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Embrace winter (while it lasts) with these six ideas for exploring, experiencing, and expanding your horizons in the Fox Cities this season.
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.
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.
Jazz at the Trout continues with a performance by Reggie & Mardra Thomas in mid-March in downtown Appleton at the Trout Museum of Art.
The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center welcomes Jimmy Buffet's Escape to Margaritaville in March, amongst other shows. It'll get you in the mood for the summer season to come!
3. Be charmed by one-of-a-kind events.
The transition of winter to spring brings annual events to the Fox Cities, including with Maple Syrup Saturday.
If you prefer to stay indoors and off the ice, check out the Community Public Market in downtown Appleton on March 21. 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!
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 in a picturesque downtown at Timshel Cafe, or a taste of one of the area's newest restaurants, Wissota Chophouse, try a new dish or restaurant this season.
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 cross country skiing at Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve (which has rentals onsite) to walking along the Fox River at 1000 Islands Environmental Center.
Looking for other trail options? Check out Loop the Lake, Fox Trot Trail, or a stretch of some of the Fox Cities 100+ miles of trails. There are plenty of ways to stay active and enjoy the outdoors amidst the changing seasons.
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.
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