8 Family Activities for a Lansing Trip – LittleGuide Detroit


In the middle of the mitt you will find Lansing. Michigan’s capital is home to everything from museums to breathtaking parks and offers year-round family fun.

Here are the top things to do when visiting Lansing:

Visit the Capitol building

No trip to the state capital is complete without a visit to the Capitol Building. See where government operates on a guided tour of public spaces including the Rotunda, Governors’ Gallery, and Senate and House Galleries where applicable. Tours are free and offered every day except Sunday.

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Impression 5 Science Center is a dynamic and interactive space for families to play, create and challenge their understanding of science. The hands-on museum offers dedicated space for the smallest learners and plenty of room for anyone interested in building, flying, bubbles and more.

Michigan History Museum

The Michigan History Museum offers a walk through the state’s rich past, from the days of the state’s first peoples through the late 20th century. Located in downtown Lansing, the museum features more than 25 galleries of permanent exhibits, special exhibits, and a three-story topographic map of the state. Free admission is offered on Sundays.

MSU Kindergarten

The Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens is a storybook-inspired children’s garden located on the campus of Michigan State University. Let your little ones explore and discover new things in each themed garden for FREE! The meters in the Jardin de l’horticulture parking lot are in effect from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Potter Park Zoo

Potter Park Zoo is a 20-acre zoo within an 80-acre park located in the capital city of Lansing, Michigan. The zoo is home to over 160 species of animals, many of which are threatened or endangered, including Amur tigers, red pandas, snow leopards, bongos and many more.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in MSU

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is dedicated to exploring contemporary culture and ideas through engaging and interactive art exhibits. The museum is free and located on the Michigan State University campus, making it the perfect excuse to take a college tour.

Take a family hike in Woldumar

With over a mile of shoreline, Woldumar maintains over 5 miles of trails on 178 acres of woodland, tall grass meadows and a pine plantation.

Falcon Island

Hawk Island offers year-round recreational entertainment. Snowtubing in winter and rental of boats and pedal boats, swimming beach and water park in summer.

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