Jackson sits along Interstate 94 in the south-central area of Michigan. It is located about 40 miles west of Ann Arbor and 35 miles south of Lansing. Founded in 1829, the city was named after President Andrew Jackson. It has a population of around 160,248 residents.
All year round, Jackson offers different fascinating ways to spend time with family, or just simply discover a new hobby. Lots of people know Jackson as a home of the Michigan State Prison. But there are so many other wonderful things to do, experience and remember in Jackson! Nature lovers will surely fall in love again in exciting birding activities. Jackson also caters for fun outdoor activities; whether touring art museums, Michigan’s first state prison or going about shopping, Jackson has a lot to offer.
SPARKS PARK POPULARLY KNOWN AS CASCADES PARK
All kinds of sports are available in 457-acre Sparks Park from basketball, baseball, playground areas for the kids to their popular paved walking trail.
The park also boasts of their 18-hole Championship Golf Course and Cascades Short Course. The famous park also adds another great pastime, the Urban Fishery which has a pier with wheelchair accessibility. One can just cast a fishing line to reel in large-mouth bass and bluegill. A large picnic gazebo provides a lot of sunshine during the summer. In winter, Cascades Park becomes a playground for kids enjoying the sledding hills.
The man made water fall was completed in 1932 and one of the most famous landmarks in Jackson. Cascade Falls take pride in six massive fountains, three reflecting pools, and 16 waterfalls. Music creates an amazing effect when played alongside with the playful waterfalls. Often times, they have fireworks display for everyone to enjoy.
Ella Sharp Museum
Considered as a ‘gem’ in Jackson, Ella Sharp Museum exhibits wildlife art such as carvings, many different clocks and the history of Jackson. The museum opened in 1965 on a 530-acre property of Ella Merriman-Sharp. Families can enjoy sculptures, a planetarium, a log cabin and a historical Victorian mansion.
Sandhill Crane Vineyards
This family owned vineyards creates their own handcrafted wines using the best local produce in their own premises. Their wines are well known for the very distinct taste of rich and complex characteristics and are made in small batches. Tourists consider the vineyard as an off beaten path destination but a great way to spend lunch in an al fresco ambiance.Livnfresh is all about the Michigan beer makers and wine makers. Check out our “Love Michigan beer section” and see if anything tickles your palette.
Falling Waters Trail
Falling Waters Trail links Concord, Summit and Spring Arbor townships which cross the Lime Lake. The trail brings in together dog lovers, bike enthusiasts and nature lover of all ages. The trail provides a 10-mile hike which makes it great to shed off the pounds from those wine tasting activities or simply contemplate on life. The paved trail makes it easier for children who would want to explore nature. Want to enter the next race? One of our ¼ performance zips might make your early training sessions more enjoyable, or at least you can look good while running!
Cell Block 7
Cell Block 7 will give the experience of what is life behind the doors and it is “as close to prison as you can get.” The facility is not just a replica it was a real prison where the most hardened criminals in Michigan dwelt. Also, it was built beside a working penitentiary, which makes the experience even more realistic.
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