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.

Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley
Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley
3.5 out of 5
333 W College Ave, Appleton, WI
The price is $79 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in College Avenue Historic District, this hotel is steps from Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and Building for Kids Children's Museum. Lawrence University ...
3.8/5 Good! (974 reviews)
"Fun area and great town"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2022

Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley
DoubleTree by Hilton Appleton
DoubleTree by Hilton Appleton
4 out of 5
150 S Nicolet Road, Appleton, WI
The price is $98 per night from Feb 20 to Feb 21
Situated in Appleton, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fox River Antique Mall and Fox River Mall. Tri-County Ice Arena and Time Warner Cable Field at Fox ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (331 reviews)
"Great property with clean rooms and a great restaurant. The airport shuttle was an added bonus."

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Appleton
CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection
CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection
3.5 out of 5
300 West College Avenue, Appleton, WI
The price is $136 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in College Avenue Historic District, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Building for Kids Children's Museum, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (460 reviews)
"We stayed here as an impromptu weekday trip and were very happy with our experience. Its rare that I leave "mom mode" at the door but Copper Leaf made it so easy to feel like a pampered adult. I highly recommend if you need a cozy, quiet get away."

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2022

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Appleton
Home2 Suites by Hilton Appleton
3 out of 5
5155 GRANDE MARKET DRIVE, Appleton, WI
The price is $88 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Situated in Appleton, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fox River Mall, Fox River Antique Mall, and Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Fox ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (270 reviews)
"Brand new (or at least seemed this way) hotel minutes from everything you need. Staff was kind, amenities were excellent, and an overall outstanding stay. The rooms were fantastic."

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2022

Home2 Suites by Hilton Appleton
Heart of the Fox Valley - 4 bedroom House
Heart of the Fox Valley - 4 bedroom House
Appleton, WI
Situated in Appleton, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pierce Park, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, and Lawrence University. Fox River Mall is ...
Heart of the Fox Valley - 4 bedroom House
« Downtown Character Comfort » 3 bedrm, sleeps 7
« Downtown Character Comfort » 3 bedrm, sleeps 7
Appleton, WI
Situated in Appleton, this vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Lawrence University and 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. History Museum ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
The property was well maintained; however, the bathroom space was limited.
"Small for seven people. It would have been a serious problem."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

« Downtown Character Comfort » 3 bedrm, sleeps 7
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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