Franklin Inn on Durkee is located in a
historical neighborhood only steps from downtown Appleton.
A short walk gets you to:
University - (1 block) Enjoy art, musical performances, theater,
cultural events and outdoor sculpture at the second co-educational college in
History Museum at the Castle This museum features exhibits on
Houdini, Edna Ferber, and local history. (2 blocks)
- Houdini Historical Walking Tour - Visit the birthplace Harry Houdini and
other historic sites of one of Appleton’s most famous citizens.
Cities Performing Arts Center - Enjoy the best in live entertainment
at Northeastern Wisconsin’s premier performing arts venue! (5 blocks)
Paper Discovery Center – Explore the world of paper in this fun,
hands-on Paper Discovery Center which also contains the International Hall of
- City Park, the oldest Appleton Park with tennis courts and playground
equipment, is around the corner from the inn.
- Many ethnic restaurants and pubs. (2 blocks)
- A historical walking map of the area is available with all houses
described in our neighborhood, the Historical City Park area.
- Specialty shops and the Downtown Avenue Mall (2 blocks).
drive gets you to:
- A Golf Package is available for the Winagamie Golf Course in Appleton.
Combine your stay at the inn with a golf outing!
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Baseball - Home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Class “A” affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. You can experience the
tailgating, giveaways, promotions, and great baseball.
- Green Bay
Packers - Come visit Lambeau Field for a game or walk through the Packers’
Hall of Fame.
Wisconsin International Raceway - WIR is a multipurpose motor sports
facility presenting weekly programs on both oval tracks and the quarter-mile
Badgers Sports Park - Miniature golf, batting cages, Nascar Go-Karts, game
room, laser tag,
Aircraft Association - Home of EAA Air Venture, Oshkosh. Encourages &
supports recreational aviation.
Quest - Live action laser tag at its best.
Boulevard - The midwest’s finest family entertainment center: carousel,
train, mini golf, laser tag, batting cages, Hollywood themed restaurant, giant
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum - Housed in a historic mansion, this museum holds
one of the largest and finest glass paperweight collections in the world.
The Trout Museum of Art - The Trout Museum of Art’s mission is to promote,
teach and nourish the creation and appreciation of the visual arts.
Venture Museum – A museum dedicated to the preservation & display of
aircraft. Features over 20,000 historic aviation objects. More than 100
airplanes on display as well as flight simulators and airplane rides. Oshkosh,
Earth Science Museum – Experience Wisconsin geology while having lots of
interactive, hands-on fun at the state’s official mineralogical museum.
- Paine Art
Center & Gardens – An exquisite 1920’s mansion with historic interiors, an
exceptional art collection and breathtaking display gardens. In Oshkosh.
Hearthstone Historic House Museum This beautiful residence, featuring
carved woods and stained glass, is the first to be lit by a central
hydroelectric station. Rare Edison light switches and electroliers are still
Charles A. Grignon Mansion - Tour an 1837 Greek Revival Mansion with
stunning architecture and authentic décor.
- Doty Island Historical Tour – (920) 751- 4614 View the homes of some
of the areas earliest industrialists as well as the parks and bridges of Doty
- Tayco Street Bridge Museum – (920) 967-5155 Historic photos and
artifacts bring the job of a bridge-tender to life.
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve – 65 acres of forested wetland Handicapped
accessible trails allow year
round access. Nature programs are available.
Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve – Go on an eight mile hike or ski
adventure through 775 acres of prime wildlife habitat. Visit the earth
sheltered nature center building, also.
Gardens of the Fox Cities – Visit a quiet place where you can be in
harmony with nature while visiting the garden displays or hiking the trails.
- High Cliff
State Park - Park provides picnic areas, hiking trails, and a visitor
center as well as a boat marina.
1000 Islands Environmental Center – Stroll along riverbank trails, hike
nearby woods, and keep your eye to the sky for a chance to see bald eagles
that nest here. Nature center with trophy mounts from North America, Africa, &
Asia as well as several other cities.