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Author: Tracy Padot, CTA

With a disdain for cooking but a love of eating, odds are good that you can find Tracy dining out in one of Greater Lansing’s many diverse restaurants. Luckily her day job as the VP of Marketing Communications provides her the opportunity to explore and promote the area’s popular establishments. Tracy’s favorite question to ask a visitor is “What do you like to eat?” and then offering the perfect place to fit their tastes. Thankfully Tracy’s husband, Tim owns a pizza joint, so they always have a dinner option for their son Nick that the whole family enjoys...and doesn’t involve doing dishes.

During her nearly 20 year tenure at the GLCVB, Tracy has been an integral part of strategic planning and promoting the region to visitors of all kinds - embodying the vision to inspire visitors to love Lansing just as much as we do.

5 Things to Do BEFORE You Get to Greater Lansing

  1. Review the updated safety precautions and guidelines. The state of Michigan requires individuals to wear a face covering in public places. Learn more about Michigan’s Coronavirus guidelines here.
  2. Plan out the activities you'd like to do on your visit while maintaining social distancing and safety guidelines. Please note most businesses are open although some attractions may request you reserve a timed entry ticket. Please note: a few attractions and businesses are currently closed.

As businesses in Greater Lansing reopen, everyone is taking precautions against the spread of COVID-19. It can be a confusing time for consumers with so many new rules and protocols to follow. But having an idea of what to expect when you go out and support our local businesses is an important step towards helping keep you and their employees safe and healthy–and keeping our valued local businesses open.

Looking for an easy road trip for your weekend adventure? Greater Lansing’s central location in the state makes it a popular drive-to destination. With wide open spaces and plenty of chill places, Mid-Michigan is the ideal safe and affordable retreat. Here are our top 10 picks that should be on your list to experience during your next visit!

Chain of Compassion - Lansing ART path

2020 ARTpath

During the summer of 2020, Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center and the city of Lansing will partner to bring temporary, site-specific artwork to 19 sites along 3.5 miles of the Lansing River Trail from REO Town to Old Town and through downtown Lansing. ARTpath is a competitive exhibition and features installations by Michigan artists.

Greater Lansing retailers are offering shoppers the opportunity to shop online, over the phone or some even offer VIP shopping hours to limit the number of people in the store at one time. After you make the perfect selection pick it up curb side or arrange for delivery! Shop local! Check back often as this list will continue to grow.

Looking to take a night off from cooking? Or simply want to support the local hospitality industry by getting a take out meal for the whole family? The Greater Lansing restaurants below are offering delicious family style options for curb side pick up, take out and/or delivery. Family style meals typically feed 4-6 people. Please contact restaurant directly for details.

Lodging for First Responders & Medical Personnel

Please see the link below for a list of Greater Lansing hotels offering special rates for first responders and medical personnel that may be impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Please contact the hotels directly for more information and to book your stay. Please note that many of these rates are offered for a limited time and restrictions may apply.