Things To Do During NASCAR Race Week

Race week is a great time to be in Jackson, Michigan! Besides hanging out with friends and family at the campground and watching your favorite driver’s pit crew and semi pull in to get ready for the big race at Michigan International Speedway, there are tons of fun things to do in the area! From exploring Michigan’s beautiful nature to discovering Jackson’s hidden treasures, you will have a week that’s jammed packed with adventure. 

Enjoy the Water

Jackson County offers several ways to escape the heat. Go for a swim in one of our lakes, bring your boat and spend a day on the water, or try our one of our water parks: Splash Pad at The Cascades and Nixon Water Park. The zero-depth waters and at Splash Pad at The Cascades make it great for younger children. With dozens of water features spraying from all directions, kids will be entertained for hours! Spending a day at Nixon Water Park is easy to do, too. Their waterslides, varying pool depths, and water features provide plenty of fun for everyone.  

Find the perfect spot to launch your boat or go for a swim, each of the following county parks have areas for both!

  • Clark Lake County Park
  • Grass Lake County Park
  • Lime Lake County Park
  • Portage Lake County Park
  • Round Lake County Park
  • Swains Lake County Park
  • Vandercook Lake County Park
  • Vineyard Lake County Park


Scenic Nature Spots

Enjoying the naturescape that can only be considered pure Michigan is in abundance here in Jackson. Start by hitting some trails. With miles of pristine paths, your outdoor adventure will be never-ending. Next, experience Mother Nature from greens on one of more than 20 golf courses! Hills’ Heart of the Lakes is a beautiful course that’s close to Michigan International Speedway. Designed by PGA Tour Pro Mike Hill, the rolling hills, lush greens, and water feature makes this a spectacular course.  

Uniquely Jackson: True Area Treasures

While you are here there is no better way to truly experience the area than checking out what makes us so unique, from landmarks to coney dogs, there’s something for everyone. The Cascades is one of Jackson’s most spectacular attractions. This illuminated, man-made waterfall has stood as a symbol of Jackson for over 85 years. The colors in its cascading waterfalls are as unique as the area’s personality. Weekly concerts are held here each summer, check the community calendar to see who’s playing during race week.   


Here’s a great list of even more area treasures to check out while you’re in Jackson:


Don’t Forget to Book Your Hotel

June will be here before you know it. Book your hotel before they are all gone! See which Jackson area hotels still have hotel rooms available for the June NASCAR RACE today! 

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