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Jackson, Michigan, nestled in the heart of the Great Lakes State, offers a vibrant array of outdoor sports for enthusiasts of all ages. Whether you’re seeking leisurely pursuits or adrenaline-fueled adventures, Jackson has something to satisfy every sports lover. From golfing on lush green fairways to pickleball matches, and from horseback riding through scenic trails at Horse ‘N Around Stables to aquatic adventures in the sparkling lakes and rivers, Jackson invites you to embrace the great outdoors.

Pickelball Everywhere!

Jackson, Michigan is currently witnessing a surge in the nation’s fastest-growing sport: Pickleball. Notable venues include the recently built Hurst Foundation Pickleball Complex in Shape Park, and the Crossroads Pickleball court at the American 1 Community Rec Center just to name a few. Whether you’re a seasoned player or a curious beginner, Jackson invites you to explore why it’s the ultimate Pickleball destination

Should I Shout "FORE"?

There are dozens of challenging and fun courses in the Jackson, MI area that range from beginner to advanced in difficulty. Most of the courses in Jackson, MI are free to play as often as you like. Check out our helpful guide of places in Jackson, MI to play disc golf for some inspiration. If you’ve never played disc golf before, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the rules of the sport. Disc golf is known as a sport that is played for the sheer fun of the game – no matter what your age or skill level! Check out Wolf Pack Discs, and purchase these awesome discs online or Ella Sharp Park. 

Jackson, MI Golf Course
Kayaks at Clarklake

Giddy Up

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 Arena. Allskate 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.

People playing hockey


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