Seniors Spend Time In Eau Claire

9361373_GEau Claire with a pop. of 68,000, took its name from Eau Claire County.  Senior’s French lesson: “Eau Claire” is the singular form of the original French name, “Eaux Claires”, meaning “Clear Waters”, for the Eau Claire River.

According to local legend, the river was so named because early French explorers journeying down the rain-muddied Chippewa River, happened upon the Eau Claire River, excitedly exclaiming “Voici l’eau claire!” (“Here [is] clear water!”), the city motto, which appears on the city seal. The name is pronounced as if it were spelled “O’Clare”.


Eau Claire was established close to the convergence of the Eau Claire River and the Chippewa River as three settlements. In 1872 the city was incorporated. The main portion of downtown Eau Claire is situated on the site of the old village of Eau Claire.

Seniors Visit Former Lumber Town

The city was a thriving lumber town during the 1800′s and the lumber business was the primary factor for the growth of the city. After the timber was depleted, Eau Claire became known for agriculture and industry. Today Eau Claire thrives on its scenic views and businesses that are attractive to senior visitors.


The trails which follow the Chippewa River and the Eau Claire River provide excellent views and hiking and bicycle riding opportunities.

Located in the rolling hills and river valleys of western Wisconsin, the Eau Claire area offers natural beauty, outdoor recreation, and a rich heritage for senior travelers to enjoy.

In the summertime Eau Claire provides popular rock as well as country music festivals. During the winter, outdoor enthusiasts are provided with groomed cross-country skiing trails.


 Seniors Enjoy Carson Park

Learn something about the history and culture of Eau Claire at the Chippewa Valley Museum, taste the greatness of local farms at the Downtown Farmer’s Market, or sip on a Leinie’s after you tour the brewery.

TripAdvisor suggests seniors visit Carson Park, which is a must in this city. Get a few shots of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox at the Logging Camp Museum.

The Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival and the Eau Claire Polar Plunge are fun events for spectators as well as the participants. Toss in your clubs and play round or two at either Hickory Hills or Wild Ridge Golf Course.


Eau Claire is more than just a city – it’s a tourist destination. Whether you need a day of pampering, a weekend filled with recreation, or an evening of sipping wine by candlelight, you can find it in this Wisconsin hot spot.

Ride down scenic bike trails, spend a day at the beach, catch a show at the theater, shop downtown, have fun at a weekend festival–you’ll never get bored in Eau Claire.

Set your GPS for Eau Claire and enjoy.  -jeb

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