A Final Summer Vacation

Before we know it summer will have come and gone and color tours, corn mazes, and other fall activities will be on everyone’s minds. Start planning one last summer vacation to experience the nice weather before it's gone until next year. Jackson, Michigan is the ideal host for an end of summer trip. With plenty of outdoor fun, a unique firework display, and museums you won’t find anywhere else, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Unforgettable Park Experience + Fireworks

The perfect way to round out the summer is at Sparks Foundation County Park. This large park offers fun for the whole family. Bring your swimming suit for splashing in the water at the splash pad. This zero-depth facility is great for family members of any age. Everyone will enjoy the giant dump bucket and water fountains coming from the floor.

Pack your clubs for 18 holes of scenic beauty at Cascades Golf Course. This picturesque course is known for more than its views, offering enough challenge for an advanced player and a lot of fun for a beginner too. Don’t forget your fishing pole! The urban fishery is stocked with Bluegill and Largemouth Bass, so the whole family can reel in a fish of their own.

A trip to Sparks Foundation County Park would be incomplete without seeing the park’s main attraction, The Cascades. This massive illuminated man-made waterfall has been visited by people from around the world. Experience its stunning beauty and spectacular charm up close as you run up and down all 252 steps that line both sides of the falls. When dusk comes, get out your lawn chairs and picnic blanket to enjoy a Labor Day firework display right from the foot of The Cascades. For even more ideas on how to enjoy your time at the park, check out a day a Sparks Foundation County Park. 

Outdoor Fun

If you’re looking for even more outdoor fun, Jackson has plenty of it! Start by hiking miles of trails. The MacCready Reserve’s 400 acres of land is the perfect place to hike if you want the true nature experience, and best of all the reserve is dog friendly. For a long bike ride on a smooth, paved path you must go to the Falling Waters Trail. This unique linear path runs for 10.6 miles and is Jackson’s longest trail. Don’t have room to pack your bikes? BCycle is conveniently located at the Weatherwax trail head and allows you to rent bikes.

If you’re more of a fisherman, then 125 lakes will be calling your name while you are here. Don’t worry if golf is more your sport because we have more than 20 courses for you to try out. Want to have a relaxing day spotting birds in migration? We have several outdoor sanctuaries for you to do just that.

Historic Places

Learn more about our nation’s history, pioneer days, the evolution of transportation and so much more by visiting Jackson’s abundance of museums. On Saturday, September 15th participating museums will be open free of charge during our annual Museum Day. Each museum will be offering something different, but many will have guided tours, demonstrations, and special presentations. You don’t want to miss this popular annual event, it’s the best way to experience the rich history that can only be found in Jackson.

Don’t Wait, Plan Your Stay

Don’t miss out on a final summer vacation filled with fireworks, the great outdoors, and exciting museums; start planning your trip to Jackson, Michigan. Rooms are already filling up for the coming months, so book your hotel today!

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