What to do and see in East Lansing, United States: The Best Places and Tips

August 8, 2017 Enedina Augsburger

East Lansing is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan directly east of Lansing, the state capital. Most of the city is within Ingham County, with the rest in Clinton County. The population was 48,579 at the 2010 census, an increase from 46,420 in 2000. It is best known as the home of Michigan State University.
Restaurants in East Lansing

1. Michigan History Center

702 W Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48915-1609 +1 517-373-3559
Excellent
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4.5 based on 180 reviews

Michigan History Center

The Michigan History Center fosters curiosity, enjoyment and inspiration rooted in Michigan's stories. Home to both the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan History Museum, the Michigan History Center offers experiences for visitors of all ages and interests. There is no admission charge for the museum on Sundays. There is no admission charge for the Archives of Michigan. The Archives are open 1:00 - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday, and 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturday.

Reviewed By LifeisTooShort69 - Kalamazoo, Michigan

I love History, and I am trying to work my way through the state checking off all the major venues from the bucket list. This museum had plenty of parking, a friendly staff, and was reasonably priced. If you have the SSS "park pass", the cost is cheaper. Price I do not recall, but I wanna say it was $4 versus $6. We went on a Saturday, so we did not have to pay to park. I guess on Sunday you can get in free we were told.

The museum is two levels and it's very well laid out with good displays and a variety of information. There is a snack shop on the first floor, but it did not appear to be open weekends. There was a vending machine however. We opted to do the first level, then drive down a few blocks and eat, then come back.

It did not take us long to get through the museum, even reading a lot of the displays as a couple with no children in tow. However, it is an affordable way to spend an afternoon learning something new.

2. Michigan State University

220 Trowbridge Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824-3407 +1 517-355-1855
Excellent
86%
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5 based on 296 reviews

Michigan State University

MSU's huge country-like campus offers a lovely setting for running, biking or just hanging out, and also has places to visit, like the Beal Botanical Gardens, Sanford Natural Area, the 70,000-capacity Spartan football stadium, an art center, planetarium and, of course, the MSU Dairy Store for ice cream.

Reviewed By blkangusgal - East Lansing, Michigan

Anytime I have friends and loved ones from out of state, they want to see the updates at Michigan State University. The campus is designed with the walking student to classes in mind. Don't forget to tour the farms attached too. Even check out the Student Union is a must.

3. 4-H Children's Garden

East Lansing, MI +1 517-353-6692
Excellent
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5 based on 74 reviews

4-H Children's Garden

Children are the focus of this garden - they even helped in the planning of the 60 small, themed gardens.

Reviewed By Ruth S - East Lansing, MI

This is a gem on the MSU campus, the place we take all visitors to our area. It's fun for adults, too! This garden provides a wonderful site for family photos - the Monet bridge. There are many areas to discover, from an Alice in Wonderland maze, a pizza garden, tree house, floor chimes, and a little train to climb in and around. Kids love it!

4. Michigan State Capitol

Capitol Avenue at Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906 +1 517-373-2353
Excellent
63%
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4.5 based on 285 reviews

Michigan State Capitol

Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1992, this building has served as Michigan's seat of state government since its completion in 1879.

Reviewed By Erie Deneal J - Davenport, United States

This is one of the better marketed Capitols we have visited. We toured the building with a 3rd grade class and found it educational and entertaining. We appreciated learning more about the Capitol. It was great to learn that one of Michigan's favorite governors, Austin Blair, was an abolitionist.

5. Impression 5 Science Center

200 Museum Dr, Lansing, MI 48933-1914 +1 517-485-8116
Excellent
63%
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4.5 based on 162 reviews

Impression 5 Science Center

Interactive museum engages all five senses in the exploration, understanding and appreciation of the wonders of physical science.

Reviewed By Erie Deneal J - Davenport, United States

Fun place for the family. Definitely happy we took the time to visit this Center. We were able to use our membership to recieve reciprocity access and enjoyed ourselves.

6. Spartan Stadium

325 W Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48824-4401 +1 517-355-1855
Excellent
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Spartan Stadium

Reviewed By Stategt - Traverse City, Michigan

Renovations keep making this venue better and better.
It's easy to get around inside. There are many food choices.
I love our West Upper Deck seats. Lines of vision are great.
There are multiple large bathrooms and several concession stands with a few free standing food options. Take the ramp instead of the stairs, though. It's a long way up.

7. R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

240 Museum Dr, Lansing, MI 48933-1905 +1 517-372-0529
Excellent
58%
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4.5 based on 130 reviews

R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

From rare vehicles like REO, Star, Durant, and Viking to classic Oldsmobiles, buggies, bicycles, aviation endeavors, trucks and engines- enjoy the excitement of transportation history! See why we are rated one of "The Ten Best Automobile Museums in the United States" exhibiting a small collection, by Car Collector Magazine.

Reviewed By SETraveler2012 - Atlanta, Georgia

I visited the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in October 2017 during a visit to Lansing. The museum staff were very helpful in answering questions about the museum and the museum has a variety of cars to look at from all different decades of the 20th...MoreThanks so much for visiting and for the review!

8. Wharton Center

320 Wharton Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1318 +1 517-353-1982
Excellent
71%
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

Wharton Center

Reviewed By WmECamp - Farmington Hills, Michigan

This was my first time at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts on the campus of MSU. It is a large auditorium with a large main floor and balcony. I has no center aisles, like a few other venues I have attended and it makes it quite annoying for someone 45 seats or more over to keep passing in front of you. The acoustics are good but you are a long long way from the stage if you are in the balcony. That is why they rent binoculars in the lobby. The parking structure is attached to the venue and parking is $5.00 so that's not bad. The production of "Beautiful" was excellent. Just remember to bring the binoculars if you are upstairs or in the back of the main floor.

9. Potter Park Zoo

1301 S Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing, MI 48912-1646 +1 517-483-4222
Excellent
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4 based on 354 reviews

Potter Park Zoo

Visit more than 100 species of animals, many of which are endangered, including Black Rhinos, Siberian Tigers, Red Pandas and Snow Leopards.

Reviewed By traveling_tegan

After our plans fell though, we decided to try out this zoo. Yes it's still open in the winter: $3 an adult, $2 a child, super cheap. I couldn't believe how many animals were actually still out. It was a very nice 40° day, so maybe that made a difference. All the exhibits looked well kept, and many brand new. The otters we so much fun to watch. Most of the exhibits had a nice spot with glass instead of a fence to look through, and designed with little humans in mind to allow them to see as well. There are two buildings that are heated. The aviary and lizard house and the house for monkeys, lemurs ,lions and tigers. All the animals seemed happy and even liked to show off when some one walked by. For it being a small zoo there are a lot of variety of the animals here. Penguins, red pandas, llamas, meerkats, ravens, crows, peacocks galore and so much more. The coolest part was the moose exhibit. It was way in the back of the zoo, a huge area with a nice board walk with a pond. Never have I had a chance to see moose in real life, so we sat there watching for a long time. Definitely worth the trip back in the summer.

10. Cooley Law School Stadium

505 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912-1148 +1 517-485-0463
Excellent
70%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Cooley Law School Stadium

Reviewed By Nancy H - Rio Rancho, New Mexico

My sister had free tickets that her agency provided her. Had not been to any baseball game in eons. This was so much fun! So much to watch and do! Lots of kid fun and activity. We had supreme seating behind the home plate. Don't know why more people don't come. There were a lot of empty seats. I'd go back.

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