CommunitiesExplore the surrounding communities and discover charming towns, cities that celebrate their unique heritage through festivals and events throughout the year. Take a drive and you can find quaint treasures along the way.
Conveniently located between Lansing and Jackson, Charlotte is a community that values its history but is always looking to the future. The many historic homes and buildings will bring you back to another era, while the state-of-the-art middle school, performing arts center, athletic facilities and aquatic center meet the needs of a technologically advancing community. Don't miss Frontier Days in early September, where you can be a part of the past and the present!
Perched on the west side of Lansing, Delta Township is a nice mix of retail, industrial and neighborhoods including the nearby Waverly community. In Delta Township you can find the Lansing Mall as well as a number of user-friendly parks and green spaces. Check out Delta Rocks, a family event held annually in June.
DeWitt is a peaceful, historic community located just seven miles north of Lansing. Recognized by CNN/Money Magazine "Best Places to Live 2005," DeWitt was rated 75 on the list of 100 finalists and was one of just four Michigan cities recognized. DeWitt is also home to the Looking Glass River, which is a charming attraction with a unique mirror-like effect, and puts on the DeWitt Ox Roast in August, an annual family-friendly event. Experience for yourself the performances, the parade, the children's tractor pull and don't miss the frog-jumping contest!
Best known as the home of Michigan State University, East Lansing is a quality community that has a small-town ambiance while also offering vibrant nightlife. The mix of restaurants, unique shops, art galleries and entertainment makes East Lansing a fabulous destination for people of all ages. Mark your calendar and plan a visit during one of the many festivals taking place in town, such as the East Lansing Art Festival in May or the Great Lakes Folk Festival in August. Take a stroll on campus amid the buildings both old and new and don't forget to stop at the MSU Dairy store for the freshest and tastiest ice cream you can find.
Home of the Dam Festival, this small town offers a glimpse of bygone days and the beauty of a truly walkable community with nearby grocery stores, schools, churches and parks. Don't miss a special dinner or overnight at The English Inn, a beautiful bed and breakfast located on the Grand River.
Grand Ledge is a city well-known and named for its 300-million-year-old, sandstone and quartzite rock ledges that rise 60 feet above the Grand River. Today, this city retains its historic Victorian architecture, while at the same time continues growing with a diverse economy. Hop aboard a paddle-wheel riverboat for a cruise down the Grand River during the Island Art Fair in August or for the Color Cruise weekend in October, just two of the many festivals held in Grand Ledge.
Haslett is most notable for being the home of Lake Lansing, where both Michigan State University Sailing Club and Lansing Sailing Club are located. In 2007, Haslett was named 42nd best place to raise your kids in America by BusinessWeek Magazine. Pack a lunch and enjoy the beach at Lake Lansing before giving a pedal boat or a canoe a whirl on the lake and then relaxing by the band shell to enjoy an evening of music.
While maintaining its small town atmosphere, Holt offers many opportunities, whether personal, recreational or business. It is home to many national and international companies, which provide a broad range of products and services around the world. Holt's high school was recognized as one of the top 100 schools in the nation.
Lansing is a diverse, robust capital city with a multitude of strong vibrant neighborhoods. Urban lofts and apartments located downtown blend with the governmental and corporate offices and are occupied by both students and professionals. With over 50 dedicated neighborhood associations, Lansing residents take pride in their hometown. Don't miss the cultural hub on the city's north side - Old Town. This vibrant neighborhood mixes art galleries, boutiques, specialty stores, bars and corporate offices. The architecture of the buildings is a big enough draw, but add in all the festivals (JazzFest, BluesFest, Festival of the Sun and Oktoberfest to name just a few) and you will want to return again and again to explore.
Mason, named after the state's first governor, Stevens T. Mason, is a city that has retained its traditional look. Located only 10 miles southeast of Lansing, Mason's economy is supported by its connection to the state capital, as well as significant local business, including metal fabrication, auto parts manufacturing, pharmaceutical research and packaging products production. In the mood for some antique-hunting? Mason is your mecca.
St. Johns, located off of US-127, is about twenty miles north of Lansing. Its economy is supported largely by the auto industry, manufacturing and producing auto parts, along with local businesses. St. Johns keeps tradition alive by celebrating its Mint Festival every August, which commemorates well over 100 years of the agricultural production of peppermint and spearmint.
It was originally a farming community, but Okemos has been entirely absorbed as a Lansing suburb. Downtown Okemos is located at the intersection of Hamilton and Okemos Roads. Stop by the Meridian Historical Village or the Native American Nokomis Learning Center to discover the region's roots.
Williamston has a lively entertainment district that includes an award-winning professional theatre, an independently owned and operated movie house, and a wide variety of dining options. The downtown business district features many historic buildings and is centered along Grand River Avenue at Putnam Street, with the Red Cedar River flowing through the heart of the city. Explore our unique shops, art galleries, historical museum, and antique stores. They are all within walking distance of each other - Williamston is a beautiful walking community. Located east of Lansing.