Competing in 25 men’s and women’s varsity sports in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference, the Michigan State Spartans are the hottest tickets in town. With one of the most successful athletic programs in the nation, the Spartans have amassed 30 national championships, including six in football and two in men’s basketball. You won’t get far in Mid-Michigan without seeing MSU’S signature green & white.
The football team plays home games at 75,000-seat Spartan Stadium, while men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball call the 16,000-seat Jack Breslin Student Events Center home. The Breslin Center also regularly hosts concerts, comedy shows, and other events. MSU baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, and many more teams compete at venues throughout campus.
550 S Harrison Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823
On the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, the Eli and Edith Broad Art Museum is an architecturally striking 46,000 square-foot facility dedicated to contemporary art. The MSU Broad is home to more than 7,500 items in the permanent collection, as well as a variety of temporary exhibits, art courses, and other community events throughout the year.
There are no shortage of interesting museums in the Mid-Michigan region, including the Michigan History Center in Lansing, the MSU Science Museum on the Michigan State campus in East Lansing, the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, the Impression 5 Science Center interactive museum for children, as well as the Michigan State Capitol, the Turner-Dodge House & Heritage Center, and many more!
547 E Circle Dr
East Lansing, MI 48824
Spanning more than 100 acres along the banks of the Red Cedar River, Potter Park Zoo is home to more than 500 animals across over 150 species. The zoo features habitats ranging from the native natural habitat of the nearby Red Cedar River, to Siberian tundra and African jungle. Popular exhibits include the snow leopard, African lions, tamarin monkeys, kangaroos, red pandas, and penguins.
The Zoo hosts a variety of educational programs like Keeper Talks, community events such as Boo at the Zoo, Wonderland of Lights, breakfast with Santa, and private gatherings throughout the year. Concession options are available throughout the park, and don’t forget to stop by the gift shop to pick up a souvenir to commemorate your visit!
1301 S Pennsylvania Ave
Lansing, MI 48912
Anchoring Downtown Lansing for nearly 150 years, the Michigan State Capitol building is home to the legislative branch of the Michigan state government. The Capitol’s magnificent cast-iron dome towers 267 feet above the city, and the exquisitely furnished interior features floors of Vermont marble, limestone, and translucent glass, ornately carved wood, as well as murals and frescos painted throughout.
The Capitol has undergone significant restorations completed in 1992 and 2016, with tours offered throughout the year. In addition to hosting the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives, the Capitol also features, commemorations, celebrations, protests, and more throughout the year. Stop by the Capitol Gift Shop to pick up Michigan-inspired apparel, art, books, and gifts!
Capitol Ave at Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI 38906
Just south of Haslett in Okemos, Maru Sushi & Grill is a local favorite for fresh sashimi, nigiri, and a unique assortment of maki rolls. Start your meal with an order of miso soup or spicy edamame, then dive into sushi, udon noodle dishes, or hibachi-grilled meats and vegetables. Pair your selection with an ice-cold Sapporo or a cup of warm sake!
5100 Marsh Rd
Okemos, MI 48864
Near the intersection of Marsh Road and Haslett Road, Blondie’s Barn serves up well-executed diner-style breakfast and lunch. From a range of omelets, pancakes, French toast, scrambles, and breakfast burritos, to fresh salads, soup, sandwiches, wraps, burritos, and burgers, Blondie’s is sure to have something that will hit the spot!
5640 Marsh Rd
Haslett, MI 48840
Best Mexican Food
Near Meridian Town Center in Okemos, Cancun Mexican Grill turns out authentic Mexican cuisine with a kick! Whet your appetite with an order of guacamole or queso with housemade tortilla chips, then choose from southwestern staples such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, and carne asada. A visit to Cancun wouldn’t be complete without a frosty Corona or ice-cold margarita!
1754 Central Park Dr
Best SeafoodFittingly-located near Lake Lansing, the Blue Gill Grill is a Haslett favorite for fresh seafood like fish and chips, their signature bluegill dinner, walleye, and fish tacos, as well as burgers, sandwiches, and pizza, all paired with housemade salads, hushpuppies, coleslaw, or hand-cut fries. The Blue Gill’s popular Thirsty Perch rooftop bar makes the perfect place to grab a drink when the weather is nice!
1591 Lake Lansing Rd
Haslett, MI 48840
Jet’s Pizza is beloved throughout Michigan for its mouth-watering Detroit-style deep-dish pizza. Try one of Jet’s signature pies, or create your own from dozens of fresh ingredients…and don’t forget one of Jet’s housemade dipping sauces! Jet’s also offers buffalo wings, salads, sandwiches, and indulgent desserts like cinnamon stix, deep-dish brownies, and chocolate chip cookies.
1640 Haslett Rd
Haslett, MI 48840