Whether you want to soak up the sun on warmer days, move freely or be with nature, taking the scenic route through Greater Green Bay will uncover miles of outdoor spaces for you to discover. Find a wealth of hiking, biking and running trails, waterways that flow from the Fox River to the Bay. Enjoy nature’s playground from waterfalls and wildlife to native flowers and plant species. Take in views from the Niagara Escarpment and find beautiful rock formations. Summer is a great time to take a road trip, wander to new places and find the hidden gems that make up the beauty of the world we live in.
1. Travel Off The Beaten Path
If you take a moment to venture out to new places and keep your eyes wide open while driving down our roads, you’ll discover that Greater Green Bay is filled with parks, natural areas, preserves and green spaces to explore. You can find more than 57-miles of county hiking trails and even more when you add in the trails found throughout the surrounding city parks that make up Brown County and the Greater Green Bay area.
Embark on a biking excursion through Brown County Reforestation Camp. There are not many places you can bike through while hearing a lion’s roar from the neighboring NEW Zoo & Adventure Park. The Reforestation Camp is home to miles of mountain biking trails and includes routes that are both single and double tracks. Venture on the single track for a 10-mile loop. If you came without a bike, you can also hit the hiking trails. Another popular biking route can be found at Baird Creek on Green Bay’s east side with an 8.4-mile single track loop.
If being on the water is more your thing, paddle down the Fox River or East River for a relaxing kayaking trip. You can find kayak launches on the CityDeck in Downtown Green Bay, at Voyageur Park in De Pere, at Green Isle Park on Green Bay's east side or at any of the boat launches.
2. Find Natural Wonders
Greater Green Bay is full of natural areas from the Niagara Escarpment to wetlands and preserves. Set foot on an excursion and surround yourself with Green Bay’s beauty.
L.H. Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve found in Suamico is made up of 920 acres of forest, meadows and wetlands. This natural area is a refuge for a wide variety of waterfowl, wildlife and plant species. Take a trek on the scenic hiking trails that run through the marsh and forest of the preserve to view its beauty. Truly a can’t miss for nature lovers.
Located in the Village of Bellevue along County Highway GV, Osprey Point is an 80-acre conservancy area. This area is a peaceful place to enjoy nature and wildlife. There are two ponds for fishing, walking and hiking trails. Wildlife sightings include a Heron rookery, wild turkeys, an Osprey nesting area, Sandhill Cranes, deer, pheasants and more.
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Not too far from Osprey Point, you can find one of the falls. Located in Ledgeview is Fonferek’s Glen, a 74-acre geological gem featuring a 30-foot waterfall, dolomite cliffs and stone archway. The waterfall can be seen from a viewing deck, an easy 100-yard walk from the parking lot. If you head down the trail you can discover great views and find flowing streams and unique rock formations. Then on the other side of town along the Bay, you will find Wequiock Falls. The park contains a large ravine featuring a close-up inspection on the Niagara Escarpment rock formation. You’ll even find a statue on the grounds of our city’s founder and explorer, Jean Nicolet.
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One of Green Bay’s most popular attractions is Green Bay Botanical Garden. 47-acres of display gardens and natural areas capture the beauty of northeast Wisconsin’s four distinct and wonderful seasons. The garden offers tours and educational opportunities as well as exhibits and events.
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This summer they are once again featuring a live butterfly experience called Butterflies & Blooms. Surround yourself with friendly pollinators! On any given day, 500 or more butterflies will be fluttering around the butterfly house for your viewing pleasure.
3. Discover Public Art
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Murals and sculptures can be found on the streets and alleyways throughout Greater Green Bay. Head downtown Green Bay and find colorful art on Broadway and in the Olde Main districts. If you are up for a drive, take a road trip to De Pere or Algoma for a more in-depth street art scouting trip. Along the way, stop to pose for selfies with your favorite murals and sculptures.
To make it an adventure, you can now track down thought-provoking murals in Greater Green Bay by embarking on a mural tour of the region with our mural guide.
The city of De Pere also hosts Art Walks throughout the summer to give visitors the background and inspiration that came from the artist’s creations.
4. Indulge In local flavors
Beer. Wine. Cheese. Need we say more? With cheesemakers, cheese stores and more than 15 wineries and breweries to visit throughout Greater Green Bay, it’s easy to embark on a tasting tour that is sure to satisfy your taste buds.
Green Bay’s craft beer industry continues to evolve and has found it’s niche in Green Bay. The flavors that the region’s craft brewer adds to their product makes the beer uniquely their own. In Greater Green Bay, entrepreneurs are thriving on their successful creations. All of the brewery owners are local...born and raised in Northeastern Wisconsin and come up with the greatest recipes. You'll want to stop in each of their tasting rooms and find out for yourself.
If wine is more your thing, you will find locally grown, cold-hardy grapes supply some of the finest family-owned wineries in Northeastern Wisconsin. Each winery in the region has its own unique appeal. Some are located in historic buildings, and others have scenic vineyards to stroll. Whether it's a Cabernet, a Riesling or a specialty "ice" wine, the selection is impressive.
Calling all cheese lovers! If you ask us, cheese goes with anything. Feel free to pair it with beer or wine. Cheese-making runs deep in Greater Green Bay with distribution nation-wide. While you may not be able to tour the cheese manufacturers, some of the family-run cheese shops have viewing windows where you can see the magic happen.
A mystery to some, irresistible to those that have tried them, cheese curds are always a must-try when visiting Green Bay. Get them through the drive-thru before leaving town at Scray Cheese in De Pere. Scray's has the best fresh “squeaky” cheese curds inside their store, and yes, they have a drive-thru for easy ordering.
For those unsure of the type of cheese they’d prefer, experts are on hand at Nala’s Cheese & Wine to help you figure out your tastes. Visiting the gourmet cheese shop is like being transported to a small village in France. Shoppers can sample nearly everything in the shop!
5. Outdoor Patios
Food tastes better, drinks flow easier, and conversations are more engaging outside! Take full advantage of sunny days and warm evenings on the outdoor patios around Greater Green Bay.
From the outdoor patio at Angelina’s that gives you a piece of Italy while you indulge in the best pastas to a great cut of steak at Republic Chophouse or enjoying drinks with a view of the Fox River on Green Bay’s CityDeck at Hagemeister Park, there is no shortage of outdoor dining for you to get a taste of Green Bay in an ever-changing world.
If you prefer to take it to-go and enjoy in your own spot, many restaurants in the Green Bay area also offer takeout and delivery for your convenience. A great opportunity to pack a picnic to-go and head to your favorite park.
Once you are ready to venture out again, these are some great ways to take a road trip and enjoy those warm sunny days in a new destination. If you’d like to make a weekend out of it, Green Bay hotels are ready to welcome you with open arms and ensure a safe and healthy stay.