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Visit the Cascades Falls in Jackson

Andrew Norton

This travel destination beckons travelers to a Jackson County summer classic. The Cascades have been thrilling audiences of all ages since 1932 with their water, light, and music shows.

Jackson Cascades

I can remember going during my childhood and the big thrill back then was to see which of us kids could get soaked the most from the jets of water shooting into the sky. The wind would blow stinging droplets of water onto the walkway areas on each side of the Cascades and we would spend our evening running up and down the stairs.

I ventured back to the Cascades a few years ago and things haven't changed all that much. Kids still love to get wet and the music is pretty much the same too. It is nice to know that some things don't change all that much when so many other things inevitably do.

From the comfort of the theater style seating at the open-air venue visitors delight in the colorful dancing lights. From classical music to current pop tunes, the water and lights are programmed to run in time with the music. Be sure to check out the Cascades museum which highlights the making of the Cascades.

It only takes 129 steps to climb to the top of the six giant fountains that offer a wet shower on windy evenings. A great way to enjoy those steamy summer nights.

If you go: The Cascades are located on South Brown Street. From I-94 take exit 138 and head south for three miles. Signs direct you all the way to The Cascades. The falls are open from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Admission is $3. Children five and under are free.