Greater Lansing truly unique. Customize your own agenda from Greater Lansing's
fun-tastic selection of attractions and activities or use these suggestions.
Be sure to call ahead to confirm hours of operation and admission.
River Trail, stretching alongside the Grand and Red Cedar Rivers, is perfect for walking, running, bicycling and in-line skating. The six-mile paved trail features the Planet Walk, a scale model of the solar system. Covering two miles of River Trail, Planet Walk is one of only three in the nation and allows visitors to gain a better appreciation of the scope of our universe.
Start off right with a hearty breakfast at one of Greater Lansing's many inviting restaurants. Then get ready for adventure!
Start at Lansing's greatest treasure, the State Capitol Building. Over 100 years old, the building is a National Historic Landmark and a showplace of Victorian decorative arts. Take a free guided Tour of the Capitol and awe at the deeply paneled ceilings, crystal chandeliers, grand staircases, balconies, marble floors and nine acres of interior plaster and wood surfaces covered with decorative painting.
On to the Michigan Historical Center! The museum portrays Michigan through the ages with three-dimensional exhibits and audio-visual presentations. Just opened in 1995, is "Michigan in the 20th Century." As you walk through the new exhibits, you'll find a 1920s street scene with a theater, department store, armed forces recruiting station and other buildings; galleries depicting labor movements and the Depression; the "Arsenal of Democracy"; a Detroit Auto Show; and the list goes on.
Situated along the banks of the Grand and Red Cedar Rivers, Potter Park Zoo houses more than 400 animals including Siberian tigers, snow leopards, African lions, mandrills, penguins and black rhinoceros. Don't miss the special "Wolf Woods" exhibit set in the zoo's temperate forest.
Ready for lunch? Lansing's many restaurants are ready for you!
Museum Drive is awaiting you. The downtown cul-de-sac is home to some of Greater Lansing's best attractions. R.E. Olds Transportation Museum traces the historic milestones of one of Lansing's most prominent residents, Random Eli Olds, and the Oldsmobile Company. Check out the cars from the very first model Olds ever made to a Cutlass 442 which was used in the Sylvester Stallone movie "Demolition Man." Impression 5 Science Center, one of the top 10 hands-on science museums in the nation, features provocative hands-on exhibits that allow all ages to step into the role of scientist. Concoct your own slime creation; play with light and optical illusions; or explore a realistic model of a spaceship. Michigan Museum of Surveying is the only museum of its kind in North America. The quaint 70 year old brick building houses a sophisticated collection of survey artifacts and early intruments.
Time to take a breather, you've got a big night ahead of you.!
6:00pm Step aboard the Michigan Princess Riverboat for an old-fashioned dinner cruise down the Grand River. The riverboat, enclosed and heated, runs 11 months of the year. This floating entertainment center offers themed cruises from country music to the ever popular blues cruise.
Put the kids to bed and step out on the town! Greater Lansing nightlife is alive and kicking. Dust off your dancing shoes for the intense beat at one of the hot night spots in the city of catch the game highlights and play a game of pool at a sports bar. Either way, have fun!
Travel to Michigan State University, home of fabulous attractions. Visit Kresge Art Museum, which house more than 5,000 pieces ranging from prehistoric to comtemporary.
Stop at the MSU Dairy Store for a delicious treat. Ice cream, cheese and yogurt are produced right on campus, from cow to customer!
Tour the MSU Museum with its three floors of permanent collections and changing special exhibits. Exhibit halls include the Heritage Hall, the Hall of Great Lakes, Native Americans, Artisan Hall, Hall of World Cultures, Hall of Evolution, Vertebrate Animals of Michigan Hall and Hall of Elephants.
Head back to the hotel for some relaxation; or take a walk around the beautiful arboretum-like campus; or rent a canoe at MSU's Red Cedar Yacht Club. With several formal gardens, the Red Cedar River and ivy-covered halls, MSU is a breath-taking site.
Across the street from Michigan State University are many diverse restaurants from fine dining to more relaxed atmospheres. Take a break and enjoy your meal!
Attend a premiere performance at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts on the MSU campus. This contemporary theatre hosts Broadway hits, superstar concert tours, national and international dance troupes.
Rest up so you can create your own Greater Lansing adventure tomorrow!
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