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Things to do in Lansing

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Breakfast Spot
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“Amazing breakfast & cool atmosphere but try to go early as there can be long lines. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Museum
“Fantastic modern art museum designed by Zaha Hadid with interesting rotating exhibits.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The upscale mall with American Eagle, Gap, J. Crew, Talbots, DSW, Banana Republic. Several high end eating and a movie theater. Other grocers in area also. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
University
“If you’re here during nice weather, campus is a beautiful place to visit. Plenty of walking/biking paths, recreational facilities and of course events (sports and non-sports). ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Cafe
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“(8 minute drive 3.1 mi) Some may think it’s a bit pricey but the food is great and you won’t be disappointed! Breakfast - lunch-dinner”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“My Old Town favorite. I like their Texas style no bean chili. My only advice is to go early as they sometimes run out 😞”
  • 10 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“This mall is located in Okemos. About a 15 minute drive from Lansing. Very nice mall!!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Zoo
“Nice small local zoo, with a great variety of animals, including a petting zoo. Spectacular at Christmastime! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Food
“Great pub food with craft beers and cocktails. Sits behind the Stadium District Baseball Park. Great flavours of classic bar food and healthy items. A long block away has American Fifth Spirits along with other bars/restaurants. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“If you are sick and tired of eating same ole same ole pizza, you HAVE to try this place out. Completely amazing pizza that you won't find anywhere else. They share a space with Cosmo's so it's a great place to drink, eat pizza and hang out.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Theater
“Watch the latest shows and concerts in the Wharton Center. We might be a small town, but we have all the great musicals and plays coming into town! :) ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Only one Pablo's in town and set in the heart of Old Towne. Small joint with dozen tables and outside seating in the trendy shopping area. Pablo's is a food only place. Other local eats, galleries and bars. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Movie Theater
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“The Impression 5 Science Center, is an interactive science museum located in downtown Lansing, Michigan. There is a lot to see and do here.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Cooley Law School stadium...great stadium. Kid friendly. Safe downtown attraction. Lots of bars and restaurants within walking distance. Very safe area and lots of fun in the summer. Fireworks on the weekend.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Craft beer and great good in the center of East Lansing's night life. Quite busy throughout the night. Outside patio is a hot spot during non-winter seasons. See if Sam is working. He's a good friend and a great server. ”
  • 10 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Breakfast Spot
“Amazing breakfast & cool atmosphere but try to go early as there can be long lines. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“My Old Town favorite. I like their Texas style no bean chili. My only advice is to go early as they sometimes run out 😞”
  • 10 locals recommend
Cafe
“(8 minute drive 3.1 mi) Some may think it’s a bit pricey but the food is great and you won’t be disappointed! Breakfast - lunch-dinner”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“If you are sick and tired of eating same ole same ole pizza, you HAVE to try this place out. Completely amazing pizza that you won't find anywhere else. They share a space with Cosmo's so it's a great place to drink, eat pizza and hang out.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bakery
“Only one Pablo's in town and set in the heart of Old Towne. Small joint with dozen tables and outside seating in the trendy shopping area. Pablo's is a food only place. Other local eats, galleries and bars. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Cafe
“A fairly new restaurant with an interesting decor that makes you feel like you're in New Orleans. Great food.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Cool atmosphere with gourmet handcrafted pizzas cooked in a woodfired oven. This place connects to Zoobies a hip local bar.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Craft beer and great good in the center of East Lansing's night life. Quite busy throughout the night. Outside patio is a hot spot during non-winter seasons. See if Sam is working. He's a good friend and a great server. ”
  • 10 locals recommend

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