Here in the Fox Cities, we’re ready to put a year of endless virtual meetings in the rearview mirror – and we bet you are too. Dotting the shores of the Fox River, the Fox Cities provide an opportunity for your group to reconnect in an unforgettable destination where urban style meets natural beauty. From nature-inspired venues to a plethora of leisure activities in vibrant downtowns, here are four reasons to host your next original event, meeting, or conference in the Fox Cities/Greater Appleton area of Wisconsin.
Convenience: Located in East Central Wisconsin, Midwesterners will enjoy the easy drivability to the Fox Cities; the greater Appleton area lies about three hours north of Chicago or just over four hours east of the Twin Cities. Prefer to fly instead? Appleton is home to the third largest airport in Wisconsin. The Appleton International Airport (ATW) serves northeast Wisconsin via four major airlines with nonstop services to 14 destinations across the country.
Unique Spaces and Places: Urban style and amenities mixed with one-of-a-kind natural wonders create memorable and awe-inspiring venues. The Lodge at Bubolz Nature Preserve is the perfect place to spark creativity and escape the ordinary. Accommodating up to 250 people, its nature-inspired design elements and large wrap-around windows seamlessly blend Bubolz’s 700 acres of unique outdoor habitats into modern interior amenities and event space. Stone Arch at Riverview Gardens is set atop a bluff overlooking the Fox River just minutes from downtown Appleton. Interior wood finishes blend into the expansive outdoor views through windows overlooking the Fox River, and the adjacent property features walking and biking trails.
Looking for something larger? Built in 2018, the Fox Cities Exhibition Center is a state-of-the-art event space with over 30,000 sq. ft. of indoor exhibition space. It also features 7,300 sq. ft. of pre-function space and 17,000 sq. ft. of outdoor exhibition space – all located within the heart of downtown Appleton.
Business to Leisure: The spirit of authenticity and creativity run deep in the Fox Cities, creating one of Wisconsin’s finest regions for food, drink, art, and recreation. For those looking to learn something new, the History Museum at the Castle or a walk along the Fox Trot Trail offer opportunities to take in the remarkable history of the region. Boasting a robust food scene, you can find restaurants specializing in locally grown and freshly made dishes and authentic ethnic food experiences stemming from the area’s diverse cultural influences. From Wisconsin Timber Rattler baseball games, to Broadway shows at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, to shopping in our thriving downtowns, there’s no shortage of activities for attendees to enjoy.
You are the priority: Travel confidently knowing that Fox Cities event venues and lodging establishments continue to follow appropriate health and hygiene protocols in light of the pandemic. Our group sales managers can help you find the venue that best fits the needs and preferences of your group and they will also be a resource for information on the efforts our venues are taking to ensure the safety of guests.
Contact the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau (FCCVB) convention and sales team to learn more about the Fox Cities at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-734-3358.