What We LOVE About Jackson

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, which means love is at the forefront of our minds. However, not just the romantic love you may share with a partner, or the friend love you celebrate on Galentine’s Day. We’re sharing our love for our hometown. There are countless things we love about where we live; here are just a few.

Just when you’re driving around town, you’ll notice unique art pieces around every corner. Downtown Jackson is lined with murals painted by artists from around the world. Jackson’s Summer Night Tree by renowned artist Louise Nevelson stands strong at the corner of East Michigan Ave. Fittingly, you can see the face of Jackson’s own astronaut painted on the side of the Hurst Planetarium. Jackson is also home to artists that work in their studios at ART 634, where they paint, sculpt, carve, and share their creations in galleries near and far.

Summers are packed with free festivals and entertainment, including the Hot Air Jubilee and antique car shows. Live outdoor music is a regular occurrence in the warmer months, whether you’re downtown, at a local winery, or having dinner on a nearby lake.

Jackson has the perfect combination of indoor and outdoor activities, whether you’re flying solo or bringing the whole family. For those who prefer to stay inside, 13 Jackson County museums await you to explore. History expands outside museums as well, branching through Jackson’s Underground Railroad tour and Brooklyn’s historical sights. Getting outside is easy when Jackson has a wide variety of parks and trails that can accommodate hikers and bikers, beginner to pro. Waterloo State Recreation Area has lakes and trails ready for your bike or paddleboard to tackle.

Sports and activities are never far in Jackson County. Spend a sunny afternoon with the little ones at the splash pad in Cascades Park, and in the winter, sled your way down the iconic Cascades Hill. Jackson also has plenty of events that thrill, especially NASCAR races at Michigan International Speedway.

If you plan your days to be a bit more laid back, but still active, Jackson County is a golfer’s paradise. With nearly 20 courses spread throughout the county, our course’s greens run as far as the eye can see. Experience the pitch, putt, and drive at courses that not only offer beautiful landscapes but just enough difficulty to provide some friendly competition.

What is a great hometown without some delicious hometown eats? Start your day with a classic diner-style breakfast at Roxy’s Café or enjoy a homestyle omelet at West End Farm to Table. Give your busy day the perk it needs by picking up a specialty coffee at Musgrove & Co. or Jackson Coffee Company. Enjoy expertly crafted sushi at AKA Sushi, an Asian fusion-style meal with a perfectly paired beer at OGMA Brewing Co., or a fine dining experience at Veritas.

Whether it’s the season of love or not, there’s never a wrong time to show some love to your hometown. Embrace Jackson County for the unique, busy, and quirky place that it is. What’s your favorite place in Jackson?

Written by Olivia Pageau

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