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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Appleton Memorial Park Gardens
Feature many gardens including a native rose garden, serenity butterfly garden, native wildflower garden, fragrance garden, Veterans memorial garden and a water feature. Benches placed throughout the grounds encourage visitors to sit and enjoy the colors, textures, varieties and fragrances of the plantings.
Gardens are open to the public for free admission year-round. We invite you to stroll through the theme gardens which have been designed to offer changing patterns of natural beauty throughout the year. Most of the plants featured are native to Wisconsin.
The gardens are open year round with the peak growing season April through September. To help you plan your trip to the gardens, visit our website, www.appletonparkandrec.org, choose “Parks, Pavilions and Trails, Scheig Center, What is blooming?” to learn what is blooming and when. Park hours are 5am-11pm. Trails are open 24 hours per day. Park restrooms are open May 1-October 1.
Carter Woods Park
Pavilion - 30' x 30', 900 sq. ft. - available for rent
2 Fenced, Lighted Tennis Courts
2 Lighted Ball Diamonds
Basketball + Court
Soccer Field on Backside
4 Acres of Wooded Area with Groomed Hiking Trails
Asphalt Parking Lot
3 Regular Grills
Picnic Tables (limited availability on soccer field side)
Stove, Refrigerator & Water
Children's Farm, Plamann Park
Acres of rural parkland offer solitude for the farm animals that reside there, as well as for nature lovers and hikers.The farm is the home of several young farm animals on loan from local farms in this area and are living in a farm like setting. The animals, cows, pigs, goats, sheep and rabbits can be viewed and petted by visitors from outside the fence. Feeding of the animals by visitors is not permitted because some of the young animals are on special diets. The animals are returned to their 'home' farms as they become bigger or at the end of the summer season.See More
A community park 27.8 acres:
Open Play Areas
Outdoor Swimming Pool
Volleyball Courts w/Standards
Ice Skating Rink
Playground Equipment (ADA Accessible)
Picnic Pavilion (capacity-150)
2 Lighted Tennis Courts
2 Unlighted Tennis Courts
Off Street Parking
Fritse Park Boat Launch
Located in the Town of Menasha next to the Fox Cities Trestle-Friendship Trail.See More
High Cliff State Park
15 miles of trails.
Secret Side of the Niagara Escarpment. On the shores of Lake Winnebago, the park (1,187 acres) features limestone cliffs sacred to Native Americans. History and geology buffs will enjoy the park's effigy mounds, lime kiln and quarry
High Cliff State Park Boat Launch
Launch on the North shore of Lake Winnebago. State Park sticker or fee required.See More