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Youth Focus: Green Bay

Courtesy Green Bay CVB

Locals like to call Green Bay, Wisconsin, Titletown, thanks to the city’s heritage of great football teams and world championships. You might call it a great destination for student and youth trips.

Situated on the shores of the Green Bay of Lake Michigan, this aptly named city has a culture and reputation that outmatch its moderate size. It is known around the world as the home of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, and there are plenty of ways for visiting groups to enjoy some team spirit during a visit. But Green Bay presents many other recreational and educational opportunities as well that introduce young visitors to history, wildlife, art and aviation.

After a tour of the legendary Lambeau Field and accompanying Packers Hall of Fame, student groups can take flying lessons at Tailwind Flight Center or learn about the area’s Native American heritage at the Oneida Nation Museum. Bay Branch Wildlife Sanctuary brings young visitors up close to a variety of animals, and ARTgarage puts them in the driver’s seat of creative artistic projects.

Lambeau Field

There is no more hallowed ground in professional football than the “frozen tundra” of Lambeau Field. Game days during the fall bring tens of thousands of fans — and it’s nearly impossible for visitors to get tickets — but groups can get a taste of the team spirit by visiting the stadium during any other day of the week.

Guided tours of the stadium showcase both public and private areas. Groups start in the beautiful atrium, then visit one of the exclusive skyboxes on the club level. After that, they make their way down to the field through the same tunnel players use during the games. Along the way, guides tell stories about famous Packers of the past and help guests find the best photo spots around the stadium.

If you have football fans in your group, you may want to extend your stay at the stadium to include a visit to the on-site Packers Hall of Fame, a 25,000-square-foot museum that covers more than 90 years of Green Bay football history. Other fans will enjoy taking in a meal at Curly’s Pub, a casual restaurant and game space overlooking the football field.

Brian Jewell

Brian Jewell is the executive editor of The Group Travel Leader. In more than a decade of travel journalism he has visited 48 states and 25 foreign countries.