Hotel at a Glance: Ramada Appleton
Located just off US-41, the Ramada Appleton sits close to the Fox River region's best attractions, including the Fox River Mall, which is less than a mile away. The hotel is also a short 23-minute drive from the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh and only 32 minutes from Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Cozy rooms feature 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and the onsite fitness center is open 24 hours a day.
- Take a dip in the heated pool and hot tub, both open until midnight.
- Start the morning with the complimentary continental breakfast.
- Be victorious in the game room.
- Go fishing for white bass, freshwater drum, and walleye in Lake Winnebago.
Appleton, Wisconsin: Dining, Shopping, and Museums Along the Fox River
Situated about two hours north of Milwaukee, Appleton straddles the banks of the Fox River, which flows north from Lake Winnebago into Lake Michigan. Appleton is part of a chain of riverside communities collectively known as the Fox Cities. Along the waterfront, you’ll find a number of public parks as well as the Hearthstone House. When it was constructed in 1882, this four-story mansion was the first residence in the country to be powered by hydroelectricity. The building is open for tours on weekends.
People from surrounding cities regularly make the trek to Appleton to go shopping at the Fox River Mall. After checking out some of the 180 stores, you can refuel at the attached Fox River Brewing Company, which has been crafting beers onsite since the mid-’90s.
East of the mall is downtown Appleton, a walkable mishmash of trendy restaurants, art galleries, and coffee shops centered on College Avenue. Pop into Copper Rock Coffee Company to fill up on sandwiches, gelato, and java (roasted in-house) in a living-room-style setup with comfy leather couches and a fireplace.
For a dose of culture, head to the Trout Museum of Art or see a Broadway show or symphony performance at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. If you’re traveling with kids under 7, don’t miss The Building for Kids Children’s Museum, where tykes can explore a fire engine, climb through a giant model of a human heart, and interact with other exhibits designed to spark imaginations.