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Known as “The Heart of Michigan,” Lansing is the state capital. With an area of 36.7 square miles, Lansing has an estimated 2012 population of approximately 114,000. Lansing is the fifth-largest city in the state and is located in the southern portion of the state. Being the government hub of Michigan, there are lots of visitors coming through all the time; combined with tourists, there are bound to be many great things to do. Not to mention, you can get to Detroit and Grand Rapids in less than 90 minutes for even more fun.
The land that would later become the city of Lansing was offered for sale in late 1830. During the winter of 1835, two New York brothers plotted the land; unfortunately it was in a floodplain, making it impossible to live on. The brothers went back to Lansing, New York and sold plots of the inhabitable land – the buyers later realized they had been scammed. Settlement stayed rather dormant until 1847. While they were cheated, some of the buyers renamed the area Lansing Township after their New York home.
Until late 1847, the town stayed quiet and saw no growth until the government needed to move the states capital. Unable to agree on a new city, the state’s House of Representatives chose Lansing Township out of frustration. With several square miles of land and now thousands in population, the city of Lansing was incorporated in 1859. The state capitol building was completed in 1878.
Things to Do in Lansing:
Lansing, like many capital cities, have a lot to offer its visitors and residents. If you’re looking for things to do in Lansing, be ready; there’s a long list. Whether you are moving to Lansing by yourself or with a family, you’ll find a lot of fun things to get into. After moving to an apartment in Lansing you’ll get to experience all the great attractions, museums, performing arts, parks, and restaurants in the area. Don’t try to do it all in one weekend – you won’t make it.
There are some great attractions in Lansing that everyone should visit. The State Capitol Building is an obvious attraction, with more than nine acres of hand-painted surfaces and public tours. The Impression 5 Science Center, referencing the five senses, is a popular site for families to dive into science in a hands-on learning environment. See more than 400 animals, any time of year, at the Potter Park Zoo. Known as the Dodge Mansion, the Turner-Dodge House and Heritage Center is a historic place, made in Classic Revival architecture in 1858.
Arts and culture in Lansing is a thriving scene with many venues and organizations. The Michigan Historical Museum includes 26 permanent galleries and various temporary galleries that showcase the history of the state through the late 1900s. The All Around the African World Museum and Resource Center hosts tours and features various artifacts to show the African presence in various continents. For performing arts, there is nothing better than the professional sounds of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. The Greater Lansing Ballet Company is an award-winning, non-profit company that produces various performances each year.
There are many different parks and places to visit for recreation in Lansing. The Cooley Gardens is a beautiful place to relax or enjoy a picnic. Get into water activities like fishing and kayaking at Crego Park. Delta Mills Park is more than 32 acres of land, allowing users to go fishing and play tennis, volleyball, basketball, softball, and horseshoes. Granger Meadows Park is open year-round, offers an in-line skating park, a disc-golf course, and even skiing and sledding during the winter.
Restaurants in Lansing have a variety of cuisine options, making it possible for everyone to find a meal they like. Take bar & grill to a new level with the upscale Chammps Kitchen, offering from-scratch menu items and plasma TVs. Thai Village Restaurant offers an exotic adventure of bold, South East Asian flavors in traditional dishes. The oldest restaurant in the city, Emil’s, serves delicious, authentic Italian cuisine. Capital Prime is a new spot in Lansing offering perfectly prepared steak and seafood.
What to Consider When Moving to Lansing:
There are four general areas of the city – Eastside, Westside, Northwestside and Southside. These may be the larger breakdowns of Lansing; there are 17 different districts in the city as well.
The area known as Eastside is located east of the Grand River, north of the Red Cedar River. This area is highly, ethnically diverse, and has a commercial district. Northwestside is geographically the smallest portion of the city, but it also contains the city’s airport – Capital Region International Airport. While there are residential areas in this portion of the city, there are also warehouse and industrial areas here too.
Westside is highly diverse as well, in terms of socio-economics. This portion of the city includes downtown. Being the state capital, Downtown Lansing is the hub of government and industry. Not only can the State Capitol building be found here, but so can many new restaurants and stores. Outside of downtown, the Westside area is filled with residential neighborhoods.
The Southside, south of Grand and Red Cedar, is the largest portion of the city in size and population. With several commercial strips, this area is heavily residential. While this area is the biggest, due to the revitalization of the central part of the city, it often overlooked.
Why Lansing Apartments Are Hot:
Lansing is the government center of Michigan and a hub for tourism. Living in one of these Lansing apartments, you’ll get the chance to see all of the action first-hand. Not only will you see tons of new faces, but a great amount of fun and excitement as well. Regardless of whether you are moving to Lansing alone or with your family, all of the attractions, arts and culture, recreation, restaurants, shopping venues, and more are still available. The Heart of Michigan will be your new playground, and it is ready for you to slide through.
- Cheer on the MSU Spartans football team, one of the Big Ten, at the Duffy Daugherty Building.
- Prefer baseball? The Lansing Lugnuts Minor League baseball team plays at Cooley Law School Stadium.
- See theater productions, Broadway shows, concerts, dance, and more at the Wharton Center.
- Potter Park Zoo, the oldest zoo in the state, is a 58-acre zoo with over 450 animals.
- The Groesbeck Municipal Golf Course is an 18-hole, par-71 course that opened in 1926.
- W.J. Beal Botanical Gardens was founded in 1873 and is one of the oldest gardens in the US.
The State Capitol building in Lansing
The statue of Austin Blair, the Civil War Governor, was unveiled in 1898.
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Michigan State University's Beaumont Tower
The Alumni Chapel of Michigan State University
- Lansing Community College
- Thomas M. Cooley Law School
- Michigan State University
- Michigan State University College of Law
- Great Lakes Christian College
- Army Air Support
- Fort Custer Military Reservation
- National Guard Armory
- Army Reserve Center
- Kellogg Airport Air Guard Station