by Caitlin Koppelman

Once all the holiday twinkle lights have been taken down and the Christmas carols aren’t playing on Home.FM anymore, winter can get pretty gray here in Southern Michigan. But Jackson has a host of fun activities to take advantage of this season. 

Visit a local restaurant, vineyard, or brewery. — There are many locally owned establishments to choose from. Just about every culinary option you could desire is featured downtown, or within a short drive from the city. If eating out isn’t your thing just yet, call ahead and order curbside. 

Take a class at a local dance studio or art venue. Local studios like Jackson School of the Arts offer adult classes, even ones for those of us who aren’t so coordinated! If dance isn’t your thing, try painting, crafting, or join a fitness class! Get a head start on those New Year’s resolutions for date nights away from the kids or getting fit in 2022. 

Walk or Snowshoe at the Dahlem center –– the trails of this beautiful preserve are open dawn to dusk. You can even bring your dog along! If you happen to visit Tuesday through Friday during the day you’ll be able to take in the exhibit areas and the Nutshell Gift Shop. Be sure to make a donation during your visit. Fun fact: Dahlem has a nature preschool! 

Try your hand at ax throwing – Axe Play invites patrons to visit downtown Jackson and try something new! Your one-hour time slot even includes a session with an Axe Master. If throwing sharp objects isn’t your idea of a good time, check out the owners’ other establishment: EpIQ Escapes – Jackson’s first escape game center! 

Stroll through outer space at the Ella Sharpe Planetarium — Virtual or in-person tours are available by request. This beautiful venue is even available to rent for private events. Call ahead to make reservations. 

Take in a show at the Michigan Theatre – show schedule is available online. Some events even feature local artists!

Don’t choose to let the gray get you down! You can find fun things to do on your own or with friends and support local business along the way. Enjoy!  

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