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The local charm of small town life is preserved on Main Street in downtown Chippewa Falls. Here architecturally significant buildings house a bustling business community. The city's oldest business is the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. Established in 1867, the brewery has been operated by the Leinenkugel family for five generations. A visit to the Leinie Lodge for a tour and a taste is a must. Mason Companies Shoe Outlet Store features closeout-priced name brand footwear and apparel. For an outdoor activity, visit the 318-acre Irvine Park and Zoo to view bears, tigers, elk, deer, bison, cougars, and more. Chippewa Falls is surrounded by spectacular countryside where you'll discover several state parks and the Chippewa Moraine Interpretive Center.
Your child will always remember...
Irvine Park & Zoo. Kids and adults will find this 300-acre park full of adventure at every turn. Get a close look at tigers, bobcats, cougars, black bears, bison, emus, and yaks while walking or driving through the park. During the summer, get some hands-on animal experience at the Red Barn Petting Zoo – so much fun! Step back in time with a stop at the Sunny Valley School House or Norwegian Log Home located inside the park.
Don't leave without tasting...
The wide array of locally made wines. From Autumn Harvest Winery that provides complimentary samples of their apple wines, to River Bend Vineyard & Winery producing wine made from their vineyard's own grapes, and O'Neil Creek Winery producing specialty wines from fruits picked from their garden. Taste the "spirit" of Chippewa Falls as you quench your thirst on your trip.
You'll know you're here when...
You smell the aroma of Leinenkugel's beer being brewed throughout the town. You will learn on the complimentary tour that this fifth generation brewery started back in 1867 when the son of a German brewmaster journeyed to the city with his father's recipe in hand. The Leinie Lodge hospitality center lets you taste the history with complimentary samples to those over 21 and sport the Leinie's brand with merchandise for purchase. Open year round, and providing the best hospitality around!
For a breath of fresh air...
Get on your bike and ride the Old Abe State Trail. This 19.5 mile paved trail takes you from Chippewa Falls over Lake Wissota, through Jim Falls to Cornell all the while, following the undeveloped shoreline of the Chippewa River where solitude and wildlife are abundant. Anglers and paddling enthusiasts will enjoy 6300-acre Lake Wissota and, with many nooks and crannies, you'll be sure to find a spot to rejuvenate your senses.