Fun things to do in Appleton.

Appleton, Wisconsin, is a mid-sized community with a small town feel that offers its residents some big city benefits. Nestled in the heart of the Fox River Valley, Appleton provides more than 73,000 residents with a high quality of life, excellent education systems, and solid family values. Check out a few of the city’s perks below and discover more about "life in the New North" here. Furthermore, watch the video on why this area is 'north of what you expect'. If you have specific questions, visit Appleton's official website.


  • Museums: Our Children’s Museum includes activities for kids of all ages. The Houdini Museum is located in a “castle," and our Paper Discovery Center is a fantastic place to learn about the industry that gave birth to and has long supported the Fox Cities. 
  • Parks: Appleton has more than 27 parks! One favorite is Memorial Park, which includes a huge flower garden, ice-skating rink, and a playground built to fit the needs of disabled children.
  • Trails: High Cliff State Park offers hiking trails, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, fishing, swimming, camping, rock climbing, sailing, and an observation tower with a spectacular view of Lake Winnebago.
  • Sports and Recreation: Appleton is home to its own Minor League baseball team, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, and the Fox Valley is just 30 minutes south of the Green Bay Packers. Other popular sports in the area include hunting, fishing, running, biking, and canoeing.


Education is not something we take lightly, and our Appleton residents are proud of the city’s public, private, and parochial school systems. We have 15 elementary schools, four middle schools, and three high schools in the Appleton Area School District. Our test scores are proof that our teachers are dedicated to the future of this community. Additionally, whether you’re a high school graduate or a returning student, our post-secondary facilities take it to the next level. Colleges, universities, and vocational schools include:



Appleton, by the numbers

(General Statistics, as provided by

  • Population in 2012: 73,016 (+4.2% since 2000)
  • Median resident age: 35.3 years
  • Estimated median household income in 2011: $49,274 (it was $47,285 in 2000)
  • Median gross rent in 2011: $622
A quick look at Appleton from a Lawrence University Perspective.
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