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Lansing Attractions, Museums & Arts

Discover the vibrant city of Lansing, just a short drive from The Nordic Pineapple. Known for its lively culture and diverse attractions, Lansing offers an array of memorable experiences for visitors of all interests. From the fascinating exhibits at the Michigan History Center to the bustling shopping districts of Old Town and the upscale Eastwood Towne Center, there's something here for everyone to enjoy. Join us as we explore the top attractions and hidden gems that make Lansing a must-visit destination during your stay with us.

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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.

(517) 483-4222
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The Polar Express

Nestled in the heart of Michigan, the small town of Owosso transforms into a magical winter wonderland each holiday season. A cherished annual tradition, The Polar Express comes to life here, captivating both young and old with its enchanting festivities. As the snowflakes gently fall and carols fill the air, families gather at the historic Steam Railroading Institute for an extraordinary adventure. Inspired by Chris Van Allsburg's beloved book and subsequent film adaptation, this immersive experience transports visitors into a world of imagination and holiday spirit. The journey begins as passengers don their pajamas and board a vintage steam locomotive, adorned with festive lights and decorations. Led by a lively cast of characters including Santa himself, travelers embark on a whimsical trip to the North Pole.

(989) 725-9464
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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.

(989) 725-9464
State Capitol Building
State Capitol Building

The Michigan State Capitol has evolved from its first location in Detroit to its current, iconic structure in Lansing, dedicated in 1879. Inspired by the national Capitol in Washington, D.C., it stands as a proud symbol of Michigan's government.

Located in downtown Lansing, the Michigan State Capitol is open year-round from Monday through Friday, except on state holidays. Guided tours are available from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and can be scheduled in advance for groups of 10 or more. Smaller groups and individuals can join existing tours. For tour times or scheduling, call (517) 373-2353. Visit Michigan State Holidays for holiday closures.

(517) 373-2353
Turner-Dodge House
Turner-Dodge House

Step back in time at the Turner-Dodge Mansion, a stunning example of Classical Revival architecture and a National Historic Registered Place in Lansing. Built in 1858 by James and Marion Turner, pioneers in the founding of the Capital City, this beautifully restored home offers a glimpse into the elegance of the turn-of-the-19th-century period. Managed by the City of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department as a Cultural Heritage Center, the mansion invites you to explore Lansing’s history firsthand. Come experience the charm and heritage of this historic gem!

(517) 483-4220
Art and the Art Gallery
Lansing Art Gallery

Immerse yourself in Michigan’s vibrant art scene at Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center. Explore diverse exhibitions, participate in engaging educational programs, and discover unique artworks available for purchase or rental. Whether you're an art enthusiast, a student, or a local business, there's something for everyone. Visit and be inspired by the creative spirit that defines the community!

(517) 574-4521
Broad Art Lab
MSU Broad Art Lab

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, is a nonprofit contemporary art museum located on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing. Since its opening on November 10, 2012, the museum has become a hub for contemporary art, offering a dynamic and ever-changing exhibition schedule that ensures there’s always something new to see. Visit to experience innovative works of art in a stunning architectural setting.

(517) 884-4800
Church at Meridian Historical Village
Meridian Historical Village

Nestled in Okemos, Michigan, the Meridian Historical Village offers a captivating glimpse into 19th-century settler life. This unique site features seven historical buildings, including a one-room schoolhouse, farmhouse with barn, general store, inn, log cabin, and Michigan's sole remaining plank road tollgate house. Discover this rich history through free tours, available by appointment. Visit their website and schedule your private tour to experience life as it was lived over a century ago.

(517) 347-7300
Abrams Panentarium
Abrams Planetarium

Experience the wonder of the universe in a comfortable environment at Abrams Planetarium's sensory-friendly shows. Held on the third Sunday of every month at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., these special presentations feature lights up, sound down, and open doors for easy movement. A designated "chill out" area in the lobby ensures everyone can relax as needed. Each show includes a live star talk, offering insights into the night sky, following a brief intermission. Learn more about show details and ticket information for an enjoyable and accessible astronomical adventure.

(517) 355-4676
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Starlight Dinner Theater

Founded in 2005 by Linda Granger, Starlight Theatre enriches the Lansing community with a distinctive blend of theatre and dining experiences. Established to foster family involvement in productions, Starlight Theatre has been a cornerstone of local cultural entertainment since opening in February 2006. Over the years, they've proudly presented over 32 main stage productions, including four musicals and three musical fundraisers, creating memorable experiences for audiences and participants alike. Join them for a theatrical journey that celebrates creativity and community spirit.

(517) 243-6040
Greater Lansing Ballet Company

Founded in 1990 by Artistic Director Barbara Banasikowski Smith, the Greater Lansing Ballet Company stands as Mid-Michigan’s premier semi-professional ballet company. With a rich history of international, national, and regional performances, they bring world-class ballet to their community. Serving as a gateway to renowned ballet dancers and instructors, they offer exceptional training and performances that inspire and captivate audiences. Join them as they continue to elevate the art of ballet in Greater Lansing and beyond.

(517) 575-6854
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Lansing Symphony Orchestra

As the foremost source of professional orchestral music in Mid-Michigan, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra (LSO) offers a diverse array of musical experiences. Their offerings include the MasterWorks, Pops, and Chamber Series, as well as Jazz Band concerts, educational programs, and special events. Performances are hosted at prestigious venues such as the Wharton Center, Molly Grove Chapel at First Presbyterian Church, and the Robin Theatre. Join them for unforgettable performances that celebrate the richness of orchestral music and enrich the community's cultural tapestry.

(517) 487-5001
Gaming floor at Soaring Eagle Casino
Soaring Eagle Casino

Prepare for excitement the moment you step inside Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. Spanning 210,000 square feet, Michigan’s most action-packed gaming floor awaits. Feel the adrenaline rush as you embark on your gaming adventure and let your hot streak begin. Please note, only guests 18 or older are permitted on the gaming floor. Experience the thrill and entertainment that Soaring Eagle has to offer!

(989) 775-5777