You’ve almost certainly heard its name, and yet you probably know virtually nothing about it. Known by locals and by sports fans worldwide as “Titletown”, it’s more than cheese and beer and football (although that’s a compelling combination). Green Bay, Wisconsin, isn’t generally considered a travel destination, and that’s exactly what makes it a great one.
“…don’t be surprised if Green Bay, Wisconsin, is the next Austin, Texas, or Asheville, North Carolina.”
Nestled at the southern tip of the western arm of Lake Michigan (known as the Green Bay), the city maintains a magical combination of urban convenience and culture with a small-town feel. For those from neighboring cities like Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Chicago, it provides a break from the hustle and bustle of the larger metropolitan areas without sacrificing convenience. For those visiting from the more rural parts of the northern Midwest, it offers the energy and excitement of a populated city center without the intimidation of the urban crush.
In the style of the celebrated city river walk locations across the U.S., Green Bay boasts its own downtown waterside scene, known as City Deck. The northern end of the 20-mile long Fox River Trail parallels the river for which it is named and travels directly through the heart of downtown Green Bay. Separating the city’s old town East Side from it’s more modernly developed West Side, the Fox River acts as both the figurative and geographic center-line for the city.
Lining the shores of the Fox in the downtown section of Green Bay are the city’s swankiest shops, trendiest restaurants, hippest bars, and poshest apartments, interrupted now and then by the occasional park or scenic shipyard. On the East Side bank between the Walnut and Dousman drawbridges is City Deck, the downtown area’s outdoor gathering hub.
During the warmer months, City Deck plays host to a number of free social activities like community yoga instruction and live music. The…