Thing to Do In and Around St Johns

Thing to Do In and Around St Johns

While visiting The Nordic Pineapple we hope that you will take advantage of some of the amazing things there are to do in the Greater Lansing area. To help facilitate your trip we have compiled a list of some of these activities to help you find that perfect thing to do. If you do not see something that seems to fit the bill please let us know and we are more than happy to help find what you are looking for.

**Due to the COVID pandemic, we encourage you to reach out to these venues directly to ensure they are open and verify their hours of operation.**
Escape room
Located just 10 minutes from The Nordic Pineapple, there is always something going on at Uncle Johns, from hayrides to apple picking to cider tasting. Be sure to stop by the gift store and grab some cider, donuts, and cookies for the ride home (Kjersten loves the molasses cookies). They also offer special events throughout the summer and fall. Visit their website for a full list of upcoming events.
Potter Park Zoo
Potter Park Zoo is a 20-acre zoo within an 80-acre park located in Lansing. With more than 500 animal residents, there is always something new and exciting to see. From special events to programs for children and adults, the Zoo offers family fun and enrichment year-round. Explore the Zoo and help celebrate study, and protect the diversity of animals and their habitats. All this just 25 minutes south of The Nordic Pineapple.
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Steam Railroading Institute

"The Polar Express" is one of the most beloved Christmas stories of all time and there's a reason it's endured throughout the years as both a children's book and a feature film. But did you know you can take your very own Polar Express ride in Michigan, only 20 minutes from The Nordic Pineapple?

There is more to the Steam Railroading Institute than just The Polar Express. Be sure to come check out everything they have to offer.

victorian bar

Old Town

Old Town is Lansing's original downtown and boutique district. The neighborhood's beautiful Victorian buildings are filled with unique galleries, tasty eateries, quaint boutiques, creative businesses, specialty shops, nightclubs, and more. This arts district hosts festivals, gallery walks, and farmers' markets throughout the year. This is the place for exceptional customer service and that little something extra. It's a great place to spend an afternoon or evening and it's just 30 minutes south of The Nordic Pineapple.
Concerts in the Park
On Wednesday evenings all summer long St Johns offers music in the park starting at 7 pm. The park is only about a mile from the inn. You can grab one of our guest bikes, a couple of guest chairs and enjoy an evening under the sky listening to local talent. Plan to arrive around 6 to get the best spot. All concerts are held rain or shine.
2021 Summer Schedule
July 7 – Alright Alright: Indy Folk Direct from Denver

July 14 – Surf Zup: Great Driving 60's Guitar Hits

July 21 – Monday's Super: A Taste of Irish/Celtic Folk

July 28 – David Gerald: The Best of Detroit Blues

August 4 – Kari Holmes: Country/Pop/Rock Recording Artist

August 11 – Rachel Curtis: American Idol Folk/Pop Artist

August 18 – FRENDZ: Great Vintage Classic Rock

August 25 – David Bennett Quartet: From Swing to Rock

September 1 – Matt King: An Award-Winning Tribute to Elvis
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St. Johns Mint Festival

The St. Johns Mint Festival has a variety of free entertainment for you to enjoy. Watch performances by Rob Underhill, David Perez, the Children's Ballet Theatre and more. Bring a lawn chair to get a good view of the shows.

There will also be a Mint Pageant, parade and flea market. Take home a fun souvenir! You may also be able to make a craft to take home.

The festival takes place from Aug. 13 to 15.

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Michigan Nordic Fire Festival

The Michigan Nordic Fire Festival was created in 2016 to celebrate winter, fire, family and fun. As the days start to get longer and days start to warm, an opportunity was created to get outside, throw spears, and try some of the wonderful beers and meads produced in the area.

The festival is capped off each year with the burning of a Viking longship, it is a must see for sure.

Note that the festival is outdoors, so bring a coat or umbrella if the weather looks bad.

MSU Football
When summer winds down and school is back in session, college football fans know it's time to dust off their jerseys and gear up for game time. Enjoy all the fun and festivities during the game and then escape for a quiet relaxing evening. The Nordic Pineapple is 23 miles North of Spartan Stadium in East Lansing but a world away.
2021 Home Schedule
September 11, 12:00 pm – Youngstown State

September 25, TBD – Nebraska

October 2, 7:30 pm – Western Kentucky (Homecoming)



October 30, TBD – University of Michigan

November 13, TBD – Maryland

November 27, TBD – Penn State University

MSU Football
When summer winds down and school is back in session, college football fans know it's time to dust off their jerseys and gear up for game time. Enjoy all the fun and festivities during the game and then escape for a quiet relaxing evening. The Nordic Pineapple is 23 miles North of Spartan Stadium but a world away.