Alternative Sports

Stay active with exciting activities that challenge the sports status quo.

Imagine it: off to play a casual nine holes, you’re donning your finest golf attire — argyle socks and all. The holes on this golf course, however, are 21 inches wide and all of your golf equipment has been replaced with a soccer ball. It might sound crazy, but you’ll see how much fun it can be at Cascades Foot Golf Course, one of the area’s many creative ways to get out and have fun.

Home on the Range

There’s no shortage of animals on this fertile landscape. Horse 'N Around Stables offers horseback trail rides atop one of its many horses rescued from lives of neglect. For the hunter, a unique opportunity awaits just southwest of the city — a chance to hunt on land owned by rocker Ted Nugent himself. Head to Pulaski Township’s Sunrize Acres for a Sunrize Safari among all kinds of wild game.

The Water’s Fine

Paddles are pretty popular in Jackson, and that’s to be expected with all this water around. Rent a kayak, tandem kayak or paddleboard at Quiet World Sports and relax on some of the area’s scenic local waterways. The Grand River and our local lakes make excellent paddling companions. Cool off in pools and water slides at Nixon Water Park and Skate Park, which also features a skateboard park and inline hockey rink.

The Great Skate

Ice hockey is so popular in Michigan that some people might feel more comfortable on ice than on dry land. Drop in for a pick-up game, figure skating lessons or open public skating at Optimist Ice ArenaAllskate Fun Center offers roller skating and laser tag for those who prefer solid ground — and makes a great spot for kids’ birthday parties. If you’re looking for a place to do kick flips and nollie’s then you’ll find yourself at home at Nixon Skate Park on the four foot halfpipe, bowl, ledges and handrails all summer long.

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