LANSING, Mich. - What would you say if someone asked, "What is there to do in Greater Lansing?" If you had to think about it, get ready to discover (or rediscover) your own backyard during the 18th Annual Be A Tourist In Your Own Town celebration. The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the event on Saturday, June 2nd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

While a dollar sure doesn't buy much these days, it's STILL enough to purchase a Greater Lansing passport, allowing event participants to visit more than 60 local partnering establishments. Old favorites include: Impression 5 Science Center, Potter Park Zoo and the Michigan Historical Museum. Be sure to visit one of the many new stops including, Royal Scot Bowling, FunTyme Adventure Park, Abram's Planetarium and Craig Mitchell Smith Glass Gallery. Some attractions will offer a discount on services through June with the passport.

"The tourism industry is a key component of the Greater Lansing economy," said Tracy Padot, Vice President, Marketing Communications. "Based on a study conducted by Michigan State University, more than 4.7 million out-of-town guests visit Greater Lansing each year, generating $424 million in direct spending and supporting 7,200 jobs in the tourism sector. We want residents to not only enjoy the leisure options Greater Lansing offers, but also recognize the importance of creating a hospitable environment for our guests by serving as community ambassadors."

Here's how the event works:

  1. Participants need to purchase a $1 passport from the Celebration Cinema or NCG Cinema, the AAA Michigan-Grand River Avenue location, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing Art Gallery, CATA C.T.C, Arts Council of Greater Lansing or the Greater Lansing Visitors Center in the Stadium District. Passports will also be available on June 2nd at information stations throughout the city.
  2. Passport holders can park on the MSU campus, in Old Town, at the downtown City of Lansing parking ramps or at the Michigan Historical Museum and hop aboard one of four CATA Be A Tourist public bus routes. Round trip fares are only 50 cents per person.
  3. Throughout the month of June, "tourists" can have their passport stamped at participating attractions, and once they receive 10 stamps, they are eligible to enter a prize drawing. Participants that get 15 or more stamps, are entered in for the grand prize - a night in a suite at Cooley Law School Stadium and 10 tickets.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors


Platinum Sponsor:  Jackson National Life Insurance Company 
Gold Sponsors:
Capitol National Bank, Dean Transportation & Dean Trailsways of MI, LAFCU, Lansing Mall, LEPFA
Silver Sponsors:
Capital Region International Airport, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Cooley Law School/Cooley Temple Conference Center, PNC Bank, TownPlace Suites, Stevens Van Lines, Lansing Board of Water & Light
Bronze Sponsors:
Meijer, Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, Financial Technology Inc., KI Technology Group, Holiday inn Express & Suites - Dimondale, Michigan Women's Historical Center & Hall of Fame, East Lansing Marriott at University Place, Neogen Corporation, Lansing Community College, University Quality Inn, Foliage Design Systems, Lexington Lansing Hotel


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