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Dotted with excellent neighborhood parks and first-rate recreational facilities, Fremont offers residents and visitors abundant opportunities to play or just chill.

With 22 city parks totaling over 400 acres, including two wilderness parks totaling more than 200 acres, getting up-close and personal with nature is not only possible, it’s easy. A municipal pool, Splash Station Aquatic Center, splash pads, athletic fields, courts, arboretums, pavilions, trails and playgrounds create a stunning menu of fun.

And there’s more – two bowling alleys, 10 public tennis courts, two public pools, archery parks and a skateboard park. Winter brings snow and Fremont has a sledding hill that will get your adrenalin flowing. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice skating – you’re only limited by your own creativity.

Golfers enjoy a choice of two public access courses and one private course in the greater Fremont area. Fremont Golf Club offers a full-service private club environment including a course originally designed by noted Scottish architect Tom Bendelow, who also designed Medinah CC No. 2, home of PGA and U.S. Open Championships. Beyond its boundaries but still nearby (within 30 minutes) are five more courses to explore and conquer if your game is up to it.

Fremont Family YMCA offers outstanding recreational programs for residents young and the young-at-heart as the second-largest YMCA in the U.S. The 122-year old organization occupies 200,000 square feet at its current location. The Y also features Sidner Ice Arena, an indoor Olympic-sized sheet of ice, plus two indoor pools, four full-sized gyms, a 1/10-mile walk/jog track, five indoor tennis courts, three racquetball courts, a gymnastic center, the Hazel R. Keene Wellness Center that houses 10,000 square feet of cardio machines, resistive weight equipment, free weights and an express workout area, and the Katie Humphrey Fitness Studio where all of the Y’s aerobic classes are held.

During the summer, day camps are held at Camp Christian. Youth and adult sports leagues are available throughout the year. The Y also has a very active group of older adults who take advantage of fitness classes designed specifically for them. Swimming, gymnastics, preschool and fitness classes are free to all Fremont Family Y members. Full-time daycare is offered along with before- and after-school supervision for elementary-aged youth during the school year and Summer Fun Club for those youth during the summer.

For larger groups and conventions, the Christensen Field Complex, operated by the City of Fremont, offers an indoor and outdoor arena with boarding stables, a hog barn and a 20,000-square-foot convention center. Camping pads and a tournament-ready soccer and softball complex rounds out the CF Complex.

One of eastern Nebraska’s most popular recreation areas, Fremont State Lakes Recreation Area has about 40 land acres and nearly 300 water acres in 20 sandpit lakes. Great beaches for swimming, sunbathing and picnics are available, not to mention camping, boating, fishing and wildlife just one mile west of the city. On the Platte River, you’ll also see excursion airboats that carry groups on exhilarating rides that put you up close to nature and the valley’s diverse ecosystem. There’s nothing else like it.

Hunters, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy amazing opportunities – not just a single lake or stream to fish or a narrow choice of game to hunt. Well-stocked lakes, ponds and trout streams are within easy casting distance, and hunters get excited by an abundance of choices: turkeys, ducks, geese and deer, just to name a few.

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