We believe that advantages come from access -- and there is no limit to the access of lifestyle opportunities right here in Jackson County, Indiana and its surrounding metropolitan areas!
Spectator sports allow for a variety of interests! High school sports abound in Jackson County. Our local teams are always competitive and have won several state championships. Visit our local area school websites for more information on their sporting events. Jackson County is also home to the Brownstown Speedway, a local attraction that draws competitors and fans throughout the US. You don't need to drive far to catch the Indianapolis Colts, the Indiana Pacers or the Cincinnati Reds in action. And there's nothing like the Kentucky Derby, held at Churchill Downs in nearby Louisville, Kentucky -- or the well-known Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.
You'll find many excellent golf courses conveniently located within or near the Jackson County area -- many offering membership packages and the ability to reserve the course or clubhouse for private events.
Jackson County, Indiana is not only home to many local parks, but the Jackson-Washington State Forest is also located within its boundaries. The nearly 18,000 acre park is just one of our many outdoor adventures. Starve Hollow Lake, Camp Pyoca, and the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge also add to the outdoor recreational smorgasbord of activities. From biking, hiking, camping, fishing and boating -- to just enjoying a breath of fresh air in the out-of-doors -- Jackson County is simply the best place.
Driving is especially popular during the fall when colors are at their peak, and in spring when dogwood, redbud, and spring wildflowers bring the woods to life.
Arts & Entertainment
The Southern Indiana Center for the Arts is a working arts center located in Jackson County, Indiana, offering a variety of cultural and educational programs. Its gallery features the world's only public display of a private collection of paintings by John Mellencamp, and its amphitheater hosts many concerts and stage productions throughout the year.
Don't miss this county's covered bridges and round barns that were built in the late 1800's, as well as the Jackson County Community Theatre.
Local museums abound in Jackson County, Indiana -- the Fort Vallonia Museum, features agriculture and pioneer history; and the Jackson County Historical Museum, located in Brownstown, Indiana, exhibits rare newspapers, uniforms and information about county residents. The Historical Society has a pioneer village on the property, as well as a unique Revolutionary War Monument dedicated to the 34 Veterans who are buried in Jackson County.
The Freeman Airfield Museum is located at the Freeman Field Municipal Airport in Seymour, Indiana, and is dedicated to preserving the history of the men and women who served in the field during WWII. The museum has uniforms, artifacts, photographs, and parts of European airplanes. The Freeman Airfield once housed pilots undergoing advanced pilot training, and also the famed Tuskegee Airmen.
Festivals and Events
Indiana would not be Indiana without festivals, and Jackson County has many of the state's finest! The Jackson County Visitor Center provides a comprehensive guide to festival event offerings in Jackson County.
Seymour Oktoberfest -- For over 30 years, this annual festival has been a popular event filled with shopping, food and fun. The Oktoberfest is held the first weekend in October in Seymour and admission is free.
Jackson County Fair -- Jackson County has an award winning fair that provides fun packed days of entertainment for the whole family -- featuring agriculture, food, rides, stock car racing, shows and much more!
Fort Vallonia Days -- Featuring pioneer events, food and crafts, Fort Vallonia Days is a fall event not to miss.
Several nearby cities and towns provide a myriad of interesting things to do and see -- some of which include:
Churchill Downs (home of the Kentucky Derby)
Louisville Science Center
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Paramount's Kings Island
Atlantis Water Park
"Thunder Over Louisville" (the largest fireworks & air show in North America)
The Colgate Clock (the second largest clock in the world)
Louisville Slugger Museum
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indianapolis Children's Museum
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Rauch Memorial Planetarium
Belle of Louisville (river steamboat)
Star of Louisville (cruising/dinner ship)
Colonel Harland Sanders Museum
Farmington Historic Home