Though we're having a hard time pivoting away from all of the fantastic things to do in Wisconsin this summer, it's even harder not to start planning for all of the epic adventures awaiting us this fall! Fall also happens to be an exceptional time to hit the parks, preserves, and waterways around Wisconsin for birdwatching - and this includes the incredible Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay.
Each fall in Wisconsin, the annual bird migration is a magnificent sight to behold. From September through November, locals and visitors alike will witness an incredible variety of birds, including sandhill cranes, whooping cranes, tundra swans, migrating raptors, various waterfowl, and migratory songbirds, among others, all heading south to their wintering grounds.
There are plenty of places to enjoy the annual fall migration of birds, but one of our favorite birdwatching destinations each fall is the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay. This stunning urban wildlife refuge features 600 impressive acres and is home to the second largest wildlife rehabilitation program in the state of Wisconsin.
The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect place to escape for some time in nature this fall. It's also a wonderful place to enjoy some hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and biking. As wonderful as the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is, what makes it better is that it's just minutes from some of the best places to stay in Wisconsin, which means you can enjoy a romantic fall getaway simultaneously.
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Visit the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay
There's something peaceful about sitting in nature and watching for various birds moving through an area - especially when the numbers swell during the annual fall bird migration in Wisconsin. Birdwatching is a great way to get out and enjoy the spectacular colors of fall, too. Though you can sit back, relax, and enjoy birdwatching just about anywhere, it's even better when you go to places like the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay.
The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a 600-acre urban paradise in the heart of Green Bay. It offers an easy escape to nature and is a beautiful place to enjoy the fall scenery and some birdwatching. It's also the second largest wildlife rehabilitation program in the state of Wisconsin. Accordingly, there are several educational programs and live exhibits at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.
More than 200 species of birds have been spotted at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, including large populations of land birds that migrate through each fall. As you walk along the boardwalks and through the forests, fields, marshes, and open water habitats, keep your eyes peeled for waterfowl and other migrating birds in the area.
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is open to the public year-round and is free to visit. There are 6miles of trails to explore at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, including many wildlife viewing areas. Apart from birds, you can expect to see a variety of wildlife native to Wisconsin, including cougar, fox, river otters, gray wolves, coyotes, deer, sandhill cranes, and so much more.
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More Things to do in Green Bay This Fall
Though the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary offers some of the best birdwatching in the state of Wisconsin, it's certainly not the only place to see some of the state's most colorful inhabitants. It's not even the only thing to do in Green Bay this fall! Green Bay is, of course, most famous for its Green Bay Packers - and fall is all about football.
Even if you aren't lucky enough to hold tickets to any Green Bay Packers games this fall, don't worry. There are plenty more great things to do in Green Bay this fall. Here are just a few of our favorites:
- Even if you don't have tickets to the games, you can still take a tour of Lambeau Field - it's one of the top-rated things to do in Green Bay. While there, don't miss the Packers Heritage Trail and Walk of Legends.
- After you've toured Lambeau Field, don't miss a visit to the neighboring Titletown. It's a vibrant complex with great restaurants, activities, shopping, and plenty of outdoor and indoor recreation - including an ice skating rink and tubing hill in the winter!
- Visit the National Railroad Museum, which is one of the oldest and largest museums of its kind in the country. One of the top things to see here is the Eisenhower Collection.
- Visit the Green Bay Botanical Garden, a spectacular four-season display of garden blooms. It's one of our favorite things to do in Green Bay.
- Take in a comedy performance or catch a show at the historic Meyer Theatre. It's a beautifully restored 1930s Vaudeville-style theatre worth seeing, and it's one of the best things to do in Green Bay!
- Visit the beautiful Hazelwood Historic House, a beautiful historic mansion that dates to the 1800s.
- Don't miss the chance to visit - and maybe even tour - one of the many fantastic Green Bay breweries.
- Learn more about the Oneida Nation and tour some of the historic sites related to this tribe around Green Bay.
- Walk or bike along the beautiful Fox River State Recreational Trail. It's one of our favorite things to do in Green Bay - and the scenery improves in fall.
- If you want to do more birdwatching, visit the Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve.
- Surround yourself in the beauty of fall and take a hike at the Brown County Reforestation Camp.
Fall is nearly here, so it's time to start planning your adventures for the year ahead - including a trip to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. Discover one of the most romantic places to stay in Wisconsin this fall. Book a room at one of our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfasts today!