Six Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer Heat in the Fox Cities

Sweet summertime is here, and things are heating up. Stay cool with these six ideas from around the Fox Cities.

Kayaking on Little Lake Butte des Morts

Take to the lake.
The Fox Cities sit on the north shore of Lake Winnebago and are built along the Fox River. From kayaking to sailing to sitting along the shore, cool off on the water or along the waterfront.

For more inspiring ways to enjoy Fox Cities waterways, check out these adventures.


Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel Aquatic Fun Center

Make it a staycation.
Pack your bags, head across town, and enjoy some indoor water fun at a local hotel.

Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel is offering a staycation special, where you can splash around at their Aquatic Fun Center, as well as enjoy mini-golf, a walking trail, complimentary bikes, platform tennis, sand volleyball, arcade games, onsite dining at the Ground Round, and a comfy bed (in newly renovated rooms) to tuck into for the evening.

Comfort Suites - Appleton Airport has an indoor pool with a splash slide, whirlpool spa, and other fun water amenities. Enjoy an evening away in the Fox Cities and cool down from the summer heat at the Comfort Suites.

Check out other local hotels for where to stay and those with pool options.


Frogg's Ice Cream | PC: IG@erikaleege

Treat yourself.
Whether in a cone or dish, you can't go wrong with ice cream on a warm summer day. From Frogg's Ice Cream in Sherwood to Dick's Drive-In in Kaukauna and Lamers Dairy in Appleton (and many others in between,) get some lickin' good ice cream in the Fox Cities.


Craft beer from Lion's Tail Brewing Company | PC: IG@barley.n.h0ps

Sip a cold one.
Home to more than a half dozen craft breweries, crack open a can of a Fox Cities craft brew. Available for curbside pickup, on tap, and at local retailers, these brews will keep you cool as the temperatures rise.


High Cliff State Park Beach/Lake Winnebago | PC: IG@chosheungwan

Head to the beach.
Play in the sand, sun, and waves at High Cliff State Park. This Fox Cities Original offers a beach and waterfront access to Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin's largest inland lake.


Hammocking at Plamann Park in Appleton | PC: IG@mackenziexlynn

Find some shade.
Ample parks and greenspaces in the Fox Cities make it easy to enjoy the outdoors and stay cool. Pack a picnic or hang a hammock at a local park under a canopy of trees to avoid some of the direct heat.



Due to the evolving COVID19 health situation, many public swimming pools and splash pads will be closed for summer 2020 or have limited (resident-first) availability. Please contact the respective municipality's parks/recreation department for more information.

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