Jackson is a fun town. Jack-town where they get down is only a thirty mile drive from Lansing. Jackson, Michigan has plenty of fun things to do for you and your family. Hop in the car and take a little road trip for a day and create some fun memories.

95% of the time I have ever been to Jackson it's to do radio remotes. Over the past couple of decades of being in radio, I have done a lot of remotes in Jackson. The one thing I have always admired, and made me smile, was the passion of listeners in Jackson for their favorite radio stations. Listeners come out to radio events in Jackson in car loads. I love getting back to Jackson. The other 5% of the time I have been there has been to eat, see friends or maybe catch a show at the Michigan Theatre.

I need to free up some time to dive into what Jackson has to offer. What are the reasons that people like going to Jackson, I love the people, what else is there though? I started doing some research and I uncovered a plethora of different things that I can do and you can explore too.

Jackson offers plenty of different options for fun. Get some fudge, go to a brewery, throw some axes, take a historical prison tour or go antiquing. With so much to do you'll definitely find something amazing to enjoy. According to Tripadvisor, these are the top attractions.

Top Things To Do In Jackson, Michigan

Cascade Falls - 1401 S Brown St, Jackson, MI 49203

RJSJR says:

Today we visited Cascade falls. I was really nervous about hiking for just under a mile with a 7yr old and someone that has stability issues. This is an great hike with a beautiful tiered waterfall. It’s not a huge falls but still beautiful! The hike did not seem like it was that long! I would definitely recommend taking the time to visit these falls. Bring bug spray depending on the time of year you visit.

Falling Water Trail - Weatherwax Drive to the Village of Concord
Jackson, MI 49202

Heather W says:

Falling waters trail is a beautiful trail. It is smooth and well maintained. I ride my bike on the trail, however it is used for everything trail related for anything without a motor. Pets are allowed on a leash. I’m excited when they start connecting the trails from east to west. I have found some information online. What I have found so far is that it is not completed. Some of the connections are tentative. The falling waters trail crosses many roads along the way. Stop signs are posted at each crossing. Some informative signs about the history of the railroad are posted along the way. Concord to Jackson is approximately 11 miles. Parking for this trail is located in Concord, Spring Arbor at Lime lake, and Jackson on Weatherwax Rd.
 Chateau Aeronautique Winery - 1849 Rives Eaton Rd, Jackson, MI 49201-8224
Johanna says:
I was staying in Jackson for work and stop in this place on a Sunday. A really nice lady showed me the wines and gave me a taste of the beers I wanted to try. The wines and the beers are excellent and a reasonable price. I wish I wanted to learn more about the history of this place. I had a nice chat with the lady and very pleased with my Sunday visit.
Sandhill Crane Vineyards - 4724 Walz Rd., Jackson MI 49201
Winnie says:
Located in the beautiful Michigan countryside this is a trip worth a drive. We all did flights and everyone was happy with the quality and taste of our different wines. We had an array of platers including cheese hummus French bread fruits and meats. Outstanding. We ate and drank outside with a great view of the vineyards. The staff went over and above board to see that we were happy. Just lovely
Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History - 3225 4th St, Jackson, MI 49203-5094
MidwestKathM says:
We drove from an hour away to see the Frida Kahlo's Garden exhibit, which we found compelling and well done; we loved the tie-in with school kids and their take on Friday Kahlo! Stayed for the very interesting Jackson county and city history galleries. Enjoyed the Never Enough Time exhibit of clocks of all shapes and sizes, as well as the Barns: Preserving Architectural Heritage exhibit and the Gallery of Wildlife Art. We loved the variety and scope of the temporary exhibits. We'll keep an eye on new exhibit announcements and look forward to a return visit. Kudos to the museum on a job well-done of keeping guests safe during these COVID times, with taking guest contact info, requiring masks, limiting the number of guests in a gallery, and lots of signs reminding us to social distance. Thank you!
Dahlem, Jackson's Nature Place - 7117 S Jackson Rd, Jackson, MI 49201-9769
Mark L says:
Our family enjoyed the river and bridge, saw a snake, saw a crane nesting in a shallow pond and heard lots of spring peepers. Kids loved it and they are ages 13-15! Nice break from phones and news right now. Beautifully maintained paths and lots of benches if you need to rest.
Jackson Antique Mall - 201 N Jackson St, Jackson, MI 49201-1203
ZeelandScoutMom says:
Neat old building with several floors. The basement has a book collection, the upstairs actually has two levels with a quite a few oriental rugs scattered about the place. Old wood floors throughout the upper stories. Interesting collection of items for sale.
Bright Walls Mural - 170 W Pearl St Corner Jackson Street, Jackson, MI 49201-1311
MidwestKathM says:
Wow! Walking around downtown Jackson, you can't help but run into a mural or two or three! Since 2018, the Bright Walls mural initiative has brightened up the downtown business district with bright and thoughtful murals by artists, both local and national, plus several international artists from the Netherlands, Brazil, Italy, and South Africa. Looking at several murals up close, we noted the quality of the materials and the creative process. In warmer weather, we could definitely spend time walking and enjoying the murals block after block!
Art634 - 634 N Mechanic St, Jackson, MI 49202-3391
Cathy D says:
Great place to view art shows, and visit artists work shops. They have little shops inside the building and its neat to see the artists work and be able to talk to them about their pieces
Antique Mercantile - 409 Hupp Ave, Jackson, MI 49201-2316
Christine S. says:
Although dusty, dark antique shops can be intriguing, Antique Mercantile leaves the dust behind and ups the level of intrigue! A bright, airy space clustered with multiple vendor spaces. Two stories of treasure hunting in a lovely historical Jackson building...with nice bathrooms (always a plus...). My visits here are limited - because I always uncover something new and buy something amazing! Grab a coffee and stop in for a lovely morning or afternoon of antique browsing (and buying).
The Michigan Theatre - 124 Mechanic Street, Jackson, MI 49201
Marissa C says:
The theatre is a historic part of Jackson, Mi and it has the bones of something amazing. It definitely needs some repairs to the interior as plaster is destroyed and the paint is peeling. But even with that the theatre has a certain charm that takes you back to the times of live entertainment.
I love the Michigan Theatre. It definietly has its' charm and it's a great place to see a show.

Old Jackson State Prison, Early 1900s