THE PACKERS HERITAGE TRAIL:
A Doorstep to Downtown Green Bay’s Many Treasures
Downtown is the heart of Green Bay just as it was when the Packers were founded in 1919 and, in like manner, when shoppers, revelers and the national media descended upon it en masse during the Glory Years of the 1960s. While downtown Green Bay has changed dramatically over the 40 some years since, as have downtowns everywhere else across America, it’s still the pulse of the community.
Three separate districts – Downtown, Broadway and Olde Main – come together to create an oasis of distinctive buildings, plentiful leisure time opportunities, and charming, one-of-a-kind restaurants, shops, bars and coffee shops. And what’s really pumping new founded life into the downtown district – as well as improving its skyline – is its revival as a corporate center.
Downtown’s aesthetic jewels include the cutting-edge CityDeck, a boardwalk along the Fox River; the ornate Meyer Theatre, a bustling venue for concerts, shows and other acts; an extensive urban trail system; the Neville Public Museum and Children’s Museum; and a landscape dotted by numerous architectural gems, some more than a century old.
There are quaint and friendly coffee shops, a number of popular ethnic and theme restaurants, night spots galore and more fine dining establishments than anywhere else in the area. There also are specialty shops that sell everything from women’s clothing to candy to skateboards to small gifts. What’s more, it’s a neighborhood that’s at its best during warm-weather months thanks to farmer’s markets, free music in the park offerings, river cruises, outdoor patio bars, dining with music on the CityDeck, and several special events.
Those special events include Artstreet and Green Bay’s Taste on Broadway, both held in August after the Packers report to training camp.
The Packers Heritage Trail is downtown’s newest treasure and now the one doorstep to all the others.