Be A Tourist In Your Own Town is the perfect family event. Kids love the hands-on crafts and museums, parents love that it’s affordable, yet some might wonder, what’s in it for me? If you think Be A Tourist is all about face-painting and balloon animal twisting, you’re missing out on a whole other side. Yes, Be A Tourist has many kid-friendly options, but it also has numerous events and attractions the “older younger” crowd–millennials–will enjoy. 

So, if you think Be A Tourist is just for kids, think again and check out these five ways millennials can enjoy this community event.

  1. Tour the Makers & Shakers Trail–If you haven’t explored Lansing’s Makers & Shakers beer, wine and spirits trail, BATYOT is the ideal time to do so. Most participating wineries, breweries and distilleries are offering some sort of one-day-only discount, special tour and/or taste-testing. Download the full list of BATYOT attractions to see participating venues.

    Breweries Wineries Distilleries
  2. Hit the water–After a long week of being indoors, grab your friends for a casual trip along the Lansing River Trail. River Town Adventures will be offering ½ off one-hour paddle adventures on the Grand River.

    River Adventure
  3. Learn a new skill–If you’ve ever wanted to try yoga, but just haven’t found the time or had to turn down a networking event because you can’t golf, why not use Be A Tourist as an excuse to get started? Just B Yoga is offering free yoga sessions, MSU Forest Akers Golf Courses is offering free golf lessons for adults and Al!ve: Your Community Well-Being Place is offering many classes including fitness, cooking and more.
  4. Make it a date–Forgo the standard date-day ideas and explore the town and your new relationship at the same time. (Yeah, that was kind of corny.) But seriously, Be A Tourist is a great date idea. There are plenty of ideas to choose from and at $1 for a passport nobody will break out in a cold sweat when the bill comes around.

    BATYOT Passports
  5. Bring out your inner child–Yes, we’ve been highlighting more “grown-up” events, but every now and then adults need to let loose too. Participating in Knockerball, one of Be A Tourist’s newest attractions, is a solid way to make it happen. You may pretend at first like you don’t want to play soccer in a giant bubble, but don’t fight it, you know it sounds super cool.

Although BATYOT technically ends at 5 p.m., the party doesn’t have to stop there! Stop by Lansing Brewing Company for Swill and Swine Fest or head to East Lansing for BAD Brewing’s Block Party. Both events start at 5 p.m. and will have live music, food and beverages. And while you’re out enjoying the day, don’t forget to share your pictures with us on social media using #BATYOT2016! We can’t wait to see how you spent your day touring Greater Lansing.