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DriveTech's pro drivers use unmatchable speed and NASCAR authenticity to guarantee a healthy flood of adrenaline in every driver and passenger they take around the track. Once DriveTech's expert instructors fill latent speed demons in on safety procedures, steering techniques, and rubber-burning incantations, they'll be free to indulge in a 12-lap blast around the Homestead super speedway. If they'd rather ride shotgun, the four-lap ride-along gives racecar fanatics and thrill-seeking maniacs the chance to feel the g-force of either a NASCAR Spring Cup style car or a race-proven ASA Late Model car as it bursts from the starting line and rounds corners at ridiculous speeds. Though the experience is as safe as a nose-diving into a ball pit full of Tickle Me Elmos, you'll feel like stakes are high as DriveTech's four-wheeled metal rockets hurtle you around the asphalt.

12626 U.S. 12
Brooklyn,
MI
US

The sound of pure drives rings out over Country Town Golf's 9-hole layout, where golfers take aim at fairways and greens tucked in the shadows of trees. The gently rolling course offers a fun-and-fair challenge for golfers of all abilities. The course captures the natural beauty of Springport, and the indoor golf simulator whisks golfers away to more far-flung destinations. Using vivid 3D graphics and ball-flight projection technology, the simulator lets golfers test their mettle in rounds at world-famous courses such as Augusta National Golf Club and TPC Sawgrass.

9501 Ferris Rd
Springport,
MI
US

The experienced instructors at Formula Racing Experience help transform leisurely pedestrians into bona fide racecar drivers by buckling them into their choice of car and sending them off on blistering journeys around the track. The Intro to Road Racing experience begins with a fire suit and helmet fitting, followed by a 45-minute orientation that informs students of racing etiquette, the racetrack's nuances, and how to make "vroom" noises with their mouths to go faster. Participants then ride with their teachers in an SUV to experience the track's straight-aways and bends firsthand. The program's grand finale grants freshly learned drivers the keys to the car kingdom, propelling them on a scorching 15-minute orbit around the course in a Formula One Car or Porsche Boxster that can reach speeds faster than a cheetah on roller skates.

12626 U.S. Hwy. 12
Brooklyn,
MI
US

Arbor Hills Golf Club's greens are tricky. They may look unimposing, but upon closer inspection—or after a winding lag putt that behaves bizarrely—they reveal their true nature. This is to be expected from Mr. Arthur Hamm, a disciple of the famed Donald Ross, who pioneered the "turtleback" green, named for the infuriating way golf balls seem to roll off in every direction. While golfers won't find any true turtlebacks on the course, the greens are no cake walk. They demand a sound strategy—and occasionally creative problem solving—to get the ball to stop at the right spot.

This is all, of course, assuming that golfers able to drive their golf balls through the fairway alleys delineated by lindens, birch, oaks, walnuts, and tall scotch and white pines. On approaches, the ability to keep the golf ball below the hole proves important, as mishits have the tendency to skip over the back fringe, much like a very disobedient little boy who will get a timeout later. These omnipresent challenges, coupled with the leafy scenery, have kept novices and skilled golfers coming back since the course's opening in 1925.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Total length of 6,513 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 70.9 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 129 from the back tees
  • Three sets of tees per hole
  • Scorecard

1426 Arbor Hills Rd
Jackson,
MI
US

The youthful romanticism of Juliet. The raging jealousies of Othello. Richard III's outsized villainy. All are found in the pages of Shakespeare's works, and all are brought to vibrant new life at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, the official Shakespeare festival of the state. With characters so rich, it's not surprising that the company exclusively staged the Bard's works for 19 years. But, recognizing that Shakespeare's reach extended far beyond the end of his own quill, the Festival now showcases one piece from an additional playwright each season. But whether the curtain opens on a comedy or a tragedy, a dramatic history or a tender romance, the organization aims to move audiences with timeless stories.

215 W Michigan Ave
Jackson,
MI
US

A glittering, two-story marquee and Spanish-style terra-cotta façade extols the Michigan Theater of Jackson's 82-year history to anyone who passes. Established in 1930, the theater originally presented movies and vaudeville shows to the public, who viewed the spectacles from the lower level or balcony seated between gilded columns under an ornate, plaster ceiling. Though the entertainment industry continued to evolve, The Michigan Theatre retained much of its lavish, vintage charm—including rich, damask draperies, stained-glass light fixtures, and WWII-era Pacman machines—until it closed down in 1978. The historical theater was acquired in 1993 by a not-for-profit organization, which reopened the theater's doors and restored the building to its current state.

Today, the entertainment hub hosts classic and art-house films as well as live theater and concerts. In the first-floor lobby, an old-fashioned candy counter sells sweets and popcorn to make sure audiences have something to throw at the screen during midnight screenings of Chinatown.

124 N Mechanic St
Jackson,
MI
US