Things to Do in the Fox Cities, WI

May 27th, 2019 by

Red chairs in a theater

The Fox Cities encompass the cities of Appleton, Kaukauna, Menasha, and Neenah. If you’re looking for an exciting way to pass the time, you’re in luck! The Fox Cities are situated along the Fox River, making it prime territory for reserves, nature parks, top-rated waterfront breweries and restaurants, and more. Learn more about fun things to do in the Fox Cities from your local CarHop!

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Also known as PAC, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is a gem of downtown Appleton. It’s the home of the Broadway Across America – Fox Cities series, Boldt Arts Alive! series, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Education series, and Fox Valley Symphony. From popular shows like Hamilton and the Phantom of the Opera to tribute shows and The Price is Right live, PAC is a mecca for theater lovers.

Location: 400 W. College Ave., Appleton, WI

Little Chute Windmill

In the 1850s, the Little Chute Windmill was originally built in the Netherlands by 4th generation millwright, Lucas Verbij. It was disassembled and shipped to Little Chute and rebuilt as an authentic and fully functional windmill. It’s open for tours April 1 – October 31 during which time visitors can experience a small piece of history and Dutch heritage up close. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

Location: 130 W. Main St., Little Chute, WI

Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin

Looking for an exciting learning opportunity the kids will love? Try the Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin. Their many butterfly houses, as well as a butterfly bridge and maze, showcase around 40 unique species of butterflies native to the Fox Cities area. Each of the butterfly houses is lush with many different species of nectar plants to learn more about, including monarch-milkweed and plantain.

Location: N2550 State Hwy. 47, Appleton, WI

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve

Need to spend some quality time recharging in nature? The Heckrodt Wetland Reserve is just the place. With 76 acres of forested wetlands, cattail marshes, prairies, upland forests, and more, this lush reserve is a dream for any nature buff. Spend a couple of hours strolling the boardwalks, exploring trails through the wetlands, and learning about the different types of wildlife that frequent the area.

Location: 1305 Plank Rd., Menasha, WI

Fox River Brewing Company Waterfront Restaurant

The Fox River Brewing Company Waterfront Restaurant offers a gorgeous view of the Fox River, as well as a tap room, outdoor seating, and house-brewed craft beer. Try one of their famous brews, such as 2DAMS unfiltered blonde ale or Red Bobber raspberry ale, and pair it with mouth-watering beer bites like handmade potato chips, pretzels and beer cheese dip, or Wisconsin cheese curds.

Location: 4301 W. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton, WI

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As you can see, if you’re looking for things to do in the Fox Cities, WI, you’ve got plenty of options! On the hunt for a high-quality new-to-you car? Stop by CarHop’s Appleton, WI location for assistance. Our team of locals can give you more recommendations for things to do in Appleton and other areas around the Fox Cities.

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