The Art of the Sunday Drive in the Fox Cities

The Sunday drive, once a staple on a family's Sunday schedule, has fallen by the wayside over the years due to competing activities and busy lives. Perhaps, there's no better time than now – given COVID19; low gas prices; the need for connection; and miles and miles of beautiful scenery and history – to enjoy a Sunday drive in the Fox Cities. ​

With dozens of miles of lakeshore, countless greenspaces and parks, historical assets to rave about, and wide open countryside, you'll be amazed at the diverse places in our region, familiar spots seen in new perspectives, and connections made with loved ones. Gas prices are low. Social distancing with others is encouraged. Temperatures are spring like ... aka unpredictable but mild! And, the Fox Cities are still ripe for exploring. Here are a few ideas and spots to get you started on your own Sunday adventure:

Map it out, or go where the roads lead.
The Sunday drive is known for letting the adventure lead where it leads. So, if you know the Fox Cities well enough, there's nothing wrong with heading out to familiar roads or following those you know and letting them lead where they lead.

If you prefer to map it out, there are free Fox Cities maps available at Visitor Information kiosks across the region. Pick one up, use your phone, or break out an old-school atlas to help guide your way.

Fuel up the car, and you're ready to adventure!

High Cliff State Park | PC: IG @alexcallin

Take to a trail.
Some Sunday drives are just drives, while others have destinations in mind. If looking to get out of the car and get active, pick a Fox Cities trail to stroll on or park to stop at during your drive.

High Cliff State Park features miles of hiking trails, stunning views of Lake Winnebago, and unique history. The Wiouwash State Recreation Trail cuts through the western part of the Fox Cities countryside. The CE/Newberry/North Island Trail brings you up close to the Fox River and through many neighborhoods and much regional history. Find more Fox Cities trails here.

Neenah Lighthouse/Kimberly Point Park, Neenah

Pass time with roadtrip games, conversation, good tunes, and educational opportunities.
Many classic roadtrip games involve no equipment or fancy toys, just imagination, creativity, and observation. "I Spy" is one example. What are some of your favorites?

If looking for a toy or activity to bring along, a few stores in the Fox Cities are offering curbside pick up, including places like Mom and Pop Toy Shop and Red Door Mercantile, for puzzles, games, books, and more.

On your drive, don't miss driving by and pointing out historical sites and cultural assets sprinkled throughout our region. These are great learning opportunities for kids and adults alike and give an appreciation for Fox Cities history.

Fika Tea Bar

Pick up a treat.
Dozens of local cafes, bakeries, and restaurants are offering curbside and takeout order options. Find a list here. Whether you're looking for a meal or just something to sip on, call up and order or pull up to the curb for a meal or drink. Enjoy it on-the-go or pick a place to picnic.

Other local food stores, such as Simon's Specialty Cheese and Lamers Dairy, are great places to get some Sunday drive grub and support local, family-owned businesses. Family-owned, these businesses choose to be closed on Sundays, so pick up your snacks on Saturday or any weekday in prep for your Sunday drive.

Jefferson Park/Lake Winnebago, Menasha

Be socially responsible.
Much goes without saying, but please enjoy your Sunday drive in a safe and socially responsible manner. Our region is beautiful, friendly, and picturesque because others have enjoyed responsibly too. Obey motor vehicle/traffic laws and trespassing laws; don't litter; pick up the dog poo.; and so forth.

Mural along Water St., Appleton

Happy travels! Show us how you #ExploreFoxCities on Sunday.

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