Now that we can hopefully kick off our winter boots for good, and bury the fluffy down jackets deep in our closet, there’s no better time than the present to do some explorin’ around some neighboring Wisconsin towns.
1. If you enjoy Menomonie hot spots like The Devil’s Punch Bowl or Trip Falls, be sure to check out Hoffman Hills!
It has the highest peak in Menomonie, and is a great space to get some exercise if you’re looking for a quick way to beat off the winter blues.
2. Crystal Caves is a short 25 minute drive from Menomonie, and will re-open for the spring at the end of March! You can enjoy this “geological wonder” by taking a cave tour, for $14.98, and learn more about the amazing formations.
3. For our 21 and older readers, be sure to check out the Leinenkugels Brewery Tour in Chippewa Valley. For a mere five bucks, you can check out the Leine’s brewery and take home a pretty sweet commerative souvenir glass.
4. Also located in Chippewa Valley, is the Irvine Park and Zoo. Admission is free, and you have the opportunity to not only enjoy the array of animals they have, but hike throughout caves, forests, and waterfalls.
5. Besides the regular day trips to Eau Claire for the beloved Chipotle that all of us Stouties are guilty of, starting in May the Eau Claire Farmer’s Market will be open three days a week. It’s an awesome opportunity to buy fresh produce locally, as well as check out some of the awesome things local companies have to offer.
6. The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is a definite must as soon as the weather truly warms up. With Taylor Falls just around the corner, you can let your inner explorer out while hiking around the waterfall, then rent a canoe to take down the river. Just don’t forget the sunscreen for an action-packed day around St. Croix!