It’s August! Find 31 Things to Do All Month Long!

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July flew by and we’re ready to close out the summer with loads of fun this August! Here is a list of things to do this month that are FREE or inexpensive for your family.

  1. Meet your local police officers and engage in some community-building fun at one of our National Nights Out!
  2. Soak in a weekend of live, original, and FREE music! You’ll also find daily music education opportunities and play for kids in Downtown Appleton at Mile of Music, August 4 – 7, 2022.
  3. Burger Fest in Seymour – World’s Largest Hamburger Parade, Bun Run, Kids’ Run, music, kids’ games, the Burger Eating Contest, Giant Ketchup Slide, car show, hot air balloons and more August 12-13.
  4. Hit up a fair! There are still some county fairs in August (Winnebago County August 3-7 and Calumet County over Labor Day weekend), or head the Wisconsin State Fair August 4-14.
  5. Declare a beach day! – There are only so many weeks of potential beach days in Wisconsin and we’re reaching the end. Don’t let summer slip by without spending a day at a gorgeous beach.
  6. Indulge in the summer must-have … ice cream! Find 60+ places to find the best ice cream treats.
  7. So many fruits and vegetables are at their peak this month! The markets will be full of great finds. Find a Farmers Market that fits your schedule!
  8. Spend some late summer exploration time at one of the area’s nature centers! They’re perfect for hot days with lots to explore! We recommend Heckrodt in Menasha, 1000 Islands in Kaukauna, Mosquito Hill in New London, or Navarino Nature Center.
  9. Discover a new park. We have lots of ideas for where to find slides, climbing, and fun afternoons in our Parks Guide!
  10. Pose in front of one of the awesome murals in Northeast Wisconsin! Tag #gvkmuralhunt to share your adventure!
  11. Are your summer adventures starting to take a toll on the budget? Check out these end-of-summer deals to purchase discounted tickets locally!
  12. Hike to a waterfall. We love that there are so many opportunities to explore that are 2 hours or less away! Check out our recommendations.
  13. Skip making dinner and head to a drive-in! You’re never cooler than when you say yes to cheese curds and ice cream. 
  14. Hike in the woods, explore an amazing playground, soak up some summer sun, or explore a museum. Hit the road and check out one of these fun road trips.
  15. You’re about two hours away from a day of adventure in Wausau
  16. There’s something truly magical about sculptures in the woods. Check out Stevens Point Sculpture Park and swing by our favorite ice cream spot before you head home!
  17. Find some Golden Happiness at one of these lovely sunflower fields!
  18. The Wisconsin Dells is the ultimate family road trip destination for loads of family summer fun!
  19. Watch soda being bottled the old-fashioned way at Twig’s Soda Bottling
  20. We’re so lucky to be in a location that is near some amazing state parks. A state parks sticker pass is required, but you can also go with a daily pass. Pack a picnic and explore the 26 Awesome State Parks Less than 2 Hours from Appleton.
  21. August can be so hot, but it is always cooler in a cave! Explore the natural beauty and open to the public cave at Cherney Maribel Caves County Park or the Cave of the Mounds!
  22. A free zoo, the beach, lighthouses, and delish ice cream await your visit in Manitowoc!
  23. Menominee Park also has a free zoo and beach, and you can also explore the playground and take a ride on a train!
  24. Go hiking in a new spot with these 11 Worth the Drive Hiking Trails that will have you only about an hour away from Appleton.
  25. Stroll down a path, hike up a hill, discover a waterfall, and watch for birds at these 13 Green Bay Area Family-Friendly Nature Trails for Biking, Walking, and Hiking.
  26. Looking for something different? The House on the Rock in Spring Green is full of mystery and oddities for your family to explore.
  27. Was it even summer if you didn’t head to Door County for at least a day? Find the places we love to visit with our kids in tow. 
  28. Soak up some fun at a local splash pad before they close for the season! 
  29. It’s not too late to sneak in a family camping trip or get one on the calendar for fall: family camping guide.
  30. Try a family road trip to our state’s Capital! We’ve got some great ideas for exploring off the beaten path on Madison’s west side or east side.
  31. Still stuck? Find 275+ things to do on our Summer Bucket List!

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Fox Valley Lutheran Schools

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