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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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Check out our list of kid friendly things to do: Potter Park Zoo | Urban Beach at Rotary Park | Paddling with River Town Adventures | Planet Walk along the Lansing River Trail | Impression 5 Science Center | MSU Dairy Store | MSU 4-H Children's Gardens | Little Hawk Putting Course | Lansing River Trail | Disc/Foot Golf | Meridian Historical Village | Sleepy Hollow State 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.
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 Gardens – including research gardens, landscape arboretum and the delightful 4-H Children’s Garden. Explore the trails at Woldumar or Fenner Nature Centers.
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.