Discover family-friendly things to do in Appleton and the Fox Cities area

Just three miles from Appleton’s vibrant downtown scene, the Country Inn & Suites puts you close to the area’s top things to do and see. You can take the two-mile Fox Trot Trail to key city sites, head to Houdini Plaza for festivals like Mile of Music and Octoberfest, or enjoy a Broadway performance at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Looking for family fun outdoors? Catch a baseball game at Fox Cities Stadium, explore the wonderful Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin, or visit the EAA Aviation Museum, where you can take flight in a 1920s-style biplane. For a break from on-site meetings, walk next door to Fox River Mall. If you’re looking for an exciting day trip, make the 35-minute trip to Green Bay.

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EAA Aviation Museum

20.14 mi / 32.42 km from the hotel
The sky’s the limit at the EAA Aviation Museum, home to more than 200 planes that span the history of flight. For firsthand experience, schedule a flight aboard a Korean War helicopter or visit during the annual AirVenture Oshkosh air show.

Barlow Planetarium

3.53 mi / 5.68 km from the hotel
Located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Fox Valley, the Barlow Planetarium brings the night sky to life as you journey through the stars. The planetarium also puts on laser shows set to the music of greats like Pink Floyd and the Beatles.

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

2.85 mi / 4.58 km from the hotel
From Broadway performances to comedy shows, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center offers some of the best entertainment in the Fox Cities region. Get your tickets to see top-notch acts like Boyz II Men and musicals like Wicked.

Fox Cities Stadium

1.17 mi / 1.88 km from the hotel
Watch tomorrow's MLB stars at Fox Cities Stadium, home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. If you're at the game on a Friday or Saturday, stay afterward for a spectacular fireworks show.

Fox River Mall

0.37 mi / 0.6 km from the hotel
One of the largest shopping centers in Wisconsin, Fox River Mall has all your favorite brands, such as H&M, Loft, and Pottery Barn. Take a break for a beer at the Fox River Brewing Company or a meal at restaurants like P.F. Chang’s.

History Museum at the Castle

3.35 mi / 5.38 km from the hotel
Step back into Appleton’s past and think critically about its present when you tour this museum dedicated to regional history. The museum is noted for its castle-like home and extensive coverage of Harry Houdini, who lived in Appleton as a child.

Lawrence University

3.6 mi / 5.79 km from the hotel
Renowned for its rigorous academics and picturesque campus, Lawrence University attracts top students and faculty from across the country.

The Trout Museum of Art

3.1 mi / 4.99 km from the hotel
Emphasizing the work of regional artists, The Trout Museum includes a beautiful permanent collection with more than 150 works and a variety of rotating exhibits.

Downtown Appleton

3.06 mi / 4.93 km from the hotel
Explore the eclectic array of boutiques, performance venues, restaurants, and historic buildings in charming downtown Appleton. While you’re there, stop to enjoy views of the Fox River or pick up local produce and handicrafts from the Farm Market.

Community First Champion Center

1.36 mi / 2.19 km from the hotel
This 164,000-square-foot facility hosts youth sports tournaments and community sporting events and features a field house, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and an ice rink.

Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve

3.34 mi / 5.38 km from the hotel
This 725-acre preserve offers beautiful trails for hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. The nature center hosts a variety of educational outreaches, including hands-on family events that range from night hiking to learning about maple syrup.

Hearthstone Historic House Museum

2.77 mi / 4.46 km from the hotel
Visit the first home ever to be fully illuminated by Edison’s electrical system and powered by hydroelectricity. You can appreciate the original Edison hardware, which is still present, as well as the building’s beautiful late-19th-century décor.

Little Chute Windmill

7.6 mi / 12.23 km from the hotel
Take an educational tour of this fully functioning windmill that was originally built in the Netherlands in the 1850s. Before you leave, you can swing through the gift shop to peruse the Delft pottery or purchase a tasty stroopwafel.