5 Top Attractions Steps Away in a Walkable Downtown Lansing
Explore the heart of Michigan and discover five exceptional attractions within five blocks that promise to keep you entertained for the whole weekend.
What makes visiting Lansing, Michigan so great? A walkable downtown, that means that within five minutes, in a five-block radius, you can get to five of its must-see attractions!
1. Michigan’s State Capitol Building
The Capitol is open for free tours six days a week, Monday through Saturday. Explore this impeccably restored National Historic Landmark complete with over 9 acres of hand-painted surfaces, gaze up at the majesty of the dome, view the amazing architecture and watch as Michigan laws are made.
2. Impression 5 Science Center
Impression 5’s innovative engineers and carpenters fabricate the majority of their own exhibits right on-site. This attraction houses THE most amazing exhibits like the giant Light Mosaic, the Shadow Wall, the ever-popular bubble room, Pop and the two story water feature called Flow. The Impression 5 name comes from the five senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
3. Michigan History Museum
This museum has been featured twice on the Travel Channel’s, “Mysteries at the Museum.” In addition to three floors of interactive exhibits, the museum houses specialty rotating exhibits and offers free admission on Sundays. Walk through a northern copper mine or stand next to a lumbering wheel.
4. Cooley Law School Stadium
Not only can you ‘Go Nuts’ cheering on the Lansing Lugnuts, a class A Midwest league baseball team, you can also enjoy the thrill of professional soccer as USL League 1 debuts the Lansing Ignite throughout the season. And when there’s not a game going on, you may just find a beer festival, concert or a 5K finish line on site.
5. R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
Home to over 60 Lansing-made vehicles including the only 1897 Oldsmobile left in existence this car museum has been featured on the History Channel’s, “American Pickers” and displays the 1908 leather license plate discovered and donated by hosts Mike and Frank. From the classic Olds Cutlass to rare Star and Durant vehicles, car enthusiasts will enjoy every aspect of the garage-like showroom.
Have even more time and energy? Explore the more than 17-mile Lansing River Trail that runs from historic, quaint Old Town Lansing to the north, through the downtown and south to Potter Park Zoo or Michigan State University. River Town Adventures offers affordable bike, canoe and kayak rentals to help you explore even more. If all that activity is making you hungry and thirsty, then grab some sustenance at one of the multitude of eateries, distilleries or breweries in the heart of downtown. Oh, and you might want to wear your comfy shoes. What begins as 5 blocks delivers a ton to see and do in Michigan’s capital city.
For more information on Greater Lansing's attractions, please visit Lansing.org.