Top Things to Do in Appleton, Wisconsin | Midwest Living

Top Things to Do in Appleton, Wisconsin

Wisconsin's oldest brewpub, a multifaceted arts center, and the home base of the Eco Candle Company can all be found in Wisconsin's sixth-largest city.

What to do

Eco Candle Company A hundred retailers across the country sell soy-wax candles crafted in downtown Appleton.

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Catch a touring Broadway show or live concert.

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Appleton, Wisconsin.

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Photo courtesy of the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Hearthstone Historic House Museum This residence-turned-museum was the first in the world to be powered using hydroelectricity, thanks to Thomas Edison's turn-of-the-20th-century inventions.

History Museum at the Castle Exhibits honor Appleton's native son, legendary magician and escape artist Harry Houdini, with interactive stations allowing guests to try shaking free of shackles and escaping from a straitjacket.

History Museum at the Castle. Appleton, Wisconsin.

History Museum at the Castle. Photo courtesy of the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Paper Discovery Center No U.S. state produces more paper than Wisconsin. Make some at an exhibit inside a rebuilt mill on the Fox River.

The Trout Museum of Art A modern glass façade connected to an old brick building defines the new-meets-classic feel inside, where minimalist galleries house works by the likes of Whistler and Dali.

Where to eat

Cena Restaurant and Bar Blues and jazz bands play each week at this intimate downtown space that serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.

Frank's Pizza Palace Nosh on award-winning thin crust and sausage prepared on site. Plus, don't miss out on "Frank's Special" pizza — double sausage with mounded mushrooms.

Simon's Specialty Cheese Store Dairy-lovers delight over the hundreds of options. Although the curds are tough to pass up, Simon's prides itself most in its Masters Reserve sharp cheddar.

Stone Arch Brewpub In a state filled with bars, this 1859 establishment houses the oldest brewpub in Wisconsin. Stone walls and aged wood set the scene for a meal of pub food and German-inspired dishes.

Wilmar Confectionery The aroma of chocolate fills the air at this family-owned business.

Where to stay

Copperleaf Boutique Hotel and Spa Indulge with whirlpools, electric fireplaces and a spa.

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