Walk It Out: Six Walking Tours in the Fox Cities

Learn about our area's storied past, see engaging works of art, and check out our region's natural beauty on these Fox Cities walking tours.

Sidewalk Tour of Doty Island
Learn about the architecture and history of Doty Island on this self-guided sidewalk tour around the island and its neighborhoods. Yellow signs with descriptions and facts of the featured properties will be erected from June 22-June 28 to read and view from the sidewalk. Well-known paper industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and politicians built and/or lived in many of the featured homes, a majority of which remain impeccably maintained private residences to this day; the tour also features a number of business and mill buildings, which helped build and power the vitality of the Fox Cities region.


Mural in Downtown Appleton

Downtown Appleton Public Art Walking Tour
Bright murals, decorated traffic control boxes, inspiring sidewalk poetry, and intriguing sculptures spot the downtown Appleton landscape. Walk College Avenue and the surrounding riverfront and downtown area to see the mix of these whimsical, meaningful, and diverse works of art.


History Museum at the Castle Get Up and Go Tours

History Museum at the Castle Get Up and Go Tours
From a Historic City Park Neighborhood Walk to a Prohibition Pub Crawl to Houdini's Appleton Tour, the History Museum at the Castle offers more than a half dozen interactive, guided walking tours in summer/fall 2020. Registration is required, and tours start at 6 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) on the specified day and last about 1.5 hours.


Lawrence Memorial Chapel along the Fox Trot Trail | PC: IG@neal.grosskopf

Fox Trot Trail
This self-guided, two-mile loop walking tour of Appleton's downtown and riverfront will take you through history and past beautiful scenery. Heavily tied to the paper industry, many of the 16 points of interest and sites along the trail helped make Appleton and the Fox Cities the growing and thriving place it was and continues to be.


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Neenah Lighthouse/Kimberly Point Park along Neenah Historical Walking Tour

Neenah Historical Walking Tour
Get a glimpse into Neenah's history and continued vibrancy by taking the self-guided Neenah Historical Walking Tour. Walk past two dozens points of interest including exquisitely maintained, historic homes from the "paper baron era" and other notable landmarks such as the Kimberly Point/Neenah Lighthouse, Neenah Clocktower, and Doty Cabin.


Appleton aerial shot including the Historic Old Third Ward | PC: IG@grahamimages

Appleton's Historic Old Third Ward Walking Tour
Appleton's Historic Old Third Ward features tree-lined streets, 19th and 20th century residential architecture, and other storied stops for your eyes and mind to feast on. This self-guided walking tour route includes more than 60 homes for sidewalk viewing, many of which remain well-maintained private residences today.


Looking for other ways to see the sites of the Fox Cities? Go by boat, segway, pedal bus, or kayak on these tours.


Banner image: City Park, Appleton, along History Museum at the Castle Get Up and Go Tours | PC: IG@ianlbartlett

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