While Green Bay may be most famous for football, there is so much more to this small city. You’ll find a wide variety of activities for all ages to enjoy. Think you need to visit a big city to find fine dining and top notch lodging? Think again! These Green Bay vacation ideas go beyond what you’d likely expect to find in this area. Not only will you find a great list of thing to do in Green Bay, we’ve also got you covered with where to stay and eat.
When I mentioned to a friend that I was visiting to Green Bay, she asked, “What on earth for?”
To be honest, I did not know what to expect. I am a football fan, so I thought a visit to Lambeau Field would be cool. Other than that, I had no idea what to expect. I am so glad I went so I can share why you should visit Green Bay too!
- Where is Green Bay?
- When is the best time to visit Green Bay?
- 11 things to do in Green Bay you’re sure to love!
- What are best restaurants in Green Bay?
- Where are the best places to stay Green Bay?
Where is Green Bay, WI?
The city of Green Bay is Wisconsin’s oldest settlement. It sits at the southern tip of Green Bay, a sub-basin of Lake Michigan. About 90 miles north of Milwaukee, it’s the third largest city in the state. Served by a number of major airlines, the airport (Austin Straubel International) is conveniently located only 10-15 minutes from the center of town. Top
What’s the best time of year to visit Green Bay?
For families, summer is the perfect time to visit Green Bay. The Greater Green Bay events calendar is chock full of activities June through September. That said, spring, fall and winter have solid offerings as well. Many area attractions are open year round. Here’s a roundup of Green Bay vacation ideas. Unless noted, all activities are open year round. Visit attraction websites for the most up to date information. Top
Things to do in Green Bay? We’ve Got 11 Great Ideas!
1. Visit a Farmers Market
There are weekly markets on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. I checked out the Farmers Market on Broadway. Each market offers a chance to stock up on produce, freshly picked flowers, locally make cheeses, crafts and more. (June-September)
2. Ride the Zippin Pippin at Bay Beach Amusement Park
This historic park sits along the shores of Green Bay. The most famous addition is the Zippin’ Pippin, which was reportedly Elvis Presley’s favorite coaster. It’s one of the oldest wooden coasters in America. There is a kiddie area and more rides have been added to keep teens entertained as well. Tickets are only 25 cents each with all rides costing a dollar or less. (May through September)
3. Get Fit at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
This beautiful wildlife refuge spans over 600 acres and features live animal exhibits, educational displays and miles of hiking and skiing trails. It’s the largest park in the greater Green Bay Area. Get fit during your visit by joining a naturalist on a brisk and energetic walk along the parks many trails.
4. Play in Titletown
This massive development just west of Lambeau Field has free outdoor fun for the whole family. Events include weekly night markets, movies in the park, live music and more. There is a unique play area and full size football field as well. In the winter months, this area boasts a huge man-made tubing hill and skating rink.
5. Find your Zen at the Green Bay Botanical Garden
While it’s open year round, these gardens are at their peak in late spring into summer. Special exhibits like Lego creations are frequent. Everyone is invited to pack a lunch and spread a picnic blanket anywhere on the property. In winter, free snow shoes are available. It’s an ideal setting to find your zen.
6. Taste the best Kringle in North America
Before my visit to Green Bay, I had no idea what a Kringle was. But now I know that it’s a part Scandinavian pastry, part sweet pretzel – and all good!
Uncle Mike’s Bakery won the North American Kringle Competition in September 2014. The award winner is the Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Kringle. It is to die for if you like sweets. They also sell delicious home made breads, cakes, cookies and donuts. Come during a weekday if you can. Lines are out the door on weekends.
7. Take a Tour of Lambeau Field
This is definitely one of the top attractions in Green Bay. A visit to the city really isn’t complete without a stop at the historic Green Bay Packers stadium. The only team franchise owned by its fans, the stadium is free from corporate signage and advertising. Take a tour, visit the Packers Hall of Fame and stop by the largest pro shop in the NFL.
8. Feed a Giraffe at the NEW Zoo
The zoo is located about 10 miles from Green Bay in Suamico. It’s home to more than 200 animals. Visitors can feed the giraffes, Suri and Hodari, from atop a feeding tower. There is also a petting zoo and safari train.
9. Taste Wine and Beer along the shores of Lake Michigan
Take a drive to the town of Algoma where you can take a winery tour at von Stiehl Winery. There is supposedly a ghost in their wine cave. Some visitors see a spooky shadow or light in their photos. The wines are top notch so definitely partake in a tasting. Next door is the Ahnapee Brewery where you’ll find interesting flavors like Birthday Cake Ale. Stop along the shore for beach combing and an iconic photo at the Algoma Pierhead Light.
10. Hit the rails at the National Railroad Museum
This fascinating museum has trains on display both inside and out. You can even take a ride around the site on a number of the trains. Star attractions include the world’s largest steam locomotive and possibly America’s most famous electric train, the GG-1. The museum also hosts several large events throughout the year. Thomas the Tank Engine and The Polar Express make annual visits.
11. Visit the Oneida Nation Reservation
Only a few miles down the road from Lambeau Field, visitors should definitely make a stop at the Oneida Nation Reservation. You can stop in at the museum for a guided tour and oral presentation or take a larger coach tour around the expansive reservation. A favorite for families is is the Oneida Cultural Heritage Village. Here you can see what life was like in the 1700’s for the local people. Special events like storytellers and colorful smoke dancers are hosted in the reservation amphitheater.
What are the best restaurants in Green Bay?
Now that we’ve got you started with a solid list of what do do in Green Bay, you need to know where to eat. Frankly, it’s hard to choose the best restaurants in Green Bay. There are so many to serve a variety of tastes and budgets. Here’s a list of my favorites.
a’Bravo Bistro & Wine Bar
Tucked away in a strip of retailers, this restaurant is a hidden gem. Known for vegan and gluten free options, it still has plenty of choice for meat lovers, like spicy meatball sliders. I tried the gluten free Shrimp Tacos with cilantro, mango & cabbage slaw with avocado lime cilantro vinaigrette & queso fresco. So good! If you like cheesecake, you absolutely have to the Vita Cheesecake. It’s 100% real raw food, dairy free, processed sugar free, gluten free and vegan. It’s amazing!!!
– 2069 Central Court #77, Green Bay
Cannery Public Market
Located in a former vegetable cannery from 1917, this restaurant is in the heart of the Green Bay Broadway District. It includes a restaurant, deli, meat market and grocery area. Fresh-off-the-farm ingredients like meats, dairy, vegetables and whole grains are used in all recipes and sold throughout the market.
– 320 N. Broadway #110, Green Bay
Copper State Brewing Company
This family-owned brewery features delicious meals from breakfast through dinner. There’s no typical pub food here and it’s almost too pretty to eat. Their super unique spin on PB&J (pork belly, peanut crumbles and grape gelee) is mouthwateringly good! A fun activity for the family is the Clue-ery Brewery Scavenger Hunt Tour.
– 313 Dousman St., Green Bay
This quaint restaurant is located in a historic building in nearby Suamico. They offer choices for everyone like burgers, sandwiches and pasta. They also offer a choice of delectable specialty items each day. The shoe string Chive Fries are worth the visit alone. I enjoyed the Ultimate BLT with Pecan Smoked Bacon, Baby Greens, Tomato, Avocado & Mayo.
– 1749 Riverside Drive, Suamico, WI
A favorite restaurant of Green Bay locals, this neighborhood bistro serves contemporary American cuisine. They serve a diverse menu with HUGE portions so be prepared to arrive with an empty stomach or share with a friends. I loved the grouper cakes with apricot curry sauce and the grilled salmon salad.
– 1671 Hoffman Rd. Suite 10, Green Bay Top
Taverne in the Sky – Lodge Kohler
This restaurant is located on the 5th floor of Lodge Kohler with panoramic views of Lambeau Field. The eatery specializes in modern rotisserie cuisine and features an excellent wine selection. How about a Roast Prime Rib and Brie Flatbread? Yum! Finish with an after dinner drink featuring one of Kohler’s own signature Chocolate Brandies. There is also a children’s menu so bring the whole family.
– 1950 South Ridge Road, Green Bay
Where are the best places to stay in Green Bay?
Depending on your interest and budget, here’ s a variety of great places to stay.
The premiere hotel in town is definitely Lodge Kohler. This newcomer was opened in 2017 across the street from Lambeau field in the heart of Titletown. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. You will truly not want to leave the Kohler 3-headed shower. Suites are great for families, girlfriends getaways and tailgating fans. The patio suite is the perfect place for a pre-game barbecue. The property also includes an spa with signature services like hydrotherapy massages.
– 1950 South Ridge Road, Green Bay
The Astor House
For a romantic getaway, this location is ideal. The home was built in 1888 with five distinctive rooms with private baths. Most have whirlpool tubs and gas fireplaces. After a good night’s sleep, a delicious breakfast is served in the parlor or can be delivered to your door.
– 637 S. Monroe Avenue
Home2 Suites by Hilton
This hotel is also close to Titletown and is a great value for families. The one bedroom King Suite has kitchen, dining area and sleeper sofa. There is also an indoor pool and workout room. Breakfast is included in the room price. There’s even an outdoor patio where you can barbecue.
– 810 Morris Ave, Green Bay
Apple Creek Campground
Want a bit more of adventure during the warmer months? Check out this campground about 15 minutes outside of town. No tent? No worries! You can rent a cabin, cottage, yurt and more. Activities include crafts, movie nights and wagon rides.
– N3831 County Road U, De Pere, WI
Green Bay certainly exceeded my expectations. It’s a great place to visit for more than just football fans. For more information about things to do in Green Bay, visit GreenBay.com
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