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1. The Michigan State Capitol: Beautifully handpainted and restored from 1989 to 1992. The tour is fascinating and my children loved it!
2. Michigan Historical Museum: 2 blocks west of the Capitol building. This museum highlights Michigan's past with exhibits on fur trading, logging, mining up through the birth of the automobile industry. Many hands on exhibits and short movies keep the children entertained, and moms and dads too!
3. Potter Park Zoo: A quiet, beautiful, manageable zoo set on the river. A must see for families with small children.
4. Michigan State University: Visit Beaumont Tower, the ducks on the Red Cedar River, the MSU Museum for cool dinosaurs, the Dairy Store for freshly made ice cream, the Children's Gardens for interactive fun, the Botanical Gardens for beauty, Kresge Art Museum and the sports arenas/stadiums. An entire day can be spent touring this campus known for its lush gardens befitting a school that started out as an agricultural college. In the evening check out the show schedules at the Planetarium, Wharton Center and other venues around campus.
5. Lake Lansing (Haslett, Michigan). Fish from the dock at the public park located at the end of Lake Lansing Road. Rent a paddle boat, go swimming at the public beach. For the little ones, there is a big wheel racetrack (big wheels provided). A snack bar and restrooms are provided at the park. Across the street is a soft serve ice cream store. In the summer, there are frequently free concerts in the park.
6. RE Olds Museum: A fitting tribute to the General Motors Division that defined this city for a full century. Children love seeing the cars and learning the history of this fine motor company.