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There are so many reasons for retirees to visit or relocate to the area, but one key to the quality of life here is the rich abundance of fun things to do in Jackson TN for seniors – many of the activities at a reduced price or free.

Here in Jackson, veteran residents will love exploring the Confederate camp, historic Parkers Crossroads Battlefield, a state-owned park with a self-guided driving tour and over two miles of paved walking trails. The park features educational plaques on the historic and tragic battle that took place here on December 31, 1862.

At Casey Jones Village, seniors and their families can enjoy the best whistlestop between Memphis and Nashville. Visit the historic home of international railroad hero, Casey Jones, as well as the railroad museum, which features three authentic railcars. This family destination also includes the world-famous Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store Restaurant, a Southern all-you-can-eat buffet featuring three meals daily. Afterward, enjoy the onsite Ice Cream Parlor & Fudge Shoppe, Confectionery Shoppe, charming Southern Gift Shop, and Jackson’s Best Restaurant, the Old Country Store. Senior Train Station

All aboard! N.C.& St. L. Depot and Railroad Museum welcome you to visit the restored depot that once connected Jackson to Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis. It still continues to welcome visitors admiring the historical presence, impact, and growth this rail had on Jackson and Madison County. Open for view is a 1947 F.E.C. dining car and two cabooses, as well as an elaborate working “HO” scale model railroad with over 500 feet of track and four trains running at once. Tours of the museum are free to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm. Other times are available by appointment only.

Calling all wine enthusiasts! For a taste of sweet muscadine wine, walk the wine trail of Century Farm Winery, located just minutes off Interstate 40 in West Tennessee. Enjoy plenty of outdoor areas for picnic lunches or fresh-air wine tastings. Afterward, you can purchase your favorite vino in their shop along with several locally made cheeses and meats.

At Rusty’s TV and Movie Car Museum, you’ll find cars and memorabilia that have been used in movies and television, including General Lee from “Dukes of Hazzard.” The majority of the collection are authentic cars actually used on the silver screen and can be seen only in Jackson, TN. Tours are $5 and available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9 am – 5 pm. Other times are available by appointment only. For seniors with a disability, the museum is wheelchair accessible.

Take me out to the ballgame at Pringles Park! The Ballpark at Jackson is a minor league baseball park and home to the Jackson Generals. Located east of downtown, off Interstate 40, enjoy a home game with the family, and maybe a bag of peanuts and cracker jacks, too.

Senior discounts are available at select hotels, retail stores, restaurants, and grocery stores near these attractions. At Regency Retirement Village Jackson, we arrange for our residents to participate in group outings to local attractions. Being part of a group of peers living together in Jackson Assisted Living makes for a great way to experience these sights and sounds.

We’re located about 70 miles from the heart of Memphis, TN, which offers a wide variety of activities. Attractions include the Memphis Zoo, Graceland – the home of Elvis Presley, iconic Beale Street, the Main Street Trolley, and a Memphis Riverboat Tour.

To learn more about fun things to do in Jackson TN for seniors, visit http://jacksontn.com/tourism/experience_here/attractions.

Written by Katie Hanley