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Author: Valeri Gill, CTA

Valeri Gill, a graduate of Michigan State University and Lansing Community College, loves her hometown of Lansing. As a mom to a busy toddler she's always looking for new ways to explore the Greater Lansing area. You can find Valeri and her family roaming museums, like Impression 5 Science Center, or playing in the great outdoors, a favorite being the urban beach at Rotary Park. She sure loves Lansing and hopes you will too!

When rainy days and cold weather keeps kids inside, it can be hard to entertain everyone. But, staying inside can be lots of fun for the whole family if you're armed with the right indoor activities. Below, we've assembled some of Greater Lansing's best boredom-busting area attractions to turn an indoor day into a memorable one.

Looking for ways to shop local for that special someone in your life? Whether it's for a special holiday, birthday or anniversary Greater Lansing has plenty of opportunities to keep your dollars local. Shopping local helps create jobs in the community, keeps money in mid-Michigan and supports small businesses. In turn, those businesses give back to the neighborhood and offer more unique products keeping communities diverse. It makes everybody a winner! To help guide you on your shopping adventure we have listed out premier picks in Greater Lansing's surrounding communities that you can support by shopping small. Some have even made accommodations to help you shop safer by offering curbside pickup and online ordering.

Hover over the pictures to get a link (in blue) to connect directly to each vendors website and start shopping!

As 2020 comes to a close we thought we'd take a moment to reflect on the year. The #lovelansing community shined throughout 2020 amidst a global pandemic. We saw our member businesses creativity and innovation to keep our visitors safe and healthy. And we watched Greater Lansing come together to show support to our local businesses and to each other. The gallery of images highlighted below showcase our top picks from 2020 and demonstrate that together we are #tourismstrong!

Find the perfect gift for that certain someone in your life in Greater Lansing. With a plethora of diverse, local businesses, we have found unique gifts for that special person who is just too hard to shop for. And to make your shopping experience even easier, many of these local shops have online shopping, delivery and curbside pickup available. Hover over the pictures to get a link (in blue) to connect directly to each vendors website and start shopping!

Fall in Greater Lansing is bursting with color and this particular time of year provides beautiful sunrises and sunsets. With that combination your are sure to get some amazing photos! The guide below will lead you to the most Fall filled Instagrammable spots every traveler needs to visit when they’re in the Greater Lansing area.

Usher in the fall season on Greater Lansing’s Makers & Shakers Trail. Discover 15+ options for patios to enjoy the vibrant views and fall flavored spirits and brews. If you're not quite comfortable being out and about many have curbside pickup options as well. Either way, you are sure to make the most of an autumn day in Greater Lansing, cheers!

In just a short drive from the Lansing State Capitol you can find a genuine slice of Midwestern hospitality in Greater Lansing's nearby small towns. Take a step back in time and stroll the quaint downtown streets, browse unique shops and eateries, peruse the local farmers market and soak up the serene ambience of small-town living. Many have hotels, inns and B&B’s nearby making it the ideal weekend getaway!