When you think of Green Bay, Wisconsin, you instantly think of the Packers. If you’re looking for the best things to do in Green Bay on game day, the Lambeau Field Atrium is home to a restaurant, the Packers Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Packers Pro Shop. For things to do around Lambeau Field, visit Titletown District next door. It’s a multi-use space home to both restaurants and family-friendly activities. With an ice-skating rink and tubing hill, a visit is also one of the best things to do in Green Bay in December.
On a rainy day, take shelter in one of the many museums in Green Bay, including the Children’s Museum and the Neville Public Museum. Keep reading for more fun things to do in Green Bay.
1. Bay Beach Amusement Park
Established in 1892, the Bay Beach Amusement Park has been a local source of family fun for over a century. Open from May until September, the amusement park is home to 16 fun rides, including a wooden rollercoaster, bumper cars, and a Ferris wheel. There is also a food court and daily music and dance performances. The best part is, ride tickets each cost a quarter, so Bay Beach Amusement Park personifies affordable summertime fun.
2. NEW Zoo & Adventure Park
A visit to NEW (Northeastern Wisconsin) Zoo and Adventure Park is one of the most family-friendly things to do in Green Bay. Let’s start with the NEW Zoo, which has over 200 animals, including snow leopard, African lions, and moose. There’s also a children’s petting zoo, a miniature train, and a giraffe feeding experience. Meanwhile, the Adventure Park has dual 1000 feet-long zip lines, a ropes course with 17 challenging elements, and a climbing tower.
3. Green Bay Downtown Farmers Market
The city’s Downtown Farmers Markets have been operating since 1917. There are several seasonal markets to choose from across the region, including the oldest – the Saturday Farmers Market, which operates from May to October on South Washington Street. Over 10,000 locals visit weekly to see the 150-plus vendors, do free yoga, and enjoy the live entertainment. Alternatively, the largest is Farmers Market on Broadway, which operates on Wednesday evenings from June to September.
4. Lambeau Field
Lambeau Field needs little introduction, as it’s the illustrious home ground of the beloved Green Bay Packers. Home to the best fans in the NFL, people can, fortunately, visit the sport’s most historic stadium year-round. The Lambeau Field Atrium is home to the Packers Pro Shop for official merchandise, the two-story Packers Hall of Fame and Museum, behind-the-scenes Lambeau Field Stadium Tours, and 1919 Kitchen and Tap, a bar and restaurant with 40 tap beers.
5. Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame & Museum
As mentioned above, the two-level and 15,000 square foot Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the area’s must-visit attractions for devoted sports fans. Established in 1967, it was the first hall of fame built to honor a professional NFL team. With 162 inductees currently, the Hall of Fame and Museum tells the history of the Packers and the sport in general through state-of-the-art interactive displays, memorabilia, trophies, and artifacts.
6. National Railroad Museum
Founded in 1956, the National Railroad Museum is one of the oldest museums in the United States dedicated to its railroad history. It’s an interesting place to visit, with several retired trains in large exhibition halls and on tracks outside, including the aptly-named “Big Boy,” which is the world’s largest steam locomotive. There are also many railroad artifacts on display. The National Railroad Museum hosts regular events and seasonal train rides around the premise too.
7. Green Bay Botanical Garden
The Green Bay Botanical Garden is open year-round, offering 47 acres of landscaped gardens filled with plants that thrive in the Midwest. This includes the Vietnam Veterans Garden, the Lux Foundation Upper Rose Garden, the Gertrude B. Nielsen’s Children’s Garden, and the Kress Oval Garden. The Botanical Garden is also a popular event space, hosting weekly classes for adults, youths, and families, as well as a Summer Concert Series and the WPS Garden of Lights.
8. Neville Public Museum
The Neville Public Museum is a history, science, and art museum dedicated to collecting artifacts significant to Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It hosts many temporary exhibits alongside the family-friendly Discovery Room, which has several hands-on displays, including a clever Lego Lambeau Field replica. The Neville Public Museum also organizes an array of events throughout the year, including the International Film Series, the Neville Cellar Series, and the annual Night at the Museum fundraiser.
9. Titletown District
Next door to Lambeau Field is Titletown District, which the Green Bay Packers conveniently own. The 45-acre community development is a multi-use space that’s home to a public park with outdoor games, a winter ice-skating rink and tubing hill, the luxurious Lodge Kohler, the award-winning Hinterland Restaurant and Brewery, and many more local businesses and dining establishments. But wait, there’s more, as Titletown also offers specialty monthly fitness classes and a weekly summer night market.
10. Heritage Hill State Park
Heritage Hill State Park is a 56-acre open-air living history museum. Its four distinct areas each represent different historic periods in Northeastern Wisconsin: the Fur Trade, Fort Howard, the Growing Community, and the Ethnic Agricultural Area. Within these areas are 25 historic buildings filled with thousands of artifacts from the 17th century to the present day. Visiting Heritage Hill State Park is another one of the top things to do in Green Bay with kids.
11. Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
Conveniently located next door to Bay Beach Amusement Park is Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. The area’s largest park, the 600-acre urban wildlife refuge cares for over 4500 orphaned or injured animals every year. Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary has live animal exhibits, educational displays, and ample birdwatching and urban fishing opportunities. There are also miles of hiking/cross-country skiing trails available within the park. Combine these two Bay Beach attractions for a guaranteed great day out.
12. Wequiock Falls
If you’re searching for hidden gems in the area, check out Wequiock Falls. Located just off the I-43 highway, it’s the perfect place to make a pitstop and stretch your legs. Wequiock Falls is one of the Lake Michigan Waterfalls (there are over 300) and a result of the Niagara Escarpment. Although it looks its best in spring, Wequiock Falls makes some interesting ice shapes in winter. It’s accessible by bridge and by stone stairs.
13. The CityDeck
Located between the Walnut Street Bridge and the Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge, the award-winning CityDeck is a riverfront boardwalk with multiple platforms that extend over the Fox River. At only .25-mile in length, it was created as a social place to revitalize the riverfront. The CityDeck features the Shopko Landing, a fishing pier; the Main Stage, with five rows of bleacher-style seating; the Pine Street and Cherry Street Landings; and a splash pad in summer.
14. Long Tail Point Lighthouse
Long Tail Point Lighthouse is located on a sandbar at the southernmost end of Green Bay. The region’s oldest lighthouse, it was built using local limestone in 1847. Although the abandoned tower was closed in 1856 – and succeeded by two other structures that have since been destroyed – it’s surprisingly still standing. The lighthouse is today a part of Long Tail Point State Wildlife Area, but the only way to visit is by boat.
15. The Children’s Museum of Green Bay
This city is certainly filled with family-friendly attractions, as the Children’s Museum of Green Bay is another destination to add to the list. It features 13 hands-on and educational exhibits, including the Digestive System where kids are the food; Under Construction, to learn design and building skills; the Water Gallery, which features a sailboat and lighthouse; and the interactive Gandrud Auto Group Garage. There is a learning experience around every corner at the Children’s Museum.
16. The Automobile Gallery
The Automobile Gallery is a cutting-edge facility where “the automobile is the art.” Established in 2016, it’s housed in the former Denil Cadillac dealership building. There are usually about 50 exquisitely-restored vehicles on display at The Automotive Gallery, including a 1963 Corvette, a 1912 Maxwell, and a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 (also known as the Back to the Future car). The Automotive Gallery is also the city’s premier destination for innovative events, holiday parties, and meetings.