Eau Claire, Wisconsin audio tour: Eau Claire sports tour: Where Major League players and Olympians got their start

Eau Claire sports tour: Where Major League players and Olympians got their start

Driving Tour

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75 mins
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10.4mi

About the Tour

Eau Claire is much more than the place where ski-jumping Olympians, NASCAR drivers, Hall of Fame players, and Major League Baseball players like Hank Aaron got their start. On this 75-minute driving tour from the Eau Claire Soccer Park to the Hobbs Municipal Ice Center, I’ll tell you all about the famous sports stars with a connection to the city.

Along the way, you’ll pass several sporting venues, including Carson Park Baseball Stadium, Mt. Washington Ski Jump, and John & Fay Menard YMCA Tennis Center. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a number of Eau Claire’s non-sport related attractions, like the Chippewa Valley Museum, Phoenix Park, and the Wisconsin Logging Museum. On this tour, you won’t just hear about the sportsmen and women with ties to Eau Claire, you’ll also hear interesting stories involving Sports Illustrated, The Simpsons TV show, and even the beginning of football's forward pass.

You can also look forward to:

• Learning about the Nordic lawn game, kubbs, and other unique sporting tournaments that Eau Claire's hosted
• Discovering which local businessman’s son was a great NASCAR driver
• Finding out which famous player Hank Aaron was almost teammates with
• Hearing about Tom Meindel and Eau Claire's connection to the Milwaukee Brewer logo
• Driving through the start and finish line of what’s been called “the best small city marathon in the nation”

Whether you’re an avid sports aficionado or a lover of quirky history, this driving tour is sure to introduce you to another side of Eau Claire.

Tour Producer

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Roger Gostomski

Hello, I am Roger Gostomski, founder of Eau Claire Tours. I have lived in Eau Claire for over 30 years and even graduated from the local college. I started these tours because over the last 10 years Eau Claire has turned itself into one of the top 10 mid-sized cities in the nation, with the accolades to prove it. We have a beautiful downtown park on the north end of the confluence of the two rivers that flow through Eau Clarie. To top it off, just a few years ago, we added the gorgeous Pablo Center performing arts venue on the south side of the confluence of the same rivers. There are some great pictures of both on our website at eauclairetours.com.

This revitalization was the impetus for me to start these tours. Though they were the reason I started the tours, I have found that I am more fascinated with Eau Claire's early history. It is this early history that I will be covering in what will be our Signature Tour, The Downtown Eau Claire Historical Walking Tour, and will be one of five tours when I am done.

I have put a tremendous amount of research into the tours over the last two years, (it was during Covid, so I had a lot of "free" time) and I belive that it will show when you take one of them.

Well, that's enough about me; now its time to get outside and enjoy a walk in our beautiful city while learning about our fasicinating past.

Thank you,

Roger Gostomski
Eau Claire Tours

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Major Landmarks

  • Eau Claire Soccer Park

  • UW-Eau Claire

  • UWEC Zorn Arena

  • Phoenix Park

  • Wisconsin Logging Museum

  • Chippewa Valley Museum

  • Carson Park

  • John & Fay Menard YMCA Tennis Center

  • Mt. Washington Ski Jump

  • County Materials Complex

  • Hobbs Municipal Ice Center

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins at the Eau Claire Soccer Park. Come in via the W. Hamilton Avenue entrance.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

If you have time, I definitely recommend you visit the Wisconsin Logging Museum and the Chippewa Valley Museum, both of which are in Carson Park. You can also take a stroll along our awesome rivers in beautiful Phoenix Park. If the arts are your thing, check out our world-class Pablo Center performing arts building across from Phoenix Park.

And at the end of the tour, if you are hungry, we have great vendors offering you discounts on food, drinks, and even ice cream!

Best time of day

You can do the tour any time of the year, though when some big events are in town like the National Kubb tournament and the Eau Claire Marathon you will have to alter the route slightly. In the winter some roads in Carson Park are blocked off but you will still will be able to see all the same sites as during the summer; however, you will miss some of scenic Carson Park.

Precautions

Eau Claire is one of the safest cities in the country, so feel free to stop and enjoy our great city.

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