Best things to do in Green Bay Wisconsin

Green Bay, Wisconsin is known to most of the United States for its winning football team, the Green Bay Packers. But there is more to this city than sports. Whether you’re in Green Bay for a day trip or the whole weekend, you can find something unexpected to do while visiting “Titletown”.

Sports fans flock to Lambeau Field to see the Packers championship titles. Others prefer to explore the city’s nature and history that dot the streets. But whatever you do, enjoy the big personality of this mid-sized city. Here are the best places to make memories in Green Bay.

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Soak up the glory of the Packers

As the most decorated football team in the NFL, seeing a Packers game is about as American as it gets. If you’re in town during football season (August-February), put on your green and yellow, and a head of cheese if you dare, and attend the “Go, Pack, Go!” the energy of a football match at Lambeau Field.

The team inspires pure devotion in its fan base (many of whom even own shares in the team). Experiencing the crowd is as much a part of a trip to Lambeau Field as the players.

Buy your tickets well in advance of your trip to ensure you have a seat – they’ve been sold out steadily since 1960.

If you can’t make a match, visit Lambeau for a stadium tour, which even gives visitors a glimpse of the team dressing rooms and players’ tunnel. Complete your experience with football images and history at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame – the first hall of fame to honor a single American football team.

If you can’t see a Green Bay Packers football game during your visit, stop by the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame © Jeff Bukowski/Shutterstock

Admire nature at the Fox River State Trail

A trip to Wisconsin isn’t complete without an outdoor adventure. Bike, walk, or skate along the 25-mile-long Fox River State Trail, where you’ll pass through downtown Green Bay and nearby farming communities. You might even spot a deer or two along the way. You will need to purchase a national pass to cycle, horseback ride, or rollerblade on the trail – walking the trail does not require a pass.

Remember to bring comfortable shoes – part of the trail is gravel.

Stroll through the Green Bay Botanical Garden

For a serene experience, head to the Green Bay Botanical Garden. With 300,000 blooms each year, you can see tulips, magnolias, brightly colored perennials and more. Families with young children will appreciate the labyrinth and the tree house in the kindergarten. In addition to spring and summer tours, the garden hosts events such as scavenger hunts and landscape walks, with live music and food from local restaurants.

New Year travelers can attend the Garden of Lights event. Each year, the Green Bay Botanical Garden features more than 325,000 twinkling lights fashioned into outdoor sculptures that visitors can admire via horse-drawn carriage rides. It’s an event that can be as family-friendly or romantic as a traveler wishes.

A young man dances at the 49th Annual United Tribes Pow Wow
Learn about the Oneida Nation by taking a tour or attending a powwow. Here, a young dancer performs at the 49th annual United Tribes Pow Wow in North Dakota © Pierre Jean Durieu / Shutterstock

Take a cultural tour of the Oneida Nation

Before Green Bay was home to the Packers or settlers, it belonged to the Oneida Nation. Oneida Nation Cultural Tours are ideal for travelers interested in understanding the city’s indigenous history. See what life was like for the Oneida Nation in the 1700s and when they arrived in Green Bay in 1823. They also offer interactive performances featuring different styles of powwow dances.

Stroll through Bay Beach Amusement Park

Bay Beach Amusement Park is a hidden gem in a state where Six Flags (near Gurnee, Illinois) and Wisconsin Dells get all the love. Here, arcade games, roller coasters and sweet concessions come together to have a good time. For as little as 25 cents each way, you can have fun at one of the oldest active amusement parks in the country. Go traditional with an old-fashioned Ferris wheel, or bring the kids and twirl in the tilt-a-whirl. After riding the roller coaster, grab a slushie, walking taco, and hot corn, and enjoy the excitement at one of the park’s picnic tables.

Explore the outdoors at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Green Bay’s largest park also deserves love and attention, so head to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary after visiting the nearby amusement park. Although originally purchased by the city of Green Bay to become a golf course, the 600-acre sanctuary – making it Wisconsin’s second-largest wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary program – is now home to 4,500 birds, foxes , bobcats, wolves and other mammals. . The sanctuary includes hiking trails and houses an environmental education center, with talks about animals and fishing at the Bay Beach lagoon. Best yet? It’s free all year round.

Get active at the adventure park zoo

The Northeast Wisconsin Zoo, known locally as the NEW Zoo, is an adventure park and zoo in Green Bay. You can visit any of its 90 species, including lions, snow leopards, and emus, as well as Wisconsin wildlife like wild turkeys and deer. Kids love visiting the Petting Zoo or turning their visit into a game by downloading one of the self-guided scavenger hunts. For a one-of-a-kind experience, head to the Giraffe Feeder, where visitors can feed lettuce and leaves to the zoo’s giraffes, Zuri and Nigel.

If you’re traveling as a family with kids and teens, the Adventure Park takes the NEW Zoo to a whole new level. Reach new heights on the 36-foot climbing tower and test your strength and agility as you climb the ropes course. Young children can conquer their fear of heights on a smaller scale with the “kids kourse”.

Giraffe
Your kids will love feeding a giraffe at the NEW Green Bay Zoo. Getty Images/iStockphoto

Board a train at the National Railroad Museum

This museum is one of Green Bay’s unique additions. The National Railroad Museum, founded in 1956, offers a popular 25-minute train ride through the surrounding wooded area along the Fox River. But visitors also come to see historic gems, including the Eisenhower Collection – the museum’s must-see exhibit, which features a steam engine called “Dwight D Eisenhower” used in World War II.

Other locomotives, sleeping cars and passenger cars are displayed around the museum, highlighting local, regional and national railway history. From US Army locomotives to a General Motors hover train, each exhibit transports you to another era of train travel. A handful of exhibits also pay homage to the Pullman Porters, the attendants of black sleeping cars who shaped the post-Civil War experience of rail travel.

Visit the Neville Public Museum

As Green Bay’s largest museum, the Neville Public Museum is the perfect place to learn about Green Bay’s history from 10,000 BCE to the present day. Established in 1927, with the current museum built in 1983, the museum showcases art, history, and science, encompassing the impact of Green Bay’s location along the Great Lakes. “Highlights from the Neville Photograph Collection”, “Hometown Advantage: The Community and the Packers” and “On the Edge of the Inland Sea” are three permanent collections to get a complete perspective of the city.

The museum also hosts a free international film series, poetry nights, and a crafts week for guests. Be sure to check out the current exhibits before your visit. They rotate throughout the year.

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Marvel at vintage cars in the Automotive Gallery

Vintage car enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the Automobile Gallery, described on its website as “more Guggenheim than garage.” The gallery features a series of more than 80 restored vehicles, which are displayed in an open space that served as Cadillac’s dealership from 1958 to 1997. The guest vehicle program allows visitors to “ooh” and “ahh” about cars from 1900s to 2006, including an 80s fire engine Ferrari, 60s and 90s Porsches, a 1908 Cadillac horse-drawn carriage, and a bright yellow 70s Corvette.

Sip your way through the breweries of Green Bay

To complete your Green Bay experience, stop for a pint at one of its many breweries. Wisconsin is a beer-heavy state, and Green Bay offers premium beverages that will delight any budget traveler. Sports fans might want to try the Badger State Brewing Company — a solid choice for a drink before or after the Packer game. For a beer garden and brewery experience, head to the Titletown Brewing Company. Or, after a day at Bay Beach Amusement Park or the Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, stop by the nearby Stillmank Brewing Company for local beers paired with local cheeses.