This week's travel post is the last post in my "Having Fun Locally" series. I've spent the past few weeks sharing some of the things I did with my daughter, son-in-law, and grand baby when they were visiting me for two weeks during the summer. I hope they encouraged you all to take advantage of all the fun places and activities you have where you live.
I've shared the Eau Claire River Walk and their amazing downtown development and renovations many times on this blog, and I really wanted my daughter to see it. She spent a lot of time in downtown Eau Claire during her teenage years as she performed at the Eau Claire Children's Theatre and took lessons and participated at other events at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. She was blown away at how much everything had changed, and how beautiful the downtown area was now.
This is a natural amphitheater area on the river walk that is used for presentations, but a lot of hipsters like to picnic here when they're on lunch break.
Eau Claire is a old lumber city so it is built around a river. There are several real cool vintage bridges left over from that period in history that are still standing. Most are used only as walking bridges today. I think they add such a cool vibe to the city: a mix of old and new.
I didn't take a whole lot of pictures this day as we were running late on time, but I did a very extensive post on the Eau Claire River Walk last year if you want to check it out HERE.
The reason we were short on time this day is because I had a car appointment. I didn't want Alethea to get bored as I waited for them to fix my car, so I dropped Ashley and Alethea off at our local mall so she could play in the play area. Alethea's mom isn't much of a shopper, so Alethea had never been to a indoor play area before. At first, she was a little intimidated, but once she grew comfortable, she had a blast. She was so excited when I returned from the car repair shop because she wanted to show me how she could go down the slide.
What a little doll she was! She had so much fun at this play area. I will have to remember to bring her back here to play this fall/winter.
Well, that concludes my "Having Fun Locally" travel series. Next week, I'll begin my fall foliage travel series. Last weekend we met up with our children at Devil's Lake State Park and went hiking. We then spent the evening at a small water park hotel, and the following morning walked around downtown Wisconsin Dells. It was so wonderful seeing the kids and Alethea again. It was cold, and a little rainy, but we still had fun!
Have a Great Day! Amy
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