Lake Wobegon Trail passes through the heart of Melrose as it stretches east and west through central Minnesota.  Beginning at Sauk Centre, the trail follows the old railroad railbed through Melrose, Freeport, Albany, Avon, and St. Joseph.  A portion of the trail veers off at Avon and goes to Holdingford.  The trail is open to all walkers, joggers, and non-motorized transportation.  Snowmobilers are welcome to use the trail when snow covered in the winter months.

Meadowlark Country Club, located 1/2 mile south of I-94, is a well manicured and popular nine hole course which is challenging to the experienced golfer and friendly to the beginners.  Meadowlark is a public course with several different types of memberships available.  Call Meadowlark Country Club office for more information.  (320) 256-4989

Organized sports in Melrose are popular on both high school and professional levels. In fact, seven professional athletes grew up in Melrose. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, salaried teams played at Legion Park (now Lions Park) as crowds filled a grandstand built to seat 800.

In recreational sports, Melrose has long been a hub for bowling leagues, slow-pitch softball, and baseball.

Indoor activities include a number of pool and dart leagues, some of which compete on the state level, and a number of card clubs.