The eastern part of Wisconsin is the perfect go-to place for a holiday. Winter or summer, you’ll be surprised by its magical atmosphere: rugged shoreline, maritime communities, tasty meals and football legends. And more importantly, no matter where you go, you can always find a place to feel close to nature.
In this landscape, Green Bay is notoriously famous for the Green Bay Packers, even though it’s the smallest town in the US to host an NFL team. In addition to being a modest industrial city, Green Bay has some interesting museums, a renowned brewery, along with cafes and restaurants by the riverside.
Are you in Green Bay for a convention? A vacation or a football game? It doesn’t make too much difference. You’ll find a wonderful stay at Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Green Bay. Also, if you book now, you can save some money and use it for an unforgettable football game. Well, if you can find the tickets! So, after a few meetings and loads of emails, you can try your luck at Oneida Casino, connected to the hotel via an interior walkway or… just go out and explore! Here are some of the best things to do in Green Bay.
Museum-hopping in winter days
During cold winter days, there’s nothing better than a good culture fix. Train enthusiasts of all ages, listen up: founded in 1956, the popular National Railroad Museum was intended to preserve the nation’s railroad history. As one of the oldest institutions in the US, the museum is home to some of the biggest steam locomotives ever and rare railroad artefacts.
If you want to discover more about the history of the area, the Neville Public Museum of Brown County is right up your alley. Located in downtown Green Bay, the museum features some of the most significant items relevant to the history of Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan, from the Ice Age to the invention of electricity. And don’t forget that the Neville Public Museum is also the starting point of the Packers Heritage Trail. Well, just keep this in mind, we’ll get to that in a second.
Follow your sports legend
Ask a football enthusiast if he’s ever heard about the Frozen Tundra. No, nothing to do with nature. It’s the nickname given to the Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers’ stadium, after a game played in December 1965, in temperatures of -15 °F (meaning -26 °C) with freezing winds. Be aware that game tickets a nearly impossible to get but you can always visit the Hall of Fame at Lambeau Field. No matter who you root for, there are enough trophies and memorabilia to leave any football fan speechless.
If there’s no way to get inside the stadium, don’t give in to despair. You have two options: first, you can join a pregame party to dive deep into the magical atmosphere of NFL or bar-hop around the Lambeau Field; second, you can walk the Packers Heritage Trail and visit 22 locations that were relevant to the history of the team.
Discover Wisconsin’s food traditions
There’s nothing as rooted in Wisconsin’s culture as food traditions. Get a non-Wisconsinite to taste a Wisconsinite cheese curd and look at their reaction: I’m telling you, they’re going to love it. 2.5 billion pounds of cheddar per year convinced Wisconsinites to call themselves “cheeseheads”: take it easy, they’re very proud of it. It shouldn’t surprise anybody that they wear rubber cheese-wedge hats during football games. In addition to this cheesy culture, Green Bay does bloody delicious burgers, but you could also find fish specials on Friday menus. Don’t forget to walk along the riverfront and relax in a coffee shop, a café or a tavern.