The Packers aren’t the only attraction in Green Bay.
Things to do: Tour Lambeau Field. The hourlong Classic Tour offers a look at the Atrium, suites, the players tunnel and the field, plus the history of the franchise and fun facts about the stadium. Tours are accessible and are offered at various times on most days. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (62 and older) and military, $12 for kids ages 12-17 and college students, and $9 for kids ages 6-11. Some tickets are available in advance online at packers.com, and others can be purchased in person at the Hall of Fame up to two days before the tour.
While you’re there, tour the Packers Hall of Fame, with memorabilia and displays on the team, plus trophies from the Packers’ 13 world championships. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (62 and older) and military, $12 for kids ages 12-17 and college students, and $9 for kids ages 6-11. Discounts are available when purchased in combination with stadium tour tickets.
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Take a self-guided walking tour on the Packers Heritage Tour, which consists of 22 plaques throughout the city dedicated to the team from its foundation through the Vince Lombardi years. The centerpiece is a plaza on Washington and Cherry streets downtown that includes statues of Johnny “Blood” McNally, George Whitney Calhoun and Paul Hornung. Find a trail map at the Hall of Fame or at packersheritagetrail.com.
Bike the Fox River State Trail, a 25-mile trail that follows an old railroad corridor from downtown Green Bay along the Fox River south to near Hilbert in Calumet County. The first 11 miles of the trail are paved, the rest is crushed stone. Cyclists age 16 and older need a state trail pass ($5/day, $25/year).
Bay Beach Amusement Park has 22 carnival rides that cost a quarter to a dollar, including the Zippin Pippin, one of the country’s oldest wooden roller coasters that was a favorite of Elvis Presley when it was at an amusement park in Tennessee. The park is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Aug. 21-Sept. 4 and on weekends through Sept. 24.
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary has 6 miles of trails that wind through exhibits featuring the animals the park rehabilitates, from bald eagles to porcupines. Admission is free. Hiking trails are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily and the nature center is open until 7:30 p.m., April 15-Sept. 15.
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Green Bay offers much to do for Packers pilgrims
Explore the area’s past at Heritage Hill Historical Park, a living history museum with 24 historical and reproduction buildings. The park is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (62 and older), $7 for kids (4-15) and free for kids 3 and under. Mondays are “Stroll through the Park” days, when admission is $5 but buildings are not open with interpretation. Visit Aug. 12-13 for Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, with interactive games and chores, plus a special dinner on Aug. 10 and 11 with Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder) and Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder) from the “Little House on the Prairie” television series.
Ride a train and see dozens of restored historical ones at the National Railroad Museum. It’s open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (closed on Mondays January through March). Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7.50 for kids (2-12) and free for kids under 2. The train ride is an additional $2.
The NEW Zoo Adventure Park features 90 species of animals from lions and giraffes to badgers and bears. The complex also has ziplining, a ropes course and a rock-climbing wall and is located within the Brown County Reforestation Camp, with hiking, biking and horseback riding trails winding through 1,600 acres. The zoo is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, June 1-Aug. 31, with shorter hours the rest of the year. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids (3-15) and seniors (62 and older) and free for kids 2 and under.
If the area has received rain recently, visit Fonferek’s Glen, 2825 Dutchman Road, Ledgeview, to see a 30-foot waterfall that drops over a dolomite cliff. The natural area is also home to a stone arch. Wequiock Falls, 3426 Bay Settlement Road, Town of Scott, features a 25-foot cascade. Both waterfalls slow to a trickle during drier months.
Take the scenic route to Green Bay around Lake Winnebago’s eastern shore and stop at High Cliff State Park. The only state park on Wisconsin’s largest lake has 16 miles of trails that travel around exposed segments of the Niagara Escarpment, the lake, effigy mounds and an old limestone quarry. The park also has five boat launches and a swim area.
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If you’re heading up to Green Bay via I-43, Cherney Maribel Caves County Park is a worthy pit stop. It features a handful of caves open to visitors any time the park is open, plus some large ones that are only open during tours, held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of every month, May through October.
Where to eat and drink: Titletown Brewing Co. is a two-building behemoth, with a restaurant housed in an 1899 railroad depot and a production facility and rooftop tap room across the street.
Copper State Brewing Co. is the new kid on the block across the street, serving lunch and dinner alongside its wide range of beers plus a few guest offerings on tap.
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The Cannery is housed in the same building as the Titletown tap room, a 1917 vegetable cannery. The restaurant serves local, seasonal fare and also has a deli, meat market and small grocery store.
Al’s Hamburgers has been a Green Bay staple since 1934. A fire gutted the building in 2011, and the original owner’s family sold it to Michael Wirz in 2016. Wirz kept the old favorites, including a classic burger that costs less than $4.
Calumet County bills itself as the Supper Club Capital of Wisconsin, with around 30 of the classic dinner joints scattered around the county. Schwarz’s Supper Club is a stalwart in St. Anna, serving steaks, seafood and a classic Friday night fish fry.
Where to stay: St. Brendan’s Inn along the Fox River downtown is owned by the same group that owns Milwaukee’s County Clare, and the feel is similar: an Irish pub and restaurant downstairs, comfortable rooms and suites upstairs. A continental breakfast with made-to-order omelettes is included. Rates start at $119.50.
The Lodge Kohler, designed to be a four-diamond property, opened to the public in July. The hotel adjacent to Lambeau Field has 134 guest rooms and 10 suites, a full-service spa, a restaurant and bar. Rates start at $170 during the week and $438 on game days.
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Lodge Kohler, located in the Green Bay Packers’ Titletown District, opened in July.
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