Best of the Chippewa Valley

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Best Museum/Historic Site

“A place to ask questions, seek answers, and be inspired.” This is the motto that holds true with each visit to the Chippewa Valley Museum (1204 E. Half Moon Drive, Eau Claire). The museum explores the rich history of the Valley and even features an ice cream parlor to satisfy patrons of all ages. For history buffs with a taste for hops, Leinenkugel’s Brewery (124 E. Elm St., Chippewa Falls) and the adjacent Leinie Lodge are must-see spots. And while it’s temporarily closed, the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire (40 S. Barstow St.) always brings smiles and offers hands-on-learning experiences – and they’ll be getting a cool new location soon!  –Evelyn Nelson