If you’re anything like me you were probably starting to think that we would never see green grass, leaves, or 90 degrees this year. Now that the snow has finally melted, it’s time to get out and enjoy a Michigan summer before it’s too late! I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite Mid-Mitten summer activities to get you outside and immersed in all that is Pure Michigan.
Lansing River Trail Experience approximately 13 miles of paved trails through numerous city parks, natural areas, and Downtown Lansing. Popular stops along the trail include Potter Park Zoo, Impression 5, Lansing City Market, and the Brenke Fish Ladder. More information about the river trail and popular stops can be found at lansingrivertrail.org. Summer Circle Theatre/ MSU Dairy Store The MSU Theatre Department produces a range of theatrical performances that are free to the public and take place on the banks of the Red Cedar River throughout the month of June. Attendants are encouraged to bring blankets and picnic baskets for an enjoyable evening on Michigan State’s campus. While you’re on campus, it is worth venturing a few short blocks to the MSU Dairy Store. The Dairy Store offers a variety of cheese, ice cream, and soup made right on campus by undergraduate students who plan to pursue degrees in the dairy and food processing industry. My personal favorite is the Sesquicentennial Swirl; white cake batter ice cream with thick green fudge and pieces of cake bits! Upcoming Summer Circle performances and summer dates can be found at theatre.msu.edu. You can also order MSU Dairy Store products online if you’re looking for a taste of Michigan dairystore.msu.edu.
Summer Concert Series/Moon Light Film Festival The City of East Lansing hosts the Summer Concert Series, which features seven weekends of live music in downtown East Lansing. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and grab a bite to eat while you enjoy musical acts from around the state. Concerts take place in the Ann Street Plaza, but music can be heard from a variety of restaurant patios such as Hopcat, El Azteco, and Peppino’s. The City of East Lansing also hosts outdoor showings of popular movies in Valley Court Park. Movie-goers are encouraged to bring blankets and snacks for their viewing pleasure. Movies are projected outdoors on Thursday evenings throughout the summer. The concert schedule and other East Lansing summer events can be found at cityofeastlansing.com. Michigan State Sailing Club at Lake Lansing For as little as $12/hour, Michiganders can rent a stand up paddle board or kayak and enjoy an afternoon on Lake Lansing. It’s a perfect way to experience life on the water right here in Mid-Michigan. The sailing club also offers a variety of instructional classes and sailboat rentals. More information can be found at msusailing.com or by calling (517) 339-8269
Grand Ledge River Tours Harlow’s Canoe Rental in Wacousta offers river excursions down the Grand River as well as the looking Glass River in the Greater Grand Ledge area. Harlow’s offers a variety of trips ranging from a few hours to all day river adventures. Guests and canoes are dropped off at the start of the river and picked up at a meeting point. It’s a great way to experience Mid Michigan from a different view point and the family-owned business always goes above and beyond to provide guests with a great afternoon. Reservations and more information can be found by calling Harlow’s Canoe Rental: (517) 626-6873. ** Disclaimer: this list is no way exhausted! Be sure to do your research on all that’s happening in the Capital city this summer and keep me posted about some of your favorite activities! **