With an amusement park, children’s museum and much more, a short trip up north to the football capital of the world is sure to be enjoyable for all ages.
The secret’s out — Green Bay is home to far more than just the Packers. Its revitalized downtown and riverwalk, expanding Titletown district, rich food and tasty beer provide great fun for kiddos and adults alike.
Map of Family-Friendly Spots in Green Bay, Wisconsin
**The map below displays all places featured on this list. Places mentioned on Friday are in green, those on Saturday are purple and those on Sunday are pink.*
If you’re making the hour and 45-minute trek up to Green Bay after February, check in at one of the epicenters of Green Bay’s history: Hotel Northland. A Milwaukee-based firm is reopening the historic hotel, which was graced by the likes of Vince Lombardi, John F. Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt before being converted to senior apartments in the ‘70s.
If you come to the city before February or prefer to stay in an Irish pub setting, book a couple nights at St. Brendan’s Inn, which is also located downtown and houses an excellent pub and restaurant.
For dinner, take a drive across town to Plae Bistro, a cozy restaurant serving New American fare that holds a candle to Milwaukee’s Comet Cafe. Their menu offers a wide variety of pasta dishes, sandwiches and shareable plates that are sure to satisfy the picky eaters out there. Vegetarians and carnivores alike need to try Plae’s beet burger.
If you still have time after dinner, check out the programming at Meyer Theatre, which features performances from a variety of local and national acts.
Fuel up for a day full of traveling with breakfast at the Home Town Cafe or The Pancake Place, both of which serve quintessentially Wisconsin food: meals packed with glorious calories that tend not to look as delicious as they taste.
After breakfast, head a mile southwest for a stadium tour of Lambeau field. Guides are used to working with groups of all ages, so they deliver an equally engaging and informative tour. Before you leave the stadium, be sure to take a stop at the Packers Pro Shop and honor the greats at the Hall of Fame.
Head across the street to bask in the fruits of the money raked in by the Packers: the 45-acre Titletown District. This area features a sledding hill and playground for kids, Hinterland Brewery for the adults and a publicly-available full-size football field for all ages.
Grab lunch and experience the food treasured by locals at Titletown Brewing Co. Where else could you get a peanut butter and bacon burger to enjoy with your craft beer? For the kids, order one of Titletown’s scrumptious flatbread pizzas.
Right across the street from Titletown is the Neville Public Museum, which offers engaging displays of American history alongside rotating kid-friendly exhibits. If your kiddos are on the younger side, head across the Fox River to the Children’s Museum of Green Bay. There, they can learn about different careers and explore science and art exhibits. Families interested in cars can also stop at The Automobile Gallery, which has housed Bart Starr’s vintage Corvette.
After a couple of hours inside, enjoy the outdoors via Green Bay’s downtown Packers Heritage Trail, a self-guided walking tour that explores the football giant’s history. (One company also offers bus tours) Start the trail at the Neville Public Museum and follow commemorative plaques through downtown, enjoying a walk along the riverwalk – called the city deck. In the summer, the city deck is always bustling with events and festivals.
Relax after a long day of exploring the city with dinner at Hagemeister Park if you’re in the mood for pizza and burgers, or Angelina if you’re looking for Italian fine dining, or White Dog Black Cat Cafe for American fare.
If you and the family are not too full after dinner, head over to Aardvark Wine Lounge, which offers wine and small plates with a South African flare. Aardvark’s bright interior and self-pour wine provide a relaxed atmosphere.
Pick up bakery items and great coffee for breakfast at The Attic, a bookstore and thriving cafe all in one. If you come to the city in May or later, take the kids to the nearby Bay Beach amusement park, which offers smaller rides for the little ones, a roller coaster (the Zippin Pippin) and more for the adults. The Zippin Pippin is said by locals to be Elvis Presley’s favorite roller coaster, reconstructed in Green Bay of all paces.
No matter when you visit, be sure to take the family over to Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, which contains hiking trails and a range of rehabilitating animals, from wolves to otters. The Wildlife Sanctuary’s main lodge also features interactive science exhibits and a slide for the kiddos.
Before you head back to Cream City, reward yourself and your family with an ice cream cone (sorry, custard) at the fabulous Zesty’s in Allouez. If you’re there late enough for lunch, the 60’s-themed diner offers kid’s meals in old-fashioned cars.