Embrace the Season: Six Ways to Winter (While it Lasts) in the Fox Cities

Embrace winter (while it lasts) with these six ideas for exploring, experiencing, and expanding your horizons in the Fox Cities this season.

Platform Tennis at Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel

1. Get in the swing of things.
Stay active and in the swing of things with these sport options: platform tennis and indoor golf.

Platform tennis is played on a raised court with heaters underneath, allowing the sport to be played even amidst snow. The Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel has two courts, which can be reserved through the Bridgewood Platform Tennis Club.

Indoor golf has also made its way to the Fox Cities at Missing Links Indoor Golf and Appleton Indoor Golf. These indoor venues allow you to practice your game on simulators with beer, food, and good memories in hand.

You can also stay active and have fun at area trampoline parks, laser tag, arcades, bowling lanes, and other indoor amusement centers.

Lawrence Memorial Chapel

2. Let the music move you.
You may be itching for spring and outdoor bandstands, but even in the winter months, the shows still go on (indoors.) Head over to Stone Arch at Riverview Gardens every Wednesday for Mile of Music Presents Rhythm and Brews. Acts from August's Mile of Music, as well as up and comers, are featured alongside local brews from Stone Arch Brewpub.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Appleton Boys Choir presents Horizons: A Black History Month Event at the Lawrence Memorial Chapel in February.

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center welcomes Miss Saigon and Tap Pack in early 2020, amongst other shows, so you can keep the good vibes and toe-tapping going all winter long.

3. Be charmed by one-of-a-kind events.
When was the last time you walked on water? During winter, it's a regular occurrence here in Wisconsin. Sturgeon spearing season begins in February with SturgeonFest and Fisheree 2020 to help you ring in this time of year.

If you prefer to stay indoors and off the ice, check out the inaugural Community Public Market in downtown Appleton on Feb. 8. This free public market will feature pop up shops, produce stands, wellness exhibits, kids activities and more. Spend your morning, or whole day, at the market!

Cure those winter blues well into this new year at other upcoming Fox Cities events such as the Fox Cities Home and Garden Show, Death By Chocolate, and more at foxcities.org/events.

Tempest Coffee Collective | PC: IG @crystarra

4. Warm up with a hearty meal or good drink.
From a classic supper club meal to a modern small plate delicacy to warm drinks, restaurants and coffeehouses in the Fox Cities can fit your taste. Whether you are looking for ethnic fare at Zacatecas Mexican Grill and Tequila Lounge, a classic fish fry at VanAbel's, a sip of coffee with riverfront views at Tempest Coffee Collective, or a taste of one of the area's newest restaurants, Wissota Chophouse, winter offers a chance to warm up and try a new dish or restaurant.

Cross Country Skiing at Bubolz Nature Preserve | PC: IG @no5photo

5. Brave the outdoors ... and love it.
There are plenty of ways to embrace winter outdoors in the Fox Cities. From winter hiking at High Cliff State Park to snowshoeing Heckrodt Wetland Reserve or Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve (both of which have rentals onsite) to ice skating at local parks, such as Pierce Park in Appleton, Washington Park in Neenah, Jennerjohn Park in Greenville, and Heesakker Park in Little Chute, bundle up and opt outside. Visit each city's local park and recreation department website for all parks with ice skating, hockey, and sledding hills available.

However, you don't have to go it alone. There are active events, such as Brewski at Bubolz and a Moonlight Hike at 1000 Islands Environmental Center, to keep you active and enjoying the outdoors amidst the snow.

Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass

6. Opt for an engaging education experience.
The Fox Cities is home to numerous museums sure to expand your horizons, leave you intrigued, and fill a winter afternoon. The Building for Kids Children’s Museum, Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass, and many others are very popular stops in the Fox Cities.

This winter season promises new exhibits and events at many Fox Cities museums, such as Let It Glow: Black Light Science at the Paper Discovery Center and Mystery at the Museum at Hearthstone Historic House Museum.

Banner Photo Credit: IG@lifewithaglassofbubbly (Appleton, WI)

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