Top 10 things to do in Wisconsin

Welcome to Wisconsin!

Wisconsin is located in the mid-western part of the United States, known as 'America's Dairyland' because it is one of the nation's leading dairy producers and is famous for its cheese.

Madison is the capital of Wisconsin and home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, ranked in the USA Top 50 Best Colleges and Universities (US News). The largest city in Wisconsin is Milwaukee which enjoys the beautiful view of Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes of North America.

Kings is located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh – Fox Cities, in the town of Menasha. With neighboring city Appleton, Menasha is part of the Fox Cities, which includes cities, towns, and villages along the Fox River.

The winters in Wisconsin may be chillier than most places, however the beauty of the four seasons, affordable cost of living and tuition, along with quiet and safe neighborhoods makes Wisconsin a great place to get an exceptional education and authentic American experience.

As our students make Wisconsin their home in preparation to transition to top ranking universities, here are Top 10 Things to Do while studying with Kings in Wisconsin.

1. Fox River Mall

A regional shopping mall located near the UWO–Fox Cities campus in Appleton. By Uber it is just a 10-minute ride from campus, or $2 via public transportation (Valley Transit).

2. History Museum at the Castle

"The past comes alive through the stories, photographs and artifacts of people of Appleton and the Fox Valley." Originally a Masonic temple, the castle was built in 1923 and is currently used for community and private events. Located in downtown Appleton across from Lawrence University, admission is $6 with student ID.

3. Barlow Planetarium

Located on the campus of UWO–Fox Cities, it is the first major planetarium in the state of Wisconsin. Watch fantastic laser shows and watch the night sky that both entertains and educates. $7 per show with student ID.

4. Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Broadway comes to Wisconsin with traveling Broadway shows like Les Miserables, The Kings and I, and Hamilton. You don't need to travel to NYC to watch popular musicals or experience the arts. Located in downtown Appleton, experience dinner at a local restaurant downtown before or after a show.

5. Fox River Kayaking Company

When winter has passed, try kayaking or paddle boarding on Lake Winnebago, the largest freshwater lake in Wisconsin. Enjoy nature while also getting a workout!

6. The Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh

Get discounts on designer clothing and apparel like Coach, Nike, and Michael Kors. A 25-minute car ride to the outlets allows you to get some good bargains and gives you a place to stop if you are on your way to Milwaukee.

7. Lambeau Field

Lambeau Field is an outdoor American football stadium in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and home to the four-time World Champions the Green Bay Packers. If you are lucky to get tickets during football season, experience the die-hard fan base who famously wear the team colors green and yellow, along with their famous 'cheese head'.

Tour the stadium to learn about the history of the almost $2 billion-valued franchise (

8. Wisconsin Dells

Located in south-central Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Dells is a popular tourist destination with theme parks, water parks, and entertainment centers. The Dells provide scenic views of the Wisconsin River with glacially formed gorges, and sandstone formations along the water banks.

9. Milwaukee

The largest city in Wisconsin and about 1.5 hours away from Appleton, Milwaukee is located along Lake Michigan giving a big city vibe similar to Chicago but smaller.

Visit Milwaukee's Public Market for fresh food and cuisines, or visit the public museums or Milwaukee Art Museum. If you like sports, Milwaukee is home to NBA's Milwaukee Bucks and MLB's Milwaukee Bruins.

10. Madison

The capital of Wisconsin, located in the south central region of the state and about 2 hours by car from UWO–Fox Cities. Madison 'blends big city culture with small town charm'. Madison State Capitol Building is the iconic symbol of the city, modeled after the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison buildings are scattered throughout the city. Have lunch in the Student Union building while catching breathtaking views of Lake Mendota.

Photo credits:
Madison skyline – flickr/Richard Hurd
UW Wisconsin-Madison – flickr/Jeff Miller
Green Bay Packers – flickr/Mike Morbeck