If you’re from the Green Bay area, you know that warm weather is on the way, and it’s finally time to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine again! Winter is always a tough time of year for many who feel trapped at home by the snow and cold, so when April turns to May and the flowers start peaking out, and the sun is shining, many of us start to think about fun things we can do with our kids to take advantage of the beautiful weather! Green Bay is filled with so many unique locations where you can enjoy your family time. Today, we will talk about some of our favorite family fun places in the Green Bay area!
Bay Beach Amusement Park
Bay Beach Amusement Park is one of the country's oldest continuously operating amusement parks. It was opened in 1892 and has become an absolute summer staple for kids growing up in the Green Bay Area. Bay Beach is owned and operated by the city of Green Bay, and it has over 20 rides, concessions, and tons of picnic areas for your family to enjoy a beautiful day outside. One of the best parts about Bay Beach Amusement Park is that there are no admission fees or parking fees! You do need to pay for tickets for the rides, but all rides in the park are $1.00 or less per ride, many being only $.025-$.0.50 per ride. You can easily have an enjoyable day with your kids for less than $50. The park has tons of great space to walk around, so feel free to pack up your stroller or wagon and bring a picnic lunch if you’d like to save on the cost of concessions. Bay Beach is open seasonally from May to September with limited hours at the beginning and end of the season, so check out the website for hours before heading out for the day!
New Zoo and Adventure Park
New Zoo is located about 10 minutes from downtown Green Bay and is a great way to spend the day outdoors and get active. The New Zoo is a 43-acre Zoo and Adventure park with a ton of fun things to do and see! On the Zoo side, there are more than 90 exhibits with over 200 animals to see from all over the world. Some of the more popular experiences are the petting zoo, feeding giraffes, and the penguin exhibit, a fan favorite! Additionally, New Zoo has an Adventure Park that includes racing ziplines, an aerial rope course, and a 40-foot climbing tower. The Adventure Park is a great way to get a good workout while having a fantastic time! The New Zoo is open year-round and costs $8 for children (3-15 kids under three are free) and $11 for adults. The Adventure Park is open from May to October and has different packages you can choose from based on what activities you’d like to try. Packages start around $10 and cap out at around $35. Tickets can be purchased on the website at NewZoo.org.
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is the ultimate outdoor activity for those who love animals and nature. It is a 600-Acre wildlife refuge with miles of hiking/skiing trails and live animal exhibits. It’s an excellent spot for bird watching, fishing, or just taking a stroll along the trails. The park was founded in the 1930s as a site for waterfowl rehabilitation and now cares for more than 6,000 orphaned or injured animals each year. The mission of the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is to educate people on the importance of preservation and caring for our local wildlife, plants, and natural resources. Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is open April 16- September 15 and is truly just a great time that everyone in your family will enjoy!
National Railroad Museum
The National Railroad Museum is another Green Bay childhood classic. It was founded in 1956 and is one of the US's oldest and largest railroad museums. The museum is famous for school field trips. It has many exciting exhibits and opportunities to learn about many different types of trains and the railroad history in the United States. You and your kids can hop on a train ride and learn about the museum, railroad safety, and hobo culture throughout the day. Throughout the year, the National Railroad Museum has many entertaining special events. My personal favorite is the Polar Express Train Ride during the holiday season! Take a look at their website at nationalrrmuseum.org to find out more!
Lambeau Field and Packers Hall of Fame
If your family are die-hard cheese heads like mine, you will love Lambeau Field and the Packers Hall of Fame. Lambeau Field is home to the Green Bay Packers and is probably the number one tourist attraction in the area. Those who love football history and a great sports story will love the Lambeau Field Stadium tour, where you get to learn about the history of the Packers and see several behind-the-scenes areas of Lambeau Feild. For an additional price, you can also tour the Packers Hall of Fame, a two-story 15,000 square foot space dedicated to Packers history's biggest and best moments. The Hall of Fame includes nine permanent exhibits and two temporary exhibit areas with tons of interactive and educational things to do and see, including player interviews, game clips, and a replica of the legendary Packer’s coach Vince Lombardi’s office.