Brown County Attractions
Fun is all around when you're in Brown County! Located at the base of Green Bay, Brown County offers visitors and residents a chance to enjoy anything from communities rich with history, to the beautiful serenity of botanical gardens and wildlife sanctuaries, to undying loyalty and excitement brought on by being home to the World Famous Green Bay Packers.
All throughout Brown County there are places to go and things to do that are fun, interesting and educational. As one of the Midwest's oldest settlements, Brown County has a rich historical heritage for you to explore...whether you choose to stroll through one of many museums enjoying exhibits or have a interactive history lesson with costumed tour guides at Brown County's historical homes and living museums.
A visit to Brown County, with countless activities and places to visit, offers persons of all ages a wonderful and memorable experience. For nature enthusiasts it 's a must to visit the L.H Barhousen Waterfowl Preserve and the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. Even if you don't have a green thumb, strolling the beautiful walkways of the Green Bay Botanical Garden will be a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Don't forget to set aside a day for the NEW Zoo, one of Wisconsin's premier animal habitats on more than 40 acres natural exhibit area.
Sports fans beware...a visit to Green Bay and you may never want to go home again. Home to the legendary Green Bay Packers - history, tradition and spirit are non-stop in Titletown. Fans can tour historic Lambeau Field, play a variety of interactive football games, walk the hall of the Packer Hall of Fame, and even watch the Packers during their summer training camp.
So whether you're looking for family fun, a cultural experience or just want to relax and get away from it all...plan on visiting Brown County.
Museums and Historical Sites
Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame
855 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay
Experience the tradition, glory and excitement of the Green Bay Packers at their very own hall of fame museum. The only sports museum of its kind, the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame highlights interactive exhibits designed to entertain fans of all ages. Packer fans will love to see authentic championship rings and trophies from Super Bowls I, II and XXXI! You can even throw a pass or kick a field goal, enjoy a theater show about the history of the NFL's oldest team, and see how you "measure up" to an actual Packer by comparing yourself to full-size reproductions of select players - as well as player hand castings and actual shoes.
Children's Museum of Green Bay
Port Plaza Mall, 2nd Level
320 N. Adams Street, Green Bay
A variety of hands-on activities and interactive exhibits make the Children's Museum of Green Bay a place for all ages to create, discover, question and explore. The museum with its six houses and 10,000 sq. ft. of exhibits include Early Wisconsin time travel (a trading camp, pioneer school, 1930's home and a 1950's soda shop), Fire Safety exhibit, Imagination Station, the Locker Room - for mini Packer Fans, a toddler play area and much more! Open year round, Monday through Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 11am - 5pm. Admission.
Hazelwood Historic Home Museum
1008 S. Monroe Avenue, Green Bay
Step back in time and journey through a landmark of Wisconsin history. The Hazelwood has been the home to three generations of the Martin family who were a political and cultural force for Green Bay and all of Wisconsin for more than 100 years. Morgan Martin, who came to Wisconsin in 1827 and first owned the Hazelwood home, was the president of the Second Constitutional Convention of 1847-1848 which resulted in Wisconsin statehood and the writing of our state constitution. The ten room Greek Revival home, built in 1837, is filled with many original Martin furnishings, family photographs, paintings and other period pieces. The Hazelwood Historic Home is also home to the Brown County Historical Society and it continually works towards educating, preserving, advancing and disseminating the knowledge of Brown County history. Open every weekend in May 1-4pm, and open daily June through August 10am-2pm (closed Tuesday) and weekend hours of 1-4pm. Group tours can be arranged by appointment. Admission.
National Railroad Museum
2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay
920-435-7245 or 920-437-7623
The National Railroad Museum, founded in 1958, is home to one of America's most historic railroad collections. The museum features more than 75 pieces of rolling stock including General Dwight D. Eisenhower's WWII Command Train, the 'Bayonet'; the world's largest steam engine; the Union Pacific 'Big Boy'; General Motors experimental train of tomorrow, the 'Aerotrain'; a variety of vintage passenger trains and more. A visit to the National Railroad Museum includes a fun day of train rides on Thomas the Tank Engine, educational films, and walking tours of the grounds. Open year round, (except Saturdays & Sundays January through March) 9am - 5pm. Train rides on Thomas the Tank Engine run May 1st through October 31. Call for schedule. Admission.
Neville Public Museum
210 Museum Place, Green Bay
The Neville Museum first opened its exhibits to the public in 1915 in a small display at the public library. As exhibits increased in number and popularity, the museum continued to grow to today's 58,000 sq. ft. facility. The Neville Museum is a museum of art, history and science, dedicated to the collection and preservation of artifacts of Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. The museum has a variety of changing art exhibits plus smaller art, history and photo exhibits. On the Edge of the Inland Sea, the Neville Museum premier exhibit, takes you through 12,000 years of history, beginning with a glacier representing the end of the Ice Age, and ending with a look at how Green Bay evolved into a modern city. The museum also features educational programs, museum memberships and a gift gallery that features a variety of museum-oriented gifts, original artwork and jewelry, children's gifts, souvenirs and books. Open Sunday 12-4pm; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am-4pm and Wednesday 9am-9pm. Donations accepted.
Heritage Hill Living History Museum
2640 S. Webster Avenue, Green Bay
380-448-5150 or 1-800-721-5150
History buffs will love spending a day at the Heritage Hill Museum. An outdoor living museum, the Heritage Hill features 25 historic and reconstructed buildings dating from 1672 through 1905, on 49 park-like acres. The museum also has costumed interpreters to guide you and teach visitors about Wisconsin history. Open Memorial Day through Labor, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4:30pm, plus holiday programs in December. Admission.
Parks and Nature Centers
L.H. Barhausen Waterfowl Preserve
2024 Lakeview Drive, Suamico
Nature enthusiasts will love exploring all 925 acres of state designated wildlife viewing areas. The nature center features interactive displays about Wisconsin plant and animal life. Outdoor and winter sports enthusiasts enjoy the many miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails throughout the preserve. Open Monday through Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday & Sunday 12-4pm.
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
1160 E. Shore Drive, Green Bay
Nature and animal lovers alike will enjoy more than 700 acres of wildlife refuge featuring a variety of educational exhibits. Take the time to feed some of the 3,500 ducks and geese that live in the refuge or watch many other animals play and live in their natural surroundings. Outdoor sports enthusiasts will also feel at home as they enjoy the many hiking and cross-country ski trails. Open mid-April to mid-September, daily from 8am-8pm and mid-September to mid-April 8am-5pm.
Green Bay Botanical Garden
2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay
Be sure to stop and smell the roses at the Green Bay Botanical Garden. The garden features a formal rose garden, four season garden, herb garden and a special children's garden with a tree house, maze and frog pond. The botanical garden is also host to more than 70 special and holiday events throughout the year. Open May through October Tuesday to Saturday 10am-6pm, and October through April Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. Admission.
4378 Reforestation Road, Green Bay
Bring the whole family and enjoy the chance to see a variety of animals from as far as Australia and as close as your own backyard. The NEW (North Eastern Wisconsin) Zoo was designed to be a place for both entertainment and education, as well as a breeding and survival center for endangered species. As you journey through the NEW Zoo's 43 acres of natural animal exhibits you will cross four very special sections of the zoo, beginning with the International Trail which features African Lions, Australian Wallabies, Penguins, an Amazon Exhibit and more; the Wisconsin Trail which features Lynx, Mountain Lions, Bears, Game Birds, a Grey Wolf plus more wildlife indigenous of Wisconsin; the Prairie Grasslands Trail which includes Prairie Dogs, Coyote, Sandhill Cranes, Bison and Elk; and finally the Children's Zoo with its goat yard, giant turtle, a Children's Barn & Garden area and even Reindeer. The animals are just waiting for you to visit. Open daily April through October 9am-6pm and November through March 9am-4pm.
Lambeau Field Stadium Tour
855 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay
1-888-4GB-PACK or 1-888-442-7225
Want to run the ball 50 yards down the famous sod of the Green Bay Packers? Well you can't do that, but...on a Lambeau Field Stadium Tour you will get a chance to take a look at the field from the press stands and take an exclusive tour of the Press Box and the Club Seats. The stadium tour lasts 1 1/2 hours but the memory of standing in the shadows of such football greats like Vince Lombardi, Fuzzy Thurston, Ray Nitschke, Bart Starr and Brett Farve will last a lifetime. Tickets are available at the Packer Hall of Fame on a first-come basis, and the tours are held daily, 9:30am-4:30pm - every hour on the half-hour, June through August. Tours are not available the day before, day of, or day after Packer home games. Admission charged. Group rates available for groups of 25 or more from May through September.
The Packer Experience
Brown County Exposition Hall, Green Bay
1-888-TO SEE GB or 1-888-867-3342
Football fans will love to get down and work hard "Packer style" at The Packer Experience. Play on 18 different interactive events such as The Lambeau Leap and the Extra Point Kick or feel the glory as you slip on a replica Super Bowl XXXI Championship Ring. The Packer Experience is open during Packer Training Camp that typically runs mid-July to mid-August; dates will be set by June 2000. Call for additional information.
Enjoy the farm fresh produce, meats, cheeses and more at any one of Brown County's Farmers Markets. Local vendors will thrill your taste buds with the many flavors of jams, jellies, preserves and syrups made fresh every week. Shoppers with a green thumb will enjoy the wide variety of plants, annuals and perennials the markets have to offer. Some Farmers Markets will also feature varied artists and craftspeople.
De Pere Farmers Market
Festival Foods Parking Lot, Main St., DePere
Held every Tuesday, July through October 7:30am until noon.
De Pere Urban Market
Marquette Center Parking Lot, 444 Reid St. (corner of 5th and Reid), De Pere
Held every Thursday, July 30 thru September 24, 4:00-7:00pm.
Green Bay Farmers Market
Corner of Cherry & Quincy, Green Bay
Held every Saturday, July through October 7am-12noon