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Wisconsin itinerary: Green Bay blends football, food and spirituality

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With its many attractions, the Greater Green Bay area is a popular group tour destination.

This sample itinerary from the Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau combines the Green Bay Packers NFL team, culinary experiences and the spiritual side of Green Bay.

Julie Gerczak is the group contact person at Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Day One
A green and gold football experience

Lambeau Field stadium tour, Green Bay, Wis.Photo: Courtesy Greater Green Bay CVB

Lambeau Field stadium tour, Green Bay, Wis.

Green Bay is the smallest city to have a professional sports team, but Packer fans can be found around the world. Take the Lambeau Field Stadium Tour and hear about the beginnings of the team, get a behind-the-scenes look at the stadium and explore one of the country’s best sports museums, the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. During August, get close-up views of players and coaches when observing a training camp practice. Groups can dine inside the stadium at 1919 Kitchen & Tap and shop at Packers Pro Shop. Enjoy the Packers Heritage Trail tour with a step-on guide to start the Green Bay experience off right.

Day Two
Taste of Green Bay

Titletown Brewing Company is located in a historic train depot and filled with railroad nostalgia. Dine at the depot, tour the brewery and taste at the taproom. Titletown also brews Sno-cap Rootbeer.

For a great little shopping and tasting experience, try the meltaways, the snappers and everything chocolate at Seroogy’s Chocolates.

Ever tasted a cheese curd? These squeaky cheese nuggets will be a hit when the group tries them for the first time at the country cheese shop, Scray Cheese.

Finally, there are two great opportunities to interact with local farmers. The Saturday morning Green Bay Farmers Market offers the freshest vegetables, fruits and locally made culinary products. The Wednesday afternoon market expands beyond the typical. Look for crafts, entertainment and a booming social atmosphere at the Farmers Market on Broadway. With 100 farmers, vendors and artisans at each market, the group will enjoy seeing and tasting the seasonal favorites.

Day Three
Spiritual journey

Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay, Wis.Photo: Courtesy Greater Green Bay CVB

Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay, Wis.

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help lies in the rural landscape just outside of Green Bay. With a declaration from the bishop and an approval by the Vatican, the chapel’s shrine is the only Marian Shrine in the United States officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. Its significance draws visitors from around the world to pray at the site.

Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral and its museum are located in downtown Green Bay. Tour the cathedral, which was consecrated in 1881 and modeled after Saint Ludwig Church in Munich, Germany. It features 12 ornate pillars representing the 12 apostles. Groups are encouraged to attend scheduled Masses.

Finally, visit Heritage Hill State Historical Park to see the Roadside Prayer Chapel and a Bark Chapel. Discover the history behind the Roman Catholic presence in northeastern Wisconsin. The 50-acre living-history park is home to 23 buildings representing four centuries of northeastern Wisconsin history.

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Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau
888-867-3342
greenbay.com

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