Welcome to Old Town
What was once Lansing's original downtown, Old Town is now a revitalized cultural hub in the northern part of the capital city. It's an eclectic urban area with a reigning creative spirit made evident from the art installations, wall murals, and galleries scattered around the area. As an urban district, it's completely walkable with varied offerings from clubs and entertainment to bars, restaurants, and boutiques. Despite its renaissance, Old Town's assorted styles of architecture hint toward its rich past. The Classical Revival-styled structures—such as the 19th century Turner-Dodge House—and Late Victorian houses and buildings keep the area varied and distinct. With diverse eateries ranging between French-creole cuisine, southern barbecue, and Mexican food, there's always something new to try in Old Town.
The party never stops, but it's always changing.
Old Town will keep you busy and on your toes with its unique events throughout the year. You could be sampling food from local restaurants and touring local lofts at Taste & Tour of Old Town, or marveling artwork repurposed from up-cycled materials at ScrapFest. If you're looking to groove, the BluesFest and JazzFest will be right up your alley (literally).
Make "I'm bored" a phrase of the past. Out areas has something to offer for all ages, moods and days of the week
Stadiums and farms and parks—oh my. Whether you’re a die-hard baseball fan or want to spend the afternoon at a cider mill, our cities have sights worth traveling for. Explore more
Eat & Drink
We love food more than the average city. Whether you’re looking for Sunday brunch, authentic international food trucks, or an olive burger (a local favorite), we’re dishing it up. Explore more
Strong public school systems set the foundation for our cities to thrive. And, with a number of colleges and universities nearby, there are opportunities for people of all ages to learn a thing or two. Explore more
Snag tickets to see an up-and-coming comedian, connect with kindred spirits at a music festival or belt out some slam poetry at an open mic. In Lansing, we know that everything is better live. Explore more
Working on your fitness? Great, so are we. Bike a scenic trail, catch a kickboxing class and visit a local wellness center all within a few miles’ radius. Explore more
Come as you are. Explore community centers and resources, give back, and make some lifelong friends in the process. Explore more
In Lansing, affordable housing options allow you to live where you work. Modern loft-style apartments and reliable bus routes spark city vibes, while historic family homes and new builds with acreage are only a short commute away. Explore more
We all need a chance to unwind after 5. With everything from relaxed breweries to lively college clubs, our cities are home to your weekend plans—whatever mood you’re in. Explore more
We’ve got hundreds of parks to choose from. (Seriously. There are more than 300 parks in Lansing.) Lakes, rivers and green space offer fresh air year-round. Explore more
Sure, you can’t buy happiness—but you can spend the afternoon perusing local boutiques, bookstores and artisan shops in Lansing, and that’s pretty much the same thing. Explore more