Exploring at North Appleton’s Plamann Park – Children’s Farm, Beach with Inflatables, Trails & more

Plamann Park Childrens Farm Appleton

Plamann Park is a large county park located in North Appleton. This is a great park to visit year-round. You can watch the seasons change on nature and hiking trails, there is great sledding in the winter and a lake with inflatables for the summer. A cool feature is the Children’s Farm that is open in the summer months with young animals to visit. There is a lot to explore, so pack a picnic and head out for a day of fun!

The Plamann Park Children’s Farm

The Children’s Farm opened in 1989 and has continued to host young animals on loan from local farms each summer. The animals are cared for by trained staff and are fed diets recommended by their home farms. So, there is not an opportunity to feed the animals here, but they often come over to the fences for petting and interaction. You’ll find pigs, goats, calves, and rabbits, and maybe other surprise visitors for the season. It is a perfect spot to spend a slow morning or afternoon of playing and exploring, so definitely pack snacks or a picnic lunch. This is one of our favorite spots to visit with toddlers and preschoolers!

2021 Children’s Farm Season

  • Opening Day: Monday, May 31, 2021
  • Closing Day: Monday, September 6, 2021
  • Hours: Daily 9 am – 4:30 pm
  • Admission is FREE for everyone!
Plamann Park, Appleton

Other Things to Do in the Children’s Farm Area

While you’re at the park to visit the Children’s Farm, stay awhile and explore the other fun things to do for kids here!

Cow Path and Bird Trail

First established as an Eagle Scout project, the paths are actually shaped like a cow and bird! They are super easy to navigate for even little kids. They take you around loops in a meadow that is great for bird and bug spotting

The entrances are to the right of the Children’s Farm and marked with signs.

Playground

You’ll find a small playground with a sandy bottom in the same area as the Children’s Farm. It is perfectly sized for little kids and makes a natural stop before and/or after petting and observing the animals. 

Plamann Lake

Plamann Lake is a man-made lake located just inside of the park. There is a sandy beach, an inflatable aquapark called WITBIT, and a graduated entry that makes this lake a great fit for families with kids of varying ages.

NOTE: As of publishing, the bigger WITBIT features are not being used currently due to low water conditions.

  • Opening Day: June 5, 2021 (tentative)
  • Hours: 11 am – 7 pm 
  • Admission: 
    • Ages: 4 – 15: $4, after 5 pm $2.50
    • Ages: 16 – 64: $5, after 5 pm $3
    • Ages: 0 – 3 and 65+: FREE
    • Season passes available

Notes: Carry-ins allowed (no glass or alcohol). Floatation devices not allowed. Life jackets provided for use on the inflatables.

Plamann Park Lake Appleton

WITBIT Inflatable Aquapark

This fun feature is available to visitors 7 and older. It runs on a schedule of 20-minute rotations from 11:15 am until 6:15 pm with 10 minutes between sessions and is attended by lifeguards. What you need to know: 

  • Front crawl swim test required to enter deep water areas.
  • Everyone must wear a provided life jacket.
  • No diving or flips off inflatables.
  • Do not swim under the inflatables.
  • No roughhousing.
  • NOTE: As of publishing, the bigger WITBIT features are not being used currently due to low water conditions.

Swim Lessons and Party Packages Also Available

Trails

There are miles of nature trails and hiking trails to explore. The nature trails provide a great opportunity to slow down with kids and discover new things. Read more about Engaging with Nature.

Disc Golf

The disc golf course at Plamann Park is a well-rated 27 hole course with hills and wooded areas. Course hours are 7 am – dusk.

Seasonal Events

Kids’ Day

Kid-centered event for families with activities and concessions. Fundraiser for the construction of the first challenge obstacle course in the county held in partnership by Outagamie County Parks System and Appleton Public Montessori School.

Winter Recreation

  • Sledding: Large and small hills
  • Cross-country skiing: 3.5 miles of groomed trails
  • Snowshoeing:  3.5 miles of groomed trails
  • Snowmobile: The trails in the park give access to nearly 300 miles of trails throughout Outagamie County. The parking area is near Plamann Lake. Trail Map
Plamann Park Sledding
Plamann Park Sledding, Appleton

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