Pulaski is a small but growing village with a flourishing Polish population.
Pulaski is a charming village located about 20 miles west of Green Bay and Lambeau Field. Even though it’s just a few square miles in size, it is actually located in three different counties! Pulaski is proudly known as the polka capital of the world and there’s a large Polish population in this area. We think it’s a great place to visit while you’re spending time in Greater Green Bay!
HERE’S THE SCOOP...
The Main Drag: S. Wisconsin Street
The Major Must-See: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish
Best Free Attraction: The Mountain Bay State Trail
Most Buzzworthy Event: Pulaski Polka Days
Locals Love: Pączki (a traditional Polish pastry you can find at bakeries around town)
POLKA, POLKA, POLKA
One of the things Pulaski is best known for is polka. Pulaski actually hosts an annual Pulaski Polka Days event every summer and it’s one of the largest festivals dedicated to the Polish community in the United States!
The four-day festival kicks off with a community night and fireworks on Thursday night. Then, throughout the weekend, you can enjoy polka bands from all over the country, dance lessons, a huge craft fair, and a Ms. Pulaski Polka Days contest. On Sunday, you are welcome to enjoy a delicious “Pancake & Porkie” breakfast followed by the Polka Day parade and traditional Polish Catholic Mass.
ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
The Mountain Bay State Trail is an 83-mile long trail with a trailhead in Pulaski. It is one of the longest rail trails in Wisconsin (rail trails are multipurpose public paths created from former railroad corridors). The trail covers several counties and the scenic, wooded route is perfect for walking, biking and even cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
Veterans Memorial Park Is a great place to stretch your legs and play for a few hours! It has everything: a nice playground for the kids, picnic tables, a bicycle terrain course, basketball, volleyball and horseshoe courts, restrooms and lots of green space to enjoy.
STAY IN PULASKI
Cobblestone Hotel & Suites is a newer hotel located in Pulaski, and it’s already a favorite among visitors coming to the area for play, work, or to catch a game. They offer tons of convenient amenities like free breakfast, a 24-hour business center, an indoor heated pool and exercise facility. There’s a refrigerator and microwave in every room and pets are welcome for an additional fee. The hotel has an on-site restaurant and lounge where you can unwind after a long day exploring or enjoy a hot meal with the family.
A GUINNESS BOOK WORLD RECORD HOLDER
Before you leave Pulaski, make sure to pay a visit to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. This gorgeous building towers over the village with its twin 135-foot-tall Spanish-style towers. If you can get inside the church, you will be absolutely blown away by the beautiful 50-foot ceilings showcasing more than 40 Italian-made stained glass windows.
When the church’s construction was completed in 1931 (for a total cost of $225,000), it was named the largest rural Catholic church in America by the Guinness Book of World Records. This church is still a cornerstone of the village and definitely worth seeing while you’re here!
HOW TO GET HERE
From Highway 41: Take exit 168 B-C for WI-29/WI-32 N/Shawano Ave, then take exit 249 for WI-32 and follow it into town.
Getting Around: Some parts of Pulaski are walkable, but driving is recommended.
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