No matter your gridiron allegiance, Green Bay delivers a winning lineup of interesting places to eat, play and stay.

By By Melanie McManus & Maggie Ginsberg-Schutz
Green Bay Botanical Garden’s Gertrude B. Nielsen Children’s Garden. Photo by Michael Lescihsin.

For legions of Packer fans, Green Bay, Wisconsin, stands as a pilgrimage destination. Lambeau Field is their temple, and the Packers' owned-by-the-fans identity feeds their faith. Even opposing fans find themselves awed on stadium tours when they walk through the tunnel where the team bursts onto the field. But an off-season visit reveals a different side of this working-class city of 101,000: fantastic restaurants, appealing trails and top-notch attractions for all ages. Whether your blood runs green, gold or just plain red, you'll come away rooting for Titletown. greenbay.com

What to do

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary A 700-acre park with a wildlife rehab center provides a scenic escape within the city. Free. baybeachwildlife.com

Broadway District shopping Check out Beerntsen's Confectionary and Besselli boutique. onbroadway.org

Broadway District shopping

Green Bay Botanical Garden The 47-acre property includes the Vietnam Veteran Garden. Admission charged. gbbg.org

Green Bay Botanical Garden's Gertrude B. Nielsen Children's Garden. Photo by Michael Lescihsin.

Heritage Hill State Historical Park A living-history museum with 25 buildings traces state history. Admission charged. heritagehillgb.org

National Railroad Museum Learn about Pullman Porters at an interactive exhibit, and don't skip the excellent film. Admission charged. nationalrrmuseum.org

Where to eat

Black and Tan The main-floor bar at this sophisticated downtown spot has a tempting lounge menu; upstairs, enjoy seasonal fine dining. blackandtangrille.com

Cheese Cake Heaven A strip mall cafe serves huge sandwiches and cheesecake. cheesecakeheaven.com

Fox Harbor Pub and Grill A two-tier deck and fire pit draw a casual crowd, especially for Wednesday and Friday fish fries. foxharborpubandgrill.com

Jimmy Seas Pub, Grill and Fenders Beer-battered cod tacos warrant a trip to this hidden spot. jimmyseas.com

Republic Chophouse In a cozy, dark steak house, linger over rich, indulgent meals. republicchophouse.com

Where to stay

St. Brendan's Inn A classy Irish-theme inn features 28 rooms and a satisfying restaurant. saintbrendansinn.com

With kids

Bay beach amusement park A roll of quarters buys a day of fun. baybeach.org

Lambeau Field Pint-size fans can practice their Lambeau Leap. packers.com

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

Kroll's West Legendary burgers star at this retro spot near Lambeau. krollswest.com

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