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.

By The editors of
February 23, 2018

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. Expected to reopen in fall 2021.

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 Closed as of April 2021 due to the pandemic; check website for updates. 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.

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.

Bubolz Nature Preserve Enjoy 8.5 miles of winding trails.

Where to eat

Apollon Greek and Mediterranean dishes, such as moussaka, stuffed grouper and braised lamb shank, star at the intimate downtown space.

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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