The Cascades are one of Jackson’s most unique and spectacular attractions. Visitors may gaze at the twinkling lights while enjoying a variety of music, cooled by a fine mist from the powerful fountains. Regularly scheduled live music nights, known as Family Fun Nights, occur throughout the summer on Wednesday nights. Live music can also be enjoyed every Saturday in the summer in the Rotary Bandshell in the Cascades Park.
The Spectacular Fireworks at The Cascades
Three times a year, fireworks displays burst in the air above The Cascades, to the delight of hundreds or thousands of viewers. Since its creation, millions of people have enjoyed the beauty of The Cascades.
The Cascades Fast Facts
This man-made waterfall thrills visitors from across the globe with six immense fountains, three reflecting pools and 16 falls, 11 of which are illuminated. In the spring of 2013, the 1,230 incandescent bulbs in the falls were replaced with 90 LED rope lights. The Cascades impressive display is 500 feet long, 64 feet wide and 60 feet deep, making for a dazzling scene as the sun sets and the stars begin to shine.
A landmark springs to life
William Sparks was a prominent Jackson citizen who dreamed of giving something back to the community he loved. Sparks began a non-profit organization in 1929 in order to develop the swampy land near his home into a recreation spot. Not content to simply create a few picnic areas, Sparks’ dream grew to include a championship golf course, landscaped grounds, The Cascades and much more.
A fountain in Barcelona, Spain served as Sparks’ inspiration for The Cascades. After extensive planning and testing, this amazing creation was unveiled on May 9, 1932 amidst elaborate celebrations. Within a few years, The Cascades were known around the world. Today, the visitor logbooks include entries from every state and from 33 countries.
The legacy of the Falls
Following his death in 1943, Sparks’ widow donated the entire park and The Cascades to Jackson County. For more than 75 years, The Cascades have captivated local residents and visitors from around the world. Jackson’s most famous landmark promises to amaze and delight for generations to come.
The Cascade Falls are operated by the Jackson County Parks Department. Historic photos courtesy of the Jackson District Library and fireworks photo courtesy of Tom Steele.
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The best known attraction of this 457 acre park is The Cascades, a man-made, illuminated waterfall with musical accompaniment enjoyed by all since 1932. Some prefer to watch the dancing lights and... » More Information
The best known attraction of this 457 acre park is The Cascades, a man-made, illuminated waterfall with musical accompaniment enjoyed by all since 1932. Some prefer to watch the dancing lights and listen to the beautiful music from comfortable seats, while the more energetic climb to the top of the 500 foot hill alongside the six giant fountains while dodging the spraying water. The falls are illuminated every night in season, 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. with an admission charge. Children 10 years and under are free with paid adult. Call for special group rates.
The park, also known as the Sparks Foundation County Park, features the Cascades 18-hole Championship Golf Course and Cascades Short Course and driving range. Other features of this park, operated by the Jackson County Parks Department, include outdoor basketball court, baseball and softball fields, a very popular walking path, playground area, and a picnic shelter. The Cascades Park is also the home of many special events such as the Midwest's Largest Cascades Civil War Muster and spectacular fireworks show every year. Don't forget to stop by the Cascades Ice Cream Co, featuring "Frozen Dome Malts", opened March through September.
The Cascade Park newest feature is the urban fishery. The fishery was first stocked with 500 Blue Gill and 100 Large Mouth Bass. The urban fishery was completed in June 2012 and was open for fishing on July 1, 2012. The area includes a fishing pier, walking path, informative signs and a large picnic gazebo.
2014 Admission Rates for The Cascades
Senior $3.00 per person
Regular $4.00 per person
Family Nights $7.00 per family
Fireworks $6.00 per person
Children 10 and under always free with paying adult.
Group Rates for 12 or more people at $3 per person, with one person paying for entire group.
(Please call ahead – Mon thru Fri @ 517-768-2901)
2014 Season Passes
Includes Family Nights and Fireworks
Single (1) $40.00
Double (2) $60.00
Family (Limit 8) $90.00
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Website 1992 Warren Ave.
Jackson, MI 49203
The Cascades course, located in the southern part of the City of Jackson, is a course that a golfer must play if he or she wants to play one of... » More Information
The Cascades course, located in the southern part of the City of Jackson, is a course that a golfer must play if he or she wants to play one of the best public courses in Michigan. The course was established in 1929 and is operated by the Jackson County Parks Department. For golfers convenience, in 2008, state of the art GPS was added to their fleet of golf carts.
Cascades is challenging, long by most standards, and features water and beautiful scenery. The signature hole is # 17, a par four measuring 383 yards from the white tees. A creek runs across the fairway 240 yards out and the approach is played to a severely sloped green guarded by trees and bunkers.
Received a 4 Star rating from Golf Digest's Places to Play.
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Cascades Ice Cream Co. is a place that is always open and ready to serve only the finest ice cream there is to offer. The staff is wonderful and will... » More Information
Cascades Ice Cream Co. is a place that is always open and ready to serve only the finest ice cream there is to offer. The staff is wonderful and will treat you like a friend. They really want you to have the best experience when you come and visit.
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Cascades Manor House offer a delicious selection on their extensive Sunday Brunch Buffet on holidays only. Reservations are accepted, but not required. The private VIP room may be reserved for... » More Information
Cascades Manor House offer a delicious selection on their extensive Sunday Brunch Buffet on holidays only. Reservations are accepted, but not required. The private VIP room may be reserved for your party of 15-32. Treat your family to a special afternoon!
They specialize in Showers, Corporate Meetings, On-site Weddings and Wedding Receptions, Service Clubs, Memorials, Special Events and Fabulous Sunday Brunch. Nestled in beautiful Cascades Falls Park of Jackson, Michigan, you'll find the elegant Cascades Manor House. The perfect setting for your next occasion, The Cascades Manor house will impress your guests with stunning surroundings, impeccable service and delicious cuisine. They cordially invite you to relax and enjoy the charming atmosphere of the Cascades Manor House while their experienced, professional staff plan and coordinate your special event. Our scenic grounds and unique bridges create the perfect setting for any occasion. Your guests will enjoy a large dance floor, ample parking and our smoke free environment. The Cascades Manor House has a long-term agreement with Jackson County Parks. We are a nonprofit facility and our proceeds are directed to local parks improvement. We have seating for up to 300 and three private rooms to choose from. We offer a full bar and equipment rentals to complete your event. Corporate events, showers, wedding receptions, memorial luncheons, retirement parties, your event will shine at Jackson's Original "Community Gathering Place." Call today to schedule your next event. 517-784-1500.
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