The Fox Cities are twenty communities in the greater Appleton area along the Fox River in East Central Wisconsin. The area is recognized as having some of the best urban shopping options in Wisconsin.

One of the state’s fastest growing areas with more than 236,000 residents, the Fox Cities offer a thriving metropolitan area closely surrounded by incredible natural beauty. A rich paper-making history that dates to the 1830’s when the first settlers began to tame the wild and fast flowing river still provides the economic backbone to the area. A large, well-educated work force has drawn many other industries including health care, financial services and manufacturing to the area.

With economic success has sprung a strong retail base, a thriving arts community and a growing mix of dining, entertainment and cultural opportunities.

The Fox Cities are Wisconsin’s shopping place. Central to the Fox Cities’ experience is the Fox River Mall, Wisconsin’s second largest shopping mall it is a destination for shoppers throughout Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Downtown College Avenue - Appleton
Beyond the mall, the galleries and specialty retailers in downtown Appleton and historic Neenah feature unique items and personalized service sure to please even the most discerning shopper.

Downtown Appleton is the cultural heart of the Fox Cities where, after a day of shopping, visitors enjoy a variety of dining, nightlife and entertainment options.

Each community of the Fox Cities brings its own special history and personality, making the area a unique blend of urban style and small town warmth. We invite you to visit and experience the area.