From our early as a cluster of 19 small papermaking communities along Wisconsin’s Fox River and Lake Winnebago, Appleton and the Fox Cities have prospered to become one of the fastest growing urban areas in the state and have done it without losing their small town warmth, safety and affordability. From some of the biggest names in retail to small specialty shops and galleries, the Appleton/Fox Cities area is a shopper’s paradise. The Fox River Mall is Wisconsin’s second largest shopping mall with more than 180 retailers. The many other retailers surrounding the mall make it the largest concentration of retail in the State.
From art to function, from galleries to specialty retailers, downtown Appleton and downtown Neenah offer unique one of a kind items you just can’t find anywhere else. From visual to performing to literary arts, there’s something for everyone here in the Fox Cities. The Fox Cities Performing Art Center is a 2100 seat state of the art facility presenting professional touring entertainment. From Harry Houdini to a Museum Just For Kids, our museums bring our rich history to life, including the Hearthstone Historic House Museum, the Barlow Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley, the Heckrod Wetland Reserve and the Paper Discovery Center, where you can discover the world of Paper.
When it comes to dining in Appleton/the Fox Cities, the choices are endless. From fine dining that will challenge the gourmet’s pallette, to ethnic foods including Thai, Greek, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Mexican just to name a few. If casual dining is more to your taste, choose one of our local diners or sidewalk cafes, and when the sun goes down the fun is just beginning. Enjoy live music and dancing, wine tasting, relax in one of our corner pubs or shoot a game of pool in one of our many sports bars.
The Appleton/Fox Cities offers excellent educational opportunities for all levels and for diverse learners. From early childhood education through elementary and higher education, the Fox Cities has received awards based on achievement, test scores, graduation rates and standards of excellence. Enjoy the many opportunities to expand your education and potential through our Fox Valley Technical College, University of Wisconsin Fox Valley, Lawrence University and other private colleges and private high schools. We’re waiting for you, in Wisconsin’s Fox Cities.