Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/19/12

A trip to Green Bay to watch the Green Bay Packers get tuned up for a new season has more to offer than just scrimmages. Once at Lambeau Field you will discover tours of the field and visits to the Packer Hall of Fame. If your child has brought their bike along they might just be lucky enough to take part in the bike riding by a player to practice.

During a visit to Green Bay a few years back I was lucky enough to enjoy these pre season events with my son for our first trip to Lambeau together. After spending a few August days around the house complaining that he was bored and had nothing fun to do, we planned out a trip to Green Bay. We decided to make the pilgrimage to Green Bay by heading north out of Illinois. 

The first part of the trip also included another of our favorite sporting events, NASCAR racing. We made a short trip to a small Wisconsin town, close to where my parents grew up. We went to Cambridge, the hometown of Matt Kenseth. Our first stop of the trip was to his store and museum where after viewing a few of his cars and the championship trophy, my son decided on a few souvenirs, autographed for sure. Once these items were tucked in the trunk we were back on the road north going past cheese shops and dairy farms.

The second stop was at the Air Museum in Oshkosh. We enjoyed our time here learning about the history of flight, but these was not enough Green and Gold in this museum for this trip. As the song goes we were on the road again heading towards the main focus of our trip Green Bay.

Our plan was to visit Lambeau Field, watch a practice, and then head home. However, once in Green Bay during training camp we found other places and events that we needed to witness for ourselves. Day one in Green Bay was for the two us to head over to the practice field and watch a practice. This changed when the super nice clerk at the motel asked us if we were heading over to the stadium early to watch the players select a bicycle to ride down to the practice field. Since we were already up and ready, we headed over to Lambeau and were surprised at the number of youth there with their bikes all lined up like it was a motorcycle show. We waited a few minutes with the rest of the Packer faithful and soon the players began to come out of the locker room to select their rides. My son and I could not believe that some of those bikes would hold up the players all of the way to the practice field. On this day all the players and youth made it to practice without a flat tire or an injury. We all followed the Packers down to the field to find bleachers set up on the sidewalk for the fans to sit on and witness the practice drills. Once we found a couple of open places to sit we saw that we were on the offensive side of the practice. There was no scrimmage that day we just witness the Packers running through offensive skill drills. The one part of this practice my son still talks about was when the receivers were completing drills close to the fence and some of the rookies came over to talk with the fans. It was nice to see them so fan friendly. It meant a lot to the youth and the adults at the practice. After a few minutes Donald Driver came by and told the rookies to get back to drills because this was a job for the vets. Donald talked with us for a few minutes then it was back to drills and riding the rookies. This was great for my son to talk with Donald Driver and get to watch the rest of the Packers work out.

After practice we headed to Lambeau Field to look around. Our first stop was the Packer Shop. Next we headed to the Packer Hall of Fame. In the Hall we were able to learn about the Packer history and view many items of importance to the Packer organization. My son was able to sit at the desk of Coach Lombardi, view the Super Bowl rings and trophies, and try his jumping skills doing the Lambeau Leap. We did prove one thing during our visit to the Packer Hall of Fame, white men can not jump.

Day two was an early up, so we could get in line for our tickets for a behind the sense tour of Lambeau Field Stadium. I will highly recommend the stadium tour to all Packer and football fans. Our tour guide took us just about every where in the stadium during our time together.  We visited a sky box, the media box, the box where the national broadcasters announce games from, including the Monday Night Football broadcasters. I left out our guides stories on purpose so that you can hear them first hand. They are the best part of each tour. We finished out time in Green Bay by watching a night practice. Once again, this was a drill only practice that ended with a field goal kicking contest that was great to watch the players having fun. This is a trip every true Packer fan should make before the practices are closed to the public. Remember Go Pack Go.

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