Green Bay… Packers? If that’s the only thing you know about Green Bay, WI, it’s time for a visit. This gem of a city has a lot to offer in addition to great sports, though of course, you need to check those out too… Here are six reasons you need to visit Green Bay this year.
Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
We’ll get to the non-sports reasons in a moment, but let’s be honest: you can’t visit Green Bay, WI without paying a visit to the Packers. A treasure trove of history, you can see the Packers’ 13 world championship trophies, engage with interactive displays, and even visit a replica of Vince Lombardi’s office. Listen to Packers players tell the stories of their time with the team through video displays or, if you’re lucky, catch a documentary on its way through!
Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
Where can you catch great acts like Jerry Seinfeld, Riverdance, symphonic performances or kids shows like PAW Patrol Live? At the Weidner Center. Housed at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, you can see a wide range of fantastic performances with options for everyone in the family in a stunning theater built in the 30’s. If you attend a classical performance, you may have the chance to hear the Wood Family Organ. With its pipes built to the right of the stage projecting directly out into the audience, the sound is unlike anything you’ve heard before.
Green Bay Botanical Garden
There are activities year-round at this Botanical Garden. Guided snowshoe hikes in the winter, herbalism classes, and even opportunities to taste soups crafted from veggies that have been stored in the root cellar or canned for the winter. In the summer, the 47 acres of gardens are home to a wide array of the Midwest’s finest plants and stunning landscaping and architecture to house them. The Donald and Patricia Schneider Education Center host regular classes and events for the public and the GBBG Summer Camp is always a hit for kids who want to nurture their green thumbs. Adult programs are available too!
And now, something for the adults only. If Las Vegas seems a little too intimidating but you’ve been curious about trying your luck at a casino, visit the Oneida Casino. All the fun of slot machines, card tables, Bingo, off-track betting, and the Casino Lounge entertainment stage without the excess of the Vegas Strip.
Bay Beach Amusement Park
Summertime in Wisconsin is the best. Take your family to the Bay Beach Amusement Park so the kids can zip down the Giant Slide, get a view of the park in the Ferris Wheel, or for those over 48”, scream down the Zippin’ Pippin Rollercoaster. Shelters are available for summer picnics and concessions will tantalize you with all the scents of the summer.
Kohler Water Spa
Leave the kids with your parents if you’ve got them: this is the best in luxury relaxation that the Midwest has to offer. Elegant rooms create just the right tone for rejuvenation and the spa services, like the sauna, steam room, and cold plunge will help you unwind. Take advantage of a massage, facials, body treatments, or signature Kohler hydrotherapy treatments to take relaxation to the next level.
Green Bay, WI, really does have something for everyone. Enjoy your trip!