Northwestern University’s location along the shores of Lake Michigan makes it an ideal setting for recreational sports such as swimming, sailing, beach volleyball, jogging, in-line skating and cycling. Northwestern University also offers sports leagues that compete at the club level and has numerous sports facilities that are free for students. The Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Dellora A. and Lester J. Norris Aquatics Center house racquetball courts, squash courts, an indoor track, courts for tennis and basketball, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a weight room and a sun deck. The Sports Pavilion has a wall of windows that face the lake – great views when working out on the treadmill.
Patten Gymnasium has basketball and volleyball courts, weight and gymnastics rooms, and a golf center. Blomquist Recreation Center, located across the street from the Kellogg School, offers basketball, floor hockey and volleyball courts, as well as aerobics classes. Nearby Ryan Field hosts Northwestern football and soccer games. Softball diamonds and tennis courts are located around campus. Northwestern maintains its own beach, just a short walk from the Kellogg School. Sailing lessons are conducted at the Northwestern University boathouse, and boats may be borrowed upon certification from the Sailing Club.