75 Things to Do In + Around Lansing This Summer

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As summer rolls on sometimes we need a little inspiration for how to spend our summer days. The Lansing area is full of fun to be had so we’ve rounded up the most fun things to do this summer to get you out of the house and into the community!

Outdoor Fun In Lansing

Lugnuts Game| What better way to pass the summer than at the ball field? Head here for the Lugnuts Game Schedule and then head to the ballpark!

Potter Park Zoo| Our home zoo is one you don’t want to miss. If you’ve never been before head here for all the details on admission and more.

Capitol Building| Whether it’s just a stop outside, or an actual tour the Capitol Building does not disappoint with it’s beauty.

Mural Walk| Consider heading to some of the murals around town because there is no shortage and they certainly are beautiful. We’ve got details on our favorites here.

Art Path| Art Path 2021 is in full swing. Head here for what you need to know about it this year.

Lansing Riverwalk| Can’t be the Riverwalk for a beautiful summer day. Consider walking or even riding your bike.

Shigematsu Outdoor Gardens| These beautiful gardens tucked away on the campus of LCC make the perfect spot for a tranquil break.

Visit a Park| Head to our Park Guide for some of our favorite parks.

Hikes| Check out our guide to hiking around the Lansing area.

Berry Picking| Summer is here and that means berries. We’ve got a full round up of places to visit here.

MSU Horse Farm| Grab your carrots and head to the horses at 474 S Shaw Lane, East Lansing.

Brenke Fish Ladder| Head to Brenke for a peaceful spot to relax, spot some fish and soak up some summer sun.

Putt Putt Golf| There is no shortage of Mini Golf spots in the Lansing Area and it is the perfect add to your summer bucket list.

Attend a Lansing Mom Playdate| Not in our Lansing Mom Playdate Group? Head here to join so you don’t miss a thing!

Geocaching| There are so many spots to do this in the Lansing area. Stay tuned for a guide to geocaching in the Lansing Area.

Outdoor Fun Around Lansing

Farms within an hour| The MSU Horse Farm is great, other farms the littles may love are Domino’s, Maybury Farm, the farm at Kensington Metro Park and Mary’s Country Critters.

Visit a Michigan Zoo| There are no shortage of zoos in Michigan. Consider heading to Detroit, John Ball or Binder Park Zoo.

MSU Children’s Garden| Looking for some fun that smells good too? Head to the Children’s Garden at MSU.

MSU Ducks| Grab some duck food and head to the Red Cedar to see all the ducks gathered around campus.

Photo Spot Tour| Check out our Scavenger Hunt on Campus.

Grand Ledge Riverwalk| Walk the river in Grand Ledge for beautiful views and family fun.

Head to a Nearby Town| Consider checking out towns like Williamston, Holt, Haslett and more.

Goat Yoga| Goats? Yoga? Sign us up. Head here for a super fun experience in the Lansing area.

The Ledges| We love the ledges trail in Grand Ledge and your littles are sure to love it too. Be sure to pack water, sunscreen and your camera!

Sleepy Hollow| Sleepy Hollow is just a short drive from the Lansing area but offers a range of fun activities.

Sundance Riding Stables| If your little is a horse lover consider heading to Sundance for a riding lesson. Details available here.

Michigan International Speedway| Head to the Speedway for a race this summer. Check out events here.

Binder Park Zoo| Looking for a short drive? Why not check out Binder Park Zoo. We’ve got the inside scoop on everything you need to know here.

Fairs Festivals and Markets

AfterGlow Market| A weekly market in Downtown Lansing for you to come out and support local makers. For more details head here.

Farmers Markets| We’ve got your full guide to Farmers Markets in and around the Lansing area here.

Fairs and Festivals| We’ve got you covered, head here for a full list of fairs and festivals this summer.

Outdoor Movies| A movie under the stars? What could be better? Head here for a full list of spots to enjoy.

Outdoor Music| Nothing says summer like outdoor music so check out all the spots to enjoy it this summer, here.

Indoor Fun

Impression 5| Visit our favorite local children’s museum for some STEM fun this summer.

Preuss Pets| Come check out all the cute, cuddly, scaly, and slimy friends at Preuss Pets while enjoying some AC.

Let’s Say Cheese Okemos| This super fun spot is the ultimate photo booth location to keep your kids entertained and cooled down this summer.

Nature Center| There are no shortage of nature centers in the area. Consider Checking out Woldumar, Fenner or Harris, or make the drive to Howell Nature Center.

Library Story Time| The CADL are always a favorite. Head to your local libraries webpage for a list of story times.

MSU Museum| The MSU Museum is still temporarily closed but we will keep an eye out to let you know when they re-open!

Two Dollar Tuesday at Roll Haven| Get your skate on for just two dollars at Roll Haven every Tuesday.

Ella Sharp Museum| Visit the Ella Sharp Museum for learning and air conditioning this summer!

Olds Transportation Museum| Re-opened to the public, head here for more details.

Williamston Antique Market| This is a spot both kids and adults can love, there are beautiful treasures to find everywhere and it’s so much fun to spend a day hunting.

Broad Museum| Cool off on the edge of campus, close to home. Check their hours here.

Rent a theater| Check out Celebration Cinema to rent a whole theater to yourself!

Bowling| There are no shortage of spots to bowl this summer. Check out Spare Time, Royal Scot, and City Limits.

Michigan History Museum| Re-opening August 6th!

Indoor Trampoline Park| Consider checking out DEFY or Launch.

Board and Brush| Sign up for a DIY Wood Sign Workshop with friends to share some summer fun.

Paint Kits to Go| Head here for Paint Kits To Go.

Pinball Petes| Head here for hours on arcade game fun.

Food Fun

Dine Outdoors| Check out our guide here for some awesome outdoor dining options.

Coffee Guide| Coffee lovers head here for some spots you don’t want to miss.

Donuts| Want a quick and easy breakfast? Look no further, our guide to donuts has you covered!

Ice Cream| Ice cream is a summer staple, we’ve got you covered with some great spots in and around the Lansing area here.

Food Trucks| Consider checking out Bangos, The Purple Carrot or Maria’s Cuisine.

Brewery and Wine| There are no shortage of breweries and wine in the area. Consider trying BAD Brewing or Burgdorf’s Winery.

Brunch| Consider grabbing brunch at Fiddlers on the Grand, the People’s Kitchen or Capital Prime.

Sun Theater| Head to the Sun Theater in Williamston for Grab and go popcorn.

Water Fun

Kayak the Lansing River| There are a couple places to kayak the river but consider heading out with Rivertown Adventures for a day of fun.

Michigan Princess Tour| Head here for details on how to head out on the river.

Take a swim| Head to one of the many lakes in the area like Lake Lansing, Hawk Island or Park Lake.

Splash Pads| Consider heading to Hawk Island, Jaycee Park in Grand Ledge, or St. Johns City Park.

Lake Lansing Paddle Boats| Rent a paddle boat and take a tour of the lake without getting wet!

Go Shopping

Consider heading to one of these spots for some shopping and many ways to support our local businesses!

  • Stroll and Shop Old Town
  • REOTown
  • Horrocks
  • Eastwood Town Center
  • City Market
  • Meridian Historical Village
  • Meridian Mall
  • Lansing Mall
  • Frandor Shopping
  • Downtown East Lansing
  • Bridge + Main Market

We hope that this list will keep you busy with things to do in + around Lansing all summer long! 

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