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Top Things To Do In Lansing

Lansing is Michigan’s capital city, and it is known for its historic shopping district downtown, gardens and parks and for being near Michigan State University. This city has fun things to do all over, from its museums to the shopping areas surrounding city center. Keep reading to find the best things to do in Lansing.

One of the best things to do is visiting the Michigan State University Campus. MSU is home to a stunning art center, and it has a science and culture museum. Old Town is another place to visit, as the area has now transformed into a cultural and creative hub.

The best things to do near Lansing include:

  • Visiting MSU Broad
  • Seeing a game at Spartan Stadium
  • Picnicking on Lake Lansing
  • Dining at Pablo’s Panaderia
  • Exploring the Lansing River Trail

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KALEO: Fight or Flight Tour on June 22, 2021 at 7 p.m.
KALEO: Fight or Flight Tour on June 22, 2021 at 7 p.m.
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KALEO - Fight or Flight Tour at 20 Monroe Live on June 22, 2021
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Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
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$19.98 $10.00
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Through 08/01/20: One General-Admission Ticket to Any Virtual Show with a Digital Download of the album I Found Forever
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"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
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$19.95 $12.00
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Through 07/31/20: One Viewing
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Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
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$10.00 $5.00
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06/25/20 at 9 p.m. ET: One General-Admission Ticket
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Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
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$5.00
Name that Tune
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Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
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$41.49 $6.00
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7/17/20 at 12 a.m. EST: One General-Admission Ticket
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Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
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$275.00
Through 07/31/2020: Admission to Virtual Show for Up to 10 People
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Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
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$200.00 $150.00
25% discount_off
30-Minute Party for Up to 9 Guests + Souvenir Video
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Ben Seidman: Camera Tricks Live Interactive Virtual Magic Show (July 10–July 22)
Ben Seidman: Camera Tricks Live Interactive Virtual Magic Show (July 10–July 22)
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$40.00 $28.00
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07/17/20 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m.: One General-Admission Ticket

Lansing has plenty of fun things to do during the day, like catching a Michigan Wolverines football game or seeing a show at Abrams Planetarium. Visitors will also like the MSU Hidden Lake Gardens too. While it is easy to walk through the city, people can do their own tour on bicycle or take a foodie tour of the city.

Exciting activities near Lansing include:

  • Visiting the Women’s Historical Center
  • Going to a show at the Abrams Planetarium
  • Getting lunch at Soup Spoon Cafe
  • Stopping to smell the roses at Cooley Gardens
  • Exploring the sights at Hawk Island Park

This city has tons of things to do at night. The Wharton Center hosts the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, which performs 17 concerts a year for free. There’s also the Peppermint Creek Theatre Company, a group that has already won awards in its short existence. Spiral Video & Dance is the place to be for dancing in the city.

Nighttime activities near Lansing include:

  • Dining at Mitchell’s Fish Market
  • Grabbing a beer at Michigan Brewing Company
  • Checking out open mic at the Rendezvous
  • Wine Wednesday’s at Beggar’s Banquet
  • The piano bar at Rum Runners

Families will find plenty of things to do with kids in Lansing. To start, there’s the Potter Park Zoo that has train rides and pony rides. MSU has a 4-H Children's Garden which lets children taste and smell some of the ingredients to their favorite dishes.

Family-Friendly things to do near Lansing include:

  • Playing with the animals at Preuss Pets
  • Grabbing a burger at Weston’s Kewpee Sandwich Shoppe
  • Trying gourmet popcorn at Cravings
  • Exploring the Impression 5 Science Center’s interactive exhibits
  • Seeing a show at the Abrams Planetarium

It’s easy to spend a day just doing indoor activities in Lansing. The city has several museums, such as the Michigan Women's Historical Center. There’s also the Michigan State Capitol, which has guided tours year round.

Lansing things to do indoors include:

  • Visiting the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
  • Walking through the Lansing Art Gallery
  • Touring the Turner-Dodge House & Heritage Center mansion
  • Grabbing coffee at The Avenue Cafe
  • Exploring The Abrams Planetarium