Freezing temperatures and icy roads can make Michigan winters a drag sometimes, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t fun things to do in the Lansing area during the cold months. We’ve made a list of five things to do in Greater Lansing to help you enjoy the winter season.
1. Art & Craft BeerFest
This indoor festival on the main strip of REO Town will take place on Saturday, January 27. Check out art, music and short films as you sample craft beer. There will also be food trucks on site, along with eats from Saddleback BBQ and Good Truckin’ Diner. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the gate. Take Route 2 to REO Town for this festival that you don’t want to miss.
2. Ice Skating at Suburban Ice
Ice skating is a fun winter activity for adults and children alike. Suburban Ice in East Lansing has public skate hours every day in the month of January. Check out their calendar for public skating times. Public Skate is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and only $2 for skate rental. Take Route 1 to Hannah Plaza to have some fun on the ice!
3. Check out a local coffee shop
Escape the cold of winter by cozying up at a local coffee shop with a hot drink. The Lansing area has several charming cafes to choose from. Take Route 1 to Strange Matter Coffee on Michigan Avenue, or take Route 14 to Old Town to grab a drink at Bloom Coffee Roasters. Headed to REO Town? Hop on Route 2 to check out Blue Owl Coffee.
4. Winter sports at Michigan State University
Take advantage of having a Big Ten school in your hometown and check out an MSU sporting event! Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams have home games at the Breslin Center through February. Take Route 20 to the Breslin Center, or park in Ramp 5 and use the game day shuttle to get you to the door. The hockey team will also have home games throughout the winter season. Go to the MSU Official Athletic Site for schedules and tickets.
5. Snow Tubing at Hawk Island Park
You’ve gone sledding, but have you ever gone snow tubing? For $10 per person, or $8 for groups of 4 or more, enjoy a day of snow tubing at Hawk Island Park. Check out their hours before heading out. Ride a tube down the groomed course that extends over 500 feet, and then hop on the conveyor belt to take you back to the top of the hill. Take Route 8 and you’ll only be a short walk from the park entrance.
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Summer in Lansing means not only longer days and warmer temperatures, but a whole new calendar of events for you to check out. Whether you are looking for something family friendly or a night to leave the kids at home, there is something for you. Check out our list of events and activities that you can’t miss this summer:
- Lansing Lugnuts: Route 1 will take you to the front entrance of Cooley Law School Stadium. Bring your family and friends to cheer on the Lugnuts, and don’t forget your foam finger!
- Taste of Country: Another reason to head to Cooley Law School Stadium this summer! Get tickets for the June 9 concert to see some of the biggest names in country music right in downtown Lansing.
- Lake Lansing: Many summer activities take place on Lake Lansing and its two surrounding parks. Friday night concerts at the bandshell are just one of the fun things to do. Grab a blanket and sit on the lawn to enjoy some summer tunes! To visit Lake Lansing Park South, take route number 23, and get off at Marsh before Lake Lansing Road.
- Potter Park Zoo: Hop on route 8 for some summer entertainment at Potter Park Zoo. The zoo is open daily as of April 1, and residents are admitted for free on non-holiday Mondays.
- Lansing Beer Fest: Take route 2 to REO Town and join in on the Lansing Beer Fest. On June 17, Washington Avenue will be transformed into a festival featuring beer from 25 Michigan breweries, more than 100 craft beers, food trucks and vendors.
- Common Ground Music Festival: It wouldn't be summer without Lansing’s Common Ground Music Festival at Adado Riverfront Park. Get your tickets now for July 6-9, and start planning a week of music and fun. All of CATA’s downtown routes will be running, but with scheduled event detours. You can keep up with these detours by subscribing to CATA’s Rider Alerts.
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