The birthplace of the Oldsmobile and Michigan's automotive center, Lansing offers visitors a number of car-related sites like plant tours and automobile museums, but there are other forces driving this capital city. On the political side, there's the award-winning State Capitol Building, completely restored in 1992, where tourists are wowed by the glass-floor rotunda and acres of decorative handpainted surfaces. The Michigan Historical Museum, which boasts a great collection of items from Michigan's past, including a recreated copper mine, will please history buffs. Children and families will enjoy taking a camel ride at the Potter Park Zoo or spending the day biking through Sleepy Hollow State Park. On the cultural side, the nearby campus of Michigan State University is a must-see for the Kresge Museum and for the beautiful campus itself. Entertaining and educational attractions, great shopping, fabulous restaurants and a variety of affordable accommodations make Lansing worth the ride.
Things to do in Lansing
4.5 based on 167 reviews
I saw this restaurant featured on Dinners, Drive-ins, and Dives and wanted to give it a try. We live 45 minutes away but the drive was worth it. Food is fresh and the wait was short. Prices are very reasonable. Hummus is fresh and tasty. Lived the lamb stuffed grape leaves! Staff is so friendly and helpful. Can't wait to return!
4.5 based on 222 reviews
Authentic Indian Cuisine
When we went to this attractive place for dinner, the patrons were a large Indian family (which usually inspires confidence in the food) and a lot of university students (which often indicates low price). The food was good, the quantity enormous, and the prices low. When I visit Lansing again, I'll be back to Swagath.
4.5 based on 581 reviews
Let me just tart by saying, I had 2 different people recommend this restaurant. We decided to give it a try. We had about a 10 minute wait before getting our table. I bet it can take much longer during the super peak eating times. But the wait is worth it! The food was hands down amazing! It is that old Italian Eatery. The pizza was so good. The bread sticks were huge and delicious! Will eat again when back in that area.
4 based on 162 reviews
A number of local beers on tap. Good sandwich and salad selection. Grilled blackened chicken was great. Wife had a southwest salad which was very good. Pub atmosphere. Can get very crowded ( tons of people coming in after sate basketball finals and big waiting line). We thought it was well worth the visit.
4.5 based on 405 reviews
Stopped in for our first visit and were not disappointed. I had the half order of nachos and smoked chicken wings. Both were fantastic. My gf had the pulled pork sandwich and loved it. I also enjoyed my 40oz PBR that was appropriately served in a brown paper bag. We were also surprised at how reasonable the prices were. Can’t wait to go here again and try the ribs!
4 based on 255 reviews
This is the 3rd visit to this HopCat location. The poorly managed location is living off blind adoration of its excellent beer selection. The vestibule was swamped with water. The waiting area has a had couch in it with no-legs for at least 6 months, and it was also dirty. The hostess mismanaged my table lead-time by 36 minutes. So much for their fancy I-Pad program intended to seat guests.... Recommendation- go somewhere else until they hang a signout side that says -retrained by Detroit location or better still (but painful) the UM HopCat Manager is now in charge.
4.5 based on 577 reviews
Meet a friend for lunch at the Soup Spoon Cafe. Plenty of parking next to restaurant. It was busy, but service was good and the wait for food was very good also. We both ordered the special - Cafe Tenderloin Stroganof. It was excellent. Nice waitress and interior of restaurant was OK also. Will be back to try other dishes.
4.5 based on 166 reviews
The State Room Restaurant is one of the premier restaurants in Greater Lansing featuring casual-upscale American cuisine, 500 bottle wine list, Michigan craft beers and a sophisticated lounge.
We ate at the State room for a recent birthday. Choosing an entree is difficult because they all sound good. Some restaurants are mostly variations on the same theme with a couple of exceptions. The state room has interesting and great tasting variety. I haven't had a bad meal there. Service was efficient and friendly, although the previous time we were there about 6 months ago the server was not good-several errors. A couple of things to keep in mind. Thursdays, bottles of wine are 1/2 off and for birthdays the celebrant gets their entree free.
4 based on 167 reviews
The Lansing Brewing Company serves as a living testament to the hard-working men and women who built our great city. We embrace our city's roots while heralding in a new beer-loving generation just in time for Lansing's rebirth. Visit our tap room for a craft brewed pint and indulge in one of our fresh gastro pub inspired dishes.
I wasn't hugely impressed with the pizza, the poutine or the beer. All of it was about average and there are quite a few other unique breweries in town.
4.5 based on 74 reviews
We had a large group (25) The Cosmos accommodated. AWESOME service! We had great pizzas, salads, bacon deviled eggs, wine selection and craft beer options. Highly recommend one to experience Cosmos!
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