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Appleton is in the Fox Cities, one of several communities near the Fox River. On the shores of Lake Winnebago, this area was named the best cities to shop in 2011. Two places draw the most shoppers. The Avenues downtown has eclectic shops, coffee houses and art galleries as well as eateries and museums. Fox River Mall, the second biggest in Wisconsin, has 180-plus stores and eateries. The Paper Valley district, so named for the paper mills that made the area's wealth, also has one-of-a-kind shops. Lawrence University, the second oldest coed university in the country, is here and like any college, it attracts unique shops and cafes.
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Appleton has a great deal to offer those who love the great outdoors. With over 30 parks and many nature trails, hikers and bikers have ample room to exercise amongst beautiful scenery. Stroll through the 36-acre botanical gardens at Fox Cities Garden. The Heritage Water Trail is only for non-motorized craft such as paddle-boats, canoes and tubing, in summer of course. Water-sports buffs head to Lake Winnebago. Even in winter, water lovers can dip in the public pool because it is indoors. Not too far from quality affordable motels is Mosquito Hill Nature Center. Trust us - despite the name, you will want to spend time there.
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The arts are alive and well in Appleton. This is where the famed Houdini was born. But there is no illusion about the Art Network Downtown (AND), nine art organizations that draw national talent for performances, shows and concerts. The History Museum at the Castel is a fun interactive place for all ages to enjoy. The Bergstrom Mahler Museum has unique collections of glass from all over the world, some centuries old.