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Cultural Amenities

There's something for everyone in Pure Lansing

Discover what the 5 million+ visitors to our area each year already know: there are a lot of fun things to do in Greater Lansing!

Learn about the past, present and future

  • Michigan State Capitol—this Victorian-era building is the only state capitol designated as a National Historic Landmark.
  • Impression 5 Science Center—one of the country’s best hands-on museum for kids
  • Michigan Historical Museum
  • R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
  • Turner-Dodge House
  • Vietnam War Memorial

Take a walk on the wild side

  • Abrams Planetarium
  • Cooley Gardens
  • Michigan State University Horticultural Gardens and Butterfly House—7.5 acres
  • Potter Park Zoo—100 species of animals in natural settings
  • Rose Lake Wildlife Research Station—3000 acres of woods and marsh accessible via hiking trails
  • The Ledges—300 million year-old rock formations
  • W.J. Beal Botanical Gardens—5000 different types of plants
  • Woldumar Nature Center—includes 5 miles of trails

Celebrate the arts

  • Recently opened, Broad Contemporary Art Museum at MSU has recently raised our region to the forefront of art communities
  • Festivals including the East Lansing Children’s Film Festival, East Lansing Film Festival and the Great Lakes Folk Festival
  • Lansing Symphony Orchestra
  • The Kresge Art Museum
  • The Wharton Center for Performing Arts—brings Broadway and more to our area
  • Williamston Theatre—modeled after actor Jeff Daniel’s Purple Rose Theatre Project

Learn more about the many cultural offerings by visiting the Arts Council of Greater Lansing at

Eat, drink and be merry

  • 700+ restaurants and bars serve a variety of cuisines
  • Lansing City Market—offers fresh farm produce, artwork and more. Part of a $24 million update that includes retail, restaurants and office space