Green Bay may be famous for its football, but that’s not all this town is known for. It also happens to be a city steeped in history, and is Wisconsin’s oldest settlement. Thanks to an abundance of natural resources, Green Bay is one of the major shipping centers in the country. It is also the smallest city to host an NFL team, and the 13-time National Champion Green Bay Packers are the only NFL team to be owned by the fans. Due to continuous development in both Green Bay and the surrounded communities, the area has attractive a wealth of visitors who want to experience its industrial parks, shopping districts, and more.
If you’re visiting during the month of August, the Green Bay Packers football team hosts team practices that are open to the public during Packers Training Camp. The Packers Hall of Fame is located inside the Lambeau Field Atrium, and two self-guided walking tours are available: the Oneida Nation Walk of Legends is near Lambeau field and features stories and photos on large granite-engraved monuments, while the Packers Heritage Trail pays homage to the buildings and businesses in Downtown Green Bay that are of historical significance. Go shopping on Broadway Street in downtown Green Bay, as well as on Military Avenue, which is a retail mecca. Bay Beach Amusement Park has 19 amusement rides that include a wooden rollercoaster and Ferris wheel, while Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary houses a 700-acre urban wildlife refuge that is open year-round. Catch a Summer in the Park concert at Whitney Park of Leight Memorial Park, and Green Bay’s CityDeck offers family-friendly entertainment every Friday from June through August. You can also catch a variety of performances at the 2,000-seat Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, which features everything from Broadway to chamber orchestras.
There are many great day trips around and near Green Bay. Door County is a popular to visit because of its long shoreline and many parks, and is less than an hour north of Green Bay. If you’re up for a longer drive, the city of Milwaukee is just under two hours south and offers a scenic route through the rolling farmlands and small towns of the eastern part of Wisconsin. Madison, which is the capital of Wisconsin, is two-and-a-half hours south of Green Bay and is home to the sprawling University of Wisconsin, as well as a vibrant music scene.
For those looking to be close to the action, Downtown Green Bay has many modern high-rise apartment buildings and condos that are in close proximity to businesses and restaurants, and offer stunning river and city views. Downtown Green Bay, On Broadway and Olde Main Street offer unique upper floor housing above various storefronts and businesses. There are also several historic neighborhoods with classic architecture around Downtown for those who want more space. There are also single-unit family homes available to rent a few blocks away from Packer Stadium, around the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and in DePere.
Green Bay Metro operates 13 full-service bus routes, which offer public transportation in and around Downtown Green Bay. Fun fact: the Green Bay Metro offers four free routes on game days. The Greyhound Lines also offer services to just about anywhere one wants to go and is located in the Old Main Street District. Taxis are also abundant downtown, and rental cars are another good option if you want to drive around and explore.
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