Lake Advice from Our Fans: What to Do in Mid-Michigan

All summer long, our amazing community of Facebook fans have been giving us advice on their favorite things to do around the different regions of Pure Michigan. Next on our series of Lake Advice is Mid-Michigan, home to such destinations as Mount Pleasant, Midland and Lansing

Still planning your summer vacation in Pure Michigan? Check out our Lake Effect planning page or view photos from around the state at our gallery.

Iargo Springs, Hartwick Pines, hidden dams in the center of Mt. Pleasant, hiking trails with a swinging bridge west of the city. Also the best natural sledding hill hidden in the woods is there. The natural springs swimming beach hidden in the Amish cornfields near Clare. The same Amish have pie stands in the summer. Picking strawberries, blueberries, cherries, apples and peaches on the many farm orchards of mid-west Michigan. – Cathy Kavanaugh

Clare has incredible fruits available during the summertime and fall, perfectly ripe for tasting

Clare has incredible fruits available during the summertime and fall, perfectly ripe for tasting

Crossroads Village & River Place Shops in Frankenmuth– Monica Masters Gomez

Frankenmuth! – Christine Snyder

A paddleboat floats along the river in Frankenmuth

A paddleboat floats along the river in Frankenmuth

In Clare you can still catch a movie without breaking the bank at the cozy Ideal Theatre. Musicians, check out Central Michigan Music for gear or lessons – it’s the only music store around and they’re good people who know their stuff. Go eat at The Whitehouse or Heart of Michigan Cafe which also features local singing talent weekly, or get a donut at Cops and Doughnuts.

Stroll out the back doors of any of these and check out the Art Alley. There’s live music every Thursday night in the city park all summer. Ride bikes on the Rail Trail. Lots of parks around for kids to play, or bigger ones for more hiking like Deerfield Park in Mt. Pleasant or Chippewa Nature Center in Midland. Get ice cream at Doozie’s in Mt. Pleasant on a hot night. Also in Midland: catch a Loons baseball game at Dow Diamond (with fireworks, if you’re lucky), explore Whiting Forest and Dow Gardens. – Heidi Schanhals Langley

The bridge at Dow Gardens in Midland makes for a spectacular view

A Bridge in Midland’s Dow Gardens, Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @he_lium

The campground at Paris, MI and Paris Pizza – Gregory Dault

The Dam Site Inn in Pellson on the Maple River! – John Ward

Is anything missing? Let us know below!

Take 5 in Downtown Lansing

What if we told you that you could stroll through a copper mine, lie on a glass floor and look up to the stars, make some slime, find out that REO Speedwagon is not just a band and be encouraged to go nuts all in a single day in Michigan’s capital city? And that you could find all that within an easily walkable five block radius? Look no further than downtown Lansing where exploring these diverse attractions makes for an enjoyable weekend getaway.

Michigan’s State Capitol Building, Photo Courtesy of Lenon James Photography

5 Must-Do’s in Downtown Lansing

1. State Capitol Building
Step back into the Victorian era with a visit to Michigan’s award-winning Capitol Building. Designed by Elijah E. Myers, one of the foremost architects of public buildings during the Gilded Age (1865-1914), construction of the Capitol Building took six years and contains over nine acres of hand-painted surfaces. It was dedicated to the citizens of Michigan in 1879.

2. Impression 5 Science Center
Come play, create and challenge your understanding of science at Impression 5 Science Center–a hands-on experience that encourages visitors and families to be curious and learn together.

3. Michigan Historical Museum
The flagship of the Michigan Historical Museum System, the Michigan Historical Museum offers you Michigan’s rich past, from the time of the state’s earliest peoples to the late 20th century. Don’t miss the Museum Store for great Michigan related gift items!

4. Lansing Lugnuts/Cooley Law School Stadium
Enjoy good times with good friends as Lansing’s minor league baseball team—the Lansing Lugnuts—celebrates its 20th season in Michigan’s capital city. It’s family fun at an affordable price, so don’t miss out on the action and your chance to “GO NUTS.”

5. R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
This fascinating museum features artifacts and documents tracing the history of area transportation from 1883 to the present. Antique vehicles and automotive memorabilia as well as aircraft, bicycles and carriages are displayed.

Michigan Historical Museum

5 Things Good to Know

1. Sundays are free admission at the Michigan Historical Museum.

2. The Capitol is open and free Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays.

3. REO was a car and truck manufacturer and was the initials of Ransom Eli Olds. He founded Oldsmobile, then went on to start another car company using his initials. And it’s pronounced Reo like Rio. Not like the 80’s band REO Speedwagon whose name they totally stole from the car company.

4. Impression 5 Science Museum has reciprocity with other children’s and science museum. So you may get in free or at 50% off.

5. The Lansing Lugnuts got their name because of Lansing’s big automotive history. Look for the big lugnut atop a smoke stack while enjoying a great casual lunch or dinner at The Nuthouse. See? We told you about going nuts!

5 Reasons to Make the Trip
1. Fun

2. Affordable

3. Easy to Get to

4. Walkable

5. Family friendly. And don’t tell the kids, but they’ll be learning something and you will be too.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Lansing area? Share with us by commenting below!

Fall Foliage, Football and Fun in Michigan’s Capital City

Whether you’re cheering the Spartans on to victory or paddling down the Grand River, the best way to view the beauty of autumn is to be a part of it. Lori Lanspeary from the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau shares her favorite ways to experience fall in Michigan’s capital region.

The only colors necessary for a Greater Lansing Fall Getaway are Green…and White. Whether you’re a die-hard Spartan fan who BLEEDS GREEN or a fan of some other color combination that when mixed together actually MAKES GREEN, a weekend in Michigan’s capital region should be on your bucket list before that WHITE stuff starts to fall.

It’s always a beautiful day for football when Michigan State University takes the field at Spartan Stadium. Tailgating is an East Lansing tradition as is exploring the expansive campus with the leaves crunching underfoot, visiting MSU attractions and cheering the Spartans on to victory.

Photo courtesty of the Greater Lansing CVB

Photo courtesty of the Greater Lansing CVB

We’ve got great fall leaf peeping here in mid-Michigan and you can actually get out of your car and take part in the experience. Visit our great u-pick farms such as, Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. Johns or The Country Mill in Charlotte. Go ahead and find the best pumpkins in the patch or pick a peck of your favorite apples. And don’t forget to stop in to buy a gallon or three of the freshest apple cider, a dozen or so pumpkin donuts and a few delicious pies.

Photo courtesty of the Greater Lansing CVB

Photo courtesty of the Greater Lansing CVB

Still ready to see more color? Greater Lansing has so many different ways for you to enjoy the season. How about a River Town Adventure kayak or canoe ride along the Grand River or a beautiful trail ride at Sundance Riding Stables? It’s like seeing mid-Michigan’s majesty in a whole new way. Then hop aboard the Michigan Princess for a paddleboat ride complete with a delicious lunch, a sweet cruise on the Grand River and some pretty fall scenery. Sounds delightful, am I right? Another option may be to explore the Greater Lansing Makers & Shakers Trail and take a tasting tour of some of the small-batch, locally-sourced craft beers, spirits and wine.

Photo courtesty of the Greater Lansing CVB

Photo courtesty of the Greater Lansing CVB

Make it a Greater Lansing Fall Getaway and see your color tour in a whole new way. We promise you can return to your regular way of viewing fall color from your car seat on the way to and from Michigan’s Capital City.Lori

About the author: Lori Lanspeary is the leisure marketing manager at the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau. For over 15 years now she has been a #lovelansing advocate both personally and professionally. You can follow her weekly blogs.