19 Things to Know About Lansing Before Moving There

Lansing, Michigan is not only the state capital, it is also a city that has been home to some of the greats and continues to amaze residents and visitors alike. There is no shortage of fun packed things to do while in Lansing, but there is also an abundance of awesome Lansing facts that make it famous. Here are a few great things that you may not have known about Lansing.

  1. Lansing is home to John Hughes, Magic Johnson, and Steven Seagal. Lansing breeds some of the great!
  2. Stevie Wonder studied at the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing. Also, his song “My Cherie Amour,” originally titled “Oh My Marsha,” was written about his then-girlfriend that he met while attending.
  3. Mo-peds are a welcomed and common mode of transportation in Lansing, one of the most mo-ped concentrated cities in the US.
  4. The Potter Park Zoo, located in Lansing, features over 160 species, many of which are endangered or threatened.
  5. The Michigan State Capital, located in downtown Lansing, is an amazingly beautiful building, rich with history and opportunities to learn.
  6. Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, providing a beautiful campus for all to visit. Football fans can enjoy tailgating and games all throughout the fall season, while basketball fans can rejoice during the winter and spring.
  7. Coffee lovers love Lansing, as it is home to the very first Bigby Coffee, built in 1995. The building still stands in its original form.
  8. Lansing prides itself for its August Michigan Pride March and Festival that celebrates same-sex love with a march on the capitol and a day of all-ages entertainment and drinks in Old Town.
  9. Impression 5 Science Center is a great educational Lansing attraction, providing children a fun opportunity to learn more about science.
  10. Lansing is also rich in history and residents and visitors are encouraged to learn more by visiting the Michigan Historical Museum. The museum features exhibits about the Civil War, the auto industry, musicians, and the Civil Rights Commission.
  11. For baseball lovers, Lansing is home to the Lugnuts Baseball Team and Cooley Law Stadium Stadium. Spend a summer evening eating peanuts and drinking beer while watching your hometown team.
  12. Lansing is also a city that values the arts, The Creole Gallery in Lansing’s Old Town is a wonderful place to get a glimpse of high art by local artists.
  13. Midtown Brewing Company, located in downtown Lansing, offers a taste of 14 Michigan brews on tap (including 5 of their own) for those local beer lovers.
  14. Car buffs can enjoy the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum with cars from 1886-2003 on display.
  15. Not far from Lansing is Sleepy Hollow State Park, perfect for a summer day hiking, swimming, boating, and biking!
  16. Old Town, the unofficial center of the city, contains art, festivals, restaurants, and music venues, while overlooking the Grand River.
  17. Music venues include the Loft and Mac’s Bar, both divey and small, but always lead to a night of fun.
  18. The Lansing City Market is your ideal place for getting fresh, local produce year round.
  19. Common Ground Music Festival is held every year in Lansing, featuring big to local bands, with affordable tickets.

Lansing, Michigan is a city to be enjoyed and is the perfect place for every type of visitor or resident with fun for everyone.

About the Author: Jim is a guest contributor from Hubbell Briarwood, Lansing’s premier Real Estate company.

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