We have great news for LSU fans traveling for the football season opener against Wisconsin: Travel websites rate Lambeau Field the top place to see when visiting Green Bay.
Now, you just have to figure out what to do the rest of the time you’re there. We’re here to help.
Although Green Bay is neither a large city (it has a little over 100,000 people, so it's slightly smaller than Lafayette) nor one that normally caters to major college football crowds, it’s not devoid of attractions. And, since it’s the Saturday before Labor Day, there’s a decent chance you won’t disappear into a snowdrift.
1. Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame (Lambeau Field atrium, 855 Lombardi Ave., (920) 499-4281; adults $10, children $5). The 15,000-square-foot facility features interactive displays and artifacts to tell the story about the Packers, whose tenure in the National Football League dates back to when they played teams like the Decatur Staleys, Muncie Flyers and Canton Bulldogs. There are trophies of the Packers’ 13 league championships, including four Lombardi trophies. Players inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame include former LSU great Jim Taylor.
2. National Railroad Museum (2285 S. Broadway, (920) 437-7623; adults $9, children $6.50). Founded in 1958, this museum has more than 70 locomotives and railcars, a film and rides on the Thomas the Tank Engine. On display are Dwight D. Eisenhower’s World War II command train, General Motors’ futuristic Aerotrain and one of the most famous steam locomotives, Union Pacific's Big Boy.
3. Green Bay Botanical Garden (2600 Larson Road, (920) 490-9457; adults $7, children $2). Over 40 acres of gardens, including rose, woodland and perennial garden.
Also consider: Some Wisconsin natives at The Advocate recommend brewery tours. There are many breweries in the state, many with free or inexpensive tours and tasting rooms. The Lakefront and Sprecher breweries are recommended for those passing through Milwaukee. Also, there's the Badger State Brewing Company and Stillmank Brewing Company in Green Bay.
For those in a mood for celebrating after the game, tripadvisor.com gives its top ratings to these three spots:
1. Adams Street Pub & Grill (121 N. Adams St., (920) 593-2383)
2. Prohibition Spirits and Cigar Lounge (159 N. Broadway, (920) 940-8530)
3. RumRunners (715 S. Broadway, (920) 857-9930)