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Looking for an easy road trip for your weekend adventure? Fall is the perfect time to get away. Greater Lansing’s central location in the state makes it a popular drive-to destination. With wide open spaces and plenty of chill places, Mid-Michigan is the ideal safe and affordable retreat.

Greater Lansing is safe and welcoming. Our hotels and attractions have taken the Greater Lansing Safe Pledge ensuring our visitors know our destination is taking precautions to keep everyone healthy and safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

We want you to be comfortable during your visit, and the outdoor activities listed below offer fun ways to enjoy mid-Michigan while keeping social distancing and safe practices in mind.

So when the time is right, we're ready and able for you to explore. Greater Lansing's roster of attractions like fall color tours, kayaking, biking the Lansing River Trail, seeing baby animals at Potter Park Zoo, or simply strolling downtown and browsing the arts districts make the area well sought out for a weekend getaway. Book your stay today!

Outdoor & Autumn Activities Worthy of a Weekend Getaway!

In Greater Lansing, visitors have plenty of activities to choose from. View our top picks for having the ultimate weekend getaway!

Who doesn’t love a fall color tour?

We’ve lined up a weekend itinerary that can be customized and enjoyed whether you want a romantic escape or a fun outing with the kids.

Farm Fresh Fun

Whether you want to pick apples and pumpkins, taste fresh cider and donuts, or find activities the whole family will enjoy, the Lansing region offers multiple farms and cider mills in our surrounding communities. Try Uncle John's Cidery & Winery in St. John's, Country Mill in Charlotte or Peacock Road Tree Farm in Laingsburg.

Potter Park Zoo

The zoo houses over 400 animals and is excited to share it recently welcomed new babies! Find kangaroo joeys, otter pups and a rare black rhino calf named Jaali. Wide pathways that wind through a canopy of trees make it a great place to peep fall foliage. Come celebrate the zoo's 100th anniversary! Check their website for special Fun Fall-tacular and Wonderland of Lights holiday events. Get more info and reserve your admission time here.

Lansing River Trail

Whether you bike it, run it, walk it, rollerblade it, or just take the dogs out for a leisurely stroll on it, the 17 mile long Lansing River Trail is one of Lansing's most treasured assets.

Paddling Adventures

Explore the Grand River in the heart of downtown Lansing with River Town Adventures. They offer canoe and kayak rentals. Great fun for all ages! Located near the new Rotary Park and urban beach.

Golf of All Kinds

Greater Lansing offers numerous lush golf courses ready for you to hit the links. Be sure to check out the island green at Eagle Eye, modeled after the famous hole at TPC Saw Grass. Bringing the kids? Try the Little Hawk Putting Course complete with real grass, sand traps and water falls. Enjoy foot golf or disc golf? We have those too!

Lansing's Arts Districts

Take a stroll through any one of these four surrounding neighborhoods to see bright, colorful street art, sculptures and a plethora of galleries and cultural events. Don't miss the new ARTpath along the Lansing River Trail displaying nearly 20 pieces of unique artwork.

Take 5 in Downtown Lansing

Our walkable downtown means that within five minutes, in a five block radius, you can visit five of our must-see attractions! Discover the State Capitol, Michigan History Museum, Impression 5 Science Center, RE Olds Transportation Museum, Supreme Court Learning Center, Lansing River Trail, Rotary Park and more!

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.

Gardens, Nature Centers & Parks

Discover serene parks and gardens of all types throughout the region. On the campus of Michigan State University you'll find Beal Gardens, the oldest continuously-operated garden of its type in the U.S. with over 2,700 species. And the MSU Horticulture Gardensincluding research gardens, landscape arboretum and the delightful 4-H Children’s Garden. Explore the trails at Woldumar or Fenner Nature Centers.

Downtown Architecture Tour

Walk around in downtown Lansing and you can find an abundance of details that might just be overlooked if you’re intent on just getting somewhere. Slow down and look closer and take notice of workmanship. Check out this video for a quick preview.

 

Makers & Shakers Trail

Sample locally made wine, beer and spirits at one of Greater Lansing's finest libation stations. Hop on the Makers & Shakers tasting trail and start your tour today.

Old Town Shopping

Old Town is Lansing's original downtown and boutique district. The neighborhood's beautiful Victorian buildings are filled with unique galleries, tasty eateries, quaint boutiques, creative businesses, specialty shops and nightclubs.

Michigan State University

Beyond academics and great sports, Michigan State University is known for having great attractions. View ten things to do at MSU (without having to go to a single class)!