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Green Bay Travel Guide
Get Your Bearings in Green BayWhere to Stay
Green Bay contains a number of lodgings including national chains like Best Western Midway Hotel, Comfort Inn Lambeau Field, and the Motel 6 on Shawano Avenue. Saint Brendan's Inn on Washington Street is an Irish-style inn with Irish food, drink and music. The Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham is a pet-friendly hotel with laundry services, an indoor pool, and complimentary Continental breakfast, conveniently located next to the Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley.
Hot Tips: The Microtel Inn also contains a kiddie pool, plus truck and RV parking.
What to Eat
Green Bay has a number of national chain restaurants and diners like Denny's. The Pancake Palace on South Military Avenue is known for its numerous pancakes, omelets and skillet dishes at budget prices. Kroll's on South Ridge Road serves all-American food like chili and milkshakes, and is especially known for its burgers.
Be Sure to Sample: Try the fried cheese curds, a Wisconsin favorite.
Things to See
Green Bay is particularly known as the home of the Green Bay Packers. Ttheir home stadium, Lambeau Field, can be toured and contains several exhibits on the history of the team. The National Railroad Museum on South Broadway has numerous attractions related to railroad history, including engines, a train ride, train models, and an observational platform. The Neville Public Museum puts on exhibits, lectures, and programs on everything from natural history to astronomy.
Caution: Hours and pricing for the National Railroad Museum are subject to change depending on the time of year.
Places to Party
Stadium View on Homgren Way is a large sports bar close to Lambeau Field with a number of big screen TVs showing the latest games. Title Town Brewing Company on Dousman Street is a two-story brewpub with plenty of beer, an outdoor bar, and a full service restaurant. The brewpub has trivia nights and movie nights, as well as featured beers.
Caution: Be aware that Stadium View hosts Packer game parties during the football season and may be crowded.
Where to Shop
Bay Park Square Mall is the largest mall in the area with national chain stores and restaurants. On Broadway is the downtown shopping district, containing antique stores, clothing boutiques and furniture shops. The area also contains a number of restaurants, delis, and professional buildings. Sassy Girl is a popular women's accessory store located in the downtown district.
Hot Tips: On Broadway has a number of events, including art exhibitions, walking tours and farmers markets.
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About Green Bay
French explorer Jean Nicolet landed near Green Bay in 1634, claimed the area for France, and named it La Baye. Less than 20 years later, the French had established a trading post on the southernmost end of the bay, and it flourished despite regional conflicts and the War of 1812. The community prospered as western expansion brought in railroads, and in the mid- to late-19th century, processing and packing industries began springing up. In fact, the gridiron Packers got their name when a meatpacking company helped start the team in 1919. To be sure, football is Green Bay's hottest tourism commodity and the biggest deal in a town that, with just over 100,000 people, represents the smallest television market in the NFL. Every game at Lambeau Field (1957) has been sold out since 1960 — an unprecedented feat in the sporting world — because fans from all over have clamored to see the likes of Brett Favre and Vince Lombardi tread the legendary "frozen tundra." Many of the bigger attractions around town are also football-related, including the Packer Hall of Fame, Lambeau Field tours, and Lombardi Drive itself. Of course, Green Bay offers much more. Additional sights include the Oneida Nation Museum just east of downtown,... Read more »