Appleton, Wisconsin 54911
- Things to Do
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- Plan Your Visit
The middle of July is here, and the Fox Cities has plenty of happenings to help make these summer days ones to remember.
Take a hike (or the bike.)
Venture on some of the Fox Cities' hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. From Bubolz Nature Preserve to the Wiouwash State Recreation Trail to the CE Trail, you'll find of variety of gravel, paved, and road trails for scenic hikes, in-town excursions, and active fun throughout the Fox Cities.
While in the area, explore one of the Wisconsin's best state parks. High Cliff State Park offers stunning lake views, miles of easy-to-moderate hiking trails, and an intriguing history. After hiking, head down the park's cliffs to the lakeshore to play in the sand, sun, and waves at this Fox Cities Original. Stay all day and watch the sunset from one of the best spots in the Fox Cities at High Cliff.
Step back in history at these museums and on these tours.
The Little Chute Windmill is an authentic, fully functioning Dutch windmill located in the heart of downtown Little Chute. Take a tour of this windmill, which is a heritage to the town's ancestral roots and past.
Learn about Harry Houdini and local history at the History Museum at the Castle in downtown Appleton. Open for self-guided tours, this interactive and award-winning museum is sure to interest the entire family.
Steeped in history, the Hearthstone Historic House Museum was the first in the United States to be on a central Edison system and was one of only three homes in the country to have had electric lighting in 1882. Located perched above the Fox River in the historic Old Third Ward in downtown Appleton, this historic home is open for tours.
From art to science to history Fox Cities museums offer engaging and educational opportunities during your visit.
Stroll farm markets for fresh finds.
The Downtown Appleton Farm Market continues this Saturday. Spend the morning picking up fresh produce, goods to grill, delicious baked goods, and some treats for later along the blocks of College Avenue.
Future Neenah Farmers Market, also open Saturday mornings, offers fresh cut flowers, produce, drinks, hot foods, and other tasty goodies. Stroll around the market and waterfront at Shattuck Park in downtown Neenah.
You can shop one-of-a-kind stores and boutiques after strolling the markets in the walkable, safe, and vibrant downtown areas.
Let the music move you.
Live music is a mainstay in the Fox Cities. While the scene may be set a bit different this summer, there are still ways to hear good tunes amid good times this weekend. Sit along the north shore of Lake Winnebago at Waverly Beach Bar and Grille and enjoy the Waverly Beach Summer Music Series this Sunday. Saddlebrook is set to take the stage 3-7 pm this Sunday.
Just add water.
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 inspiring ways to enjoy Fox Cities waterways, check out these adventures.
After a water adventure, enjoy a meal or drink at a local waterfront or riverfront restaurant with outdoor seating. RiverTyme Bistro, one of the area's newest restaurants, offers small-plate and fresh dining options. Pullmans at Trolley Square is located along the Appleton riverfront and has a large outdoor patio where you can sip a drink or order a full meal. Fratello's Waterfront Restaurant overlooks the Fox River and offers a tasteful array of seafood, steaks, pastas, sandwiches and pizzas, as well as an extensive cocktail, beer, and wine menu. If looking for something lighter, swing by Tempest Coffee Collective for a drink, bakery item, or small meal.
The middle of summer is here, and you can travel confidently in the Fox Cities with these travel well tips and resources.
Be aware and respectful of individuals and individual business's safety standards and health precautions. There is no general public face mask requirement, but private business and city building requirements vary, so it is best to come prepared regardless.
The Fox Cities is a welcoming, friendly, and kind community, and we expect the same of our visitors. We’re elated to welcome you, your family, and your friends to enjoy this beautiful summer weekend in the Fox Cities.
Banner Image: High Cliff State Park, IG@jenniferjeanphotog