Labor Day Weekend in the Fox Cities

Celebrate the (unofficial) transition of summer to fall this Labor Day weekend in the Fox Cities. The sun will be shining, businesses are open, and there is fun to be had, so plan your adventures with these ideas.

Honey Land Juice Co. at Future Neenah Farmers Market | PC: IG@honeylandjuiceco

Make fresh finds at the farm market.
Seasons are changing and so are local farm market selections.

Local producers and vendors are selling an array of fresh produce, baked goods, drinks, meats and cheeses, and more this Saturday at the Future Neenah Farmers Market, Downtown Appleton Farmer Market, and Downtown Kaukauna Farmer's Market. Special health precautions have been put in place to promote health and wellbeing of shoppers and vendors.

Enjoy a morning strolling, shopping, snacking, and stocking up around the markets and in their downtown locations.

Lemon Loves Lime/Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, Downtown Menasha

Enjoy a scoop (or two) of this sweet treat.
This Labor Day weekend weather still calls for an ice cream treat.

Lemon Loves Lime Boutique is serving up two-for-one scoops of ice cream this Friday and Saturday at its in-store Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream. Located in downtown Menasha, stop by for a treat after a bike ride on Loop the Lake or stroll the waterfront or downtown area while indulging in your sweet treat.

From rolled ice cream to a cultural twist on this classic treat, check out other Fox Cities ice cream shops to stop at this weekend. Due to seasonal changes and COVID19, please check with the individual shop for updated holiday or seasonal hours before stopping.

Loop the Lake/Fox Cities Trestle, Neenah-Menasha-Fox Crossing

Take a hike or a bike.
The trail network in the Fox Cities continues to expand for walking, biking, running, and simply exploring.

Go over the water on the newly opened Lawe Street Trestle along the Fox River in downtown Appleton. It is part of the new Hydroelectric Heritage Trailway (HHT), which covers about eight miles of existing and future trails or connections along the Fox River. There is parking at the end of east John Street by Eagle Point Senior Living or in a lot along Eagle Flats Parkway. As a bonus, the Harry Houdini "Metamorphosis" sculpture, which used to be in Houdini Plaza in downtown Appleton, has been reinstalled at the south end of the Lawe Street Trestle for viewing.

Loop the Lake, a 3.5-mile trail that circles the lower portion of Little Lake Butte des Morts, is also a family-friendly, scenic spot to get your steps or miles in and enjoy the outdoors this Labor Day weekend. Passing through four parks with playgrounds and other amenities, pack a picnic lunch or plan to stop to play or enjoy the views along the way, or since the trail is connected to downtown Neenah and a short jaunt from downtown Menasha, stop for a smoothie, light lunch, or other shopping while looping the trail.

If looking to soak in the country air, head west to the Wiouwash State Recreation Trail. Stretching more than 20 miles from Hortonville to Oshkosh, this trail takes users through the Fox Cities countryside. Enjoy the silence and serenity of nature walking, running, or biking on this trail.

For more trails and outdoor recreation opportunities in the Fox Cities to explore this Labor Day weekend, click here.

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve Spring Boardwalk
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Menasha

Explore the region's habitats and wildlife for free at nature preserves.
With 8.5 miles of trails, Bubolz Nature Preserve in Grand Chute offers up-close access to nature. Wind through a large white cedar forest, beautiful prairies, and other habitats with abundant wildlife on the preserve's miles of trails. Go off the beaten path at this Fox Cities Original this Labor Day weekend.

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve in Menasha includes three miles of trails through its forested wetland, cattail marsh, open water, created prairie, and upland forest habitats. Elevated boardwalks provide access to the wetland habitat for all visitors to enjoy bird watching, walking, photography, and other activities throughout this suburban nature preserve.

Located along the Fox River in Kaukauna, 1000 Islands Environmental Center and Conservancy Zone has 7.2 miles of trails along the river and through the woods. A one-mile trail along the Fox River includes a barrier-free boardwalk, so it's like you are walking on water. Spotting eagles, deer, and birds of all kinds is common when hiking at 1000 Islands.

Each of these preserves offer a unique outdoor and natural spot to explore at no cost to you. With miles of trails, ample wildlife viewing opportunities, and landscapes changing with the season, check out one of these (or all three) natural areas this weekend.

Looking for other trails and places to explore outdoors? Click here for more.

Mulberry Lane Farm | PC: IG@sarah_e_warden

Spend a day at the farm or orchard.
Milk a cow, hold kittens, take a hayride, and experience more family-friendly farm activities at Mulberry Lane Farm. The petting farm/zoo is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday - Monday of this Labor Day weekend.

Apple orchards have opened for the season in the Fox Cities. Take your pick and enjoy some sweet treats along the way at these Fox Cities orchards. From picking your own apples to sipping on cider to hopping on a hayride, these orchards offer bushels of fun for the whole family (or a solo trip) as the seasons turn.

Pullmans on Trolley Square, Appleton

Are you looking for more to do this weekend in the Fox Cities?
Take a walk through historic neighborhoods and past stunning scenery on these six walking tours. See our region from boat, segway, or pedal bus on one of these Fox Cities tours. Enjoy a meal and the outdoors on these restaurant patios and dining spots. Hit the links at area golf courses. Stroll the shops in downtown Neenah, downtown Appleton, Fox River Mall, and other local boutiques.

You can travel confidently this Labor Day weekend in the Fox Cities. Enjoy our beautiful region, support local businesses, and make memories all while staying well. For more information on how to travel well while in the Fox Cities, click here.

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