Welcome to Owosso

Owosso is a surprising haven of history 40 miles northeast of Lansing. The city is home to Curwood Castle, built in 1922 along the Shiawassee River by then-popular novelist James Oliver Curwood as his writing studio. Today, the writer's sanctuary, inspired by 17th century French chateau architecture, is open as a museum for the public to explore. Curwood wrote many of his novels from the spire overlooking the river. 

Steam-era railroad technology and history is preserved at the Steam Railroading Institute — check out their locomotives and passenger cars, or step onto a train and into the past for a historical ride on the rails. Across the river from Curwood Castle, the Shiawassee Arts Center displays works from local, statewide, and worldwide artists. 

Throughout the summer, sit on the sprawling lawn before the amphitheater to enjoy open-air performances and entertainment. Savor the beautiful outdoors on the Shiawassee River, home to 59 species of fish with 110 miles of water to kayak or canoe. Or, if you're more of a foodie, head downtown for a bustling farmers market and plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.

A town ripe for exploration.

Discover significant historical sites, study various styles of architecture, marvel at Impressionist paintings, or simply enjoy all downtown has to offer — all in a small, inviting town on the banks of the Shiawassee River.

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Tons to do, just a few minutes away

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

Festivals & Events

In Lansing, there's always a reason to celebrate. From annual street festivals in summer to live music in winter, coming together is a community-wide event. 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


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


Come as you are. Explore community centers and resources, give back, and make some lifelong friends in the process. 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

Restaurant Week

Lansing Foodies unite for the ultimate self-guided tour of the region’s dining scene, MAY 10-17, as participating restaurants offer a mouthwatering creation, all for an unbeatable price of just $7! 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

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