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Most Beautiful Spot

Perhaps one of the biggest perks to living in this part of the state is the never-ending beauty both within and surrounding our cities. It’s easy to escape home for a few hours with the family or by yourself, and it’s never a long trip to get somewhere breathtaking. For example, Big Falls County Park (600 Big Falls Forest Road, Eau Claire) attracts thousands of people year-round with its opportunities for fishing, swimming, climbing around on rocks, or even sippin’ a cold one on the sandy island. If you’re looking for a bit of urban exploration, Phoenix Park (330 Riverfront Terrace, Eau Claire) offers not one but two rivers to splash in, lots of rocks to climb, a farmers market and artists market, the most perfect trees for hammocks, bridges everywhere, plus lots of amazing food or sweet treats within a few blocks. If you’re looking for beauty and a family-friendly atmosphere, Rod and Gun Park (1515 Rod and Gun Park Drive, Eau Claire) is sure to meet your needs. This 36-acre park has multiple spring-fed ponds, a playground, shelters for parties or other events, and access to Half Moon Lake. – Samantha Kobs

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