Sports & recreation

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Whether you’re rooting for goals, touchdowns, homeruns, birdies, kills, crashes or catches, there’s something for everyone to watch or play in Greater Green Bay. Check out these activities to get your blood pumping, listed in alphabetical order – because who could possibly pick a favorite?! (Well, maybe roller derby?)

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Baseball

The Green Bay Booyah! is a Northwoods League baseball team that plays their home games at the new Capital Credit Union Park in Ashwaubenon. The team hosts fun theme nights and special events throughout the season, making each game an entertaining experience. If you’re looking for Major League Baseball action, the Milwaukee Brewers are just an easy 2-hour drive away.

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Basketball

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix offers men’s and women’s NCAA D1 basketball from November – February. Catch games at the beautiful Resch Center. A short drive south gives you access to the NBA Milwaukee Bucks.

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Biking

Greater Green Bay is home to many scenic bike trails, including the Fox River State Trail, the Baird Creek Trail, the UW-Green Bay Arboretum and the Mountain-Bay State Trail. Check out this list that expands beyond this area into more of Northeast Wisconsin.

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Boating

Rent or own, boating is a perfect way to spend time on the Great Lakes or inland lakes throughout Greater Green Bay and Door County. You will find speed boats, house boats, pontoon boats, fishing boats, row boats, paddle boats, sailboats, canoes and kayaks to give you any kind of adventure you’re looking for. You might also want to check out jet skiing!

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Bowling

You can’t beat a good bowling night! This is an activity that anyone can participate in and everyone enjoys. This list of bowling alleys in the area can help you find the right fit for an afternoon of fun or to join a weekly league.

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Curling

Embrace the cold weather months with the sport of curling! Green Bay Curling Club has Learn 2 Curl Clinics and a Try It League to help you get “swept up” in this rising sport!

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Disc Golfing

Fisbee golfing – also known as disc golfing – is gaining popularity in Greater Green Bay. The Disc Dude assembled this partial list of courses in the area to get you started!

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Fishing

Whether you’re looking for a quiet fishing spot all to yourself or want to book a guide and charter, we’ve got you covered. Travel Wisconsin and Discover Green Bay have put together some excellent information to help you get your hook in the water faster. By the way, did you know that fishing is a year-round activity in this corner of the world? You might find ice fishing an unexpected joy. You can also watch the weigh-ins at some of the largest fishing tournaments in the country right here on the Bay. Or, try your hand at sturgeon spearing!

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Football

Enjoy arena football at the Resch Center! The Green Bay Blizzard play in the premier Indoor Football League from April – July. Think you might have what it takes to play on the team? The Blizzard holds open tryouts every fall. Most of the team is made up of high-caliber college athletes from around the country. Fun and fast-paced, you may never look at football the same way!

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Golfing

Northeast Wisconsin is scattered with gorgeous golf courses, including the professional courses found in nearby Kohler that have hosted six Majors and The Ryder Cup. This compilation from Golf Wisconsin is a nice roundup of courses in the area.

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Hockey

The Green Bay Gamblers play in the United States Hockey League, with home games at The Resch Center. This successful Junior “A” franchise team has won two National Championships, five Anderson Cups, four Clark Cups and multiple USHL Eastern Division titles. To date, 22 Gamblers alumni have gone on to play professional hockey in the NHL and more than 100 players have earned NCAA D1 hockey scholarships.

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Kickball

Remember your excitement when you got to play kickball in elementary school? You can play any time you want as an adult! Check out these kickball leagues and tournaments at Titletown and De Pere Parks & Rec as a starting point.

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Parks & recreation programs

From archery to Zumba and everything in between – like yoga in the park – the local Parks & Rec programs provide recreation for everyone. As a start, learn more about the opportunities in Ashwaubenon, De Pere and Green Bay.

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Pickleball

Pickleball is gaining popularity fast! A cross between tennis and ping pong and maybe a little badminton, pickleball is played both indoors and outdoors. Many of the local Parks & Rec departments hold classes, host tournaments and assist new players in learning the game and finding opportunities to play.

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Roller Derby

Looking for some unique entertainment? Better yet… want to try a new sport? Based just south of Greater Green Bay in Appleton, Fox Cities roller Derby is part of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association league. All are welcome to watch from the sidelines or join a team!

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Running & races

Both the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon in May and the Bellin Run in June offer exceptional opportunities for high-caliber races or just running for camaraderie or a cause. The marathon is a certified Boston Marathon qualifier, drawing elite runners from around the world every year.

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Soccer

Greater Green Bay boasts both a men’s and women’s pre-professional soccer team. On the men’s side, the Green Bay Voyageurs play USL League Two Central Conference from May through mid-July. The Green Bay Glory plays in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), the highest level of amateur soccer for women in the country. The Glory play 10-14 games from May – July. Both teams hold open tryouts annually and play home games at the spectacular Capital Credit Union Park in Ashwaubenon. In addition, UW-Green Bay offers local spectators access to NCAA D1 men’s and women’s soccer.

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Stock car racing

Wisconsin International Raceway is located about 15-20 minutes away in Kaukauna and serves as one of Wisconsin’s premier stock car and drag racing venues.

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Swimming

In addition to the many lakes and beaches throughout Door County and Northeast Wisconsin, Greater Green Bay has a variety of indoor and outdoor pools and man-made lakes for swimming. A few of the more popular options include the Resch Aquatic Center, Ashwaubomay Lake and the Duck Creek Quarry. Visit the individual neighborhood pages for more information on public swimming pools throughout the area.

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Volleyball

Volleyball is a sport you can choose to watch or play in Greater Green Bay! Watch NCAA D1 women’s volleyball at UW-Green Bay. If you’re looking for recreational adult leagues, many bars throughout the area organize indoor or outdoor sand volleyball leagues and sometimes indoor court volleyball.

Tons to do and see

In addition to all the sports and recreation throughout Greater Green Bay, explore even more things to do and see: