Green Bay has a little something for everyone. Nestled along Green Bay on Lake Michigan, this welcoming city in Wisconsin has a ton of Midwestern charm, and it's also the home of the Greenbay Packers and their loyal Cheese Head fans. From exciting nightlife, tasty eateries, and amusement parks to campgrounds, nature areas, and museums, there's never a dull moment in a city that stays loyal to its sports teams.
Whether you're a supercharged football fan or enjoy a game on occasion, you can't leave Green Bay without a visit to Lambeau Field. Home field to the Green Bay Packers, the energy of this place is contagious. Pick up a cheese head hat and root for the Pack, or visit during the off-season and check out the 376,000 square-foot atrium, where you'll find the Packers Pro Shop, The Packers Hall of Fame, and the 1919 Kitchen & Tap. Relax and watch sports on over a dozen flat screens while sipping on craft brew and eating signature Wiscoburgers.
For a beautiful day in nature, head over to the Green Bay Botanical Garden. This lovely oasis is open year-round, even during the snowy months, and it houses an abundance of plants and flowers that are local to the area and bloom within the four seasons. Fall foliage in the Midwest is breathtaking, so be sure to take some genuinely Instagrammable photos during your visit. Schedule a tour with a guide for an in-depth experience, or take a stroll on your own time. During the winter months, check out the Garden of Lights, a winter wonderland light show throughout the gardens.
For a true taste of Wisconsin, check out Badger State Brewery. Located in the Stadium District, this laid-back taproom has 24 beers on tap, all made right at home in Wisconsin. While the brewery doesn't serve food, patrons can bring their own from any of the surrounding eateries, and it's a great place to mingle with locals after a game. Tours are available on Saturdays for those who want to have an up-close view of where the beer is crafted. If you sample something you like, you can take home a bottle or can of your favorite drink.
Whether you're a car aficionado or a novice, a trip to The Automobile Gallery is a must on your Green Bay to-do list. An abundant display of muscle cars, classic cars, futuristic cars, and more highlights this popular museum, and volunteer guides are standing by to fill you in on the history and stories of all the vehicles on display. One of the most popular cars is former Packer Bart Starr's Corvette, and there are also separate showrooms for classic trucks and cars.
For some good, old-fashioned fun, head over to the Bay Beach Amusement Park. Cruise around on bumper cars, or take a plunge on the old-fashioned yet incredibly steep Zippin Pippin roller coaster. The ride of Zippin Pippin is a replica of Elvis Presley's favorite roller coaster that he used to ride in his home state of Tennessee. When you're tired out from all the excitement, grab a soda or a hot dog at the concession stand and take in the views along the Green Bay Shores.
Learn about the American railroad history and embark on an exciting train ride by paying a visit to the National Railroad Museum. Established in 1956, the museum is one of Green Bay's most popular attractions, welcoming over 100,000 guests a year. If you're in Green Bay during the winter months, hop on the museum's Polar Express ride, where you'll ride to the North Pole. The museum also hosts Brew Fest, where you can tour the museum while sipping craft beer and enjoying some tasty Wisconsin food.
If you're a thrill-seeker who loves animals, spend some time at New Zoo and Adventure Park. Stroll the grounds and have fun feeding the otters and giraffes, then get a bird's eye view of the zoo with an exhilarating zip line ride. Open year-long, the zoo always has something to check out. During the holidays, it hosts pancake breakfasts with Santa, as well as New Years' and Christmas indoor exhibits. If you're feeling extremely daring, sign up for a Zoo Snooze and spend the night at the zoo, complete with a moonlight safari trek.
Get back to nature with a day at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. Take a guided tour and learn about local wildlife, or if you're visiting during the winter holidays, sign up for a "Soup and Ski" tour, where visitors cross country ski through the trails and finish the day with a cup of hot soup. Another fun activity is the "Owl Prowl," where you'll head out at dusk with a flashlight and peek at the majestic, yet mysterious owls in their natural habitat.
Located in downtown Green Bay, the Meyer Theatre has been a town favorite since the 1930s. If you're in the mood for some belly laughs or a little live music, head over to the theatre for a night of entertainment and local history. From the Nutcracker during the holidays to stand-up comedy and cover bands, this local landmark is worth a visit.
Titletown is a popular mecca in Green Bay, packed with restaurants, shops, outdoor activities, and even a full-size football field. During the snowy months, you can go skating at the outdoor rink, or take a run down one of the tubing lanes. During the summer, the Titletown Night Market is the place to be, as the market features 75 vendors providing food, craft beer, gifts and crafts, and interactive game courts while live music creates the perfect backdrop.