The city of Lansing is prominent in the state of Michigan, not only for being the capital city, but for being an electric and eclectic college town bustling with activity. This Midwestern city is charming and sophisticated with unique shops, vast dining options, and a polished and easy to navigate downtown. It’s even more remarkable in the fall when the fruitful season shows off its vibrant colors.
Country Mill Farms
This fall, head to Country Mill Farms for good, old family fun on the farm. (www.countrymill.com) They offer one of the few orchards in the Mid-Michigan area where families can still pick their own apples off the trees. Additionally, there is a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, orchard express train, three-acre fishing farm pond, and much more.
Hours-August through October: Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fall Hours-November to Thanksgiving:
Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Winter and Spring Hours:
December 1st through December 19th, Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
January through July are by appointment.
Country Mill Farms, LLC. 4648 Otto Road, Charlotte Michigan 48813-9723 (517) 543-1019
State capitol dome
The home of Michigan state’s legislative body is a majestic architectural masterpiece. Visit to learn about the state’s history, the legislative process and interesting facts about the building and former legislators. Public guided tours are offered from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Guided tour times are subject to change daily based on staffing levels. Visitors interested in a guided tour should call ahead to verify guided tour times.
Michigan State Capitol Building 100 N. Capitol Avenue Lansing, MI 48933 517.373.2348 http://council.legislature.mi.gov/lcfa/capitol-tours.html
Lansing Old Town
Old Town is the cultural and creative center of Michigan. This family-friendly community has been restored and revitalized through the efforts of its residents and business owners. Old Town is host to many of the city’s year-round festivals and events such as Lansing’s First Friday. On the first Friday of every month, eateries, shops and galleries feature unique specials and events for everyone to enjoy throughout Old Town. First Fridays repeat every month on the first Friday until 12/31/13.
Troppo is a restaurant with decor as delicious as its cuisine. This smooth dining establishment sets the mellow tone and cool atmosphere with deep red fabrics, Italian marble, dark wood and rich warm colors. Vintage black-and-white photos adorn the walls. Troppo does a fine job of comfort food with a twist. Mac and cheese, seared tuna, soup and salad, and beef tenderloin are just a few menu items to try. Troppo is perfect for lunch, dinner, cocktails with family and friends, and special occasions.
Troppo is located in historic downtown Lansing on the Northeast corner of Washington Square and Michigan Avenue a block from the Capitol Building. 111 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48933. For reservations, call 517.371.4000. (http://troppo.org/)
Impression 5 Science Center
Impression 5 Science Center is a dynamic, interactive space for families to play, create, and challenge their understanding of science. Their mission is to facilitate learners in scientific exploration through hands-on exhibits and participatory educational programming.
The hands-on learning environment of Impression 5 opened in 1972 and has served nearly 3 million visitors over the past 40 years. Since 1982, Impression 5 has been located on Museum Drive in downtown Lansing.
“Impression 5” refers to the five senses and the way that each sense is engaged during a visit to the Science Center.
Impression 5 Science Center 200 Museum Drive Lansing, MI 48933 (517) 485-8116 www.impression5.org
R.E. Olds Museum
An impressive collection awaits you…at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum. It is dedicated to Ransom Eli Olds, inventor, entrepreneur, and financier, and one of Lansing’s most notable automotive leaders. He created the principle of the assembly line in the automobile industry and founded two local automobile companies: Olds Motor Works (1897) and REO Motor Car Company (1904). The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum has thousands of irreplaceable vehicles and items in the archives along with over 52 vehicles that range from years 1886 through 2003.
R.E. Olds Museum 240 Museum Drive Lansing, Michigan 48933 (517) 372-0529 http://reoldsmuseum.org/