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Since 1825, the Old Town area has seen both prosperous times and, for the second half of the 20th century, stretches of destitution. Within the last 30 years, dedicated locals have started turning Old Town back around, dropping its building vacancy rates from 90% to fewer than 10%, and establishing a slew of festivals, art venues, and boutiques. The Old Town Commercial Association plays its role in this cultural and economic renaissance by holding the annual Old Town Oktoberfest, a Midwestern interpretation of the traditional German holiday. Over the course of two days, live polka bands provide a soundtrack for German-style dancing and festivities. Vendors pour German and European Oktoberfest beers from Spaten, Warsteiner, and Frankenmuth, and autumnal beers from American breweries such as Sam Adams and Blue Moon. Local restaurants serve authentic German dishes such as spaetzle, potato soup, frankfurters, and bratwurst throughout the fest, allowing visitors to taste the country’s staples without having to stow away in a UN ambassador’s suitcase.
1232 Turner St.
Lansing,
MI
US
Genesis Fitness Center offers group classes for all kinds of fitness sensibilities, whether you're into high-intensity circuit training or the slow, methodical stretches of yoga and Pilates. The center is also home to Inertia CrossFit, where challenging daily workouts push students to jump higher, run faster, and shout action-movie quotes louder.
6135 W Saginaw Hwy.
Lansing,
MI
US
Pro Bowl's glossy lanes challenge players to outscore their opponents while enjoying refreshing beverages and slices of pizza. Whether facing off against one or three rivals, visitors strap on a pair of rental shoes before competing in two rounds of bowling. Foursomes end one-sided arguments with stoic pins by stuffing mouths with pizzas decked in cheese, pepperoni, pepperoni and sausage, or a supreme medley of meats and veggies. The complete outing is washed down with a pitcher of soda or beer.
2122 N Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Lansing,
MI
US
Impression 5 Science Center provides future Galileos and budding Copernicuses with a vast assortment of hands-on learning opportunities and participatory exhibits. The newly installed Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body will remain displayed until May 15, so young scientists can examine the ins and outs of bodies while learning anatomical trivia, including that Einstein's brain was 10 times bigger than the average mustache. After winding their way through a bevy of exhibits⎯including Throwing Things, which examines energy transference without tranquilizing textbooks⎯explorers can duck into a slime-making workshop to create their own gelatinous blobs. A member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, Impression 5 Science Center strives to give guests a chance to learn by doing, acting, and creating, and its enthustiastic staff works to ensure a productive visit for all visitors.
200 Museum Dr
Lansing,
MI
US
During their annual Big Zoo Party, Potter Park Zoo’s team rolls out the red carpet in support of conservation and educational programs with fine food and drink, local music, and dazzling entertainment amid the zoo’s exotic animal habitats. Don snazzy duds and hit the red carpet as photographers snap pictures and offer an excuse to start a flash-strobe dance party. One hundred sixty species of animals, including blushing red pandas, cooler-than-thou snow leopards, and mischievous tamarin monkeys, strut their stuff in elaborate habitats as guests enjoy glasses of fine wine or Michigan microbrews from Short's Brewing Company. Sample fine food from local restaurants, including Mitchell's Fish Market, Enso, and munchables by chef Jesse Hahn of Lansing’s own Trailer Park'd. Entertainers dazzle animals and humans alike on the brightly lit grounds. Check out the blazing dance antics of the Detroit Fire Guild as they inspire oohs and aahs from humans and jealous comparisons to dragon ancestors from crocodiles. LED and laser lighting and performance art enliven a live and silent auction, spotlighting guests bidding on donated notions and experiences.
1301 S Pennsylvania Ave
Lansing,
MI
US
From the first drive on the 457-yard par-5 1st hole to the final putt on the 570-yard par 5 18th hole, golfers are constantly challenged with an array of obstacles that form two distinct layouts on the front and back nine. The front nine resembles a traditional links-style course, with open expanses, deep pot bunkers, and ponds that come into play. Golfers must pivot their strategies at the turn, as forested terrain surrounds the back nine and presents tighter lies that demand more conservative shots. Greens average 5,000 square feet across, presenting large targets for iron approaches as well as dance floors for celebratory soul trains. Course at a Glance: 18-hole, par-72 course Total length of 6,621 yards from the back tees Course rating of 71.2 from the back tees Course slope of 125 from the back tees Four sets of tees per hole Scorecard
1050 E Alward Rd
Dewitt,
MI
US