Lansing Travel Guide

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Lansing Things to Do

  • Common Ground Music Festival

    Common Ground is a week long music festival held every summer in Lansing, usually in July, featuring a plethora of great bands. There is a different theme practically every night, so it's sure to have someone you are a fan of. In the past they have had performers ranging from Snoop Dogg to Shinedown to Trace Adkins. There is only one stage, but...

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  • Walk along the Grand River

    A cheap option for something to do in Lansing is to just take a stroll along the Grand River. The river goes all the way through town, so there are several ways to get to it. Along the river are several walkways which are generally in use by people out jogging, walking, riding bikes, etc. There are several open areas along the way as well as the...

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  • Lansing Lugnuts

    The Lansing Lugnuts are a minor league baseball team. Their stadium is located right in the heart of downtown Lansing, on Michigan Avenue.The team plays every summer beginning in early April and going until early September. The first game is always the "Crosstown Showdown" - an exhibition game where the Lugnuts play against Michigan State's college...

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  • Enjoy beautiful Nature

    Michigan (I visited Lansing) was really peaceful and prenty of natue.And the pace were also well known agriculcure or farm for domastic-animal.Road were wide and we could see cows or other domestic animal during driving.

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  • State Capital Building

    When driving through Lansing, you're sure to see this building, with its notable dome.Inside is a Victorian era splendor and pretty glass floor rotunda. This fully functional legislative building (House and Senate offices) is a visual treat. Although, school groups frequent this building so you are best to check ahead if you want to avoid a few...

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  • I STILL SAY TO VISIT THE MSU...

    I STILL SAY TO VISIT THE MSU GARDENS, ITS JUST BEAUTIFUL. THEY ALSO HAVE A KIDS GARDEN THERE THAT IS FUN AND INFORMATIVE. I WOULD ALSO SAY ITS VERY PEACEFUL AND RELAXING TO STROLL THRU MSU CAMPUS, AND WHEN YOU GET BORED OR HUNGRY YOU CAN CROSS THE STREET TO THE SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS. THERE ARE VERY UNIQUE SHOPS, INCLUDING A GREAT MSU SOUVENIR...

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Lansing Restaurants

  • Best bar downtown

    The Tin Can is the best bar in Lansing, in my opinion. It has a lot of unique features, such as they only serve beer in cans (hence the name), and they also have some other interesting drinks such as Faygo bombs (Faygo is a type of local pop, only available in Michigan as far as I know), pudding shots, and they even have a "Happy Meal" where you...

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  • Hidden Gem

    This place is definitely interesting and unique. The main reason to come here is the food - it's top notch! Almost all of the food is breakfast themed (omelets, pancakes, eggs, french toast, etc.) and it's all delicious. They mostly focus on breakfast because it's only open until 2:30 PM every day.It's also fun to come here for the atmosphere. This...

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  • Former best bar in Lansing!

    UPDATE: Wild Beaver is no longer open. It apparently closed some time between March and May of 2012. :( Tin Can is my new pick for "best bar in Lansing"Old review for this page was:Located right in the heart of downtown, on the corner of Washington Square and Allegan Street, the Wild Beaver Saloon is the best bar in Lansing.First, they have some...

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  • A little out of the loop, but still...

    Stober's is kind of in the downtown Lansing bar scene, albeit on the very edge of it. It draws a different crowd than the main downtown bars (a little bit older and quieter), but it's still a fun place to go and worth checking out.The drinks and prices are comparable to other bars. Some of the unique features that this bar offers are a big parking...

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  • Decent Bar but Poor Service

    Reno's West is one of few bars in North Lansing, along Saginaw Highway.In theory, it could be a pretty good place to spend an evening. It has a bunch of stuff to do: pool tables, shuffle board, darts, a lot of televisions... so plenty of entertainment. It also has an outdoor patio for when the weather is nice.However, I don't like going here...

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  • Decent Sports Bar Downtown

    Edmund's is one of the newest restaurants in town, having opened in 2010. I've eaten here a few times and my take is that the menu is hit or miss... there are some things which you definitely get your money's worth and other things where you will leave disappointed.For example, one time we went in there and saw an item in the "Knock Out" section...

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  • Chinese Buffet

    Empire Szechuan is a basic Chinese buffet. They have a "lunch special" of $5.99 if you eat there between 10:30 AM and 3:30 PM during the week, which comes out to $6.35 after tax if you get a water, and a little bit higher if you get a soft drink. I'm not sure what the price is outside of that time frame as I've only gone there on my lunch break....

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  • Worth the wait!

    A small local eatery located just north of Old Town in Lansing. The inside is a one-room diner complete with old-school stools that give you a front row seat to breakfast at its finest. The decor sports odd knick knacks, punk art and lots of color. Arrive early to avoid the line that stretches outside (even in the winter). Any of their specials. I...

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  • Decent Generic Restaurant

    This was a pretty typical Denny's with little to differentiate it from the others. The Tilapia Ranchero was adequately prepared and the service decent. Nothing to complain about, but nothing extraordinary to raise it above average either. I like the Tilapia Ranchero

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  • Very Good Lebanese Food

    The Embassy Grill is shoved into a small space in a strip mall. The inner decor was nondescript with fake leather and Formica; but when I am after lunch, I care more about the food and the service. I had Chicken Shawarma (Chicken cooked in a lemon and garlic sauce with herbs and spices). It was well prepared and tasted very good. Portion size was...

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  • Great Food at a Chain Restaurant

    I asked the desk clerk where to eat and she recommended Cheddar's. Cheddar's is a chain of restaurants. The decor was dark colors and wood. Service was pretty good. They also had a bar. I ordered Cajun Catfish which was very good and actually pretty spicy like it should be. Price was very reasonable for what I got. Worth a try. Loved the Cajun...

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  • 16 Page Menu

    Formerly the Michigan Central Railroad Station in 1903, now hosts Clara's Restaurant with an affordable charm and prestige. Did I mention the food? A large 16-page menu should be able to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters and surely have a taste for every palette. The interior is a dazzling old-style decor with bronze chandeliers, statue lamps,...

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Lansing Nightlife

  • Downtown is the Place to Go

    While there are bars scattered throughout the city, the main place to go for nightlife in Lansing is right in the downtown area. This is where the most bars are concentrated together, and there is quite a variety as well.The main area to go to is Michigan Avenue and Washington Square, and there are many bars within a couple of blocks on these two...

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  • Nice Sports Bar

    Frank's is a sports bar with TVs tuned to sporting events and the usual beer signs and posters. I enjoyed Frank's a bit more than Bennigan's. The atmosphere was much less formal and it was less crowded. The Rum and Coke was strong, and the staff friendly. They also have a wide variety of food available, not just the usual bar food. I did not try...

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  • Eat or Just Get a Drink

    Bennigan's is a chain of bar and grills that is pretty consistently good. I did not eat here just got a Rum and Coke. The Rum and Coke was fine and the service was too. I saw everything from jeans and T-shirts to a coat and tie.

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  • Any bar in East Lansing

    I like to visit the bars/clubs in East Lansing, why? It is a college town (Michigan State). There are a lot of people, especially when school is in session, people watching, and just sipping' on some drinks. You might want to watch yourself if your driving in this town. There are a lot of law enforcement agents who love to pick up drivers! So, use...

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  • THERE ARE MANY CLUBS AND BARS,...

    THERE ARE MANY CLUBS AND BARS, ESPECIALLY SINCE WE HAVE MSU CAMPUS. IN EAST LANSING THERE ARE SEVERAL, RICKS, TROPPOS, DOWNTOWN, THE RIV, PT O'MALLEYS, AND MORE THAN I AM SURE I HAVE FORGOTTEN. THE BEST DANCE ONES ARE RICKS AND PT O'MALLEYS. A GREAT PLACE TO EAT AND HANG OUT AT NIGHT IS BW3, THEY JUST MOVED AND REMODELED AND ARE CONSTANTLY PACKED!...

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  • The Exchange

    This is a Jazz club with live music (at least every time that I have ever been there). They serve excellent drinks and is a great way to end an evening after seeing a performance at the Wharton Center. I wouldn't say that this is a formal atmosphere, but it is definately classy. People usually come after evening business meetings, musicals, etc.,...

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Lansing Transportation

  • Highways

    Lansing is located pretty much right in the middle of the state, so there are a lot of highways that connect it with cities in all other directions. It's very easy to drive to Lansing and usually takes 1-2 hours, at most, from the majority of locations in mid-Michigan.If you are coming from...-Detroit area: I-96 West will bring you right to...

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  • Parking

    Parking will vary depending on where you go in Lansing.In the "shopping districts" of North and South Lansing, parking should not be a problem at all. Most of the stores and restaurants have huge parking lots with plenty of spaces available. There is also a huge parking lot at the airport, although you have to pay if you park there for an extended...

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  • Capital City Airport

    Capital City Airport is located in the northern part of Lansing, on Grand River Ave.It is a pretty good location, as that is a main road, so it is easy to get out and get to where ever you need to go. There are several rental car agencies located right at the airport and several taxi companies service the area as well. CATA buses have stops near...

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Lansing Shopping

  • Great Grocery Store

    Up in the corner of north-west Lansing is a real gem, Horrocks. It's a kind-of grocery store that only has two locations in the entire country, one in Battle Creek and the other here in Lansing.This place is great, you can find literally anything you want. They have just about every kind of fruit or vegetable available and at very cheap prices too....

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  • Good-For-You Boutique with Charm

    This shop is best described in two words: absolutely charming. A unique gift store with good-for-you products and fun, sweet gifts are sure to be found here. This is the perfect place to go if you're looking for gifts, more geared to women. It is a visually-busy store with some new, interesting item in every corner. Michigan is notably famous for...

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  • Farmer's Market

    I stumbled upon this while walking along the Grand River. It appears to be a farmer's market in downtown Lansing where local farmers and artisans come in to sell their goods throughout the week. The sign on the door said that it is open Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m and it seemed like there was free parking...

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Lansing Off The Beaten Path

  • Potter Park Children's Zoo

    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. *...

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  • A little bit of history and things what...

    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:...

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  • YOU MIGHT TRY HEADING TO OLD...

    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...

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Lansing Favorites

  • Four Regions of Lansing

    There are really four distinct areas of Lansing that each accommodate a different type of person. If you're in the wrong region, you might not enjoy your stay as much as you would otherwise.-North Lansing: The first distinct region is "North Lansing", which is essentially a shopping district. If you are in this area, the majority of things for you...

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  • I Didn't - But You Should

    I only had one cold January day to spend in Lansing. However, there are some more things I thought sounded interesting so you may want to check them out:- All Around the World African Museum and Resource Center- Kresge Art Museum- Impression 5 Science Center- Nokomis Native American Learning Center I miss affordable, convienent downtown parking!...

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  • Another Civil War memorial

    Austin Blair: War Governor 1861-1864."He gave the best years of his life to Michigan, and his fame is inseparably linked with the glorious achievements of her citizen soldiers."

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