Minor-league baseball scores fans with a newly renovated stadium in the heart of the capital city, steps from the restored Capitol building and spots for tasting and toasting. A trolley connects the capital to East Lansing, home of Michigan State University.
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Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
| Credit: Bob Stefko

Do

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum 

Ever-changing galleries of contemporary art keep visits fresh, and even the building itself, with its ribbons of glass and corugated metal, is an attraction for visitors at Michigan State University. broadmuseum.msu.edu

Lansing Lugnuts 

This minor league club feeds into the Oakland Athletics. Fans cheer their hometown team from theater-style seats at the spiffed-up Cooley Law School Stadium, where summer ballgames mean frequent fireworks and freebies. milb.com

Lansing River Trail 

The 13-mile trail hugs the banks of the Red Cedar and Grand rivers with a paved pathway and wooden footbridges, connecting the city with parks, picnic spots and historic Old Town. lansingrivertrail.org

Michigan History Museum 

Five levels of exhibits recount the state's 150-year history. michigan.gov

Michigan State Capitol, Lansing
Michigan State Capitol
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Michigan State Capitol 

Take a free weekday tour of the 1879 building, known for its 160-foot-high rotunda. Guides shows where artisans transformed cast iron into polished marble and simple pine into gleaming walnut in stunning examples of decorative faux finishes. michigan.gov

Lansing's Old Town neighborhood
Lansing's Old Town neighborhood

Old Town

Galleries, restaurants, boutiques and bars fill historical buildings in the original downtown. iloveoldtown.org

Potter Park Zoo

More than 160 species, including lions and ring-tailed lemurs, fascinate visitors. The most conspicuous residents might be the dozens of free-roaming peacocks preening for attention. potterparkzoo.org

Eat and Drink

American Fifth Spirits 

Across the street from the Lugnuts' ballpark you can find infused cocktails at Lansing's first brewery. americanfifthspirits.com

The Cosmos

Wood-fired pizzas come with imaginative toppings, such as beet pesto and runny eggs. thecosmoslansing.com

Crunchy's, Lansing, Michigan
Credit: Johnny Quirin

Crunchy's

Besides having 27 beers on tap (with one of East Lansing's best microbrew lists), this sports bar serves one of the best (and biggest) burger's in town. crunchyseastlansing.com

Soup Spoon Cafe

Close to the capitol, the food in this casual, artsy setting includes buoyant eggs Benny and massive breakfast burritos. soupspooncafe.com

Troppo

This upscale spot near the capitol has historical photos and an inventive menu. troppo.org

Stay

Radisson

The 11-story hotel puts visitors near Lansing River Trail. radisson.com

Wild Goose Inn
Wild Goose Inn
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Wild Goose Inn

At a tidy Cape Cod near MSU, suites come with a fireplace, free Wi-Fi and luxurious bath with a whirlpool tub. wildgooseinn.com

For more information  lansing.org