Greater Lansing offers an Alphabet of Options
A is for Art
You want art? The Greater Lansing region’s got it. Choices include the world renowned Broad Art Museum, East Lansing Art Festival, and an array of galleries throughout the region.
B is for Baseball
If you’re a fan of the great American game, you’ll love having chances to watch the Lansing Lugnuts (a Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) or MSU’s Spartan baseball team. You can also check out local youth baseball, including Capital Area Youth Sports Association summer and fall baseball games.
C is for Capitol
Lansing is Michigan’s capital city, and visitors and residents alike are welcome to tour our state’s beautiful capitol building, which was restored to its original grandeur between 1989 and 1992 and rededicated in November 1992.
D is for Diversity
The Greater Lansing region’s residents are richly diverse, and we celebrate our diversity regularly with events like Lansing’s Diversity Day. Because MSU’s international student body is among the largest in the United States, local communities like East Lansing work hard to welcome new residents from elsewhere in the world to our region.
E is for Energy
Alternative forms of energy and sustainability are keys to the future. At MSU, researchers in the university’s Energy & Automotive Research Laboratories are working diligently to address some of the world’s most urgent problems. AndMSU’s Office of Campus Sustainability is working to reduce the university’s environmental footprint by helping the school to increase efficiency, decrease energy usage, reduce waste, encourage alternate forms of transportation, and more.
F is for FRIB
We were thrilled when Michigan State University successfully attracted the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, a $550 million nuclear research facility funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. This facility is expected to bring $1 billion in economic activity—and 400 jobs—to Michigan in the next 10 years. It will also keep MSU’s nuclear research program,which is currently ranked second only to MIT’s, among the nation’s leading programs.
G is for Golf
There are more than 30 public and private golf courses in the Greater Lansing region, including the exceptional Chris Lutzke/Pete Dye-designed Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath that’s listed among Golf Digest's Best Michigan Courses.
H is for Harvest
Our region boasts some of the Midwest’s most productive farm land, and we enjoy the harvests. There are lots of farmers markets and U-pick farms here—some seasonal, some open year-round.
Local farm markets include the century-old Lansing City Market, which is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays year-round.
I is for Innovation
Lansing’s R.E. Olds was the first person to mass-produce automobiles, and we reinvented history’s greatest industry with the most progressive automotive plant on the planet--General Motors’ Lansing Delta Township plant, which was the first assembly plant in the world to earn gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
We continue to offer innovations by commercializing the technologies created by MSU researchers, and we’re working to facilitate the development of our region’s technology-based economy with incubators like East Lansing’s Technology Innovation Center.
J is for Jazz
The Greater Lansing region has a vibrant music scene, with popular yearly jazz festivals in both Lansing and East Lansing. (But is that so surprising in a region where world-renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis recently served as an artist-in-residence in the MSU College of Music’s Jazz Studies program?)
K is for Kayaking
There are lots of places to canoe and kayak in the Greater Lansing region, including the beautiful Maple River State Game Area (mid-Michigan’s largest contiguous wetland) in St. Johns. There’s even a short section of engineered whitewater on the Red Cedar River in Williamston.
L is for Ledges
Like rock-climbing? The Ledges in Grand Ledge’s Oak Park offer a terrific spot to climb. The mile-long stretch of 60-foot sandstone ledges is the only place in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula with climbable rock faces—and routes that range from 5.easy to 5.hard. Check it out at grandledgeclimbing.com.
M is for Manufacturing
Manufacturing has always been a cornerstone of Michigan’s economy. But as auto industry suppliers scramble to provide a wider range of products to a wider range of customers, many Greater Lansing region manufacturers are using their unique labor skills and equipment to compete in new and niche markets.
Organizations like Capital Area Manufacturing Council, Michigan Manufacturers Association, and Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center provide assistance to manufacturers both here and statewide.
N is for Nightlife
You’ve worked hard all week, and now you’re ready for some fun. You can find it here in the Greater Lansing region, in places like downtown East Lansing and downtown Lansing—restaurants, nightclubs, theatre, and more.
O is for Old Town
Lansing’s Old Town is a historic district in north Lansing that’s home to a number of our region’s most popular festivals, including Festival of the Sun and Festival of the Moon, as well as lots of art galleries, boutiques, and creative businesses like Absolute Gallery, Grace, Elderly Instruments, Scavenger Hunt ECO, October Moon, Spin Street Bicycles, and more. Old Town also houses a number of terrific bars and restaurants.
P is for Performance
Are you a fan of live music? You’re in luck here in the Greater Lansing region, where festivals like the Common Ground Music Festival, the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, Great Lakes Folk Festival, Lansing JazzFest, Old Town BluesFest, and more attract a rich array of both well-known and yet-undiscovered performers.
Prefer live theatre? We offer regular performances by both amateur and professional actors through All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre, Lansing Civic Players, the LCC Performing Arts Theatre program, MSU’s Department of Theatre,Peppermint Creek Theatre Company, Riverwalk Theatre, Starlight Dinner Theatre, Stormfield Theatre, Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University, and Williamston Theatre.
Want to watch dance? Check out performances by Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan, Greater Lansing Ballet Company, or Happendance.
What about film? The East Lansing Film Festival and Capital City Film Fest offer opportunities to see the quality foreign and independent films that didn’t make it to local mass-market theaters.
Q is for Quaint
You’ll find quaint in many iterations in the Greater Lansing region, most notably through the shops of the Mason Antiques District. (There are lots of other antique shops in our region as well.)
R is for Rivers
Michigan’s longest river, the Grand River, runs through the Greater Lansing region while making its way to Lake Michigan. The Looking Glass, Maple, and Red Cedar Rivers also cross our region before flowing into the Grand.
These rivers offer residents and visitors alike an array of entertainment and recreation options, including boating, fishing, and riverboat cruises on the Michigan Princess.
All of these activities are more enjoyable thanks to our Adopt a River program. Now hosted by Lansing’s Impression 5 Science Center, Adopt a River was started more than a decade ago by the Lansing Board of Water & Light to help keep the Grand and Red Cedar Rivers and their banks and surrounding areas clean.
S is for Symphony
Now in its 80th season, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra offers live orchestral music in a number of locations throughout our region. Current music director and conductor Timothy Muffitt studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
T is for Trails
The Greater Lansing region offers a wealth of green space, including an extensive—and popular!—trail network. One area favorite is the Lansing River Trail, which extends north and west past downtown Lansing into Old Town, south past Hawk Island Park (home of the South Lansing Community Development Association’s annual Hawk-I Tri triathlon) and east through Michigan State University’s campus.
U is for University
Sure, the Greater Lansing region is home to Michigan State University and its 46,000+ undergraduate and graduate students. But there are some 70 other college campuses within 100 miles of downtown Lansing as well, and another half-dozen right here in our region:
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Great Lakes Christian College
Lansing Community College
It’s also worth noting that area residents can complete bachelor’s degrees from Ferris State University, Lawrence Technological University, Northwood University, Siena Heights University, University of Michigan Flint, or Western Michigan University—without ever leaving home—through Lansing Community College’s University Center.
V is for Victory
You like winners? Check out MSU Spartan Athletics. If Big Ten sports aren’t your thing, you can also follow the Lansing Lugnuts, Lansing Community College’s athletic teams, or prep teams from any of our region’s public or private high schools.
W is for Wonder
There’s wonder like mid-Michigan’s starry skies, which you can learn more about by visiting MSU’s Abrams Planetarium, and there’s wonder like Stevie Wonder, who was trained in classical piano at the Michigan School for the Blind when that school was still located in Lansing. Either way, it’s pretty wonderful.
X is for X-rays
Maybe you need an X-ray—or maybe your dog does. Either way, the Greater Lansing region’s got you covered. MSU’s Department of Radiology trains radiologists and offers an array of patient services, while Lansing Community College trains radiology technicians. And MSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital offers animal X-rays, MRIs, and more
Y is for Youth
While youth may well be wasted on the young, as George Bernard Shaw once famously noted, Greater Lansing region’s youth have no excuse for wasting time when there’s so much for them to do here. Whether it’s seeing (or participating) in a production through All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre; burning off steam at the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing, theMichigan 4-H Children’s Garden at MSU, the YMCA of Lansing, or through the Capital Area Youth Sports Association; learning something new (and having fun doing it) through Junior Achievement of Mid-Michigan, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, or the Lansing Youth Gardening Coalition; or participating in programs through Boy Scouts of America, Cristo Rey Community Center, Lansing Area Youth for Christ, and others, there’s lots to keep children, tweens, and teens busy in mid-Michigan.
Z is for Zoo
Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo, that is. Visitors can view more than 500 animals that range from A (Aldabra Tortoise and Arctic Fox) to Y (Yak). (Sorry, there’s no Zebra at Potter Park.) The zoo is open seven days a week; hours vary by season.