February 2021 CTA Newsletter
Just a friendly reminder you’re invited to a fun virtual meet up! - TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER!
Thursday, February 18, 2021
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
During this fun interactive hour, you will hear updates on our local tourism industry and have a chance to re-connect with fellow CTAs. Please come ready to share something you learned about the community during the pandemic over the past year. (For example: Did you take a virtual tour of a local attraction? Did you learn something new?)
Zoom link and details will be sent after registration. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Even though the opportunities to get out and about for CTA renewal points seem limited these winter days, there are many options for outdoor or virtual activities that will make CTA renewal seem easy. Take the full virtual tour of an attraction, watch a virtual performance or have an outdoor experience. Log your points and you’ll easily have enough for renewal! Here are some of the options throughout the community. Share any you discover with us! Thank you to Siri Rainone, CTA for the assistance in compiling this information.
Michigan State Capitol Building
The Capitol has created a number of virtual tours to experience the history and beauty of this working building. Two tours are listed here and there are many others on their Facebook page created through FB Live including a tour of the outside grounds.
- Capitol Building Tour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKSWYOd1nnk
- Did you ever want to go up into the Capitol dome and see the architecture of the inner dome? This Behind the Scenes tour shows off the inner and outer domes and the bird’s eye views from the top! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADTT635TDho
MSU Broad Museum
- The Broad Museum is currently open with limited hours. Check the website to make a reservation to visit in advance. Two of the current exhibitions have local connectivity to our region (Interstates of Mind and Seeds of Resistance). https://broadmuseum.msu.edu/visit
- The Broad also offers online tours of some of the current exhibitions as well as some at home art experiences. https://broadmuseum.msu.edu/MSU-Broad-Online
- Check out all the museum exhibits virtually during their closure as well as the Science on a Sphere online programs. https://www.museum.msu.edu/virtual-tours/
Potter Park Zoo
- The Zoo is open every day with a timed entry system. Indoor areas are closed (including the Feline & Primate House and Bird & Reptile House) but animals are outside if possible. https://potterparkzoo.org/
MSU Walking Tours
- The MSU Campus is always a great option to walk outside and enjoy the beauty of the campus in any season. https://tour.msu.edu/sites/default/files/2018-05/MSU_Self-Guided_Walking_Tour.pdf
Meridian Outdoor Marketplace
- The Meridian Township Farmers' Market is home to vendors offering farm, food and crafts year-round. The new Marketplace on the Green location near Meridian Mall provides an open-air environment which is covered and designed for easy accessibility. https://www.meridian.mi.us/visitors/things-to-do/try-our-farmers-market
Fenner Nature Center
- Fenner has more than 4 miles of trails open from 8:00 am to dusk and the indoor nature center is open with limited hours. https://mynaturecenter.org/
Harris Nature Center
- The Harris Nature Center offers a self-guided nature tours to do at the outdoor trails on site or at any outside natural location. https://www.meridian.mi.us/home/showpublisheddocument?id=22333
- Additionally, appointments can be scheduled for visits inside the Harris Nature Center. https://www.meridian.mi.us/Home/Components/News/News/4978/195
Woldumar Nature Center
- Woldumar offers over 5 miles of trails open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. https://www.woldumar.org/index.php
Ingham County Parks
- Burchfield Park, Hawk Island and Lake Lansing Park North all offer outdoor winter activities to enjoy natural recreation opportunities. http://pk.ingham.org/parks/winter_conditions.php
Take a Walk on the Lansing River Trail
- The Lansing River Trail now stretches all the way from Waverly Road to Old Town! You can also catch the Trail from Potter Park and into MSU. Altogether, over 16 miles of paved trail pass through numerous parks and natural areas, as well as through Downtown Lansing.
- This video shows a time warp of the trail from beginning to end in 16 minutes. https://www.lansingrivertrail.org/
Lansing Symphony Orchestra
- The LSO is offering on-demand digital concerts from the symphony as well as an archive of their “LSO At Home” series featuring performances that keeps the music playing. https://www.lansingsymphony.org/
Wharton Center for Performing Arts
- The Wharton Center continues to offer virtual opportunities until they are able to return to live performances which is currently scheduled for the fall. https://www.whartoncenter.com/
Lansing Community College Sculpture Walk
You can explore the outdoor collection of art and sculptures located on the campus of LCC on the sculpture walk showcasing many unique pieces. https://internal.lcc.edu/buildforward/sculpture/
Celebrate #lovelansing with us at the
Greater Lansing CVB's Virtual Annual Meeting!
Join us for the GLCVB’s Annual Meeting as we gather virtually to hear the tourism and hospitality industry story of 2020 and where we’re headed in 2021.
Dave Lorenz, Vice President of Travel Michigan will share his insights from a statewide perspective. You’ll also have a chance to network with your peers in the industry in virtual breakout rooms following the presentation.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
GLCVB Presentation | 11:00–11:15 a.m.
Travel Michigan Presentation | 11:15–11:30 a.m.
Optional Virtual Networking | 11:30 a.m.–Noon
You will receive a Zoom meeting link following registration for the event.
The event is free to attend.
To celebrate Black History Month, check out some info on the region’s African American Heritage. Do you have additional content you think we should include on this page? Please let us know!
The newest hotel in downtown Lansing, Courtyard by Marriott opened its doors on Thursday, February 11! The hotel is ideally located in the heart of the Stadium District, close to the State Capitol and walking distance to the Lansing Center, Jackson Field and Downtown businesses. Close to Lansing Community College and Sparrow Hospital and only 2.4 miles to MSU campus. The new state-of-the-art lobby at Courtyard provides greater flexibility and choices for guests. At the center of it all is The Bistro, a destination for a great breakfast, or drinks and dinner during the evening. Enjoy inviting, flexible spaces including 1,689 square ft. of meeting space. Plus, the well-equipped rooms will help guests stay refreshed and energized. Please join us in welcoming them to the community!
Please note that the GLCVB plans to distribute the 2020 Visitor Guides throughout 2021. As budgets are tight and out of fairness to our advertisers, we have determined to use up the stockpile of 2020 guides. While the vast majority of content is still relevant and helpful as you plan your Lansing getaway, please note some events and businesses listed may have changed. Those updates have been made in the digital version of the guide, which can be viewed here: https://www.lansing.org/visit-greater-lansing/request-a-visitors-guide/.
Lansing Beer Trail – month of February https://www.lansing.org/event/2021-greater-lansing-beer-trail/36306/
Potter Park Zoo Ice Safari – February 20-21 https://potterparkzoo.org/event/ice-safari-2021/
Old Town Chocolate Walk – February 26 http://iloveoldtown.org/events/chocolate-walk/
Downtown Lansing Winterfest – February 27 https://www.downtownlansing.org/lansing-winterfest/
Fenner Nature Center Maple Syrup Saturdays – March 13 and 27 https://mynaturecenter.org/programsevents/festivals/maplesyrupfestival/
April 19, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Visit www.ctanetwork.com to register today!
The January “What Am I?” picture was a picture of a Gigi’s cupcake in East Lansing. Congratulations to Siri Rainone for guessing correctly!
The fourth and sixth people to email Anne Lavender at firstname.lastname@example.org will win a prize!
Lansing, Michigan was named after John Lansing, Jr., one of the official delegates to the Constitutional Convention from the State of New York. Lansing strongly opposed the newly proposed U.S. Constitution and thought it should be rejected because it infringed on the sovereignty of the independent States and did not do enough to guarantee individual liberty. Both he and another member from New York walked out of the Convention after 6 weeks and never signed the Constitution.
Lansing was a wealthy landowner and also served in the revolutionary war as a military secretary, Speaker of the New York Assembly, Chief Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, and Chancellor of New York State.
Michigan settlers named Lansing, MI after Lansing, NY which is named for the John Lansing, Jr. family.