Planning a trip to Michigan State University in East Lansing? Whether it's to visit your new college student or to cheer the Spartans on to victory, you're probably wondering what to do while you're in town. We compiled all the necessary resources to make planning your trip to East Lansing a breeze, including things to do and where to stay. From East Lansing restaurants and East Lansing hotels, to the must-see attractions on and around MSU's campus - you'll find it all here. MSU offers so many attractions you just might find you won't even need to leave campus. But, just in case you do decide to venture out further into East Lansing, we've also included some great information about the city. 

Did you know these fun facts about Michigan State University? 

  • MSU became the first agricultural college in the United States in 1855 
  • The college went through five names changes before it was called Michigan State University
  • Sparty is a three-time national top collegiate mascot 

View the entire list of facts here. 

Where to Eat

East Lansing is a vibrant, eclectic college town full of great dining options. From the fan-inspired Spartan Hall of Fame Cafe, to fool-proof options like Noodles and Company, East Lansing has options to suit not just every taste, but every budget. If you're a self-proclaimed "Foodie" then check out the For Foodies page that we created specifically for you.

Don't Miss:

  • Spartan Hall of Fame Cafe - "A destination location for MSU alums and Spartan Enthusiasts." 
  • MSU Union - A one-stop-shop for a variety of innovative options including Serrano's, Union Deli and MSU Dairy Store. 
  • MSU Dairy Store - Learn first hand how cheese, ice cream and other dairy products are made, then sample the freshest ice cream you'll ever taste.

Must-See Attractions 

MSU is more than just a Big Ten university. From the exquisite gardens of the W.J. Beal Botanical Gardens to the awe-inspiring modern art of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum...well, like we said earlier there is plenty to keep you busy right on campus. 

Don't Miss 

  • MSU Bug House - Learn fascinating facts, for example, that flies have tastebuds on their feet or view the amazing pinned displays.
  • Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum - A contemporary art museum with ever-changing exhibits.
  • Beaumont Tower - Come see the beauty of the tower and listen to carrillonneurs play noontime recitals.
  • MSU Museum - Explore three floors of exhibits devoted to natural and cultural history with an emphasis on the Great Lakes region.

Don't Miss Events

For Spartan fans of all all ages, these are the events not to miss during the year. 

Meet the Spartans

Meet the Spartans

Ever year MSU fans of all ages are invited to meet and receive autographs from head coach Mark Dantonio and members of the football team.

August 18, 2015

MSU Midnight Madness

Midnight Madness

Help kick-off the start of a new season! The men's and women's basketball will be signing autographs and there will be promotional giveaways and performances.

2015 Date TBD  

Spartan Spectacular

Spartan Spectacular

Featuring performances by the MSU wind symphony, Spartan marching band, drumline and faculty artists.

November 1, 2015

2015-16 MSU Football Schedule

Tailgating? Click here for times and other rules. Tickets are available for purchase here.



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Greater Lansing On The Go!

Mobile AppThe Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau has a FREE iPhone and Android app and mobile website for all smart phone users. Turn your smart phone into a location-aware travel guide loaded with maps, info on nearby events, entertainment, dining, shopping and more. 

You can also download our new Family Fun Guide. This booklet has everything you need for a day, week, or all season long of fun for the whole family in Greater Lansing! If you prefer a printed copy, be sure to fill out the form located within the page linked below and check "Family Fun Guide" after you input your address information.2016 Family Fun Guide Thumb


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If you prefer to read our Visitor Guide "off screen," you can click here to request a copy to be mailed to you or download a printable pdf.