Jackson is a city in the south central Michigan, about 40 miles from Ann Arbor and 35 miles from Lansing. it had developed originally as a railroad hub and was the crossroads of Michigan. The first state prison was built in Jackson and by 1882 the prison was the largest walled prison in the world. Jackson is a home to a popular Cascade Falls, a man-made waterfall attraction with light and music. Chateau Aeronautique Winery has a tasting room at the grassy runway. The Ella Sharp Museum is a historical house museum located in a nineteenth-century farmhouse. The Dahlem Conservancy is a natural history education center for kids. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
The Cascades is a popular waterfall attraction in Sparks Foundation County Park, Jackson, Michigan. The man-made falls, created in 1932, are brightly illuminated and choreographed and are providing the background for live concerts and special events.. On Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, the fireworks add to the magic of this place. The falls consist of six fountains, three reflecting pools 30 by 90 feet in size and 16 waterfalls. Only 11 are illuminated. 90 LED rope lights are providing the illumination. On each side of the falls are 126 steps that allow visitors to climb to the top. The walkway passes by the three reflecting pools. The falls were built by William Sparks, who was inspired by the Magic Fountain of Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain.
1401 S Brown St, Jackson, MI 49203
2.Chateau Aeronautique Winery
Chateau Aeronautique Winery is a local winery in Jackson, Michigan that got its interesting name from the fact that it was founded in an airplane hangar on a grass runway north of Jackson known as the 'Airpark'. The winery and the elegant tasting room were overlooking the runway for nine years until the winery moved in 2017 to a new 8,000 square foot facility in the Irish Hills. The main reason for the move to the 26-acre property was the desire to grow winery’s own grapes. The new tasting room has a 6,000 square foot outdoor seating area and more than 100 parking spaces. The Airpark remains the winery’s boutique venue where guests can tour the hangar and cellar and taste the wines. The Airpark venue also host concerts, weddings and other larger events.
1849 Rives Eaton Rd, Jackson, MI 49201, Phone: 517-569-2132
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3.Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI
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The Ella Sharp Museum is a historical museum located in Ella Sharp Park in Jackson, Michigan . The original structure that hosts the museum is a nineteenth-century farmhouse that was at some point expanded by adding a Greek Revival front section. By the 1860s, the farm was one of the most prosperous in the area. In 1862, the new owners added an Italianate tower and another small addition. The last owner Ella Sharp bequeathed the house and farm to the city of Jackson, under the condition that it is to be used as a museum and park. The house opened to the public as a museum in 1965. The Ella Sharp Museum contains several other buildings located in a surrounding historical complex, including the 1875 Dibble School, an?1840 log cabin and a country store.
3225 Fourth St, Jackson, MI 49203, Phone: 517-787-2320
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4.Dahlem - Jackson Place
The Dahlem Conservancy in Jackson, Michigan is a natural history education center for kids. It is also known for having one of the largest bluebird trails where birders can capture the songs of Eastern Bluebirds along the trail. The center has five miles of hiking trails surrounded by forests, fields, marshes and ponds where visitors can enjoy a guided hike or go on their own. The mission of the Center is to bridge the gap between the human and the natural environment, to function as an outdoor laboratory for school field trips, workshops and public programs. Dahlem’s facilities are available for rentals, including Pavilion located near the visitor center.
7117 S Jackson Rd, Jackson, MI 49201, Phone: 517-782-3453
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5.Klavon's, Jackson, MI
Klavon’s is an upscale pizza restaurant and bar with two locations in Jackson Michigan, popular for its authentic handcrafted, artisan pizza. Both locations are modern, with stacked stone walls, sports theme décor and large flat screen TVs on the walls. Cozy booths provide privacy and sleek modern bar offers a range of drinks. While the menu is comprehensive and includes such staples as salads, soups and burgers, the pizza is the star of the show. Besides their signature Chicago-style stuffed pizza, created with Klavon’s unique twist, Klavon’s also offers calzones, classic American pizza, and Detroit-style pizza. Occasionally new specialty pizzas are introduced, with fresh original ingredients and trending pizza styles.
6010 Clinton Rd,Jackson, MI 49201, Phone: 517-784-7000
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6.West Texas Barbeque Co., Jackson, MI
West Texas Barbeque Co. is a rustic, no-frills spot where folks in Jackson, Michigan go when they feel for authentic Texas barbecue. West Texas started in 1985 on a street corner and grew into one of the best barbeque joints in Michigan. The counter-serve joint was modeled after some of the authentic BBQ Joints in Texas. The tables are mix and match and the chairs came out of a going-out-of business Mexican restaurant. There are only twenty-four seats in the "dining room" and thirty-two more outside on the picnic tables, when the weather permits. What brings folks in is not the décor or the scenic view of the gravel parking lot but the tantalizing smell of smoked and grilled meats. The barbeque pits are fired using seasoned oak and hickory, and the meats are cooked slowly until each brisket, sausage or rib is cooked to perfection.
2190 Brooklyn Rd, Jackson, MI 49203, Phone: 517-784-0510
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6 Best Things to Do in Jackson, MI
- Cascade Falls, Photo: savelov/stock.adobe.com
- Chateau Aeronautique Winery, Photo: VadimGuzhva/stock.adobe.com
- Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Dahlem - Jackson Place, Photo: Photopen/stock.adobe.com
- Klavon's, Jackson, MI, Photo: Klavon's
- West Texas Barbeque Co., Jackson, MI, Photo: Christophe/stock.adobe.com
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