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Best People Watching

1st Place: Phoenix Park
2nd Place: Walmart
3rd Place: Nights on Water Street


Phoenix Park (330 Riverfront Terrace, Eau Claire), with the farmers market and Volume One’s Sounds Like Summer Concert Series – not to mention the bevy of tubers and floaters who enter the Chippewa River at the mouth of the Eau Claire River – ranked first among our readers for best people watching. Catching sight of people of all ages swaying and dancing to the music – or just out enjoying the Valley’s beauty – can’t be beat. Walmart (locations in Eau Claire, Lake Hallie, and Menomonie) was second, and there you’ll see all manner of northwoods folk out searching for bargains. Last but not least is Eau Claire’s Water Street, particularly starting on “thirsty” Thursday nights – the new weekend night for many college students despite Friday classes. Trends in hair, jewelry, and tattoos start here. Street musicians and performers also add to its unique appeal. –Barbara Arnold