Jackson is a city in the south central area of the U.S. state of Michigan, about 40 miles (64 km) west of Ann Arbor and 35 miles (56 km) south of Lansing. The city population is about 33,534. Founded in 1829, it was named after President Andrew Jackson. By the late 19th century, it had developed as a railroad hub and was known as the crossroads of Michigan.
Jackson, Michigan is a great place to buy or rent a home with so many fun places and activities to do. Moore Home Builders has compiled the best attractions to get you here for a visit or to make it your homestead.
Cascade Falls is located at 1400 S Brown St in Jackson. An illuminated, colorful, man-made waterfall amplified by fireworks stands out on summer nights in Jackson. The Cascades, within the boundaries of the Sparks Foundation County Park, is one of Jackson’s most spectacular attractions.
For more than 85 years, The Cascades has captivated locals and visitors from around the world. Jackson’s most famous landmark, under the management of the Jackson County Parks Department, promises to amaze and delight for generations to come. Family Fun Night is every Wednesday in the summer and you can expect live music and costumed characters, along with the Falls. Live music can also be enjoyed every summer Saturday in the Rotary Bandshell at Sparks Park (also known as Cascades Park).
The Falls were built in the early spring of the 1930s. Its first display to the public was on May 10, 1932. The Cascades Falls are 500 feet in length, a vertical height of 64 feet, and a total width of 60 feet. There are 6 fountains, 16 Falls (11 are illuminated), 1,230 Colored Electric Lights, and a 2,000 gallon per minute water pump that filters, chlorinates, and recycles water in a closed loop system. There are 126 steps along each side of the Falls. This walkways passes 3 main pools of water that are 30 feet by 90 feet.
Ella Sharp Museum & Park
Located at 3225 Fourth Street in Jackson, this is a must see place so add it to your bucket list!
The Ella Sharp Museum opened in 1965 in the 19th century home of Ella Merriman-Sharp. Ella willed her 530-acre property to the city of Jackson in 1912, with the understanding that a park and museum be developed for all to enjoy.
The Hadwin Center connects seven galleries, which feature changing exhibits of art and Jackson history, and hands-on children’s activities in the galleries. In addition to touring the elegantly furnished Victorian home, visitors to the Museum may visit a one-room schoolhouse, an authentic log cabin, and other historical buildings.
It also features an 18 hole golf course, mini golf, disc golf, wedding rentals, and much more.
Cell Block 7
Cell Block 7 is easily accessed by either US 127 or I-94. They are located at 3455 Cooper Street in Jackson, Michigan on the grounds of the operational State Prison of Southern Michigan.
Explore Michigan’s prison history with these semi-permanent and temporary exhibits on the history of the Michigan State Prison, the prisoners and guards.
Sandhill Crane Vineyards
Located at 4724 Walz Rd Jackson, Michigan this is a great place to wine and dine!
Family owned & operated. All Michigan fruit, made with love & care in our cellar. Award winning wines. Inviting atmosphere for all. Locally sourced, & homemade food.
Visit the Dahlem Center at 7117 S. Jackson Rd.
Dahlem’s annual Birds, Blooms, and Butterflies Festival will be held on August 11
Falling Waters Trail
Infamous Helmer Castle
This castle is located at 7300 South Draper Road.
Step into the castle and step back in time to a home modeled after a fifth-century castle built near Nuremberg, Germany. Crafted in the 1920s in Jackson, Michigan by eccentric concert violinist Max Helmer, the local Liberace of his day, the Castle’s fascination, history and folklore are legendary. Situated on a private 20-acre estate, with nearly a mile of scenic driveways through a beautiful hardwood forest, the legendary “Castle”, as it’s known in the state is located on the highest point in south central lower Michigan.
The Castle, constructed with over 500 tons of fieldstone and steel reinforcement include a dungeon below grade which is accessed through a trap door. The walls of the home are over three feet thick at the base with a lookout/sundeck on the top of the massive 7 story tower which is accessed by an iron spiral staircase. In total, the Castle has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and five fireplaces.