There’s so much to explore in the east side neighborhoods of Green Bay!
We don’t pick sides, but the east side of Green Bay has so much to offer, including some of the city’s best restaurants and attractions! We’re going to break down everything worth exploring north of Allouez and Bellevue and west of Webster Avenue.
HERE’S THE SCOOP...
The Main Drag: Main Street
The Major Must-See: Bay Beach Amusement Park
Best Free Attraction: Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
Most Buzzworthy Event: Boo Beach
Locals Love: Kringle from Uncle Mike's Bake Shoppe
The east side of Green Bay has some of the area’s best attractions, especially for families with kiddos, starting with Bay Beach Amusement Park. This place will bring you back to simpler times when roller coasters were made out of wood and ride tickets only cost a quarter. Across the street, you can explore the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, an urban wildlife refuge with over six miles of hiking trails, live animal exhibits, and educational displays. Best part? Admission is always free!
In the summer, you can take the kids to Joannes Aquatic Center where they can enjoy the heated pool (with a zero-depth wading area), the tot sand play area, and two 23′ water slides! In the off-season, head to The Salvation Army Kroc Center and get a day pass. Your kids will love the Splash Play Area, which features a play structure, water cannons, slides, and a dumping bucket that’s guaranteed to everyone squeal with laughter.
The Children’s Museum of Green Bay is another fun kid-friendly attraction to check out on the east side. The museum features plenty of hands-on learning opportunities, including their popular digestive system exhibit, where kids can see how food travels through the body!
THERE’S PLENTY FOR GROWN-UPS, TOO
Grown-ups, don’t worry; there’s lots for you to do, too. The east side is home to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a public university in the UW System. Enjoy a live show at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Or, if sports are more your thing, try to catch a Green Bay Phoenix home game at the Kress Events Center or the university’s outdoor sports fields!
Green Bay’s east side is also home to some unique breweries and distilleries. Stillmank Brewing Company is a microbrewery best known for Wisco Disco, their award-winning ESB. Noble Roots Brewing Company is another craft brewery to check out. Try their Mackinac Island Amber or their flagship Noble Roots IPA. Added bonus: their patio is dog-friendly!
Paradise North Distillery is an artisan distillery, manufacturing premium hand-crafted, full-bodied spirits like rum, whiskey, and vodka. You can take an interactive tour of the distillery to learn how everything is made, or you can just grab a seat in their tasting room and enjoy a craft cocktail featuring one of their delicious spirits.
DID YOU WORK UP AN APPETITE?
After a long day exploring, you’ll be hungry for dinner. You can’t go wrong at Mackinaws Grill & Spirits, a local favorite. Stop out on Fridays for an order of Lake Perch and a $5 old-fashioned, the “official” state cocktail. For something a little more kid-friendly, you can’t go wrong with Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream. It’s been an east-side staple for decades! Your kids will love watching their pizza being made in the viewing window and playing games in the arcade.
If pub food is more your style, you can grab an order of wings at The Bar (they have over 25 different sauce and rub options) and try your hand at Golden Tee Live! Or, sit back and watch your favorite team while enjoying the “Best Happy Hour in Green Bay” at Anduzzi’s Sports Club! Happy hour starts at 1 pm and includes 2-for-1 rail and call mixers, beer, and wine.
HOW TO GET HERE
From Highway 43: Take exit 183 for Mason Street (Cty Hwy V).
From Highway 41: Take exit 171 for I-43, then take exit 183 for Mason Street (Cty Hwy V).
From Lambeau Field: Drive north on Oneida Street to Mason Street, then turn right.
Getting Around: Green Bay’s east side is not very walkable, so driving is recommended.
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