Like all things in 2020, fall is beginning to look a bit different this year due to COVID-19. During a typical year, Green Bay would be packed with non-stop festival action from Oktoberfest celebrations and wine harvest festivals to fall festivals like Big Apple Fest, SNC Day and Fall Fest on Broadway.
And then there’s football…one of the most cherished traditions in Green Bay as the passion for the Green & Gold runs strong here. We may be missing fans for a couple of home games, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t cheer on the Pack in style. Just being in Green Bay during a football weekend brings excitement. There will still be tailgating on a smaller scale and plenty of hotels and sports bars in the shadows of Lambeau Field that will have special events for you to watch the game with your fellow fans at a safe distance.
Even though it won’t be a typical fall season, there’s still plenty of fun to be had in Green Bay and we will keep on cheering for our team. So, if you are up for a getaway and still want to be close to the action, here are five ways to soak up all Green Bay has to offer.
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1. Hit the Trails and Take in Fall Colors
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A picture of Green Bay must be painted with more than just your green and gold palettes—especially when our autumn scenery offers breathtaking arrays of reds, oranges, yellows and browns. Home to 18 county parks and countless city parks (59 in just Green Bay alone) offer you the opportunity to explore and discover trails and green spaces to breathe in the fresh crisp air and look around at the endless canopy of colors.
2. Visit the Breweries & Wineries
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Did you know Green Bay is home to more than 15 breweries and wineries? Fall is the perfect time to take a tour and discover all our local flavors. Many of the breweries have their special batch of Oktoberfest on tap and it’s harvest time for the wineries.
Each brewery is equipped with a tasting room and outdoor spaces from patios to beer gardens for you to try a flight of their suds. A few have even started tours back up with restrictions in place.
A few of the region's wineries have beautiful vineyards for you to peruse and typically have grape picking followed by the traditional grape stomp. Their annual fall events may look a little different this year, but harvest season is still on. Either way, their wines alone are always worth the trip to try a taste of the winemaker's blends. I guarantee you’ll want to bring home a case…or two.
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3. Football Fun is Still On Tap
Sports definitely are looking different in a pandemic world. Teams across the nation have been adapting to be able to continue to play the game. We are not quite sure what football will look like yet, we just know Packers Training Camp and pre-season is not the same this year. And although we are not sure what the inside of Lambeau Field will look like this season, what we do know is that there are still plenty of ways to get your fill of football history in Green Bay.
Lambeau Field has reopened. You can still visit the Packers Pro Shop, grab lunch or dinner at 1919 Kitchen + Tap and tour the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. Now, you can even still grab a tour to see the field for that special photo-op you’ve always wanted at Lambeau Field. Just be sure to reserve your tickets and time in advance online as capacity and time limits are in place to ensure a safe visit for all.
You can take a Segway Tour of the Packers Heritage Trail and learn the history of the Green Bay Packers and how they left their mark in our great community. If you are looking to get a few steps in you can always hit the trail by foot instead. Along Lombardi Ave you can also see the artistic creations of the Packers Fences and just down the way past Holmgren Way, you’ll find the Oneida Nation Walk of Legends featuring 24 statues celebrating the legends and the history of the Green Bay Packers.
Titletown is also a must-visit during a trip to Green Bay! Titletown's park is typically open to everyone all year round, with an ice skating rink and snow tubing hill in winter, and in the warmer months outdoor games, free, daily activities, a unique playground and a full-size football field in the heart of the action. Another great spot to catch some fall colors. There are endless opportunities for fun at Titletown, with games and activities. Ariens Hill + 46 Below are now back open to the public. Programming has also resumed including movies, fitness, drinks with a view, live music, arts & crafts and more.
4. Take Learning on the Road
Do you have kids at home who are learning remotely this year? Add in some hands-on exploration to enhance their learning objectives. Anywhere can be a classroom! Study science, art and culture at the Neville Public Museum or history at Hazelwood Historic House Museum. Delve into horticulture at the Green Bay Botanical Garden, learn about environmental science at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and explore America's railroad heritage at the National Railroad Museum. There is so much to learn with a visit to Greater Green Bay museums.
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5. Come See All Our Colors
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Murals, sculptures and unique artist creations keep popping up around the region and it makes for a fun walking tour. Embark on a public art tour of downtown Green Bay, along Olde Main Street, on Broadway, in De Pere or even in Algoma too. We even have a mural guide for you to plot a few murals you’d like to see in person. They make for the best Instagram worthy spots in Green Bay. Along the way, you'll find plenty of places to make a pit stop to get a bite to eat.
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Fall is a great time of year to take a road trip and visit Greater Green Bay. For more travel inspiration and to help you get your planning started, check out our trip ideas for the best ways to explore Green Bay! If you want to stay up to date on all the happenings in the Green Bay area, sign up for our monthly newsletter and get travel inspiration delivered to your inbox.