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Family-Friendly Lakeside Fun in Fox Cities, WI

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Featuring: Beth Knapinski

Marketing Communications Director , Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau

Lake Winnebago and Fox River provide the backdrop for the picturesque communities of Fox Cities.

Fox Cities is a vibrant community full of opportunities. Nature-lovers rejoice as Beth Knapinski, a destination expert with Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau outlines a perfect itinerary for all.


If you could describe your destination in three words, which three?

Welcoming, Original, and Family-Friendly

The Fox Cities is made up of 19 communities with a storied history in the paper industry along the Fox River. The area is filled with vibrant waterways and lots to see and do. The first electrified Edison home is in the area. Lake Winnebago is also a must-see, with rock cliffs and great views.


What is the best kept secret you have rediscovered in your destination?

The Urban Nature Area

You don’t have to go out of the city limits to experience nature. There are trails for all seasons and you can go frogging, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing. There are lots of natural places to explore.

"Fox Cities is welcoming, walkable, and safe." Beth Knapinski, Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau


Name the place or activity that’s right in your backyard but also on your bucket list?

Ice fishing-sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago

People from all over flock to Lake Winnebago for the community and camaraderie. Spearfishing is an ancient tradition. The sturgeon can be up to three to five feet long!


What is your favorite spot for a picnic lunch?

Riverside Park in Neenah, WI

There's much to do in Neenah. There are Paper Baron Mansions in downtown and a picturesque park next to the river. It is a step back in time to the industry glory of the midwest.

Follow the Bergstrom Mahler Museum on Instagram for the latest exhibits!

The Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass is the largest glass paperweight museum. Artists from all over the world are featured here.


Where would you take a local “know it all” to show them a new side of your destination?

Downtown Appleton

We have a variety of restaurants as the food scene is growing. They feature farm-fresh, locally sourced food in chef-owned establishments. Fress is an excellent example. We also have Marks Eastside, which is family-owned and operated. They are a gathering place for locals and on Fridays often have a fish fry.

We are also Harry Houdini’s childhood hometown. There is a castle where you can see his tricks up close and personal. It's very interactive for families.


What local maker or brand do you love supporting?

Lamers Dairy

Lamers is a family-owned, fifth generation dairy. They sell cheese, ice cream, and glass in milk bottles. When you visit, it feels like you're taking another step back in time.

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About the Contributor
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Beth Knapinski

Marketing Communications Director

About The Contributor

Beth is passionate about community development and markets the Fox Cities as a local.