Lansing has a very nice small zoo called Potter Park. My daughter took me and my grandson to the zoo.. There is a petting zoo and my grandson went on a pony ride Rides are $1.50 per child, and you can also have instant photos taken for $2.00. I took my own pictures - this is a copy of a much better film picture which I can't find at the moment.
* Spring Hours (March 30 - May 24): 9AM to 5PM
* Summer Hours (May 25 - Sept. 6): 9AM to 7PM
* Fall Hours (Sept. 7 - Oct. 30): 9AM to 5PM
* Winter Hours (Nov. 1 - April 7): 10AM to 5PM
They also have a small gift shop (phone number listed) with shopping on line for gifts, clothing, wildlife art, and toys
1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912
* Zoological Society Office: (517) 702-4730
* Admissions Booth: (517) 483-4074
* Education Office: (517) 702-4745
* Zoo Administration Office: (517) 483-4221
I think all small towns have a unique area that has to do with history. Lansing has one of those areas and it is nesstled right on the northside. The locals call this area Old Town. This is where the first two pinoneers situated their log cabins at (right at the Tate's Freeze Ice Cream Shop - near the fish ladder).
And also of some improtant note: Civil rights activist Malcolm X (née Malcolm Little) moved to Lansing in 1928 with his mother (Louise), father (Earl), and three siblings. In 1929, their home burned to the ground, and Earl, an outspoken preacher, moved the family to East Lansing. In 1931, Earl died after being run over by a streetcar, and eight years later Louise was committed to the Michigan State Mental Hospital in Kalamazoo. For the next four years, young Malcolm bounced from foster home to foster home. Today, a historical marker at Vincent Court (off Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) recognizes where the Little family's first home once stood (Kind of makes me wonder why they didn't name MLK - Malcom X way?).
I have to put a plug in for Lansing's biggest economic factor: the automobile industry. "The Car Capital of North America," Lansing produced more cars (400,000 per year) than any other city in the country. Notable products include the GM Pontiac Grand Am, Chevy Malibu, and Oldsmobile Alero. The grandfather of Lansing's car industry, Ransom Eli Olds, built his very first Oldsmobile in 1897. From these humble beginnings, he launched what would become one of the most successful auto-manufacturing companies in the world. Guests to Lansing can learn about the man and his early inventions at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum downtown. Hats off to the automobile sector for making who I am, what I am today, in more than just one way!!!
One of the country's largest and most prestigious research universities, Michigan State University was founded in 1855. Boasting one of the best big ten schools that offer degrees in everything from osteopathic medicine and human ecology to law and agriculture and natural resources, MSU is home to more than 40,000 students. Championship-caliber sports teams, a world-class art museum, and stunning experimental gardens make the campus a place that's in season every season. GO STATE ... don't forget to buy your tickets for each Saturday game (Sept - Nov)...
YOU MIGHT TRY HEADING TO OLD TOWN, THERE ARE A FEW UNIQUE SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS, CUBAN, MEXICAN, ETC..ITS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF LANSING OFF OF LARCH ST.
ALSO A GREAT PLACE FOR WALKING IS THE RIVERWALK TRAIL. YOU CAN GET TO IT FROM THE RIVERFRONT AREA ON GRAND, THAT HAS PICNIC AREAS AND LEADS YOU TO THE TRAIL AND YOU CAN FOLLOW IT FOR MILES, THRU THE CITY AND WOODS, BY THE ZOO, ITS GREAT FOR BIKING TOO. DOWNTOWN LANSING IS ALSO THE CITY MARKET. ITS GREAT FOR FRESH FRUIT AND SOME UNIQUE GIFTS AND YUMMY FOODS!