Green Bay, known to most of the nation as the home of the Green Bay Packers®, has so much more to offer than cheeseheads. The third-largest city in Wisconsin, it lies on an inlet of Lake Michigan, known as Green Bay, and is surrounded by the city of De Pere, and villages of Ashwaubenon, Howard and Allouez. Green Bay boasts beautiful parks, lots of history and plenty of family friendly activities.
Did you know? Green Bay:
Was the home of the creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Is a town and a city. The smaller town of Green Bay is several miles northeast of the city.
Is also known as “Toilet Paper Capital of the World” because the first splinter-free TP was invented here. (Yes, “splinter-free.” You read that right. You’re welcome.)
Is home to one of the scariest haunts in the country: "Terror on the Fox," a haunted train ride at The National Railroad Museum.
Is called “Titletown” because it is home to one of the winningest NFL teams, despite being in the smallest market.
Quick Facts about Green Bay
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History: In 1634, French explorer, Jean Nicolet, named the city La Baye Verte (Green Bay) because of the green color of the water. Later, the city became the connecting stop on a fur trade route through the Fox, Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers.
Population: 105,116, the third largest in Wisconsin.
Median Family Income: $43,063
Median Home Price: $141,100
Healthcare: Home to HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, Bellin Hospital, Aurora BayCare Medical Center, HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center and many other providers.
Arts and Culture:
The Meyer Theater is a performance venue on the National Register of Historic Places. From music to comedy and drama, the theater hosts over 170 performances each year.
The Neville Public Museum is an accredited cultural institution. It is dedicated to preserving the history of Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Every August, downtown Green Bay hosts Artstreet, an art festival that hosts more than 200 artists from across the country.
The Weidner Center hosts a variety of performances every year, including Broadway, to musical acts and family events.
Dedicated to the preservation of railroad objects and education through engaging exhibits and programs, the National Railroad Museum offers fun for the whole family.
The Children’s Museum was chosen as one of the Top 10 New Destinations in the Midwest in 2012.
The Green Bay Botanical Gardens are open for visiting year-round. What started as a community garden, now features 23.5 acres of lush gardens, interesting architecture and walkable woods.
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a public university, offers more than 45 majors, minors and areas of study, including pre-med and pre-law.
Rasmussen College has programs in health sciences, medical and nursing, and hosts innovative labs with modern technology and equipment.
A nationally ranked public tech college, the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College boasts a range of programs, including agriculture, web development, fire science, radiography and more.
Bellin College of Nursing is a private nursing school, offering degrees in nursing, radiologic sciences and sonography.
Sports and Recreation
The Packers are proud to call Green Bay their home. They are the only NFL team owned by the fans and play home games at Lambeau Field. The team is rooted in community traditions, including family night, borrowing local kids’ bikes to ride to practice and more.
In addition to regular season games, Lambeau Field offers tours all year, concerts, dining and more.
For just $.25 a ticket, enjoy a variety of rides at Bay Beach Amusement Park. From a rollercoaster to kiddie cars, there is a ride for everyone at this historic park. With free parking, no additional admission cost and affordable concessions, a fun day with the family won’t break the bank.
The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife refuge with animal exhibits, educational opportunities and wildlife trails for exploring. The sanctuary cares for more than 4,500 orphaned or injured animals each year.
There is always something to do at a Green Bay City Park. Swim, hike, bike, sled, skate and just play at one of the 66 parks in Green Bay.
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