Things to do in Green Bay outside Lambeau

The Packers’ tiny townhouse has the energy and amenities of a big city!

I’ve loved Green Bay for a long time, and not just because I’m a Packers fan (and owner!). So, with the cold season approaching (and football underway), here are some ideas for your next visit to the smaller community to have its own NFL team. With the fall schedule and mission to reach beyond everything Lambeau, you may notice the absence of the large Green Bay Botanical Garden, zoo, amusement park, bike trails, boat tours and other more summer attractions. However, the list is still long!


For a true Wisconsin tradition, consider Friday fry. Since 1923, Maricque’s has been serving the highly prized (and increasingly rare) lake perch as well as bluegill, whitefish, walleye, cod and catfish, maybe even smelt if you’re fortunate.

An even more local dish is booyah. The Booyah Shed is your meeting point for this hearty traditional soup, as well as burgers, fried curd, tots, fish fry and more.

Mangiare is a new Tuscan-themed Italian restaurant (and sister to Republic Chophouse, perhaps the best local steakhouse) with an impressive wine list and an elegant yet relaxed vibe. The porchetta is delicious and the shareable antipasti and buildable boards make it ideal for group outings, while a kids’ menu caters to families.

Cedar & Sage Grill House features Oneida Nation ingredients and influences, including tribal white corn and other produce, freshwater fish and bison, and other regionally sourced ingredients. The bison filet mignon is excellent.

Cedar and Sage Grill House

Art, history and stories

In what was once a Cadillac dealership showroom, now sits the Automotive Gallery. Founder William “Red” Lewis, a Green Bay native and father of the touchless car wash, believed this growing collection of more than 50 classic cars represented works of art more than historic items. A visit here forces you to agree.

The National Railroad Museum is one of the finest of its kind in the country. Look out for special events such as the Festival of Trees (November 17, 2022 – January 1, 2023), Rails and Ales, or Polar Express and Great Pumpkin Train Rides. For history, science and art, all with a regional and local focus, the Neville Public Museum is a good stop right downtown. Cross the bridge over the Fox River from there to support a local independent bookstore in Lion’s Mouth. Check their calendar: the shop and UntitledTown, host literary events throughout the year.

The Automotive Gallery

crazy about beer

With at least a dozen breweries in the greater Green Bay area, you don’t have to travel far to find great beer. From the small, family-owned brewery Noble Roots to the older regional outback breweries, Badger State (next to Lambeau) and Titletown (right downtown). Just north of town in Suamico you’ll find Ahnapee Brewing (with 888 Cheese Co., a grilled cheese restaurant across the parking lot, delivering to the tavern) as well as the charming little town Thumb Knuckle Brewing in Luxembourg .

For those who prefer grapes to grains, Captain’s Walk, in his beautiful pre-Civil War home, and Mona Rose Wineries offer tastings. Or for a mixed group for that matter, LedgeStone Vineyards is also home to Gnarly Cedar Brewery with a kind of laid-back, lingering tasting room overlooking vineyards to the stony edge of the Niagara Escarpment. If you’re looking for stronger stuff, Paradise North Distillery produces small batches of bourbon whiskey, rums, vodka, and the most impressive chocolate vodka you’ve ever had. Great views of the bay from there.

LedgeStone Vineyards

To be active

Colder weather doesn’t mean staying indoors. The locals sit on the ice of the lake to fish here, after all. Cross-country skiing opportunities abound, including 19 miles of trails in Suamico at Brown County’s only reforestation camp, and snowshoeing at Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve even offers limited on-site equipment rentals.

When temperatures dip below freezing, the Titletown district’s skating rink and tubing hill next to Lambeau become popular. And just across the hill, you can get active indoors at The Turn restaurant with its Topgolf Swing suite. Don’t rule out the simulator if you’re not a golfer. You’d be surprised how fun it is for all ages to play dodgeball against a team of virtual zombies.

Pack the cooler

Consider it a taste of Green Bay back home. Meat eaters will love the Italian sausage and bacon from Maplewood Meats (and more) as well as the salmon from Luxembourg which has arguably the best hot dog in the state (and more).

While Racine often comes up in everyone’s conversation about Wisconsin’s official bakery, Uncle Mike’s Bakery is a must-stop for fans of the Danish-style multi-layered Kringle. Take one home.

For local cheese, hang out at De Pere’s Scray Cheese for cheddar, edam, fontina and gouda, or stay in the car and use the drive-thru window to get fresh curds on the inch.

Are we done with the chocolate? Seroogy’s in De Pere has been making gourmet chocolates since 1899. Chocolate Meltaway bars are a good place to start, but check out the gift sets as the holidays approach.

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