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.

By The editors of MidwestLiving.com
March 28, 2013

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What to 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

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Lansing Lugnuts This single-A minor league club feeds into the Toronto Blue Jays farm system. 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 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

Michigan State Capitol

Old Town Galleries, restaurants, boutiques and bars fill historical buildings in the original downtown. Walking tours available. iloveoldtown.org

Lansing's Old Town neighborhood

Potter Park Zoo Confetti-color cockatiels nibble seed from outstretched hands as visitors pose for selfies at the Wings from Down Under exhibit. 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

Where to eat

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 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

Where to stay

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

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

Wild Goose Inn

For more information lansing.org