Set on the Fox River, Appleton is a lively university city known as the birthplace of Harry Houdini, one of the most legendary magicians of all time. Spend your days strolling around the Lawrence University campus, browsing the shops on College Avenue and visiting quirky museums.
Things to do in Appleton
Appleton is anchored by Lawrence University, one of America's most prestigious higher education institutions. Founded in 1847, the university is best known for its liberal arts college and conservatory of music. Stroll around the campus, soak up the student scene and admire historic buildings like the Main Hall and the Mudd Library.
For a glimpse at the legacy of Harry Houdini, don't miss the History Museum at the Castle. It's housed in a converted Masonic temple and is filled with exhibits celebrating the city's famous native son. You can see original photos and stage costumes, as well as displays on local author Edna Ferber.
Popular with historians and engineering buffs alike, the Hearthstone Historic House Museum is one of Wisconsin's most visited attractions. The 19th-century residence is famous as the world's first hydroelectric powered home. Inside you'll find antiques, period costumes and original hydroelectric lights.
Celebrating local and international talent, the Trout Museum of Art is filled with colourful exhibitions. Inside you'll find over 150 works of art, including paintings, sculptures and artefacts. The museum also hosts a line-up of lectures, workshops, concerts and family fun days.
Getting around Appleton
Appleton is well serviced by a network of public buses that run throughout the city, while private vehicles are best for exploring Outagamie County. The drive to Milwaukee takes around two hours, while Appleton International Airport is 20 minutes’ drive from town.