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GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – I wouldn’t call myself a cheesy head. Well, not the type who wears a foam rubber wedge on his head and proclaims his love for the Packers. But there is something to be in Green Bay, with its beautiful soccer field, Titletown family entertainment park, and wall murals that almost give you football fever.
But before we go, let’s talk about real cheese. It really is everywhere. At one point my teenage son asked why every restaurant we went to had a deli board and cheese curds. Ah, the cheese curds. These little fried pieces of delight with cheese oozing out of the center. Turns out there are plenty of ways to make cheese curds beyond what you get at Culver’s. Honestly, I found them all delicious.
Wisconsin is of course known for its dairy farms and cheese. Visit a cheese factory to get a good idea of its depth and breadth. Scry Cheese, a fourth-generation shop a few miles from downtown, lets you watch cheese being made (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays – if you’re lucky you can get some samples). Or just try one of these charcuterie boards for all of the varieties Wisconsin has to offer.
Things to do
m Tour of Champ Lambeau: Fan of the Packers or not, it’s an impressive stadium. Even if you don’t have time for a full tour, visit the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame; a self-guided tour will take an hour or two. It’s 15,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, memorabilia.
m Title city: This entertainment district, just across from Lambeau, opened in 2017 and still has that new park feel. With a four-diamond hotel (the Kohler Lodge), a brewery, restaurants, a 10-acre park, and a perfect place to gather before and after games, it also has a huge toboggan run and ice rink in the winter. . In the summer, people sit on the hill to watch movies. Fun games such as pétanque, table tennis, and shuffleboard line the promenade to the back of Titletown, where you’ll find playgrounds, a grass football pitch, and even a sprint lane. 50 meters with a stopwatch above. (titletown.com)
m Green Bay Botanical Garden: From the magnificent large garden which overlooks a concert amphitheater to the intriguing Kaftan Lusthaus, a Scandinavian-designed summer house, to the oval rose garden with the remains of the orchard on which this botanical garden was built, this stop is a treat for visitors. children (there is a kindergarten) and adults. Of particular note is the temporary exhibition “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea”. Large sculptures made from ocean waste are dotted throughout the garden. They’re like scavenger hunts for the kids and food for thought for everyone. ($ 12 for adults; gbbg.org)
m Bay Beach Amusement Park: Take a step back in time with this fun amusement park along the bay. There are no entrance fees or parking fees. The highlight is the Zippin Pippin roller coaster, which zips up and plunges with views of the bay. It’s more exciting than the Six Flags mining train and less jerky than the Screamin ‘Eagle. The most expensive ride in the park, it costs four 25-cent tickets.
It is one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in existence in the United States, which debuted in the 1910s in Memphis, Tennessee, where it would have been Elvis’ favorite roller coaster. He went to Green Bay almost 100 years later.
The park contains around 20 rides, including a train, a Ferris wheel, and a few other thrill rides. But don’t miss the concessions, which of course include cheese curds.
m Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary: Right next to the wild rides and screams of the amusement park is a peaceful wildlife preserve, a 600-acre urban hideaway with beautiful bodies of water and miles of trails. Known for its waterfowl, the sanctuary is home to Wisconsin’s second largest wildlife rehabilitation program. If you’re lucky you may spot coyotes, deer, or turkeys from a watchtower or walled path, but there are also buildings in the education center that ensure animal viewing.
m Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo: Commonly referred to as the NEW Zoo which is confusing as it is nothing new at all, the Green Bay Area Zoo is located a bit outside the town of Suamico. If you are looking for something to do in the area and want to see cute animals, especially darling Japanese snow macaques or majestic wolves, this is a good stop. and it costs $ 11 for adults and $ 8 for children.
But part of the zoo’s appeal, especially for teens, is the adjacent adventure park. Not open due to COVID during our visit, my kids couldn’t help but watch the ziplines, the ropes course, and the climbing wall. $ 32.95 for the full adventure. (newzoo.org)
Fonferek’s Glen: Just a little outside of Green Bay is this geological gem. The main attraction is a 30-foot waterfall that can be seen from a platform not too far from the parking lot. But trust us when we say hike to her, across the stream, through the valley of the same name, through a forest, and across the stream (we weren’t sure if we were doing it right. !). The website calls for caution on the trails due to the sheer cliffs, rugged terrain, and lack of marked trails, but it was worth it. (browncountywi.gov)
Where to eat
Tavern in the Sky: There is no better view in Green Bay for a Packers fan than this upscale restaurant across from Lambeau Field and overlooking Titletown. On the fifth floor of the new Kohler Lodge, operated by the same people who run the upscale Destination Kohler an hour south, the food at this restaurant can even be better than any of these award-winning restaurants. From lemon artichoke fritters with the most delicious caper remoulade ($ 8) to shrimp cooked in a wood-fired kitchen and served with oatmeal and lemon white butter ($ 32), each dish is more amazing. each other. After dinner, have a drink in the bar or sit on the terrace in front of a fireplace. (lodgekohler.com/food-drink/)
Pick a Brewery: Green Bay is pretty well known for the city’s breweries. In Titletown, you’ll find Hinterland, which opens its garage doors to the action on a bright day. Across Lambeau Field, with a handful of bars that make the area feel like a college town, you’ll find Badger State Brewing, with an outdoor area covered in artificial turf where the dogs have played during our visit. We especially enjoyed the shows and the cheese curds at Narrow Bridge Brewhouse. Hagemeister Park, right by the river in the city center, offers the chance to sip a beer outside while you people-watch. Stop at some of the area stores as well.
Waverly Beach: being on the water (it’s called Green Bay, after the bay over there and all) I was surprised to find very few water sports, and few restaurants along the bay, an arm of Lake Michigan. Searching for water, I found Waverly Beach about 30 minutes from Green Bay on Lake Winnebago. Outdoor waterfront tables pair with garden games and a menu of burgers and seafood. (Waverlybeach.com)
Where to stay
Lodge Kohler (lodgekohler.com) is a great choice if your goal is to stay in the middle of it all. You can grab the game and go out into town to see the sights without ever getting in your car. Prices are reasonable on game-free weekends, but otherwise they can go up quickly.
Although we weren’t there for a Packers game, we were there with six people, so we opted to rent a house through Vrbo.com. Relaxing Rustic Retreat in Appleton, a town about 30 minutes from Lambeau Field, suited our needs perfectly. With three bedrooms upstairs, a downstairs bedroom and a pool table, dart board and sitting area, it was perfect for our teenagers. I always like to recommend renting a house with something your house doesn’t have: this one had a swing hanging in the living room in front of a stone fireplace and a ladder leading to an alcove above the kitchen. Even my teenagers took a hit. I have frequently messaged Mark Biesack, whose Powerhouse Properties 920 manages over 30 properties in the area. He was great at communicating, accommodating and making sure everything was taken care of.
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