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Top Things to Do in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Titletown, USA, sure loves its Packers. And you'll want to visit Lambeau Field and the new Titletown entertainment district. But you'll find plenty of other things to explore as well, including the National Railroad Museum, Green Bay Botanical Garden and Heritage Hill State Historical Park.

What to do

Bay Beach Amusement Park Opened in 1892, the park lets visitors take a spin on 22 classic rides. Most cost just 25 to 50 cents apiece. greenbaywi.gov/baybeach

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary This wooded 600-acre sanctuary opened in 1936 as a waterfowl rehab site. Today more than 4,500 injured, orphaned and sick animals are brought here to be rehabbed and, hopefully, released back into the wild. At the Nature Education Center, check out the sanctuary's critters—wolves, bobcats, otters, flying squirrels, owls and more—and educational displays. Then explore the scenic grounds, ringed with 6 miles of trails. baybeachwildlife.com

Broadway District shopping Check out shops like Besselli, where mom and daughter teamed up to open a little boutique selling big-name brands: Sweet Pea, Free People, Velvet, Nick & Mo, Scotch & Soda, etc. besselli.com

Fox River State Trail Stretching from downtown Green Bay to 25 miles south, the trail is open to walkers, cyclists, in-line skaters and horseback riders. dnr.wi.gov

Green Bay Botanical Garden Stroll through 47 acres of landscaped beauty tucked in the midst of a busy commercial zone. Paths curve past themed gardens: rose, color, perennial, English cottage and a Wisconsin woodland garden. The brightly colored Children's Garden features a tower overlooking a kids' maze, a sensory garden and a small shed and garden tagged as Mr. McGregor's. gbbg.org

Green Bay Botanical Garden

Green Bay Botanical Garden

Green Bay Children's Museum Local lore (yes, including the Packers) teach important lessons of science and art to kids. gbchildrensmuseum.org

Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame No team has a richer history than the Pack, and it all plays out in vivid fashion in this 15,000-square-foot museum filled with cutting- edge displays. See the Lombardi Trophies from Super Bowls (named after a Packers coach, of course). Sit in replica stands to watch a film of the famous Ice Bowl. And walk through a replica of legendary coach Vince Lombardi’s office. packers.com

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame

Heritage Hill State Historical Park French explorers and Jesuit priests came to Green Bay in the 1600s, making this area of Wisconsin one of the first to be settled. Visitors to the 24 buildings of this interpretive park get a glimpse of what life was like back in the early settlers' days, as well as in later eras. Costumed interpreters are often stationed at the main sites, and special events are held throughout the year. heritagehillgb.org 

Heritage Hill State Historical Park. Photo courtesy of greenbay.com

Lambeau Field Stadium Tours On almost every day but game days, you can follow a strikingly well-informed tour guide around the sprawling atrium, into a skybox and through the tunnel the team uses until you’re standing at the edge of the end zone. Guides pack in tidbits like the fact that the Packers pay cash to people who shovel snow out of the stands before games because they found out everyone was saving their Packers paychecks as souvenirs. packers.com

The National Railroad Museum At one of the largest rail museums in America, you'll find decorative train drumheads, a massive Big Boy steam locomotive, a fire tower and the train Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower used in Europe during World War II. Learn about Pullman Porters at an interactive exhibit, and don't skip the excellent film. All aboard the vintage train for a 25-minute ride. nationalrrmuseum.org

NEW Zoo and Adventure Park Lions, giraffes, moose and more thrive in a wooded setting. newzoo.org

Packers Heritage Trail Tour Ride a trolley around town to key points in Packers history, including an early home field that hosted a roster full of NFL Hall of Famers. How authentic is this narrated tour? Look at the 1996 Super Bowl ring Susan Broberg is wearing. She earned it while working as Coach Mike Holmgren’s assistant. candmpresents.com

Titletown A new 45-acre, $130 million entertainment district next to Lambeau Field adds more ways to play, including a central plaza with a bistro, public football field, playground and a green roof that becomes a tubing hill in winter. packers.com

Where to eat

1919 Kitchen and Tap Stop into this restaurant in the Lambeau Field atrium (right across from the Packers Hall of Fame) any day of the week for sandwiches or flatbreads. The name refers to the year Curly Lambeau founded the team. 1919kitchenandtap.com

Cheese Cake Heaven Try huge sandwiches, thick soups and, of course, melt-in-your-mouth cheesecake. Of the nearly 100 flavors, our favorites include turtle, strawberry shortcake, peach praline and poppy seed almond. cheesecakeheaven.com

Jimmy Seas Enjoy a chill meal on the patio overlooking the Fox River. Check the website to see if a band will be performing. jimmyseas.com

Julie's Cafe Prepare for a no-nonsense breakfast platter at any of the three area locations. But if you arrive on Sunday morning, be ready to wait behind the ever-present church crowd. juliescafecatering.com

Nala's Fromagerie & Wine Bar If you're one of those people who just can't get enough cheese, this hidden gem offers hundreds of different styles and flavors. nalascheese.com

Plae Bistro Brats may still be Cheeseheads’ staple food, but Plae Bistro proves a Green Bay game weekend doesn’t have to be old-school. This sleek eatery serves up dishes like pecan-encrusted scallops and chicken breast stuffed with apples, Brie and cherry sauce. plaebistro.com

Republic Chophouse In a cozy, dark steak house, linger over indulgent meals and desserts such as four-layer red velvet cake. republicchophouse.com

Where to stay

Lodge Kohler The new, 144-room hotel offers some of the hydrotherapy spa amenities and other luxuries made famous by Kohler’s resort an hour down the road. bout half of the rooms face Lambeau, and terrace suites include patios for tailgating (with the sanctuary of a heated hotel room at your back). lodgekohler.com

St. Brendan's Inn Downstairs, you'll find a busy restaurant and Irish pub. If it gets too crowded, decompress in your spacious room, many of which include a walk-in, rainfall shower. saintbrendansinn.com

St. Brendan's Inn bar. Green Bay, Wisconsin.

St. Brendan's Inn

For more information: greenbay.com

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