Whether you’ve lived your whole life in Lansing or just unpacked your first moving box, I’ve got a bunch of ideas for you to see and try out in the Lansing area. You know, Lansing is a (smallish) big city surrounded by some charming smaller towns like Grand Ledge, DeWitt, Mason and the like. Together, they offer world class entertainment, small town hospitality and charm. It’s like having the best of both worlds.
Always something to celebrate
Greater Lansing hosts over 70 festivals and public shows each year, and there’s truly something for everyone. Beer festivals at the ballpark, jazz and blues festivals in the streets of Old Town, arts and cultural festivals in downtown East Lansing. Heck - there’s even a ukulele festival. Head out to Grand Ledge to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, their Saturday parade and celebrations. Or check out downtown Mason in August while attending the Sun Dried Music Festival. If you really want to discover all there is to see and do I’d highly recommend the annual one day Be A Tourist In Your Own Town in early June. Buy a “passport” for one dollar and gain admittance to over 70 attractions and one-day-only tours.
Explore the Makers and Shakers Trail
Love craft beer and artisan spirits? Want to wine-taste locally? Drink your way along Lansing’s Makers and Shakers Trail. Tour local distilleries and discover what beverages made with local ingredients taste like. Take your time and find your favorite haunts. The trail stretches east to Williamston and west to Grand Ledge. Converted churches, historic buildings and some basic cinderblocks house some of the most delicious drinks you’ve tasted.
Discover the history
Starting with a tour of the State Capitol Building and ending with a stroll through the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, you can see where Lansing and, in fact, the state of Michigan got its start. It’s a great way to educate yourself about the community you are a part of. Free tours of the Capitol are Monday through Saturday and the Michigan History Center has free admission on Sundays. It’s all within walking distance in downtown Lansing.
Catch Spartan spirit
You don’t have to be a Michigan State University student, alum or even have any past affiliation with the school to enjoy this huge green (and white) campus and its public attractions. From fall tailgating to gorgeous gardens to relaxing on hot summer days, from contemporary art to natural history, MSU has it all. Student loans, studying and exams can stay a faint memory.
Find new places to eat
The best part of living in the Lansing area is the plentitude of different cuisines that you can find. And the prices are extremely reasonable. Make sure to check out the locally-owned restaurants. Hey you can eat at chain restaurants anywhere. Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Mediterranean, Chinese, Japanese, French, New Orleans, as well as steakhouses, bistros and bakeries are just some of the international menus ready for you to experience. Long-time Lansing favorites include DeLuca’s, Golden Harvest, Crunchy’s, Dusty’s, Knight Cap and The English Inn. Newer favorites tend to be super fresh farm to table Red Haven, barbeque delight MEAT in Old Town, The Cosmos for it’s wood-fired pizza and Maru for unique sushi. Another great one-The Soup Spoon Café offers great breakfasts, lunches AND dinners.
So get out and explore the region. With over 150 things to see and do, you’ll find that Greater Lansing is a great place to live, work and play.
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