a welcoming town, full of adventure, just a short drive from Eau Claire. Whether you’re looking for a zoo in the summer or a Christmas Light Village in the winter, Chippewa Falls will not disappoint. With locally brewed beer and a park to amaze, this town is a great day trip while you’re visiting Eau Claire. Check out the suggestions below to help plan your day in Chippewa!
Chippewa Falls is home to the famous Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, where fine hand crafted beer is not just a business but also a passion. A family heirloom that has been passed down for generations, the Leinenkugel family invites you to raise a glass and get a taste of the quality, heritage and craftsmanship they have been known for since 1867. Visit the Leinie Lodge and tour the seventh oldest brewery in the United States. Open year round for visitors, this free tour introduces you to the history and brewing process. After the tour stay in the Leinie Lodge for tasting of the award-winning beers at the sampling bar or outside on the patio!
Over 100 years ago, William Irvine had a dream to reserve the precious land of the Chippewa Valley to enhance and protect the natural environment. With activities to meet various interests all year round, Irvine Park is a great way to spend the day! Sports and recreational facilities as well as hiking and picnic areas dot this natural park. The music enthusiast will enjoy performances at the band shell and the whole family will love the beautiful zoo, which features cougars, tigers, bears and so much more! Activities and attractions in Irvine Park are free to visitors. If you’re visiting in the winter be sure to check out the Christmas lights spectacle that encompasses the entire park!
While in Chippewa Falls it would be worthwhile to visit Lake Wissota State Park, just north of the city. The park is open all year round and features many recreational opportunities on huge Lake Wissota. Visitors can fish, swim, canoe, or kayak in the clear water or ice skate and ice fish in the winter! In addition to day trips, Lake Wissota also offers camping options with horseback riding and picnic and playground areas. Outdoor fun for the whole family is what you will find when visiting!
The Olson family has made ice cream since 1944 in the same building as today at 611 North Bridge Street. The tradition of making ice cream in small batches with original ingredients creates the high quality product that is still available today. With the help of local dairies in the area Olson’s uses fresh whole milk, cream and sweetened condensed milk – never any powders or fillers! You may even see them making ice cream when you stop in for a scoop or two!
Nestled in the heart of apple orchard country, Autumn Harvest Winery has been creating wines by combining the hobby of wine making to the already existing orchard of a family business. Proudly celebrating their 10th anniversary, Autumn Harvest has something unique to offer wine lovers! The crisp apple taste of a glass of their wine is distinctly Wisconsin. Bring the whole family for fun in the outdoors as the orchard offers wagon rides and apple picking as well!
Experience the grand life-style of the lumber era with a guided tour of this exquisite site in Chippewa Falls. The mansion was built in 1873 and has been restored and refurbished for your enjoyment. The Cook-Rutledge Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the finest remaining examples of High Victorian Italian architecture in Wisconsin. This historic gem is definitely worth an hour of your time during your day trip!