Lansing Summer Bucket List – Things to Do this Summer in Greater Lansing with Kids


Lansing Summer Plans? We’ve Got You Covered.

There are so many ways to make a Lansing summer memorable. Enjoy a nature center or hiking trail, get out to a park or playground, pick fresh fruit, or enjoy one of many festivals and fairs around the city.

Summer 2020 is different. We may not be able to go to all the places we’d like to visit, but it’s going to be a great year to find more to love about Lansing.

Read on for fun things to do all summer long, events for the whole family (be sure to verify they’re running this year), and a list of great road trips from Lansing!

Lansing Things to Do in the Summer >>

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Note: Some activities or locations may be closed. With the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, we suggest that you check the location’s website or Facebook page before venturing out and be prepared to possibly find an alternative activity if your first pick is closed.


A Lansing summer has never been more fun! Keep the kids busy all summer with this sweet bucket list of summer things to do.

Get Into Nature

Be Active

Enjoy Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Enjoy a Classic

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Know what’s happening every day with our monthly calendars. Check out these Lansing summer highlights you won’t want to miss.

Many festivals and special events are not being held in 2020. Be sure to verify before you head out.

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Want to (safely) get out of town for a bit? Here are some great go-to options that are fun and safe for the whole family.

We recommend you contact your destination directly to verify their status for 2020.

Take a drive to the Beach

On Both the East and West Shores!

A family favorite is St. Joseph where you’ll enjoy the beach, a splash pad, and more! Our other go-to spots are Tunnel Park in Holland, Lakeside Beach in Port Huron including a splash pad, and South Haven Beach for one of the prettiest sunsets you’ll see. Where do you like to beach it during the Summer?

Go Camping!

Trek up north or stay around town! Where does your family like to camp? Hawk Hollow is a great spot to take a quick camping trip if you want to stay close to home.

Head over to Detroit

Go on a bike ride through Dequindre Cut and land at the splash pad in front of the Renaissance Center to cool off. Cross the bridge to Belle Isle to swim at the beach and slide on a burlap bag down the huge slide. 

Go to a Festival in Grand Rapids

They have something going on all summer long!

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is like none other!

There’s lots to do with kids and amazing entertainment on into the night during this week long event.

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Lansing Summer Bucket List Challenge

So, who’s with me? I’ll race you! Let’s check in at the end and talk about all the fun places we’ve made it to and discuss our favorite parts of our Lansing summer.

Happy Summering, Lansing!

2 thoughts on “Lansing Summer Bucket List – Things to Do this Summer in Greater Lansing with Kids”

  1. What a wonderful article! Thoroughly researched and so easy to use. You can find something to do every day this summer.

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