Written by: Adam Schanke, Sports Marketing Manager
At this point in winter, there is a good chance you have had a bad case of cabin fever and cannot wait for spring to arrive! To help cure cabin fever, here are a few outdoor activities to enjoy in the Fox Cities!
Cross-Country Ski – If you have access to a pair of cross-country skis, Bridgewood Golf Course, Reid Golf Course, High Cliff State Park, and Plamann Park are all excellent options. Bubolz Nature Preserve offers rentals for use both on the preserve and off-site.
Sledding – Several parks in the Fox Cities are home to great sledding hills. Check out our previous blog post on sledding hills in the Fox Cities.
Ice Skate and Hockey – There are a handful of ice rinks in the Fox Cities that allow both ice skating and hockey. Included among these rinks are Jones Park and Memorial Park in Appleton, Washington Park in Neenah, and Heesakker Park in Little Chute. Ice skates can be rented from Appleton Family Ice Center, located in Memorial Park, for use at the Memorial Park rink.
Platform Tennis – A newer sport to the Fox Cities, platform tennis is played on a raised court with heaters underneath, allowing the sport to be played year-round. Two courts, located at the Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel, can be reserved through the Bridgewood Platform Tennis Club.
Fat Tire Biking – If you are a proud owner of a fat tire bike, Riverview Gardens has the perfect trail for you. Do you want to see a fat tire bike in action? The Fox Valley Mountain Bikers are hosting the Fat Cupid Classic Fat Bike Race on Sunday, February 14th at Lecker Park in Grand Chute.
Snow Run – The Neenah-Menasha YMCA is hosting the Abominable Adventure 5K Run at Bridgewood Golf Course on Sunday, February 14th. The running route includes paved trails and off-road snow-covered portions of the golf course.
Ice Golf – On Saturday, February 6th, Menasha Rotary Club is hosting the first ever Arctic Open Charity Golf Outing on Lake Winnebago. Grab a friend, your choice of “club” (tennis racket, golf club, hockey stick, etc.), and hit the ice!
Sturgeon Spearing Opening Day – Although the sturgeon spearing license deadline has passed, it is still exciting to be around the festivities of opening day on Saturday, February 13th. Waverly Beach in Menasha and Payne’s Point in Neenah are great places to see the sturgeon up close as they are brought in from Lake Winnebago to be weighed, measured and registered.