Michigan is a haven for outdoors enthusiasts and water lovers, so it’s no surprise that the city of Lansing is designed to cater to this crowd. From Lansing concerts to kayaking tours, residents don’t have to be situated on one of the Great Lakes in order to enjoy the natural surroundings. Taking a stroll through one of the Lansing parks or marveling at the other great outdoor activities available are both relaxing ways to step back from the daily grind.
The Grand Fish, situated on the Lansing River, offers a full menu of great activities for a day of fun in the sun. Rent a kayak and explore the city from the river or hire a guide to take guests on a tour. The Grand Fish also provides private grilling areas for those who would like to rent a space for a pleasant outdoor dining experience. Best of all, the staff at The Grand Fish will do all the cleaning up. At the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center, visitors can enjoy a relaxing day in the sun or splash in water structures and slip down one of the water slides.
The Lansing River Trail spans 13 miles through nature centers and preserves in the heart of the city. Hikers can stop off at a variety of great attractions along the River Trail, including the Potter Park Zoo and the Lansing City Market. Fishermen can bring the fishing poles and snag a great catch by stopping at the Brenke Fish Ladder, which is also along the Lansing River Trail. The Brenke Fish Ladder was designed to help fish pass the river dam without injury.
Those who want to listen to live music outdoors can trek over to East Lansing and take in the tunes at their Summer Concert Series. Shows take place Friday and Saturday evenings at East Plaza at University Place.