Experience Jackson

141 S. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201
St Demetrius Orthodox Church

Group Tours 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 you’re looking for a multiple day itinerary, a quick stop or that perfect location for a hub and spoke Jackson is the right choice.

Throughout the warm months, your group may discover the historic prison, enjoy a race at Michigan International Speedway or catch a light show at the manmade illuminated waterfall know as, The Cascades. During the summer, there is a festival & event practically every weekend. With such a robust events calendar, groups have the opportunity to base excursions around festivals like the Hot Air Balloon Jubilee, Cascades Civil War Muster or Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson.

Year round, your itinerary can be filled with museum visits, a Byzantine Style Icon tour, sounds of the symphony and local wine & beer from the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail which surrounds Jackson.

If limited walking tours are a priority for your group, explore nature with an October Sandhill Crane and Color tour which includes a step-on tour guide and driving bird watching tour. Or, in November and December take your motorcoach through Michigan’s Largest Christmas Light Display while singing along to Christmas carols known as the Nite Lites Jackson.

Quick Stops in 90 Minutes or Less

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Group Friendly Restaurants

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Historic Prison Tour

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Byzantine Frescoes Tour

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Step on Bird Watching Guide

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Places to stay

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Nite Lites

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Evening On-site Entertainment Options

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Resources for Group Friendly Attractions

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Cell Block 7 Prison Museum

(517) 787-2320
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3855 Cooper St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Cell Block 7 Prison Museum Visit the museum dedicated to the history and process of the Michigan Department of Corrections at this unique site located within an active working prison system.  Cell Block 7 is... » More Information

Hours

Winter Hours

Friday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Monday-Thursday open to groups by appointment. 

  • Cell Block 7 Prison Museum

Visit the museum dedicated to the history and process of the Michigan Department of Corrections at this unique site located within an active working prison system.  Cell Block 7 is an active representation of current life as an incarcerated inmate at what was once the largest walled-prison in the world.  Located adjacent to working cell-blocks on the grounds of the active Southern Regional Prison, Cell Block 7 is designed to give attendees both the history and current state of corrections in Michigan. Prisoners were housed in this building until 2007. 

The museum is independently operated by the Ella Sharp Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Ella Sharp Museum leases the space from the Michigan Department of Corrections. All museum admission proceeds go directly to the Ella Sharp Museum. Admission can be combined with a ticket to the Ella Sharp Museum, also located in Jackson.

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Dahlem

(517) 782-3453
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7117 S. Jackson Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201

Dahlem Dahlem is a place to experience, study and enjoy nature. With five miles of hiking trails containing forests, fields, marshes and ponds, visitors can enjoy a guided hike or experience... » More Information

Hours

Trail Hours
Dawn to dusk, 7 days per week, including holidays

Guided Nature Hikes
Every Tuesday from 9 am- 11 am

Building Hours
Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: Noon - 5pm
Monday: Closed 

Meeting Facility Features
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 200
  • Dahlem

Dahlem is a place to experience, study and enjoy nature. With five miles of hiking trails containing forests, fields, marshes and ponds, visitors can enjoy a guided hike or experience the natural wonders on their own. A newly resurfaced 3/8 mile trail has been specially redesigned for visitors with limited mobility. 

Dahlem offers year-round educational programs for students and families, including naturalist programs, workshops, and special events. The exhibit area and Nutshell Gift Shop are located within the main visitor building. 

The Nutshell is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts to shop and is an excellent source for nature-related books, clothing, bird-feeding supplies, jewelry and many other items, including fresh wreaths during the holidays. 

Dahlem serves as a natural history education center for kids, but it is also known around the state and country for having one of the largest bluebird trails. Birders can capture the songs of Eastern Bluebirds along this well-maintained trail, as well as the harmonies of other migratory songbirds. The annual festival to celebrate these birds is called the Birds, Blooms, and Butterflies Festival.

Download the Dahlem Center Trail Map 

Venue Capacity

Dutcher Room - 80

Pavilion - 80

Green Space - 125

Group Tour Information

Year round groups of 10 or more are encouraged to take a 90 minute guided nature hike and interactive presentation by a Dahlem Naturalist. Groups will discover seasonal favorites such as dragonflies, bird watching, and butterflies on five miles of well-groomed trails. Meanwhile, limited mobility presentations are also available offered on the paved “Nature for All Trail”. Seated educational presentations are also available in the environmental education space. Groups should plan to spend 1.5 to 2 hours on site.

Groups may also schedule a Dahlem Naturalist to meet the bus at a variety of different birding and wildflower hot spots throughout Jackson county.  

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Ella Sharp Museum

(517) 787-2320 
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3225 Fourth St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Ella Sharp Museum In 1912, Ella Sharp’s farm and home were willed to Jackson for the creation of Ella Sharp Park and museum, which opened in 1965. The Ella Sharp Museum features an 1860... » More Information

Hours

Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat. - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thurs - 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sun. 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.  

Mon - CLOSED

Public guided tours of Ella Sharp's 19th Century Hillside Farmhouse are at 11 a.m & 2:00 p.m.

For group tour information please click here.

Meeting Facility Features
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Bartending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 300
  • Ella Sharp Museum

In 1912, Ella Sharp’s farm and home were willed to Jackson for the creation of Ella Sharp Park and museum, which opened in 1965. The Ella Sharp Museum features an 1860’s log cabin, the Dibble one-room schoolhouse, country store, print shop, doctor’s office, wood shop and the Merriman Sharp Farmhouse. 

The Ella Sharp Museum also houses six galleries including the Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art, the Jackson History Gallery, the Never Enough Time Clock Gallery and three galleries featuring traveling and in house exhibitions.

Thousands of visitors are drawn each year to Hillside Farm Lane for the Ella’s major festivals including Sugaring & Shearing (March), Fall Harvest Festival (October) and Art, Beer & Wine Festival (June) which includes art vendors, Michigan wine and craft beer tastings. 

The Grand Community Room at the Ella Sharp Museum is the perfect place for your next grand event. The 3,000-square-foot room features an outdoor patio, catering kitchen, and stage to accommodate a wide variety of uses. A huge, arched window looks out onto the surrounding park and a mid-19th century log house. Consider Ella Sharp Museum for reunions, holiday parties, weddings, seminars, annual meetings and much more.

Photo Credit Wedding at Ella Sharp Museum by Trisha Hyde Photography

MOTOR COACH & GROUP INFORMATION

The Ella offers special programming options for groups of 15 or more. To schedule a group tour, please contact tour coordinator Emily Jarvi. Group tours must be scheduled two weeks in advance.

For your group’s visit, choose from three tour options, all lasting approximately three hours or create your own experience:

Option 1: Guided tour of Ella’s home, the Merriman-Sharp farmhouse; visit to the galleries; tour of the grounds featuring sculpture and historical buildings; free time

Option 2: Guided visit to the galleries; presentation on selected topic*; tour of the grounds featuring sculpture and historical buildings; free time

Option 3: Guided visit to the galleries; creative project; choose between tour of the grounds featuring sculpture and historical buildings or house tour; free time

*Choose from eight topics of interest in art and history relating to the museum’s collection. 

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The Buffalo Ranch

(517) 563-8249
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12770 Rountree Rd
Hanover, MI 49241

The Buffalo Ranch This farm features some of the best horseback riding in the county, as well as covered wagon rides, buffalo feeding, a zip line and a picnic area with a pavilion.... » More Information

Hours

Spring - Summer - Fall
Tuesday - Sunday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Closed on Mondays

  • The Buffalo Ranch

This farm features some of the best horseback riding in the county, as well as covered wagon rides, buffalo feeding, a zip line and a picnic area with a pavilion. Riding lessons are available.

We offer that "Out West" feeling right here in Southern Michigan. The Buffalo Ranch is perfect for company outings, field trips, birthdays, get-togethers, reunions, and more.

The place started in 1973 with 25 acres. The first two buffalo were purchased in 1979. In 1995 horseback riding and a zip line were added to the ranch. The Daniels family purchased the ranch in November of 2007.  Today, The Buffalo Ranch has approximately 25 head of buffalo and 240 acres of land. We offer wagon rides to feed the buffalo and guided horseback rides through our scenic trails. Our horses range from very gentle for those new to riding to spirited horses for the seasoned rider.  You have 240 acres with trails to ride on.  We have helmets for those that want them.

Group Tour Information

Groups of 7 or more are encourage to schedule an hour long covered wagon ride to feed the buffalo and go through the world on a zip line. Horse back riding lessons and trail rides are also offered for groups of adults and children (aged 6 years old and older) while children under the age of 6 may ride a guided horse. Groups may have access to the covered picnic area to enjoy either a prepared or brown bag lunch. Group visits usually last between 1.5 and 3 hours.

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Horse N Around Stables

(734) 637-4457
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12891 Trist Rd.
Grass Lake, MI 49240

Horse N Around Stables Horse N Around Stables is excited to offer horseback trail riding this summer for the third year at Waterloo Recreation Area.  Just a short drive from Jackson, Horse N... » More Information

Hours

Friday and Saturday
10 am - 6 pm

Sunday 10am - 5pm

May 1st - Nov. 2nd

  • Horse N Around Stables

Horse N Around Stables is excited to offer horseback trail riding this summer for the third year at Waterloo Recreation Area.  Just a short drive from Jackson, Horse N Around Stables is open Friday through Sunday and all holiday Mondays (Memorial Day, Fourth of July & Labor Day). 

Come spend an hour with them on these beautiful trails in one of Michigan's greatest forests. They offer 1 hour and 1/2 hour Horseback Trail Rides through one of Michigan's most beautiful natural wonders.  They are only 5 minutes from I-94 between Jackson and Ann Arbor.

They offer trail rides from the smallest groups to very large.  In fact, they offer discounts on groups of 7 or more. Our riding trail in Waterloo starts and finishes in the shade!  No worries about the extreme heat here, the forest is always 13 degrees cooler with very little direct sunlight! Please consider our stables for one of your summer adventures.  We accommodate riders age 6 to 106 and from no experience to the most advanced.

Waterloo Stables: 12891 Trist Road, Grass Lake, 49240

Pinckney Stables: 5833 Spears Rd, Pinckney MI, 48169

Please call (734) 637-4457 or email Sherri for reservations.

New This Year Themed Rides:

  • Swanky Singles Saddle Up
  • Kids Korral
  • Nature Rides
  • Historical Rides
  • Sunday Service Saddle Up
  • Moonlight Rides
  • River Picnic Rides
  • Halloween Rides
  • Fall Color Tour

State Vehicle Registration and Recreation Passport is Required.

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Indian Brook Trout Farm

(734) 368-0613
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5883 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Indian Brook Trout Farm Kids of all ages love to visit Indian Brook Farms. What an opportunity for adults and kids of all ages to experience a fun filled environment that also educates kids... » More Information

Hours

After Labor Day through the end of October
Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9 am - 6 pm

  • Indian Brook Trout Farm

Kids of all ages love to visit Indian Brook Farms. What an opportunity for adults and kids of all ages to experience a fun filled environment that also educates kids about aquaculture with the trout pond and agriculture with the pumpkin patch.

As you arrive at Indian Brook Farms you will see a trout pond, gift shop, snack bar and a huge display of pumpkins in the fall. A free wagon ride takes kids and adults through 120 acres of agricultural experiences including wetlands, vegetable and flower gardening, natural untouched plant growth and one of the biggest pumpkin patches around.

Kids learn about aquaculture by seeing how fish are hatched and nurtured through the stages of growth to full sized trout at the Indian Brook Farms spring fed fish hatchery. They can feed the fish and also fish for full sized trout at the Fishing Pond. Before and after the wagon ride kids can visit the fish ponds, gift shop and snack bar which features freshly  baked donuts as well as other snacks and drinks.

Group Tour Information

For a unique school trip, company outing, family reunion, birthday party or motor coach tour Indian Brook Farms is the place to go. Groups of 30 or more are encouraged to book a 3 hour visit consisting of a trout pound and pumpkin patch tour wagon ride, hatchery visit, educational talk and lunch. 

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The Original Jackson Historic Prison Tours

(517) 817-8960
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100 Armory Court
Jackson, MI 49202

The Original Jackson Historic Prison Tours On the Original Jackson Historic Prison tour, enjoy lively, interactive stories of inmates past and present, prison lore and more. Walk inside the massive walls as bygone prisoners, guards, and... » More Information

Contact
Judy Gail Krasnow
Hours

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL TOURS.

Call 517-817-8960 or email to make a reservation and inquiry about combination tours.

  • The Original Jackson Historic Prison Tours

On the Original Jackson Historic Prison tour, enjoy lively, interactive stories of inmates past and present, prison lore and more. Walk inside the massive walls as bygone prisoners, guards, and wardens come alive with tales of corruption, mayhem, punishments and relief.

THE FIRST DEGREE is the full tour. It lasts approximately 4-5 hours with lunch. Jackson Journeys is flexible and can work time-wise with your schedule.

THE SECOND DEGREE is a tour for those with time constrictions. Groups can tour through Michigan’s First State Prison only. This tour does not include lunch. It lasts approximately 2.5 hours.

COMBINATION TOURS

Jackson Journeys LLC is happy to arrange an itinerary for you both in Jackson and en route to and from Jackson. Jackson Journeys offers combination tours such as:

FROM PRISON TO PARADISE

After the Prison tour, you drive ten minutes to a Jackson gem -- St. Demetrius Orthodox Church, with its utterly exquisite iconography, wood carving, delightful tour by Father Dusan, topped with “divine” homemade Baklava and coffee. This makes a perfect “all-day” journey to Jackson.

YOU MAY ALSO STAY OVERNIGHT

After this full- day tour, go to your hotel, eat dinner at a local Jackson Restaurant, and let your dessert be a concert of your choice at the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Hall, where you can choose from 12 small musical ensembles including Jazz, Chamber Music, Country-Western, Eastern European (Klezmer), and several more.

THE NEXT DAY JACKSON JOURNEYS WILL BOOK OTHER VENUES IN JACKSON, such as a tour of Michigan International Speedway, Dahlem Nature Conservancy, Ye Ole Carriage Shop, Sparks Park & The Cascades musical waterfalls, and more. As you travel onward – east, west, south or north, Jackson Journeys can arrange your itinerary.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL TOURS. Check out HistoricPrisonTours.com for further information about price, menu, FAQ’s and to read the outstanding testimonials about the tour, created by founder/director Judy Gail Krasnow and her company, Jackson Journeys LLC.

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Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Weatherwax Hall

(517) 782-3221
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215 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Weatherwax Hall The Jackson Symphony Orchestra has a rich and vibrant history serving the Jackson area for 67 years. Their mission is to add value, joy and enrichment to the lives of all... » More Information

Meeting Facility Features
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 200
  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Weatherwax Hall
  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Weatherwax Hall
  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Weatherwax Hall
  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Weatherwax Hall
  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Weatherwax Hall
  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Weatherwax Hall

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra has a rich and vibrant history serving the Jackson area for 67 years. Their mission is to add value, joy and enrichment to the lives of all Jackson area residents through music. The Jackson Symphony strives to impact the lives of everyone in the community through performances and educational programs. Performances include a fall & winter concert series, a summer pops concert, up close ensemble performances and holiday concerts. 

The downtown location also known as Weatherwax Hall features Affinity Series Concerts "Live From The Wax" featuring touring pop, folk, and singer/songwriter acts. Other music events, from quartets to cabarets, are also held at this venue.

Most Jackson Symphony Orchestra series concerts are held at Jackson College’s world-class Music Hall at the Potter Center
Jackson Symphony Orchestra Conductor Designate: Matthew Aubin

The Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra open to high school aged and younger musicians from Jackson and the surrounding area. The orchestra performs pieces from the standard classical repertoire along with modern works and “pops” pieces. Their season runs from September to May, with concert performances four times each season.
Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra Conductor: David Schultz

The Jackson Community Music School is one of Michigan's premiere music organizations Committed to offering quality musical curriculum in all instrument groups to over 300 enrolled students in the Jackson area.
Jackson Coummunity Music School Director: 
David Lamse

Banquet Info

This facility is also available for rental for weddings and other corporate events with a capacity of 200.

Jackson Michigan Chorale

The Jackson Michigan Chorale, in Jackson, Michigan, performs major chorale works in a broad range of musical styles from the standard choral repertoire. The Jackson Michigan Chorale is celebrating it's 58th season! Offices for this organization are also housed in the Jackson Symphony Orchestra's Weatherwax Hall in Downtown Jackson. 

The Chorale made its official debut on March 9, 1955 in an appearance with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. However the roots of the Chorale go back over 100 years as many vocal music groups formed and dissolved over the years. A newspaper article in 1911 mentions the fine singing of The Jackson Choral Society upon the occasion of a visit from President Taft.

The Chorale frequently performs with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, as well as separately singing a range of music from cabaret to classical chorale repitoire.

Michigan Shakespeare Festival Office

The building also houses the offices for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival

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Michigan International Speedway (MIS)

(800) 354-1010
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12626 US 12
Brooklyn, MI 49230

Michigan International Speedway (MIS) Nestled in the scenic countryside of Irish Hills is one of the largest motor speedways in the United States. MIS features NASCAR sanctioned auto racing on its two-mile oval track... » More Information

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Bartending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 350
  • Michigan International Speedway (MIS)
  • Michigan International Speedway (MIS)

Nestled in the scenic countryside of Irish Hills is one of the largest motor speedways in the United States. MIS features NASCAR sanctioned auto racing on its two-mile oval track in June and August. It is the home of the state's largest single-day, paid-admission sporting events since 1991. The 1,400-acre track has a seating capacity of 72,000 in its main grandstands. Spectator capacity in the infield and outfield areas is over 100,000. After more than 38 years of improvements and updates, Michigan International Speedway is considered one of the country’s premier racing facilities, known as the fastest track in NASCAR. Michigan International Speedway is also host to Faster Horses Music Festival, Childrenz Challenge and Tough Mudder.


Photo: Dale Fisher

Follow them on Twitter @MISpeedway

Rental Information

Michigan International Speedway is ideal for automotive research and development, track rentals, corporate retreats, catered affairs, receptions and other social events. Event packages are also available. Off season tours are also available for any non-event weekend and are managed by MIS Cares. To learn more, call (517) 592-6666.

Venue and Capacity
Champions Club* - 350
Michigan Room - 150
Infield Suites - 15-60
Media Center Deadline Room - 135
Media Center Cafeteria - 52

Click here for additional facility rental information.

*Open seasonally April through October.

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Michigan Theatre

(517) 783-0962
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124 N. Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Michigan Theatre The Michigan Theatre was the last and largest theater to be built in downtown Jackson, opening in 1930. Now a nonprofit organization, the Michigan Theatre of Jackson Inc., is working to... » More Information

Hours

Group tours of the Michigan Theatre are available by appointment please email Steve Tucker to schedule a tour. 

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Bartending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 1400
  • Michigan Theatre
  • Michigan Theatre
  • Michigan Theatre
  • Michigan Theatre
  • Michigan Theatre

The Michigan Theatre was the last and largest theater to be built in downtown Jackson, opening in 1930. Now a nonprofit organization, the Michigan Theatre of Jackson Inc., is working to restore the theater to its original luster. It was originally built in Spanish Renaissance style with an ornate polychrome terra-cotta façade, carved walnut furniture, plush carpeting, heavy damask draperies, and stained-glass light fixtures. The Michigan Theatre is considered one of the most splendid theaters in the state. Their mission is to provide today's entertainment in an incredible historic venue. Events include kids movies, classic films, live theater and concerts.

The Theatre won a Preservation Gem Award from Michigan Architectural Foundation in 2012. The award is presented to an outstanding preservation project that includes restoration or rehabilitation of an element of a building, or of a structure or an object. It was awarded to the Michigan Theatre of Jackson for the Cupola Restoration. The cupola above the Mechanic Street Façade of the 1930 Michigan Theatre of Jackson was meticulously restored as part of a 20-plus year effort to rehabilitate the theatre.

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Gilbert Chocolates

(517) 788 6060
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1150 Jackson Crossing Mall
Jackson, MI 49203

Gilbert Chocolates We have a long tradition of making handmade chocolates in Jackson since 1900. Our products are paraffin free, using the finest ingredients. Gilbert Chocolates is also family owned. We invite you... » More Information

Hours

Monday - Saturday 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm

  • Gilbert Chocolates
  • Gilbert Chocolates
  • Gilbert Chocolates
  • Gilbert Chocolates

We have a long tradition of making handmade chocolates in Jackson since 1900. Our products are paraffin free, using the finest ingredients. Gilbert Chocolates is also family owned. We invite you to stop by their store in Jackson Crossing Mall and taste why Gilbert Chocolates is absolutely the best chocolate you have ever enjoyed!

Group Information

Group tours are available by appointment

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Potter Center at Jackson College

(517) 796-8600
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2111 Emmons Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201

Potter Center at Jackson College More than 150 cultural events are showcased annually in the Potter Center, including Broadway productions, national and international touring shows, local community groups, in-school productions and visiting performers. The Potter Center... » More Information

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Bartending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 1549
  • Potter Center at Jackson College

More than 150 cultural events are showcased annually in the Potter Center, including Broadway productions, national and international touring shows, local community groups, in-school productions and visiting performers. The Potter Center houses three theaters: Ruth M. Day Theatre, Michael Baughman Theater and the Harold V. Sheffer Music Hall. The campus complex has enjoyed national attention after more than 30 years of welcoming familiar stars and outstanding productions to the campus. A great public outdoor sculpture, Victory Reconstructed, can be seen from the top floors of the building.

The Hugh Federer Rooms

The Federer Rooms are a complex of seminar & meeting rooms that are centrally located on the first floor of Potter Center. These rooms provide ideal facilities for the accommodation of meetings, seminars, luncheons, films, etc. Food arrangements are made through Continental Services Catering at 517.783.1521. For more information on the Federer Rooms, please contact the Cultural Affairs Office at 517.796.8473.

Michael Baughman Theatre

The Baughman Theatre seats a total of 403 persons, including 10 wheelchair spaces.

Harold Sheffer Music Hall

This spacious grand concert hall/theatre seats 1,549 patrons, including 20 wheelchair patrons.

Ruth Day Theatre

The Ruth M. Day Theatre is a multiple form, experimental theatre. By incorporating fixed seating on eight movable units, the theatre can be fashioned into four standard staging configurations: Arena, Thrust, Center Aisle and Proscenium. The seating capacity of Day Theatre varies but generally seats 104 to 184 persons.

Robert Snyder Dining Room

Located on the first floor of Potter Center is the Robert Snyder Dining Room which can comfortably accommodate 200-250 person. Recently renovated, this is an excellent facility for wedding receptions, banquets and other special events. Food service arrangements are made through the catering service on campus, Continental Services. They offer a complete line of menus ranging from hors d'oeuvre receptions to buffets to sit-down dinners. Managers may be reached at 517.783.1521 or by e-mail at JCC_FoodServices@jccmi.edu. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance. For more information on the Dining Room, please contact the Cultural Affairs Office at 517.796.8473.

Victory Reconstructed, by Richard Hunt, Corten Steel, 1995

Victory Reconstructed, much like Summer Night Tree, is an abstract and non-representational sculpture. Hunt's work is in many important public and private collections across the United States and it has even been included in a temporary exhibition on the lawn of the White House in Washington. Like many of Hunt’s statuary, Victory Reconstruction is based on figures of the ancient Greek goddess of victory, Nike. The sculpture fits nicely into its setting and people are able to see it from several different levels, from the ground as well as from the top floors of the Potter Center.

Jackson College

Jackson College is located on 500 acres in rural Jackson County, six miles south of the city. Originally established as Jackson Junior College in 1928, Jackson College offers several associate degrees, certificates, concentrations and skill sets, along with transfer and career training programs.

NASA astronaut James McDivitt once attended the school when it was still Jackson Junior College. James McDivitt Hall, which houses the Science, Mathematics & Engineering departments, is named after him. There is a small display in this building devoted to McDivitt, as well as Jackson native and fellow NASA Astronaut, Alfred Worden.

Jackson College Jets Sports

JC's Jets are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA). The Jets play at the Victor Cuiss Fieldhouse on Central Campus. All home games are $5, free to JC students with IDs.


Photo Credit Dale Fisher

MEN'S SPORTS
• Baseball
• Basketball
• Cross Country
• Golf
• Soccer

WOMEN'S SPORTS
• Basketball
• Cross Country
• Golf
• Soccer
• Softball
• Volleyball

The College operates a Flight Center at the Jackson County Airport. Campuses are also located in Lenawee and Hillsdale counties.

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Sparks Park & The Cascades

(517) 788-4320
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1400 S. Brown St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Sparks Park & The Cascades Sparks Park & The Cascades a.k.a. Cascades Park & Cascade Falls The best-known attraction of this 457-acre park is The Cascades, a man-made, illuminated waterfall with musical accompaniment... » More Information

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Fountain
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Golf Course & Golf Learning Center
  • Winter Sledding
  • Fishing Site
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Portable Toilets
  • Sparks Park & The Cascades

Sparks Park & The Cascades a.k.a.
Cascades Park &
Cascade Falls

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 others dodge the spraying water as they climb to the top of the 500-foot hill alongside the six giant fountains.

The falls are illuminated on summer nights and you can see them for an admission charge. Call for 2017 rates. 

The park, also known as the Sparks Foundation County Park, features the Cascades 18-hole Championship Golf Course, Cascades Short Course and driving range.  Other features of this park, operated by the Jackson County Parks Department,  include an 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 shows every year. Don't forget to stop by the Cascades Ice Cream Co, featuring "Frozen Dome Malts", open March through September.

The Sparks 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. The area includes a fishing pier, walking path, informative signs, and a large picnic gazebo.

Group Tour Information

Groups are encouraged to contact the Jackson County Parks Department at 517-788-4320 for a special behind the scenes tour and pricing information. Guided historic tours of this man-made illuminated waterfall usually last about a half hour and take place before evening light shows in the summer.  Groups should plan to spend 1.5 to 2 hours on site.

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St Demetrius Orthodox Church

517-414-3829 for tours | 517-784-0116 Church Office
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3043 Seymour Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201

St Demetrius Orthodox Church St. Demetrius Church, purchased for $1.00 in 1960, was originally built as a one-room schoolhouse.  Today the structure is something altogether different.  Still set in a rural area resonating with... » More Information

Hours

Sunday Service 9:30 am

Groups tours for 12 or more by appointment only.

$15.00 a person

  • St Demetrius Orthodox Church

St. Demetrius Church, purchased for $1.00 in 1960, was originally built as a one-room schoolhouse.  Today the structure is something altogether different.  Still set in a rural area resonating with the peace of nature, the colorful interior of St. Demetrius contrasts with the pastoral colors of its surroundings. The interior walls and ceilings are covered with brightly colored paintings called frescos. In addition, individual Icons are held in place by a 33-foot long by 9-foot high hand carved wooden wall of icons called an “Iconostasis.”

Click here to download the 2014 brochure.

Group Tour Information

On this engaging 2 hour tour, experience how our world-renown Iconographer, Niculai Enochi, uses an authentic Byzantine method of painting to adorn an exquisite church – a church equal to any you can see in Europe right here in Jackson!  The Orthodox tradition of Iconography, often called, “Windows to Heaven,” originated about 1800 years ago. This Iconography, through its vivid visual depictions, truly brings the stories of the Bible to life.

The artistic, historical and personalized tour is given by Father Dusan, a delightful master of presentation.  

After experiencing the beautiful Icons and their intriguing history, thoroughly enjoy sitting in the beautiful dining area as you drink a cup of coffee with a slice of famous and unforgettably delicious Baklava baked by the Baklava Bakers of the Sisterhood of St. Demetrius Church. 

Please see the St. Demetrius Photo Gallery for a sneak peek.

Newly renovated parking lot to accommodate tour buses.

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Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum

(517) 596-2254
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13493 Waterloo Munith Road
Grass Lake, MI 49240

Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum These museums offer a vivid look into 19th century pioneer life. Costumed tour guides take visitors through a 10-room farmhouse built by a German immigrant and seven additional outbuildings. Then... » More Information

Hours

Open: the Friday after Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend.  1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Both the Dewey School & Farm Museum are open by appointment and for special events.

  • Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum

These museums offer a vivid look into 19th century pioneer life. Costumed tour guides take visitors through a 10-room farmhouse built by a German immigrant and seven additional outbuildings. Then groups are encouraged to continue their visit at the Dewey School Museum where pupils will experience a typical school day in the mid-1800s. 

The Waterloo Farm Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Siebold Farm/Ruehle (Realy) farm since 1973, is a complex of farm buildings nestled in the curve of a scenic rural road. Highlights include a farmhouse built in 1850s, a rare restored wooden Perkins windmill, a log house with stone fireplace, a woodworking and blacksmith's workshop with working forge, the granary which now serves as a gift shop, and many other buildings that supported 1880s farm life. 

The Dewey School Museum, located three miles north of the Farm, is a one-room schoolhouse that was built in the mid-1800s and held classes until 1956. At Dewey, the schoolmarm teaches her pupils (the visitors) about a one-room schoolhouse and guides them through a typical day.

The Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum are run by the Waterloo Area Historical Society. The mission of the WAHA is to foster an understanding and appreciation in children and adults of the pioneer farmers of Michigan, their family life and their children's schooling. The WAHS was formed in 1962 to acquire and restore the Realy Family Farm as a tribute to Michigan's pioneer farmers. 

Special events include:

  • Blacksmith, Soldiers and Log Cabin Weekend
  • Antique Tractor, Truck and Farm Equipment Show
  • Pioneer Day
  • Christmas on the Farm

Wedding Information

The barn can hold up to 350 guests at weddings. For more infomation on planning your wedding at the Waterloo Farm Museum, please contact Arlene Kaiser, Private Events Coordinator via email waterloofarmmuseum.org or phone 517-851-8745 

Group Tour Information

For more group tour information click here. Waterloo Farm Museum provides guided tours of the ten-room farmhouse, log cabin, barns, blacksmith and woodworking workshop, bake house, ice house, milk cellar and windmill. These tours are lead by knowledgeable guides in period dress and are usually combined with the Dewey School museum visit lasting between 3 to 3.5 hours. The gift shop will also be open at this time as well, to browse and purchase books, crafts, toys, collectables and clothing. Please call for group pricing.

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Ye Ole Carriage Shop

(517) 750-4300
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3538 Henderson Rd.
Spring Arbor, MI 49283

Ye Ole Carriage Shop Visitors will be delighted by over 60 antique and classic cars on display including 5 one-and-only cars  and 18 made in Jackson including a 1902 JAXON. The museum also features a large display... » More Information

Hours

Gudied group tours are by appointment only.

Meeting Facility Features
  • Air Conditioned
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 105
  • Ye Ole Carriage Shop

Visitors will be delighted by over 60 antique and classic cars on display including 5 one-and-only cars  and 18 made in Jackson including a 1902 JAXON. The museum also features a large display of Sparton Radios and Horns (built in Jackson from 1910 thru the 1950’s), hundreds of original gas and oil pieces, 160 model planes from the world wars, a pedal car collection and a Coca~Cola Soda Bar with an unusual collection of Coca~Cola memorabilia.

Group Tour Information

Groups are encouraged to schedule visits to the Ye Ole Carriage Shop at least one month in advance. The facility can seat up to 65 people in the front hall and roughly 40 in the Coca-Cola room. Groups should expect to spend 1.5 to 2 hours on site. 

Check out the Experience Jackson Photo Gallery for a sneak peak.

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