Experience Jackson

141 S. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201
First Congregational Church

Things to Do

Every season offers visitors to Jackson a jackpot of intriguing ways to partake in favorite hobbies, spend time with friends, or discover a new passion. Lovers of the natural world will delight in our excellent birding opportunities and many options for outdoor recreation. Urban – or rural – explorers have a variety of tours and itineraries to choose from, spanning from visiting art galleries to touring Michigan’s first state prison. Shopaholics won’t be disappointed, and visitors of every walk of life will find an exciting attraction they won’t want to miss.

Experience Jackson Bucket List

  1. Visit Cell Block 7 Prison Museum, the only museum on the grounds of a functioning prison
  2. Spend a 2nd Sunday in our arts district at Art 634 & Armory Arts Village
  3. Catch a show at the Potter Center at Jackson College
  4. Envelop yourself in music by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra
  5. Tour Michigan’s First State Prison with The Original Jackson Historic Prison Tours
  6. From Chicago or Detroit, take the Amtrak Wolverine Line and arrive in style at Michigan Central Railroad Jackson Depot historic train station
  7. Catch a glimpse of Byzantine-styled frescos at St. Demetrius Orthodox Church
  8. Sip award-winning Michigan wine along the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail
  9. Sample local craft beer at Grand River Brewery
  10. Savor Michigan’s Best Donuts at Hinkley Bakery
  11. Enjoy Michigan’s Best Barbeque at West Texas Barbeque
  12. Bike the Falling Waters Trail and then picnic at Lime Lake County Park
  13. Go cross country skiing or snow shoeing at Dahlem
  14. Watch the Sandhill Cranes at Haehnle Sanctuary
  15. Stroll through Sparks Park then enjoy an evening light show at The Cascades
  16. Hike through the Waterloo Recreation Area and take some gorgeous nature photography
  17. Golf at one of 20 courses, totaling over 60 miles of fairway
  18. Ride a horse through Waterloo Recreation Area with Horse ‘N Around Stables
  19. Paddle a kayak on Vandercook Lake at Quiet World Sports
  20. Ice skate or play hockey at Optimist Ice Arena
  21. Watch dozens of Hot Air Balloons fill the sky at the Hot Air Jubilee
  22. Sign up for the Falling Waters Trail Fall Half-Marathon
  23. Discover Civil War history at the Cascades Civil War Muster
  24. Check out Experience Jackson's Community Calendar often to find up to date event info.


With its abundance of celebrations and events throughout the year, there's no doubt that you will find whatever moves you in Jackson, Michigan. The event calendar is always full... » Read more on Festivals

Michigan History

Whether you admire history or are simply looking to make the most of your time in Jackson, Michigan, our preserved historical sites are the perfect way to take a trip... » Read more on Michigan History


From museums featuring local art and history, to the natural settings that abound in the area, Jackson County has something for everyone. Below are just a few of the attractions... » Read more on Attractions

Group Tours are Welcome

Jackson, Michigan’s location at the crossroads of the Lower Peninsula makes us a motorcoach-friendly destination with many diverse attractions perfect for your next group excursion. Whether... » Read more on Group Tours are Welcome

Tours and Itineraries

Jackson is home to many key attractions amazing enough to entice tourists from all over the world. Having trouble putting it all together? Check out our itinteraries, walking tours and... » Read more on Tours and Itineraries

Outdoor Recreation

There are miles of trails to explore, great birding hot spots and wonderful parks with tons of fun activities to enjoy as you Experience Jackson, Michigan year-round. The trails in... » Read more on Outdoor Recreation

Birding and Bird Watching

Are you a bird watching expert or are you just getting into the birding hobby? Jackson provides the opportunity to observe hundreds of native and migratory bird species, entertaining... » Read more on Birding and Bird Watching


In Jackson, we love to shop. Our community features hundreds of family-owned businesses, as well as large and familiar national chains. Downtown Jackson offers boutiques and specialty stores, or, shoppers... » Read more on Shopping


Jackson, Michigan has a reputation for the quantity, quality and affordability of golf courses. With over 60 miles of fairway there is a course to fit your skill level. The first... » Read more on Golfing

Downtown Jackson

Downtown Jackson’s businesses and services are open and as eager as always to see you! Michigan Avenue construction is complete!  Dig Downtown Jackson has modernized... » Read more on Downtown Jackson