Jackson Dragway Park offers thrilling family-oriented entertainment on a large, outdoor raceway. Families and nonrelated onlookers cheer on their favorite racers as they peel around the turns in drag cars, ATVs, trucks, and motorcycles. Engine enthusiasts can meet the daring drivers after their swing around the track for autographs and pictures, or to compare favorite bumper-sticker mottoes. Saturday-night attendees also can enjoy two free hot dogs to satisfy hunger kicked up by howling tires and roaring engines. With music playing and the option to purchase extra food and drinks, Jackson Dragway makes a great night out for families, dates, and DMV employees looking to unwind. Races are Tuesday and Saturday nights.
The state-of-the-art equipment, convenient amenities, and variety of exercise classes at Courthouse Racquet & Fitness's six locations earned the club several of Jackson Free Press's Urban Living awards in 2011 and 2012, including Best Fitness Center/Gym and Best Yoga Instructor. Visit the flagship Lakeland location to swim in a pool of professional athletic proportions. Explore the 13,000-square-foot Madison 51 facility's yoga, spin, and boot-camp classes or the Northeast center's indoor and outdoor tennis courts.
The newest location in Brandon boasts more than 100 treadmills, elliptical machines, rowers, and other pieces of cardio equipment. Women can take advantage of the Downtown site's ladies-only cardio area. Three locations offer childcare, and the Byram facility has launched an afterschool program, where kids can do arts and crafts and engage in healthy physical activities in an environment devoid of teddy-bear drill instructors.
Artist Melanie John's bright, colorful studio and retail shop surrounds visitors with her vibrant watercolor portraits and textured abstract paintings. Paintings, photos, and pottery also line the walls, inviting gazes to linger over aesthetically elegant pieces and check every design for hidden Magic Eye patterns. BYOB art classes help beginners and master palette wielders create their own masterpieces while sipping on toted-along beverages or purchasing tipples from the bar-licensed studio.