The Top Ten Things to Do in Green Bay, Wisconsin
Green Bay is famous for being the home of the 13-time NFL champions, the Green Bay Packers. It is the smallest city to host a professional sports franchise, with a population of just over 104,000 people. It is also known for inventing splinter-free toilet paper in the early 1930s. Before the invention, toilet paper had wood splinters in it. I am so thankful for that invention. The paper industry is still one of the largest employers in the area.
As a kid growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Green Bay was my favorite place to go. First and foremost, I am a Packers fan. Secondly, we always had fun shopping and visiting different attractions. Here are the top ten things to do in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
1. Visit Historic Lambeau Field
Historic Lambeau Field is home to the Green Bay Packers. It is the oldest continually operating stadium in the NFL. The stadium opened in 1957 with a seating capacity of 32,500. Lambeau Field has undergone several renovations and now has a seating capacity of 81,441. The 2003 renovation added the Atrium along with a bunch of other changes that changed the stadium from just a football venue into a year-round attraction.
Football Related Events at Lambeau Field
Lambeau Field is a destination for Packer fans all year. The Packers practice across the street at the Don Hudson Center in the spring and during training camp each year. It is a good idea to arrive early to get your spot. There is no cost to watch practice. The Atrium is home to the Packers Hall of Fame and Museum, Pro Shop, Stadium Tour, 1919 Kitchen & Tap, and other dining and retail options.
Non-Football Events at Lambeau Field
Lambeau Field is not just for football. It regularly hosts corporate events and other types of meetings. In June of 2019, it will host singer-songwriter Paul McCartney for a concert. If you are a fan of the NFL, seeing this historic stadium is a must-see.
2. Visit Titletown Park
Titletown Park opened in September of 2017 and is a fun place for kids of all ages. The park is across the street from Lambeau Field. Most things are free of charge. In the summer months, there is a playground, regulation size football field with goal posts, a plaza to sit and relax in, and numerous other activities.
When the weather gets cold, the tubing hill and ice rink open but do charge rentals fees. The park also has a four-star hotel, Hinterland Restaurant & Brewery, Bellin Health Sports Medicine Clinic, and other commercial and retail businesses. Grab a football and take your kids to play for a few hours. I highly recommend Titletown Park.
3. Enjoy Bay Beach Amusement Park
Bay Beach Amusement Park is a great place to take kids. The best part is that most rides are under $1. Individual tickets are $0.25 a piece. The park offers 16 different carnival rides. Older kids and adults will love the Zippin Pippin, which is the park's only roller coaster. I love the bumper cars and the train ride.
Bay Beach is planning to create a beach so that its visitors will be able to swim in Lake Michigan. But even as is, Bay Beach is a great way to keep the kids entertained for a few hours without spending an arm and a leg. My kids loved it when we were there a few years ago.
4. Visit the National Railroad Museum
The National Railroad Museum is a great place to visit. The museum has over 100,000 visitors per year. Each year it offers the Rails & Ales Brewfest, Great Bunny Train, History Treasure Tour, Day out with Thomas, model railroad camps, and more. They also have space for weddings and corporate events. The National Railroad Museum offers several different types of steam engines as well as the Dwight D. Eisenhower locomotive.
Current admission prices are $10 for the museum and $12 for the museum and a train ride for adults. Kids (ages 2-12) are $7.50 and $9.50 respectively. Kids under 2 are free. The National Railroad Museum is well worth a stop.
5. Green Bay Botanical Garden
The Green Bay Botanical Garden is beautiful. It is 47 acres of gardens and natural trees. It is broken up into several smaller gardens including Color & Foilage Garden, Kress Oval Garden, Lux Foundation Rose Garden, Wisconsin Woodland Garden, and more. The garden offers the WPS Garden of Lights each year around Christmas with over 250,000 lights. The Green Bay Botanical Garden is also popular for weddings.
My family and I visited there a few years ago. The flowers and gardens were amazing. We spent several hours wandering around each garden and taking pictures. We had a relaxing time and enjoyed the solitude that the garden has to offer.
6. Heritage Hill State Historical Park
The Heritage Hill State Historical Park highlights history in northeastern Wisconsin between 1672 and 1940. The park offers a chance to explore four distinct time periods from the fur trading days, military drills at Fort Howard, blacksmith pounding iron, or making butter on a Belgian Farm. Each area has characters dressed in the clothing of the time. Visitors can interact with them.
The park features 25 different buildings, which have been moved here from around the Green Bay area. Heritage Hill is also a popular wedding venue. Heritage Hill State Historical Park is a great way to spend a few hours stepping back in time.
7. NEW Zoo & Adventure Park
The NEW Zoo & Adventure Park in Suamico, Wisconsin, is relaxing and worth a visit. It is about 15 miles north of Green Bay. The zoo is 43 acres and has over 200 different animals. It is divided up into several areas, including Africa, Australia, North American Plains, Wisconsin & Northern Trails, and a children's zoo. It hosts several major events each year such as Birthday Party for the Animals, Zoo Boo, EggStravanganZoo, and more. The NEW Zoo in Green Bay is great to enjoy the fresh air and all of the different animals.
8. Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary offers a great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of God's creation. It is 600-acres and located between I-43 and East Shore Drive in Green Bay. The wildlife sanctuary offers live animal exhibits that allow visitors a chance to see the animals in their natural habitat.
Visitors can walk, hike, or cross-country ski on the five different hiking trails that combine for over six miles. The sanctuary also offers the opportunity to fish for trout, bass, and bluegills. I have been there a few times and have enjoyed it each time.
9. Enjoy the Fox River
The beautiful Fox River splits Green Bay in half on its way into the Bay of Green Bay. It is unique because it runs north and not south like most rivers. CityDeck and Leicht Memorial Park are two gathering places along the river and offer much to do.
The Fox River Trail begins in downtown Green Bay and follows the river for 25 miles. The trail offers opportunities to bike, jog, and walk. There are also numerous places to fish and launch boats along the river in Green Bay. I highly recommend checking out CityDeck and Leicht Memorial Park.
10. Neville Public Museum
The Neville Public Museum has exhibits of art, history, and science. It is in downtown Green Bay along the Fox River. The museum boasts over one million items on permanent display. One of the cool displays is the Hometown Advantage: The Community and The Packers. It details the relationship between the Green Bay Packers and the community with eight videos including Real Residents, Community Spirit, Green Bay's Largest Citizen, Vince!, and more.
Staying with the Packers theme, the Discovery Room has a Lego replica of Lambeau Field that is amazing. The On The Edge of the Inland Sea exhibit is also worth viewing. It highlights Native Americans, Early Green Bay, 19th Century Farm Life, and more. The Neville Public Museum is cool!
Don't Miss a Chance to Visit Green Bay
Green Bay is unique and special. There is so much to see and do there. I know that I have enjoyed all of the times that I have visited there. Go Pack, go!
Map of the Top Ten Things to Do in Green Bay
© 2019 Eric Cramer