As its name implies, Heritage Hill State Historic Park is a 48-acre outdoor museum filled with historic structures adorning a lovely hill that offers views of the Fox River, Lambeau Field, and even towards downtown Green Bay (more so when the leaves aren’t on the trees.) Over 30 historic structures from fur trade-era log cabins to original stores and even buildings from Fort Howard, which gave rise to Green Bay, dot the hill.
During the warm months (sometimes month), you’ll find live interpreters in period clothing running around who will gladly fill you in on the history that abounds. Over 6,600 artifacts are among their collection, some pieces dating back to the 1600s when French explorers first started pulling up on the shores of Green Bay thinking they’d made it to Asia (the Native Americans already there informed them otherwise, of course.)
There’s a Belgian farm and Moravian church on the grounds, as well as a newer educational center for classes and program and even events, which are increasingly popular here. Many events take place here throughout the year.
You’ll find Heritage Hill along the east bank of the Fox River in Allouez, just north of where Highways 57 and 172 (the freeway that serves southern Green Bay) meet. Highway 32 is just across the river; I-41 is also just to the west, and Highways 29, 54, and U.S. 141 are just to the north. It’s very easy to get to!
2640 S. Webster Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54301 Website
Door County Brewing began in early 2013 and despite Door County’s reputation as a summer destination, their brewery and Tap Room is open year ’round with plenty of brews and activities. Door County brews many small batches on-site; they contract with Sand Creek Brewing in Black River Falls to help fill their demand while they work on expanding in Door County.
Their beers include the Polka King Porter, Little Sister Witbier, the Goat Parade Smoked Imperial Stout (remember, goats eat grass on rooftops in Door County), Bière de Seigle saison, Pastoral Farmhouse Ale, and their Silurian Stout, a creamy milk stout named after the ancient sea that once covered this thumb of land.
Door County Brewing is right off Highway 57 along County F in Baileys Harbor, on the Lake Michigan side of the Door Peninsula.
2434 County Road F
Baileys Harbor, WI
(920) 839-1515 Website
Badger State Brewing Company is in the heart of Green Bay – and by that, we mean mere blocks from Lambeau Field in the “Titletown District,” which also includes the Resch Center and Brown County Arena.
Opened in 2013, Badger State operated a 15-barrel brewing system inside a 10,000 square foot building that was the last property left along Lombardi Avenue to be zoned manufacturing, allowing them to brew beer there.
They sell it, too: their tap room inside the facility opened in late 2014 and features two dozen Wisconsin-brewed beers, including their own flagship brands Bunyan Badger Brown Ale, Green Chop Session IPA, Porte des Morts Maple Porter, Green Chop Session IPA, Vive La Belge! Belgo-Pale Ale, Walloon Witbier, and the almost intimidating-sounding Dubious Ruffian Chocolate Stout. More recently, brews like their Resilience IPA and others have come aboard, and you can increasingly find their beers in bars and restaurants across the state.
You’ll find them southeast of – or behind – the Stadium View and Brett Favre’s Steakhouse on Tony Canadeo Run, where a lot of hotels are now going up, too. Lombardi Avenue, Oneida Street, and Ashland Avenue (Highway 32) surround this part of the Titletown District.