The Michigan State Capitol at dusk
A scenic stroll along the 20-kilometer downtown river trail
Friends toasting at Red Haven Farm to Table Restaurant
Snapping a photo with colorful holiday decorations outside of the Capitol building
Kids enjoying the plants and displays at the 4-H Children's Garden
Shopping in Old Town Lansing
A family explores the exhibits at Michigan History Center
Sipping craft cocktails with a view over Lansing at Graduate Rock Bar
Downtown Lansing skyline seen along the Grand River
Vibrant fall foliage decorates Michigan State University’s campus
The city of year-round festivals and fun
Known as Michigan’s Festival Capital, the region boasts over 50 unique festivals and events throughout the year. In spring, Greater Lansing streets are full of art, music and food from around the world. Summertime means music, and local festivals deliver it nearly every weekend, including genres for all tastes. When autumn blows in, the Capital Region is still buzzing with seasonal events you won’t want to miss. Agricultural heritage also comes to life in autumn with apples, pumpkins, hayrides, bonfires and more. Festivals don’t stop when the snow flies! Visit in November to welcome in the holiday season at the Silver Bells in the City celebration.
There are also plenty of local attractions that truly shine throughout the year. Classic American automotive heritage is alive and well in Lansing, as the home of the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum. A tour of the State Historical Museum and a walk on the nearly 30-kilometer downtown river trail are sure to feed your senses, especially when you top it off with a great lunch at the new food hall and shuffleboard courts at Lansing Shuffle.
East Lansing is also home to Michigan State University. Whether you catch a collegiate game or visit one of the local pubs, you’ll feel the energy and excitement you can only find on a Big Ten campus. Visitors will also find arts and culture on campus at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid.
Shopping and Dining Delights
No visit to Greater Lansing would be complete without some time spent on that great American pastime – shopping! The area boasts three large malls: the Lansing Mall, the Meridian Mall and the Eastwood Towne Center. Greater Lansing is also a hub for unique shopping opportunities at out-of-the-way boutiques and shops. Find that perfect something special in Old Town Lansing or at the large antique district in the neighboring community of Mason.
After exploring the many attractions and numerous shopping opportunities, you will have certainly worked up an appetite. You’re in the right place! Greater Lansing is full of awesome eateries and dynamic dining. From unique spots offering craft beer and wine, to fine dining, farm-to-table and foods from around the world, everything to suit your tastes is at your fingertips.
Heavy duty: The 20 chandeliers in the Capitol building weigh 400 kilograms each.
The cost to build Michigan’s State Capitol Building in 1878 was 1.5 million U.S dollars. Its Heritage Hall showcases the history of the state and hosts exciting events.
Lansing’s annual Olive Burger Festival celebrates the local delicacy. For over 100 years this burger with secret olive sauce has been a staple throughout the region.
Photo: James Brains