What are the best things to do in Eau Claire?

Looking for things to do in Eau Claire, WI? Staying at our featured hotel in gives you access to a wide variety of family activities. 

The Metropolis Resort is preferred for families!  Under one roof you'll find Action City, Chaos Water Park, a Conference Center and two wedding reception halls.  This Eau Claire hotel offers you a getaway with more to do and no chance of getting bored.C

Admission to Chaos Indoor Waterpark is included with every overnight stay for each registered guest (based on waterpark seasonal hours).

Multiply memories when you experience a group getaway with friends and family!

Want to know what's going on in town?
Check out all the special event going on around Eau Claire! 
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Chaos Water Park

Chaos Indoor Water Park, located inside of our resort, is brightly colored with hand-painted murals which cover almost every inch of wall space. Our water park features 2 multi-story slides, an activity pool, a lazy river, a double hot tub, a lily pad course, and a brand new kid's aquatic playground with a dump bucket and unique water features.
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Action City Family Fun Center and Trampoline Park

Our resort houses Action City Trampoline Park & Family Fun Center is home to the largest indoor go-kart track in the Midwest, a 30,000 square foot Trampoline Park, Ninja Warrior courses, laser tag, a climbing wall, bumper cars, super arcade, laser maze, batting cages, laser maze, mini bowling, an indoor playground, outdoor mini-golf course, outdoor go-karts and an outdoor Soaring Eagle Zipline Ride.

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Big Rig Truck Show

Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show is a 3 day event held at Northern Wisconsin State Fair in Chippewa Falls, WI.

This event showcases products like specializes in the designing and printing of photographic business products for the transportation industry etc. in the Automotive, Logistics & Transportation industries.

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Blue Ox Music Fesitival

Blue Ox Music Festival welcomes you to Eau Claire, Wisconsin! We appreciate your interest in our outdoor Bluegrass, Roots, and Americana music festival and look forward to helping you create great memories when you join us. With 3-Day, 2-Day, and 1-Day Saturday GA Tickets, it’s sure to be the experience of a lifetime!

This Bluegrass, Roots, and Americana music extravaganza will draw visitors from near and far. It’s their goal to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. 

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Chippewa Valley Air Show

Spectators will flock the Chippewa Valley Regional airport to catch a gimpse of the military jets, the awe of gravity-defying biplanes, and all manner of entertainment both in the sky and on the ground.

Spectators will show up each year to enjoy an especially exciting brand of family entertainment.  The Metropolis Resort is the perfect place to stay while taking in the show.  You can enjoy a long action packed weekend of family fun at the airshow this year!
 
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Country Fest

Country Fest is one of the premier festivals around!  Celebrating the best of all things Country, Country Festers enjoy three days of music and entertainment, RFID wristbands, cashless option in the concert grounds, delicious food, interactive exhibits, exciting activations, and the largest campground in WI.

For non-campers, Country Fest offers the option of convenient daily shuttle service to the Metropolis Resort. The natural Amphitheater Concert Grounds feature: 50+ Bands, 1 Massive Permanent Main Stage and 4 Permanent Side Stages, and more than 23 miles of permanent roads. VIP, Reserved, or General Admission ticket packages are available at this Venue along with Camping & Pit Passes for all three days, or for each show at a reasonable cost to get you close to your favorite Artists! Plus a Photo Line for General Admission fans.

See why this experience is unlike any other!
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Country Jam

Every single year Country Jam brings award-winning country artists to Eau Claire. It's sure to be a weekend full of dancing, singing and who knows? Maybe even a mechanical bull ride.

  • Shuttles are available from the festival grounds to the Metropolis Resort.
  • 3 Days passes $35 – unlimited rides
  • 1 Day passes $15 – unlimited rides
  • Buses will return to all locations after the close of the last show.
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Eau Claire Children's Museum

The Children's Museum of Eau Claire (CMEC) is 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.

The Museum is a great day trip to take with the little one's while staying at the Metropolis Resort.  A perfect combination sure to please!
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Eaux Claires

Eaux Claires, also known as the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, is an annual two-day music and arts festival that takes place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The festival was founded in 2015 by Aaron Dessner of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver in order to shine a spotlight on the region, and to provide an outlet for musicians of all genres to gather and perform in a space both designed and populated by artists of other mediums.[1] The festival is currently held at Foster Farms in Eau Claire County.

Experience It

Eau Claire Marathon

The Eau Claire Marathon is a very special event that attracts runners from all over the country.  You will find the course to be a challenging, yet beautiful.  The runners will go across 11 of the cities scenic bridges spanning back and forth over Half Moon Lake, the Chippewa River, and the Eau Claire River.  Along the route you will find the Blugold Mile, Water Street Mile & Musical Mile...all an amazing experience at the right time during your route to get you jazzed for the finish line.

The Eau Claire Marathon offers the following races: Full Marathon, Full Relay Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk, Fantastically Fun Kid's Run.

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Irvine Park Christmas Village

Irvine Park Christmas Village will be open from dawn to dusk. The display will include more than 100,000 Christmas lights and over 100 life-size Christmas scenes that replicate the Victorian era and the city's early history. The park becomes a Christmas village. Bring your family and friends to view this spectacular scene.

Go see the lights!

Lowes Creek County Park & Trails

5238 S. Lowes Creek Rd (Trail access located across the street from Action City)

Go Riding

At Lowes Creek you will find a variety of trails for every level of rider, from beginner to advanced. The trails include approximately 5 miles of the double-track cross country ski system and 8 miles of technical single track. The newly developed single track trails take the rider to all four corners of the park by winding through pine tree forests, crossing creek beds, and cruising along ridge lines.
All of the trails at Lowes Creek are multi-use so they appeal to trail runners, walkers, and mountain bikers. Helmets are recommended and a parking pass is required. For more information, visit the Eau Claire County Parks website or the Chippewa Off Road Bike Association website.

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Leinenkugel's Brewery Tour

124 East Elm Street Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Distance: 15.6 miles; 21 minute drive
Phone: 715-723-5557

Take a Tour

Take a tour of the historic Leinenkugel Brewery in Chippewa Falls and let one of their guides introduce you to nearly 150 years of beer brewing and six generations of Leinenkugel family history. All tours start at the Leinie Lodge, which is filled with historical photos, vintage brewing equipment and plenty of Leinie’s wearables and collectibles to take home. Relax with friends and family as you sample their award-winning beers and get the full flavor of all things Leinenkugel’s.
*Brewery Tour: $5/person
Reservations Required: 1-888-534-6437


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Sunday - Wednesday: 10am - 6pm (Tours every half-hour from 10:30am - 5:00pm).
Thursday - Saturday: 10am-8pm (Tours begin at 10:30am and end 60-90 minutes before close).

Northern Wisconsin State Fair

The Northern Wisconsin State Fair offers fun for the whole family. Rides, free entertainment, big name grandstand shows, agriculture. It's a Family Affair!

Check out the Fair!

Oakwood Mall

4800 Golf Rd, Eau Claire, WI 54701
Distance: 4 miles; 8 minute drive
Phone: 715-836-0101

Go Shopping

Oakwood Mall is the Chippewa Valley's premiere shopping destination which features more than 100 specialty stores including ULTA, Francesa's, Eddie Bauer, Scheels, Old Navy, Victoria's Secret, American Eagle and more.
Also located at Oakwood Mall:

  • AMC (12-screens with stadium seating).
  • Major department stores (Scheels, Sears, JcPenny, and Hobby Lobby).
  • Children's soft-play area.
  • Specialty food retailers and a food court.

Oktoberfest

Halt deine Lederhosen(Hold on to your Lederhosen)! It's time to dust off your Dirndl's, start your arm curls for our stein holding contest and practice your schuhplattler. 

Halt deine Lederhosen!

One Fest

OneFest's first priority is to create a family-friendly event where all are welcome to sing aloud, praise God, and learn more about His love for each one of us.  Since we are a new organization, our second priority is for this inaugural event to be a huge success.  We are praying that OneFest can become sustainable, allowing this ministry to become an annual event with proceeds reinvested back into the Chippewa Valley community. 

If God blesses us beyond our dreams, we will be willing to donate a portion of proceeds to local charities of our choosing.  Stay tuned for website updates following the completion of this event. 
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Pablo Arts Center

128 Graham Ave. Eau Claire, WI 54701
Distance: 2.2 miles; 7 minute drive
Phone: 715-492-0240

Pablo Center at the Confluence is proud to present the best in concerts, plays, art gallery shows, and other performances in the Chippewa Valley. Located in beautiful downtown Eau Claire, the Pablo Center is the newest addition to the thriving arts and music scene. The center hosts a wide variety of entertainment choices to those visiting Eau Claire including: comedy shows, musical and theatrical productions, and concerts. The venue is located just 7 miles from the Metropolis Resort.

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Rock Fest

Rock Fest is set on 320 acres of picturesque land in Central Wisconsin.  With major airports and nearby Metropolis Resort, as well as daily shuttle service, there is literally something for every rock music fan here. Experience the Amphitheater Venue for yourself, and find out why Rock Fest Fans keep coming back every year to the Largest Rock & Camping Festival in the US.
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