The Jackson Generals snag flies, slam homers, and take on Southern League rivals in pursuit of a 2011 championship. With the Family Four Pack, two adults and two tots decamp to general-admission seats at Pringles Park, catching nine innings, foul balls, and photos for homemade baseball cards at any Generals home game until June 18. Famished fans refuel with a concessions package featuring four tickets for hot dogs, sodas, and cherries jubilee served in souvenir fireproof helmets. Reap additional benefits on one of the Generals' special promotions nights, delighting in $1 concessions on Thrifty Thursdays, postgame firework displays after weekend contests, and "Dress Like a Pirate Night" on May 19.
Dedicated to the legendary train engineer, Casey Jones Village features shops, attractions, and a museum rife with artifacts and anecdotes about Jackson's railroad history. Three authentic railcars are displayed prominently as mainstays from a different era, and children are encouraged to climb up on the engine and ring the train bell. A short film detailing the life of Casey Jones plays in the museum's theater, and a children's area entreats kids with wooden train sets so they can imagine they're piloting the first locomotive to shoot missiles at Saturn. After viewing the museum's offerings, guests can engage in other village attractions, such as mini golf, woodcarving demonstrations, and traditional treats at the antique-laden Brooke Shaw's Old Country Store. Before leaving, visitors can nosh on old-fashioned milk shakes and ice-cream sodas at the 1890s-inspired Ice Cream Parlor and Fudge Shoppe, voted one of the best 50 ice-cream parlors in the country by USA Today.
Since 1984, skaters have glided across the maple hardwood floor at Magic Wheels Skating. Depending on the time of day, skating sessions might be soundtracked by country or rock, or?on Saturday afternoons?kid-friendly pop music. Sunday nights, the house DJ spins all hip-hop, R&B, and old school, turning the rink into a fun dance party without forcing everyone to do the Lindy Hop, which would be difficult on skates. Birthday parties turn into memorable celebrations at the rink, with party packages that include drinks, ice cream, and food.
Glints of sunshine and rich West Tennessee soil nurture more than Crown Winery's lush vines; solar energy powers the vintners' Tuscan-style villa and headquarters, which is built into a hillside to reap the earth's natural cooling capabilities. Principal co-owners Peter and Rita Howard—a descendant of father of meteorology Sir Luke Howard, and a member of the National Baton Twirling Association Hall of Fame, respectively—bottle a dozen wines every year. Whites, such as the citrusy cayuga, may evoke memories of summertime fruit salads and fragrant floral bouquets sprouted from Chia Pet experiments. The winery's roster of reds includes the medium-bodied chambourcin, served at room temperature to liberate its berry-laced tang, and the royal red, a savory mishmash of norton grapes and estate-grown noiret. Winery tours invite guests to gambol along the vines and learn about the winemaking process. The idyllic 50-acre setting is also a popular spot for weddings, particularly in the Queen's Pavilion, with oak beams and sweeping vineyard views, orchestrated by Crown Winery's designated wedding coordinator.