This attractive city on the banks of Fox River is Wisconsin’s popular destination for performing arts, thrilling sports and Harry Houdini history.

Appleton is known for its performing arts scene, heritage houses, pleasant parks and informative museums. The charming city in Northeast Wisconsin is split diagonally by the meandering Fox River. Catch a baseball match, wander through an expansive botanical garden and learn about the famed magician Harry Houdini’s connection to Appleton.

Appleton is a compact city and features a range of exciting destinations within easy walking distance in its downtown district. Check what’s showing at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, a venue that regularly hosts Broadway acts and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. Visit the History Museum at the Castle, an interactive local history museum featuring a range of permanent and touring exhibitions. Find out how former Appleton resident Harry Houdini performed his amazing feats of illusion at the Houdini exhibit.

Walk a few blocks to find the Hearthstone Historic House Museum on the banks of Fox River. This stately late-19th-century mansion was the first house in history to be powered by hydroelectricity. Take an informative tour to hear about the Edison hydroelectric system. Catch weekly Appleton City Band concerts throughout the summer in Pierce Park, a leafy public park located nearby.

To the northeast of the city, find the Appleton Memorial Park, an expansive 139-acre (56.2-hectare) public park that features baseball fields, a playground, an indoor ice-skating rink and a picturesque picnic area.

Appleton can be reached by plane to Outagamie County Regional Airport from several major cities in surrounding states. A bus service connects Appleton to Chicago and Green Bay. Local buses serve the city and taxis are readily available in downtown. Visit Appleton for the warm, lingering summers or vacation in winter to see the city brightly lit with colorful Christmas lights.

Accommodation in Appleton

Make a booking for one of the 24 Appleton lodging options listed on Expedia's extensive Appleton lodging guide before you leave.

Travelers with an eye for life's finer things are sure to enjoy the Quality Inn, at 3623 West College Ave, and the Residence Inn by Marriott Appleton, at 310 N Metro Drive. Alternatively, the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, at 333 W College Ave, and the Holiday Inn Appleton, at 150 S Nicolet Road, are two more economical options worth considering.

While you are visiting Appleton you'll definitely want to check out the Gardens of the Fox Cities, so another option is to stay in the vicinity of this renowned attraction. The Hilton Garden Inn Appleton/Kimberly is only 3 miles away. Another alternative is the Cambria hotel & suites, about 0.8 miles away.

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