Why You Should Plan a Weekend Getaway to Green Bay

Just two hours from Milwaukee, Green Bay is full of restaurants, breweries, outdoor adventures and more ways to fill a summer weekend. Here’s one suggested itinerary.

Friday Evening

Start your weekend with dinner and drinks at Hagemeister Park (325 N. Washington St.). This restaurant named for the Packers’ home field during their first NFL years houses one of the most scenic riverfront patios in the city. Enjoy their wide selection of delicious burgers.

Hagemeister; Photo courtesy of Discover Green Bay

For a nightcap, consider Titletown Brewing (320 N. Broadway). The rooftop patio has one of the best views of downtown Green Bay around. The menu features classic and inventive brews, like Johnny Blood Red, an excellent Irish red ale, or the Packers-inspired Green 19 IPA. Don’t worry if you can’t decide on just one – order a flight and sample a few.  

Titletown Brewing Co.; Photo courtesy of Discover Green Bay

When looking for a place to stay, you have plenty of attractive options. The Astor House (637 S. Monroe Ave.) offers modern amenities in a refurbished 1888 home. For something a little more grand, Hotel Northland (304 N. Adams St.) is a historic upscale hotel. And when it comes to convenience, the Lodge Kohler (1950 S. Ridge Rd.), right next to Lambeau Field, is hard to beat.  


Grab breakfast at The English Inn (3597 Bay Settlement Rd.), a secluded spot with a paved patio overlooking the bay. The stuffed hash browns are a local favorite, along with the eggs Benedict.

English Inn; Photo courtesy of Discover Green Bay

Don’t miss the Downtown Farmers Market. Over 70 local vendors head to South Washington and Doty streets every Saturday in the summer. They sell baked goods, coffee, cheeses, fresh produce, handcrafted goods and more.  

For an afternoon activity, consider River Tyme (101 N. Front St., De Pere), a renovated 60-year-old riverboat that used to sail the Mississippi. Book a River Tyme tour of the Fox River and enjoy a drink from the boat’s bar while cruising the water. If hiking is your preference, the Fox Trail is a scenic 20-mile path that winds alongside the Fox River through a secluded woods as well as urban areas. 

River Tyme; Photo courtesy of Discover Green Bay

A fun stop for families, the National Railroad Museum (2285 S. Broadway) has showcased the history of trains for more nearly 70 years. The museum has frequent special events (like visits from Thomas the Tank Engine), so check the website beforehand to review the calendar.

National Railroad Museum; Photo courtesy of Discover Green Bay

For a night of fine dining, head to Cedar and Sage Grill House (2040 Airport Dr., Ashwaubenon), where the ingredients are locally sourced. If you’re raring for a big meal, go all out for the prime sirloin. 

Sunday Morning 

Before you head home, check out the Green Bay area’s abundant public art. Broadway and the Olde Main District are full of murals and sculptures. There’s Pedro the Pelican on the wall of the Neville Public Museum, a tribute to the efforts to restore the Fox River. The alley behind Let Me Be Frank Productions recently saw the addition of five new murals, and the butterfly wings on the wall of Vincent Urban Walker and Associates is prime Instagram material. Check out Discover Green Bay’s mural guide for a full run-down.

Pedro the Pelican; Photo courtesy of Discover Green Bay

And don’t forget to grab a pick-me-up at Crystal Coffee Café and Beanery (2625 Packerland Dr.). The family-owned business serves up delicious coffee and espresso that’ll keep you energized for
the ride home.


This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s June Summer Guide issue.

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