15. Emerging Culinary Scene – When you think of Green Bay food, you might picture cheese curds and bratwurst. Well, we’re not mad about that… we do have excellent cheese and brats. But don’t be fooled. We also have an emerging culinary scene on par with Portland, Nashville or Chicago. Stop at three three five, S.A.L.T., Bleu or Black & Tan for some foodie fabulousness.
14. National Railroad Museum – Founded in 1956, the National Railroad Museum holds some of the oldest railroad history in the United States. Kids love taking a real train ride around the grounds and their annual events are second to none. The Great Pumpkin Train, Polar Express, and Day Out with Thomas are visitor favorites and people come from all over the Midwest to take part in these.
13. Pelicans - Greater Green Bay is home to some interesting visitors… pelicans! Typically found in Florida, the white pelican started showing up in Northeast Wisconsin every summer in increasing numbers. We love hosting their summer getaway!
12. Craft Brews – If you’re a beer lover, Green Bay is your haven. With so many different craft beer selections, you’d never have to have the same one twice! Head to Titletown Brewing Company, Hinterland Brewery, or Copper State Brewery for a delicious meal accompanied by locally brewed favorites like the Green 19 IPA or the Packerland Pilsner. If you’re looking to spend the afternoon sampling, head to the Badger State Brewing Company and Stillmank Brewing Company tap rooms for a flight or two.
11. Rich History – Green Bay is one of the oldest European settlements in the United States. Our rich history as one of the first fur trading posts and our Belgian heritage are represented in our history museums. Heritage Hill State Historical Park, a living history museum, tells the story of the area’s past through live interpreters and preserved buildings and artifacts for visitors to explore. The Neville Public Museum also does a great job of telling the story of the area’s history in their permanent exhibit “On the Edge of the Inland Sea.”
10. Big Amusement Park Fun at a Small Price - Kids (and kids at heart) love spending the day at Bay Beach Amusement Park. Little kids enjoy the pony rides or riding the Granny Bugs and older kids love screaming their heads off on the wooden Zippin’ Pippin’ rollercoaster. Ride tickets still cost just 25 cents and most rides only require one or two tickets. Parking and admission are free and concessions are available throughout the park.
9. Farmers Markets Galore – Greater Green Bay boasts a number of different farmers markets that take place throughout the whole year. Yes, there’s even a winter market (don’t worry, it’s indoors). In addition to fresh produce, the markets offer visitors a convenient way to snatch up our famous squeaky cheese curds, kettle corn, smoked fish and other local favorites. In the summer, check out the On Broadway, Downtown Green Bay, De Pere and Oneida Farmers Markets. When the weather starts to cool, head on down to the New Leaf Winter Market.
8. Unbelievably Good Wine – No, we’re not in Napa or Rioja, but don’t let that fool you. We produce excellent wine. One of our area wineries, Parallel 44, is named after the fact that it shares a position on the 44th parallel with Tuscany, Bordeaux and other great wine cities. Wine is made from locally-grown grapes, and they even offer a line called Frozen Tundra, which is made from grapes that thrive in our cold weather climates.
7. Oneida Nation – The Oneida Nation Reservation is located just west of Green Bay. Learn all about the Oneida tribe through a visit to the Oneida Museum. Visit the Oneida Apple Orchard and the Tsyunhehkwa Store for natural and organic products and foods. Golf at Thornberry Creek at Oneida, the official golf course of the Green Bay Packers. Finally, have a fun filled night at Oneida Bingo and Casino!
6. Rail Trails – Greater Green Bay is lucky to be home to several rail trails. Rail trails are long-distance multi-use paths that were previously railroad tracks. The East River Trail and the Fox River Recreational Trail are both located within the city of Green Bay. The Mountain-Bay State Trail spans three counties but starts in Howard, just north of Green Bay. Each trail has their own policies, but many trails allow cycling, rollerblading, horseback riding and even skateboarding in addition to walking and running.
5. Ships – Over 200 ships haul more than 2 million tons of cargo through Green Bay each year. The Port of Green Bay is still an integral part of the local economy. If getting to board a ship is more your speed, you’ll want to come to the Tall Ship Festival Presented by Nicolet National Bank, which is held in Downtown Green Bay every two years (the next festival is August 5-7, 2016). Learn all about the history of these tall ships and learn what life is like onboard. Enjoy maritime activities as well as food, entertainment and live music!
4. Spectacular Live Performances – Green Bay is home to several beautiful performing art centers as well as a number of smaller venues where you can catch a great show almost any day of the week. See dramatic theatre performances, comedy shows or live music at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, The Lyric Room or the Meyer Theatre. The Resch Center features larger arena-sized acts and Cup O’ Joy hosts many national and regional Christian artists every Friday and Saturday night.
3. Fishing – There are several great places to fish in Greater Green Bay. The Bay of Green Bay and the Fox River are easily accessible from the city and provide Walleye, Perch, Bass, Northern Pike and Musky fishing year-round. If you want a truly memorable fishing experience, head north to Algoma and cast your line in Lake Michigan. Trout and Salmon fishing is popular from April-August.
2. Shopping – The Broadway district in Downtown Green Bay is full of unique boutique shops where you can find one-of-a-kind items you can’t get anywhere else. If culinary shopping piques your interest, you’ll love Beerntsen’s Candies, home of handmade high-quality chocolates. The Cannery Public Market, new in 2015, is the best place to grab fresh cheese curds and other locally produced food items. Green Bay is also home to the 21,500 square foot Green Bay Packers Pro Shop. Which leads to #1….
1. The Green Bay Packers – Whether or not you are a Green Bay Packers fan, you’ll want to make sure to take time to visit some of the landmarks and attractions associated with the team. Lambeau Field offers stadium tours which take you to several behind-the-scenes areas. When you’re done, stop for a bite to eat at 1919 Kitchen & Tap, the restaurant located right inside the Lambeau Field atrium. Spend an hour or two inside the new Packers Hall of Fame. If you’re here during Training Camp or regular season, hop aboard the Packers Heritage Trail Trolley Tour. You’ll take a trolley ride all throughout Greater Green Bay and learn the rich history of the team’s formation. Get a guided tour of the city through a green and gold lens! And if you can be here for a home game, do it. There’s just nothing in the world quite like it.