As summer winds down take a moment to see if you've hit all of our Top 10 Things to Do on your #lovelansing Summer Bucket List. These are our top picks that every Michigander should experience in the Greater Lansing region. We've still got great weather for weeks to come so if you haven't explored them all - there's still time! The best part? They all make it easy to social distance so you can enjoy them safely and responsibly.

Start your planning today!

1. Walk, Bike or Paddle Down the Lansing River Trail

Kayaking-downtown-Lansing

Whether you choose to walk it, bike it, or paddle down it, we just suggest you get on it! The Lansing River Trail, one of the most fun things to do in Michigan, is over 13 scenic miles long and winds through attractions like the Brenke Fish Ladder and Potter Park Zoo. Kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards can be rented at River Town Adventures located near the old Lansing City Market.


2. Shop at a Local Farmers Market

Flowers Capitol Farmers Market

Summer is prime time for vendors from throughout the state to sell their fresh veggies, homemade soaps, cut flowers, and other artisan goods. With over 20 farmers markets in the Greater Lansing area, you are sure to find one located near you. View the entire list here.


3. Attend a Festival

Festival Family

Festivals and events have made a comeback in Greater Lansing! Don't miss out - find a list of Festivals that will keep your toes tapping and hands clapping!


4. Hop on the Makers & Shakers Trail

Ozone's Sampler beers

Taste-testing locally made wines, brews, and liquors is a classic interest of many. Take some time this summer to visit some, or all, of Greater Lansing's breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Most have great patios allowing you to enjoy sipping your beverage outside in the warm summer breeze.


5. Catch a Luguts Baseball Game


Lugnuts - Kyle Castle

Is there anything more classic than watching a baseball game on a summer night? We didn't think so. Check out all the fun themed game days at Jackson Field.


6. Visit the Animals at Potter Park Zoo

Potter Park Zoo - Rhino baby

If you haven't been to the zoo in a while, summer is the perfect time to get reacquainted. Especially since Potter Park Zoo has acquired a few new additions to their family with new baby otters, kangaroos and a rare black rhino calf. Click here to make your reservations.


7. Explore the 4-H Children's Garden


MSU gardens

Summer won't be here forever, so you better get in a visit to the gardens while you still can! The 4-H Children's Garden has over 55 themes like the Pizza Garden, Peter Rabbit Herb Garden, and the ABC Garden, and it is a great place to go to take in the beauty of nature.



8. Little Hawk Putting Course

Little Hawk - James Lenon

We love Little Hawk! This isn't the putt putt course you're used to. This one-of-a-kind course allows you to play mini golf on real grass with actual sand traps, waterfalls and water hazards. Perfect for all ages.


9. Lansing ARTPath

ArtPath 2021 Mural

Don't miss the new ARTpath along the Lansing River Trail displaying nearly 20 pieces of unique artwork.


10. Urban Beach - Rotary Park

Urban Beach Rotary Park

Whether you want to play, paddle or picnic, the urban beach at Lansing's new Rotary Park is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Find magnificent artwork, a fire pit, lighted forest and spectacular views of the downtown Lansing skyline. Located on the Grand River along the 17 mile long River Trail. Take advantage of River Town Adventures, offering onsite kayak, canoe and bike rental.

Looking for even more things to do this summer? Check out our other blogs for inspiration at lansing.org/blog.

Photography: Kyle Castle, Tom Gennara, Valeri Gill, James Lenon, Potter Park Zoo, Jena McShane and Ozone Brewing.