When you think of Green Bay, your mind immediately goes toward the NFL team. You imagine city streets jam-packed with dark green and gold-clad Packers fans; creating infinite buzz and excitement as they celebrate their celebrated 4x Super Bowl champions. Now you might see this come game day, especially around Lambeau Field. However, when there isn’t a game, downtown Green Bay is usually a quiet, serene city dotted with squat brick buildings and beautiful landscaping at every corner. Most activities are right on the “Bay of Green Bay,” the name locals give the bay to avoid confusion with the city name.
The city is located on the “arm” of Lake Michigan and at the mouth of Fox River. It’s the 3rd largest city in the state and home to the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. And because it’s a college town, the downtown scene is full of nightlife in the form of trendy restaurants, bars, theaters, and taverns – all in walking distance of your Green Bay apartment. When you’re not out exploring the nightlife scene, you can enjoy a stroll along the brick pathways by the water banks or watch the shipping vessels dock at the port.
The history of Green Bay dates back to the 1600’s when French explorer Jean Nicolet founded the first trading post. The finding of this post gave recognition to the city as one of the oldest European settlements in the nation. It later became an important hub for fur trading and was incorporated in 1754. At Heritage Hills State Park, you can visit the historical log cabins used in the fur trade along with the buildings of Fort Howard, a fort erected during the War of 1812.
Having an apartment in Green Bay will put you in the middle of all city attractions and points of interest. Visit the National Railroad Museum – one of the oldest preservation institutes of railroad history – and the Children’s Museum. Spend a day at the Bay Beach Amusement Park, where you can hop on a roller coaster or two and purchase fair-inspired food. The amusement park is right next to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, the second largest rehabilitation center for wildlife in Wisconsin.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is bayside and has a beautiful campus. The university is a NCAA Division I school, and houses a nine-hole golf course and the Lawton Gallery, a free art exhibition that is open to the public. Green Bay is an industrial city, with multiple meatpacking and paper plants. Other large employers in the area include Georgia-Pacific, Humana, and UnitedHealth Group to name a few. Find apartments in Green Bay, here.
Photo Credit: Original photo of “Downtown Green Bay CityDeck along the Fox River” by Chris Rand on Wikipedia