Traveling on a dime? Greater Lansing offers attractions and activities that won't break the bank. Many listed here offer free admission or a nominal admission fee. Check for "free" days and special offers. For example, the Michigan History Museum offers free admission on Sundays.

Special Offers

Find discounts on attractions, dining, hotels and more!

Outdoor Recreation

Explore one of the many parks, trails and gardens offering green and serene spaces.

Festivals & Events

Many local celebrations are free to attend. Check out our calendar of events for more.

Attractions Offering Free Admission

State Capitol Building

Step back into the Victorian era with a visit to Michigan's award-winning Capitol Building. Designed by Elijah E. Myers, one of…

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Michigan Walk of Fame

The Michigan Walk of Fame honors the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Michigan residents (past or present), whose contributions…

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MSU Museum

Starting June 29, 2024, the MSU Museum will be temporarily closed for renovations. The estimated re-open date is January 2026. The…

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Meridian Historical Village

Located in the shadow of the Meridian Mall, the Meridian Historical Village provides a slice of 19th-century settler life. The…

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Uncle John's Cider Mill

Open May through November with baked goods, cider and doughnuts, gifts, hard cider and wine. During the fall season enjoy many…

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MSU Horticulture Gardens

The MSU Horticulture Gardens are actually a family of three gardens: The 4-H Children's Garden is designed especially for…

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Beal Botanical Garden

Beal Botanical Gardens, founded in 1873, is the oldest continuously operated garden of this type in the United States. It includes…

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Attractions Offering Nominal Admission Fees (under $10 per person)

Impression 5 Science Center

Impression 5 Science Center is a dynamic, interactive space for families to play, create, and challenge their understanding of…

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Abrams Planetarium

The Abrams Planetarium offers sensory-friendly shows on the third Sunday of every month at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. These shows…

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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.

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Potter Park Zoo

The beautifully landscaped 100-acre park, gardens and zoo are situated in an old oak forest along the Red Cedar River. Located in…

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Little Hawk Putting Course

This par 54 bent grass putting course features undulating greens winding through picturesque landscaping. Always immaculately…

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Photo credit: Header photo of State Capitol tours - Tom Gennara