Green Bay

Overview

Introduction

The oldest town in the state, Green Bay was founded by missionaries in 1669. Throughout its history, the town's strategic position at the head of Green Bay made it a vital transportation and shipping center. For most people, though, it's the Packers, Green Bay's National Football League team, that put the city on the map. Fittingly, the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is a prime attraction, relating the history of one of the NFL's oldest teams and one of its most beloved (both inside and outside Wisconsin). Tours of nearby Lambeau Field, the Packers' stadium, are also available. It's hard to leave town without a Packers souvenir. Green Bay's fans are known as Cheeseheads, and their yellow foam hats (resembling a wedge of cheddar) are hard to miss.

The Heritage Hill State Historic Park contains vintage buildings that are grouped into four areas (a fur-trading settlement, a small town from the 1800s, a frontier fort and farm buildings built by immigrants). Of particular note is the Roi-Porlier-Tank Cottage—one of the state's oldest buildings (dating to 1803). One of the few examples of a French log house in the U.S., it really captures the period feel with pelts hanging from the rafters.

We highly recommend the National Railroad Museum, which lets you ride an old-fashioned train (summer only) and get a look at more than 80 antique cars and locomotives. Casino fans will want check out the state's largest gaming establishment, Oneida Bingo and Casino, located just outside town, across from the airport. Green Bay makes a convenient stop on the way to or from the Door Peninsula. 110 mi/175 km north of Milwaukee.

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