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Things to do in Appleton

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Entertainment
“Check their schedule because great performers and performances are always coming through. Broadway productions, musical concerts, comedy, etc.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Delicious food with great flavors! Breakfast, lunch or dinner, it doesn’t matter the time of day.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“Has rotating interesting displays and a standing display about magician Harry Houdini, who grew up in Appleton. Also has history of area.”
  • 8 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“It is located right along the water in a unique building with a beautiful view of the river.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
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“Coffee geeks in a great new spot on the water. Great food, outdoor seating, and phenomenal coffee.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Beautiful building, showcasing local artists and traveling exhibits. They have 'Jazz at the Trout' evenings with different jazz performances in the main area of the museum.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“A true Wisconsin dive bar! And it’s Christmas all year round. The dirty snowball is their specialty!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“I know the chef and they do a spectacular job sourcing their food and creating unique specials. The brewery is above the bar and you will experience unique brews. It is Lord of the Rings meets the Prancing Pony in Appleton. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Museum
“Nonprofit, play-based children’s museum with diverse hands-on exhibits for kids ages 7 & under.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“The only upscale Mexican food in town, this place is for sure a local favorite. I recommend sitting in the back bar area to drink or dine for a more vibey experience. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Cinema
“Great restaurant and bar are part of this theatre. Also have the $5 Tuesday night movies.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
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“The largest and most popular coffee shop in town. Surprisingly good lunch and dinner menu. Sandwiches, soup, pound cake, and gelato.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Check out this amazing Thai/Vietnamese place! It may not look like much from the outside, but it is by far one of our favorite restaurants!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“New, really nice grocery store. A little more pricy than everywhere else, but great quality produce and meats.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bus Line
“There's so many great little shops downtown in Appleton, where the businesses are alive and thriving!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Night Club
“Deja Vu Martini Lounge is a stylishly refined cocktail bar offering nightly specials, karaoke & live bands in a 1930s-inspired setting. Check their Facebook page regularly for daily updates, specials, and attractions. Facebook: @dejavumartinilounge”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“Delicious food with great flavors! Breakfast, lunch or dinner, it doesn’t matter the time of day.”
  • 8 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“It is located right along the water in a unique building with a beautiful view of the river.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Gastropub
“I know the chef and they do a spectacular job sourcing their food and creating unique specials. The brewery is above the bar and you will experience unique brews. It is Lord of the Rings meets the Prancing Pony in Appleton. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“The only upscale Mexican food in town, this place is for sure a local favorite. I recommend sitting in the back bar area to drink or dine for a more vibey experience. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“Check out this amazing Thai/Vietnamese place! It may not look like much from the outside, but it is by far one of our favorite restaurants!”
  • 7 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“If you want a place that's super close with ok food and decent drinks but amazing views, all you have to do is walk across the street!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Hibachi-cooked fare & inventive sushi rolls served in a warm, unfussy environment with a full bar.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great happy hour food. You can earn points towards items on the happy hour menu with beverage purchases.”
  • 3 locals recommend

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