The Dallas Cowboys are often referred to as “America’s Team,” but America’s winningest professional football team is the Green Bay Packers, with 13 league championships (the most in NFL history), nine pre-Super Bowl NFL titles, and four Super Bowl victories, earning the city of Green Bay the nickname “Titletown.” You’ve probably seen the “Cheeseheads” in the stands, as fans fill the seats of Lambeau Field for every game, no matter how cold or windy the weather. You’ll soon realize the Packers are part of Green Bay’s DNA. Nevertheless, the city offers more to the traveler than just football. You can play golf, try your luck at the casino, visit the museums, or take a river cruise. Just point your airplane to Austin Straubel International Airport to start your Titletown adventure.
Year-round, the Lambeau Field Atrium is a magnet for Packers fans. Take a stadium tour, visit the Packers Pro Shop, Hall of Fame, or enjoy a good meal along with a choice of 40 beers on tap at 1919 Kitchen and Tap. In the summer you can attend many of the team’s practice sessions for free.
Within walking distance of the airport you’ll find the Oneida Casino, owned and operated by the Oneida Tribe of Indians. Craps, roulette, poker, blackjack, off-track betting, and slot and video games are all offered. Check out the memorabilia at Vince Lombardi’s Legendary Sports Bar and Grill, or dine at any of the other nine venues at the casino. For a different kind of game, the Thornberry Creek Country Club offers some of the area’s best golf, with a 27-hole layout that challenges golfers of all handicaps.
Founded in 1956, the National Railroad Museum boasts an exceptional collection that includes many historic locomotives, including Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4017, the world's largest steam locomotive, which weighs 1.1 million pounds and measures almost half a football field in length. A museum building houses a wide variety of railroad artifacts. From May through October you can take a 25-minute narrated train ride around the perimeter of the grounds. Special events include a Festival of Trees, Great Pumpkin Train, Holidays on the Rails, Polar Express, Rails and Ales Brewfest, Great Bunny Train, and more.
From April through October, hop a cruise on River Tyme, docked on the Fox River in beautiful De Pere, just south of Green Bay. Public cruises last 90 minutes. Theme cruises include Margarita Mondays, Families on the Fox, Lock and Industry cruises, and more. Open Memorial Day through Dec. 31, weather permitting, the Heritage Hill State Historical Park is a 54-acre living history park with "24 historical and reproduction buildings representing the early history of Northeastern Wisconsin from 1672 to 1940."
Just five miles from the airport, the Chateau De Pere en-suite hotel is constructed on the foundation of a 19th-century mill; its Café Chanson provides excellent dining. Kids love the Tundra Lodge Resort Waterpark and Conference Center, a 30,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor aquatic playground and arcade, along with a Northwoods-styled hotel and four dining options, all just four blocks from Lambeau field.
Enjoy thick steaks at the Brett Favre Hall of Fame Chophouse, where Favre and other players often dine after home games. You’ll find the railroad-themed Titletown Brewing Co., appropriately housed in the historic 1898 Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Depot. This is the place for the best cheese curds and beer around, classic Sno Cap root beer, and elk or bison burgers. The staff toots the train whistle when a train goes by, which just adds to the fun atmosphere. So, don’t hesitate—visit Green Bay soon; just be sure to leave your Chicago Bears cap at home!
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