Appleton Information

Sitting on bluffs high above the Fox River, Appleton has long been considered the cultural heart and soul of the Fox River Valley, in large part due to the presence of Lawrence University, a liberal arts college with strong music and performing arts programs. The city itself has spawned a few performers and artists over the years, from writer Edna Ferber to actor Willem Dafoe and master illusionist and "debunker of fake mediums and spiritualists" Harry Houdini.

Some of the top choices for visitors around the city include:

Houdini Historical Center
330 East College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911
920-735-9370 ext. 0
The History Museum gathers, interprets, and disseminates information related to the life and career of Harry Houdini who claimed Appleton, Wisconsin as his home-town. The A.K.A. Houdini exhibit lets you experience some of Harry Houdini's tricks of the trade through hands-on activities. It is great fun for the whole family!

Memorial Park Arboretum and Gardens
1313 E Witzke Blvd, Appleton, WI 54913
920-993-1900
Learn about Wisconsin's indigenous trees, plants, and flowers at this year-round nature center. Highlights of the 33-acre complex include an English-style rose garden and the native rose garden, which contains members of the Rosaceae family, including wild strawberry, black chokeberry, and pasture roses.

Appleton Art Center
111 W College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911
920-733-4089
One of the cornerstones of Appleton's art community, this downtown gallery frequently exhibits works by local artists and craftspeople, including watercolors, oils, pottery, and jewelry. Established in 1960, the Center also hosts a variety of workshops and classes each year, from stone carving to poetry and photography.