10 Things to Do in Appleton That You Shouldn't Miss

December 6, 2017 Ying Subia

Appleton is a city in Outagamie (mostly), Calumet, and Winnebago counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. One of the Fox Cities, it is situated on the Fox River, 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Green Bay and 100 miles (160 km) north of Milwaukee. Appleton is the county seat of Outagamie County. The population was 72,623 at the 2010 census. Of this, 60,045 were in Outagamie County, 11,088 in Calumet County, and 1,490 in Winnebago County. Appleton is the principal city of the Appleton, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, Wisconsin Combined Statistical Area. The city possesses the two tallest buildings in Outagamie County, the Zuelke Building and 222 Building, at 168 and 183 feet, respectively.
Restaurants in Appleton

1. Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Appleton, WI +1 844-854-1450
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4.5 based on 296 reviews

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Reviewed By ReadRibbet

The Fox City PAC is an amazing facility in the heart of downtown Appleton. For a town of its size, it rivals almost all other similar venues in the state. We have been there multiple times for plays, musicals, concerts and speakers. There is virtually no bad seat in the house and the staff is always friendly. Parking can be a bit tricky near the PAC but it's easy to park on a side street and walk over. Centrally located near restaurants and bars for a stop before or after. The offerings are better than almost all other state venues often getting national tours before other locations in the state. It is a great place to catch a show or a concert.

2. Heckrodt Wetland Reserve

1305 Plank Rd, Menasha, WI 54952-2919 +1 920-720-9349
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve

Reviewed By Jane K - Appleton, Wisconsin

The Reserve has great wooden planked hiking trails in a beautiful woods and pond areas. It is also home to four or so white tail deer that blend right in with the wooded background. The trails are well maintained. The nature center has beautiful displays of local fauna and offers regular nature-related activities and workshops.

3. Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium

2400 N Casaloma Dr, Appleton, WI 54913-8865 +1 920-733-4152
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4.5 based on 111 reviews

Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium

Our team will create the best entertainment experience in Wisconsin, so that every guest walks away with a smile and the desire to return!

Reviewed By Chuck S - Chilton, Wisconsin

A great place for a great evening. Great seating options and affordable. Good food & drinks available. Nice entertainment and great areas for kids to run & play. Recently remodeled and added on to increase seating. Great structural steel Drawn by CompuSteel Detailing Inc.

4. Barlow Planetarium

1478 Midway Rd, Menasha, WI 54952-1224 +1 920-832-2848
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

The Barlow Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley opened to the public on March 20, 1998.This is a world-class facility for 3-D excitement, giant full-color special effects and crystal-clear, five-channel, 10,000 watt THX surround sound.The Barlow Planetarium has a 48-foot projection dome and seats 98 people, with four additional spaces for wheelchair access.An Evans and Sutherland Digistar II® star projector recreates a realistic night sky and 3-D effects which pull the audience into a virtual world.Interactive keypads at each seat allow audiences to get involved in performances.Cutting-edge Sky Skan® video projection and automation systems make this planetarium state-of-the-art.

Reviewed By DeLylla - Redgranite

A VERY Unique activity .. Truly Enjoyed . Check out their facebook page.. SO Cool to do something Different b4 Halloween with a 6 yr old !

5. The Building for Kids

100 W College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5735 +1 920-734-3226
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4.5 based on 128 reviews

The Building for Kids

The Building for Kids Children's Museum's mission is to empower children, engage parents and energize communities. We accomplish our mission by providing specially designed exhibits, programs and events. Our goal is to inspire, teach and reinforce curiosity.

Reviewed By Stormie K

Our favorite storybook character visited the museum. They had coloring activities after the book reading. He loved every minute of it. He also loved playing in the 3 year old and under area. It's gated off so you don't have to worry about your little one running away from you. Great place for my almost 2 year old.

6. Weis Earth Science Museum

1478 Midway Rd, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, Menasha, WI 54952-1224 +1 920-832-2925
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Weis Earth Science Museum

The official minerology and geology museum of the state of Wisconsin.

Reviewed By Seldom-seen-schultz

I've used that title before, because it fits several smaller gems we have in the area. This museum, though small, has an outstanding collection of gems and the geologic timeline of Wisconsin exhibit is well presented and laid out. Sure, it is heavy science at times and may be tough for pre-teens to absorb and appreciate, but so what! Take them anyway and give them the opportunity to listen to the knowledgeable and very well spoken guides this place has on staff. More that worth the nominal entrance fee and if you tie it on with a Planetarium visit, it's like a little bonus.

7. Hearthstone Historic House Museum

Prospect and Memorial Dr., Appleton, WI +1 920-730-8204
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4.5 based on 116 reviews

Hearthstone Historic House Museum

Reviewed By Maggie L - Appleton, Wisconsin

Don't keep passing this place by! Take the time, hear the stories, and appreciate your history Appleton! It's amazing for us to re-visit Wisconsin in the late 1800s, and even better for our children to see. Amazing craftsmanship, great tour guides, beautiful views - relive an era gone by and then, the next time you pass this building by the bridge you will look at it with an entirely different perspective.

8. Fox River Kayaking Company

Menasha, WI 54952
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5 based on 9 reviews

Fox River Kayaking Company

Fox River Kayaking Company offers guided excursions, stand up paddle board yoga, and gear rentals for independent outings on the Fox River, Lake Winnebago, and surrounding waterways. Explore the Fox River with a fun safety guide, or rent the gear for an independent adventure via kayak or paddle board. Our activities include: - Appleton Locks Paddle - Little Chute Locks Paddle - Kaukauna Paddle - Doty Island Paddle - Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga - Gear Rentals Fox River Kayaking Company adventures are perfect for families, couples, team building groups, wedding, bachelor, and bachelorette parties, and any one looking to spend a day outside on the water!

Reviewed By Dawn G - Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Saw this place advertised on facebook. Clicked around on the pictures and my interest was peeked!. On a whim last minute we scheduled the sunset paddle. Then I got more intrigued by the lock system. They changed our reservation without hesitation. So our tour embarked on a picture perfect summer day. Before we knew it we were in the first lock hanging onto a rope as the lock lowered. We have taken several guided kayak tours throughout the state and the Appleton lock system was by far the neatest one. At each lock the lock tenders met us and handed us our rope for our gradual decent. Our tour guide pointed out local architecture along the rive. We saw a bald eagle close up and was not rushed as we took pictures. Oimur shuttle picked us up and loaded all the gear. If you are looking for a unique kayaking experience you MUST try the Appleton lock paddle. The cost is very reasonable.

9. Lawrence University

706 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-5697 +1 920-832-7000
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4.5 based on 71 reviews

Lawrence University

One of the nation's preeminent liberal arts colleges and conservatories of music, Lawrence University, one of the "Colleges That Change Lives," draws students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries. Cultural attractions: conservatory concerts, art galleries, 21 varsity teams, and--believe it--great food.

Reviewed By wombat1223 - Charlottesville, Virginia

We came to see the school with my so who is a rising senior. But it's without students right now so it's hard to get a feel for what it's really like. The Warch building is stunning with its locally sourced stone flags, materials, and energy (green roof, and solar power!). And other standout spots include the music building and the lovely chapel. I bet when the students are here there's a much better vibe though.

10. Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve

4815 N Lynndale Dr, Appleton, WI 54913-9665 +1 920-731-6041
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve

Reviewed By jasila - Appleton, Wisconsin

An excellent place to cross country ski, a great place to take a walk and be surrounded in nature yet is only a stones throw outside of Appleton. The only downside is that no dogs are allowed.

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