Green Bay, also the seat of Brown County, Green Bay is also home to close to 105,000 people making it the third biggest city in Wisconsin. It is known as Titletown, Bayland, Packer City, Bay City, and Packerland. It is largely an industrial city and is home to several museums and other attractions.
Green Bay is the state's oldest community. The French were the original settlers here, attracted by the fur trades. The city is now well known because of the Packers, its small town charm with all the amenities of big cities, its many attractions such as the Hazelwood Historic House, the Neville Public Museum, and the Oneida Nation Museum, among others.
Be sure to check out Bay Beach Amusement Park, which has 15 rides including a roller coaster. The amusement park has a rich history dating back to the 1890s and has been upgraded several times in the recent years. It is usually open during the months of May through September.
You can also go to the water park inside the Tundra Lodge Resort and Conference Center. The indoor water park has 30,000 sq. ft. of space and features water slides, a water playground called Moosejaw Mountain, and the only lazy river in the city, Elk Island River, among other attractions.
Then head out to Kastle Park, where you have a variety of activities, including mini golf, rock wall, bumper boats, paint ball, batting cage, and a variety of video games.
For the adults in your group, you could go gambling at any one of the locations of Oneida bingo and Casino. You can play table games, slots, poker, and bingo. There are also facilities here for off-track betting.
National Railroad Museum has several exhibits that are related to the railroads and trains. Check out the rolling stock collection, historic trains, and some of the world's best train-related artifacts here. This is also where you could find more than 100 years of railroading history all in one place. See the steam, diesel, electric locomotives, the freight cars, the passenger cars, and the equipment used. You can also enjoy the archives, the library, the artifacts and the photographs here.
The Neville Public Museum is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, and combines science, history and art all in one place.
On top of these museums, you can also find great art in the following galleries:
If you are looking for a captivating theater show, musical concerts, band music, symphony orchestra, or any other events, then you should go to the Meyer Theatre. The historic theater was first opened in the 1930s and has since seen the likes of Liberace, Johnny Cash, Nat King Cole and Lawrence Welk on its stage. It was recently restored to bring back some of the original features of the theater that were hidden or damaged when it was converted into a cinemaplex.
Meanwhile, the Riverside Ballroom is an intimate space that still hosts small music concerts and weddings. The ballroom is yet another historic site that was opened in the 1930s and has an art modern architecture. Some of the performers to grace its stage include Glenn Miller, Ritchie Valens, Wayne King, Red Hot chili Peppers, Dead Kennedys, and Kenny Wayne Shepard.
You can also go to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts located inside the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Watch the university's musical and theater productions here, as well as touring shows and entertainers. The center accommodates more than 2,000 people.
Some performing groups that you should know in Green Bay include the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, which has masterworks concerts at the Weidner Center.
Public art. Do drop by the Fox River where you could find an interesting collection of public sculptures that are part of the Life of the River project. Some of the sculptures here include Skills, Shorelines and Ships, Interactive Immersion, Frog for Dinner, River Monolith, Coming Into Light, Currents, River Revival, Renewal, My House of Feather and Stone, and Dancing with Light.
Finding somewhere to eat is not a problem in Green Bay. The problem is choosing one from the long list of great restaurants here, because of the variety and quality of most dining options you have.
Angelina is a refreshing change of pace for most diners. The slow pace is matched by the elegant decor. The chef prepares a prix-fixe Italian meal with you choosing what you want for each of the five courses. Try their bruschetta, gnocchi, breaded veal steak, and spumoni ice cream.
The Black & Tan Grille is equally famous for its wondrous views of both the downtown area and Fox River and its delicious food. You should try the Maple Leaf duck, duck roulade, and of course the specialty of the house, the tenderloin. You can get the good wines and cocktails here.
Republic Chophouse is where you could order the Irish New Yorker, which is a strip steak that has been marinated in Guinness beer, herbs and spices. This is a great place to take a date to, being housed in a historic building that was built in the 1900s. Meanwhile The River Room Restaurant is great for lunch. Try out the Caesar salmon salad, the sandwiches and the burgers here. They also have a stellar dinner menu, as well as a well-thought out nautical main dining area.
The Union Hotel & Restaurant, on the other hand, is great when you are really hungry. But do not think of it as a cheap eatery where you get humongous servings of bland food. Union Hotel and Restaurant puts a premium on both quality and flavor. Order their seafood and meat dishes, or you might want to go for what their daily special is for the day of your visit.
Brett Favre's Steak House gives you great food, great drinks and a chance to see Brett Favre's memorabilia. Favre is the star who helped the Green Bay Packers win the Super Bowl XXXI, and this place just pays tribute to him. Favre is a native of Mississippi and this is the reason why the food here is a fusion between Southern and Northern cuisine.
Then you should also check out Victoria's Fine Italian Restaurant. Italian food at its finest and the staff service is equally great. Check out their wine list, their Sicilian salad, artichoke marsala, baked mostaccioli, and eggplant parmigiana. If you have kids with you, then check out their kid's menu!
With names like Dousman Street Wheat and Hopasaurus Rex, you know that the house beers at Titletown Brewing Company is worth a try. Their house beers are not their only draw, though, as you also get the best appetizers in town, as well as delicious beer match food.
Other restaurants here include:
Shopping. Check out Bay Park Square, which has more than 100 stores and is anchored by Kohl's, Shopko and Younkers. The Simon Property Group mall features a food court that has a football theme, which it calls Supper Bowl. You could also go downtown where you could find a variety of stores that sell everything you could possibly need. You could also go to Broadway or Olde Main for more shopping options.
If you are into antiques, check out Ralph's Antiques, Red's Antiques, Ruby Designs, and Somewhere in Time Antique Mall. Meanwhile, check out Besselli, Fiore Refurbished Arts & Accessories, Furs & Clothing of Distinction, Logos Footwear, and Sassy Girl for the latest fashion trends. Other must-visit stores here include:
You can enjoy the greens and play a quiet game of golf with your friends at some of the best golf courses in Green Bay. Check out:
Green Bay takes a lot of pride in the Packers football team. The Packers was formed in the 1910s and is a member of the National Football League, making the city the smallest market to have a major league team. But the Packers have a lot of fans earning for itself the biggest and the most loyal fan base in the NFL. The Packers also gave the city the most number of championship titles, which is why Green Bay is also known as Titletown. Today, the Packers play at the Lambeau Field. They practice at the Don Hutson Center, the Clarke Hinkle field, and the Ray Nitschke Field.
The Green Bay Blizzard is the city's indoor football team. The team plays its home games at the Resch Center and is a member of the Indoor Football League. The city also has two semi-professional football teams in the Green Bay Gladiators and the Green Bay Blackjacks.
College sports is also strong in the city. Watch the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay's Green Bay Phoenix play at the Resch Center, the Kress Events Center, and the Aldo Santaga Stadium. Meanwhile, the Green Bay Bullfrogs play their baseball games at the Joannes Stadium.
You should also check out the Akzo Nobel Sports Complex. The park covers 92 acres of space and has several sports facilities such as a disc golf course, softball diamonds and soccer fields.
History buffs would just love it in Green Bay because of the places that they could go to that would help them explore the city's rich history. Here are just some history-related places that you can go to on a bus rental in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
First up is Heritage Hill State Historical Park that spans 48 acres of space. This is actually an open air living history museum and features close to three dozen historical buildings and reconstructions of old structures. You can find Fort Howard buildings here, public buildings and stores from the 1800s, and log cabins during the time of the fur trade. If you visit in the summer, you can find interpreters here who are dressed in period clothing.
Why not go to the Ashwaubenon Historical Cultural Center Museum where you could learn more about the village after which it was named and the Green Bay Metro area in general. You can find exhibits and artifacts from the Second World War, an 1890s farmhouse, and a 1900s schoolhouse, as well as memorabilia related to Native Americans. The museum also features temporary exhibits including the annual Christmas celebration, the Summer Heritage Festival, and Veteran's Day exhibit. There is also an art gallery here that showcases hobo art and other works from the region's artists.
Go to Reforestation Camp, where you have miles and miles of wooded trails and facilities for different outdoor activities. Meanwhile, Pamperin Park holds the distinction of being the biggest developed park in the entire county and has several picnic areas, a stone pavilion and playground. Or you can go to the Leicht Memorial Park, which is on the banks of Fox River. This is where you could catch some great summer festivals and music concerts. There are also picnic areas here.
Green Isle Park is a good place to bike, hike and have a picnic. It also has facilities for tennis, softball and baseball, as well as a playground. Then you have the Cecil DePeau Bay Shore Park where you could great views of the Bay of Green Bay, as well as opportunities to go boating, camping, picnicking and playing on the playground. Further, you have Ashwaubomay Park that covers 43 acres of space and has facilities for picnics and a playground. There is also a manmade lake here where you could swim and dive.
Other parks you could find here include Ted Fritsch Park, Oakdale Park, Badger Park, Preble Park, and Enos Colburn Park.
Trails. You should also check out the Ahnapee State Trail, a rails to trails conversion wherein a stretch of former railroad tracks are converted to a hiking, horseback riding and biking trail for the whole family.
The Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo or NEW Zoo occupies 43 acres of land and is home to more than 215 animals. The zoo welcomes more than 500,000 visitors every year. Some of the exhibits you would find here include penguins, Japanese macaques, tortoises, birds, animals from the North American Plains, Australia, and Africa, and several native species. There is also a petting zoo here or the kids. The zoo also has a component Adventure Park where you could enjoy zip lining, rock climbing and going on the ropes course.
A bus rental in Green Bay, Wisconsin is really the best way to see the city. It allows you to go to more places and do more stuff and it is very affordable too.
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