In the middle of the mitten you’ll find Lansing. Michigan’s capital is home to everything from museums to breath-taking parks and offers family fun all year round.


Here are the top things to do when you visit Lansing:


Tour the Capitol Building

No trip to the state capital is complete without a tour of the Capitol Building. See where government functions during a guided tour of public areas including the Rotunda, Gallery of Governors and Senate and House galleries when available. Tours are free and offered every day except Sundays.


Impression 5

Impression 5 Science Center is a dynamic, interactive space for families to play, create, and challenge their understanding of science. The hands-on museum offers dedicated space for the littlest learners and lots of space for everyone interested in building, flying, bubbles and more.


Michigan History Museum

The Michigan History Museum offers a walk through the state’s rich past, from the time of the state’s earliest peoples to the late 20th century. Located in downtown Lansing, the museum features more than 25 galleries of permanent exhibits, special exhibits and a three-story-high topographical map of the state. Free admission is offered on Sundays.


Potter Park Zoo

Potter Park Zoo is a 20 acre zoo within an 80 acre park located in the capital city of Lansing, Michigan. The Zoo is home to over 160 species of animals, many of which are threatened or endangered, including Amur tigers, red pandas, snow leopards, bongos and more.


Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is dedicated to exploring contemporary culture and ideas through engaging and interactive art exhibits. The museum is free and located on the campus of Michigan State University – making it the perfect excuse to take a college tour.


Hike, Ski, Explore Woldumar 

With more than a mile of shoreline, Woldumar maintains over 5 miles of trails on 178 acres of woodland, tall grass prairie, and a pine plantation. Explore the historic buildings at the Nature Center – from Moon Log Cabin to Rotary Barn, there’s lots to see and experience.


Hawk Island

Hawk Island offers recreational fun year round. Rowboat and pedal boat rental, a swimming beach and splash parkfishing docks and snow tubing with warming lodge in the winter. Go for a stroll along the 1.5 miles paved walkways.


Family Aquatic Center

If you’re in the city during the summer plan a visit to the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center.  The interactive outdoor water facility features water slides, zero-depth pool entry, a splash park and more.



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