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.

Where to stay in Appleton

DoubleTree by Hilton Appleton
DoubleTree by Hilton Appleton
4 out of 5
150 S Nicolet Road, Appleton, WI, 54914
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$581 per night from 15 Dec to 16 Dec
HK$581
per night
15 Dec - 16 Dec
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Appleton. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (615 reviews)
"clean and good service"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Appleton
Clarion Inn
Clarion Inn
2.5 out of 5
3033 W College Avenue, Appleton, WI, 54914
The price is HK$718 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec
HK$718
per night
4 Dec - 5 Dec
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Appleton. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (955 reviews)
"Enjoyed the free breakfast"

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2022

Clarion Inn
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, 54911
The price is HK$810 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec
HK$810
per night
20 Dec - 21 Dec
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Appleton. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (615 reviews)
"Enjoyed the stay. Would stay there again."

Reviewed on 24 Nov 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.
The Downtown Appleton Farmhouse
The Downtown Appleton Farmhouse
Appleton, WI
Stay at this holiday home in Appleton. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and Building for ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Wonderful for Pets
"It was so great - and such a relief - to find a place that would take all our pets. We had a great stay!"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2022

The Downtown Appleton Farmhouse
Historic Downtown Appleton
Historic Downtown Appleton
Appleton, WI
Stay at this holiday home in Appleton. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a balcony. Popular attractions Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and Hearthstone ...
Historic Downtown Appleton
NEW! Bright Appleton Condo w/ Patio ~ 2 Mi to Dtwn
NEW! Bright Appleton Condo w/ Patio ~ 2 Mi to Dtwn
Appleton, Wisconsin
Stay at this condo in Appleton. Enjoy a patio, a TV and cable/satellite TV. Popular attractions Fox River Antique Mall and Fox River Mall are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Perfect
"Condo was nice and clean. Perfect for what we needed for our short stay. Check in process was easy and owners were very nice. We would definitely stay there again."

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2022

NEW! Bright Appleton Condo w/ Patio ~ 2 Mi to Dtwn
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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