First Day of Summer in the Fox Cities

The first day of summer is upon us and there's never been a better time to explore the Fox Cities than right now.

Fresh Finds at the Market

Farmers Markets may look a bit different this summer, but that doesn't mean they aren't happening. Swing by to grab some of the freshest produce available from local farmers. Many of the markets will still have food vendors offering prepacked to-go items as well. Municipalities hosting Farmers Markets include:





Downtown Appleton Farm Market

Take a Hike

The Fox Cities are full of amazing accessible trails for you to ride, run, or hike all summer long.

High Cliff State Park features multiple trails including a bike trails and a horse trail. The looping trails will provide you with some of the best views in the Fox Cities including breath taking sights of Lake Winnebago , Wisconsin's largest inland lake. The easy to moderate hiking trails will also take you past ancient effigy mounds to remind you of the history of the indigenous people who were here long before anyone else.

The Trestle Trail provides a way to cross Little Lake Butte des Morts on foot. The bridge is open year round, but is most enjoyable during the summer. Feel the cool breeze come off the lake as you trek across the 1600 ft. bridge. The trestle is lighted and even has a covered pavilion in the middle which provides a nice spot for a break and an opportunity to take in the scenery.

For more trail listings, click here.

High Cliff State Park Overlook, Summer
High Cliff State Park

Dine at a Distance

During the changing times many Fox Cities restaurants have been granted permission to expand their outdoor dining areas.

Rye Restaurant is located in Downtown Appleton right next to the CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa. Rye makes most if not all of their dishes from scratch using fresh local ingredients. Head Chef Nick Morse has crafted the perfect seasonal menu to showcase local ingredients and flavors. Dine right on College Avenue for an outdoor experience that is sure to tantalize your taste buds.

Mark's East Side has been serving Fox Cities residents and visitors since 1967. They are now open for in-house dining and outside dining on their expansive patio. Mark's is one of the best places in the state to get your Friday Fish Fry fix, but this traditional supper club does so much more. Other Wisconsin favorites like perfectly cooked steaks, massive onion rings, and a brandy old fashioned are waiting for you at Mark's.

For a complete listing of Fox Cities restaurants, click here.

*Please call ahead to ensure that you will be able to get a table due to COVID-19 safety precautions at Fox Cities restaurants.*

Mark's East Side Fish Fry

Banner image by Tim Sweet

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