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Nature

If you enjoy nature, the Fox Cities offer an exciting array of venues-from Earth's core to the cosmos and everything in between. Getting out in nature is easy at the many inviting parks and unique nature centers.

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1000 Islands Environmental Center

7.2 miles of trails.
The 1000 Islands Environmental Center provides the public a place to enjoy our natural resources. Recreation is provided by the many miles of trails, which can be used for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Year-round educational programs teach children and adults the importance of the inter-relationships between them and the environment.

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Heart of the Valley Area

Apple Creek Orchard

Lovely 2 acre Apple Farm. On scheduled tours we walk our visitors through the orchard, showing them different ways to grow apples. In the stores we sell fresh carmel apples, chocolates, jams, honeys, maples syrup, pumpkins, apple cider, fall giftware and soy candles.

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Heart of the Valley Area

Bauer’s Apple Shed

We offer Pick-Your-Own or Pre-picked Apples, Apple Syrup, Pumpkins, Honey, Jams & Gift Baskets, Squash & Gourds. See website for updates on when apples are ready to pick.

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Fox West Area

Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin

Wisconsin's largest butterfly house and maze!

2 miles north of Hwy 41, 1st driveway after Broadway Dr.
$6/adults
$3 ages 3-17, kids under 3 Free

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Fox West Area

Cavanaugh's Carriages

Accommodates groups and individuals. Hayrides, sleighrides, cutter rides and carriages offered year-round. Party room available with campfire. Petting zoo. Reindeer. Birthday parties available.

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Waterfront Area

Cuff Farms

Cuff Farms is a five generation family produce farm offering strawberries, pumpkins, and asparagus. Besides growing a rotation of winter wheat, rye, oats, and soy beans, we also grow 1 acre of asparagus, 35 acres of strawberries, and 15 acres of pumpkins and fall items every year in a field rotation.
More Information: Offering a “Pumpkin Picking” ride to the field to pick a pumpkin of your choice, mini pumpkins, gourds, and colored corn. Or purchase our pumpkins and fall products from our shed. Enjoy our round-bale climbing area, a straw-bale maze, a sorghum grass maze, a straw catepillar, and a straw slide. Family fun for everyone! During the weekdays and week nights in October we are open for large groups by appointment only. Please call the Farm Hotline for reservations.

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Fox West Area

Fox River Navigational System Authority

We have preserved the heritage of one of the nation’s most unique transportation systems—the Fox River lock system. Of the 17 locks, 16 have been restored to full working order and are a recreational, historic, and economic asset to northeast Wisconsin.

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Waterfront Area

Fox Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail

The Fox Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail is a paddle friendly water trail designed to enable non motorized water craft easy passage through the Fox River. The first segment of the trail is complete with portages at the Appleton locks and signage from Menasha to Kimberly. New segments will be added annualy that will extend north to Green Bay and south to the Mississippi River. (dated 8/28/10)

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Waterfront Area

Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve

An 8.5 mile trail system for hiking, jogging, bird watching, cross-country skiing and nature observation. Earth sheltered Nature Center with natural history exhibits, nature store, restrooms and auditorium for programs and meetings. (775 acres)

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Fox West Area

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve

3 miles of trails.
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve includes 76 acres of forested wetland, wetland meadow, open water and upland field communities. Wheelchair and stroller friendly 3+ mile trail system allows access to the wetland without getting wet feet. 5,000 sq. ft. Nature Center includes live and mounted animals, indoor Discovery Den children's play area and bird watching solarium. Outdoor children's adventure area includes tunnels and mounds for climbing and crawling. Monthly public programs and special group programs for a fee.

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Waterfront Area

Fox Cities Visitor Guide

Fox Cities Visitor Center

3433 W. College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54914

800-236-6673

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