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Things To Do in Greater Lansing

OISS Community Outreach Coordinator, Joy Shantz, put together her Top Five list of things to do in the Greater Lansing area. Try them all and see if you agree with her recommendations! 


great-lakes-folk-festival side by side.jpg#1 Go To a Festival

The Greater Lansing area has more than 100 local festivals each year, celebrating everything from maple syrup to Blues music! Visit the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau for a list of festivals.

You can also volunteer at most festivals, which is a great way to learn more about American culture and make new friends. 


lugnuts side by side.jpg#2 Cheer on a Lansing Sports Team

Of course we always cheer for the Spartans, but there are some other Lansing sports teams you can support, as well. The Lansing Lugnuts are a local baseball team with their own stadium near downtown Lansing. Learn why baseball is called "America's Pastime" and experience it yourself at Lansing Lugnuts team website.

Or, if you're more of a soccer fan, try out a Lansing United game. New in 2014, this local soccer team plays in East Lansing. Fans have their own songs and chants, so try to learn them quick and sing along! Learn more at Lansing United website.


Lansing River Trail side by side.jpg#3 Go for a Walk on the River Trail

When the weather is warm in Michigan, you want to make the most of it! Head to the Lansing River Trail, more than 20 miles of paved trails you can bike, run, or walk along. It really shows you the best the Lansing area has to offer, and you can find access to the trail close to campus.

Check out Lansing River Trail website for more information.


Old-Town side by side.jpg#4 Enjoy Delicious Food and Art in Old Town Lansing

There are so many great restaurants in the Lansing area – international cuisine, food trucks, and more. One of the best places to eat is in Old Town Lansing, where they have options like slow-cooked BBQ, gourmet popcorn, and famous breakfast food. Feeling hungry yet? Check the Old Town website for more information! 


Michigan History Museum side by side.jpg#5 Learn About Michigan History

With the Capitol building and the Michigan History Museum just a few miles from the MSU campus, you have a great opportunity to learn about the history of your new home. Learn more about visiting the historic Capitol Building on the Capitol website


Even More to Explore

The Michigan State University campus is large, but there's so much to discover outside the campus borders, as well. The MSU campus is located in the City of East Lansing, but the capitol city of Lansing is nearby to the west and Meridian Township and Okemos are to the east.

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East Lansing
The City of East Lansing is the closest to MSU, with a downtown district along Grand River Avenue and a variety of shopping, dining, entertainment options. Find out about these and more city services at https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/.

Lansing
Lansing is the capitol city of Michigan, where the state government offices are located. Aside from being a government center, Lansing is home to close to 500,000 residents, has a popular system of public parks, and a number of annual festivals. Learn more about the city of Lansing at http://www.lansingmi.gov/

Greater Lansing
Looking for more information on what to do in the Lansing area? Check out the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau website, where you can find ideas of where to visit, interactive maps and a weekly event calendar for the region: http://www.lansing.org/.