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Is the forecast looking gloomy? Check out these ways to still play in the Fox Cities.
Visit a museum.
Explore the electrifying history and beauty of the Hearthstone Historic House Museum, which offers daily tours.
In recognition of the community's heritage, a functioning, authentic Dutch windmill sits in the heart of downtown Little Chute. Hourly tours of the Little Chute Windmill are available Tuesday-Saturday, Noon-4 p.m.
At the History Museum at the Castle, learn about Fox Cities history and see artifacts from different eras in the Fox Cities ABCs exhibit, or check out the museum's longstanding, interactive exhibit about Harry Houdini. Just down the road, and adjacent to Houdini Plaza, you can view works of some of Wisconsin's top visual artists at the Trout Museum of Art, which is offering tours via reservation.
Many museums in the Fox Cities are reopening following the temporary closures due to COVID19 restrictions. Search other local museums, their reopening status, and additional health protocols here.
Try a new restaurant or enjoy a dish from a your go-to favorite. Whether it's indulging in ethnic cuisine at Katsu-Ya of Japan, enjoying Wisconsin's best cheese curds at Stone Arch Brewpub, digging into a dish at one of the area's newest restaurants, Field & Fire, or grabbing a pizza to go from Butch's Pizza, you'll find an array of dining options across the Fox Cities to enjoy.
Just looking for dessert? Order a cone, dish, or other treat from a variety of ice cream spots: Frio Mexican Treats, The Chubby Seagull, Lemon Loves Lime/The Chocolate Shoppe, or Lamers Dairy. For a spin on ice cream, opt for scoops of cookie dough at Doughlicious.
The Fox River Mall, one of the state's largest and best known malls, has more than 100 top retailers, including Apricot Lane Boutique, Pottery Barn, Lids, H&M, Scheels, and other stores that fit a range of budgets, styles, and interests.
Downtown Appleton is a walkable, safe, and vibrant area to shop a variety of boutiques and stores, including Lillians, Eco Candle Co., and Blue Moon Emporium. From clothing and shoes to gifts and gadgets, pop open that umbrella, stroll the Avenue, and leave a happy shopper. Head south to find other high-quality, one-of-a-kind, and boutique retailers and items at stores like Lemon Loves Lime, Red Door Mercantile, and Mom and Pop Shop.
The Fox Cities are sprinkled with hundreds of stores and boutiques to explore, discover, and shop.
Play at an indoor game/sports complex.
Try your hand, have some fun, and win prizes at classic and new arcade games at Badger Sports Park. In addition to their large indoor arcade, also have outdoor batting cages, mini golf, and go karts.
For adults, Player 2 Arcade Bar, a retro 21+ arcade bar in downtown Appleton, features classic arcade games, including Space Invaders, Ms. Pac Man, NBA Jam, Super Mario Bros., Q-Bert, Donkey Kong, and a full bar.
If looking for another way to play, book a tee time indoors. Play some of the country's best courses, virtually, at Appleton Indoor Golf
Make it a spa day.
Rest, relax, and rejuvenate at Spa BenMarNicos. Choose from a facial treatment, massage, body treatment, or other spa or salon service. Connected to RYE Restaurant and the CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa, make it a weekend or staycation by booking a room and enjoying fine dining all in one location.
For additional Fox Cities spa options offering facial, body, and beauty treatments, click here.
Book a staycation.
Splurge on a night (or weekend) at a local hotel for a staycation. Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel, CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel, and Franklin Street Inn Bed & Breakfast are among the Fox Cities hotels offering staycation packages. From mini golf and water play areas to dining gift cards to spa appointments, spend a rainy day enjoying one of the staycation offers.
Put on your rain jacket and head outdoors. From Heckrodt Wetland Reserve to 100+ miles of trails to countless parks and greenspaces, there are plenty of places to safely enjoy outdoors even with a bit of rain. If you don't mind some puddles, a bit of mud, and carrying extra gear, you can witness natural beauty in new ways out in the rain.