Summer Things to do – All Things Summer In and Around Lansing 2020


How To Spend an Awesome Summer in the Capital City

There are so many summer things to do around Lansing. You can still go up north or camping, but there are plenty of fun things to do with kids right here in Lansing. From playgrounds to splash pads to u pick fruit, there are so many summer adventures waiting for your family.

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.

Summer Things to Do In Lansing for Families

Welcome to your Lansing Family Fun Summer Hub! If you want to get out of the house throughout the summer, use this hub to plan spur-of-the-moment or in advance. Here you’ll find places to play, kayak, listen to music, watch outdoor movies, pick fruit, and more.

Summer is Different This Year

We are going to have a great summer. But we may not be able to visit our favorite places at all or in the ways we have in the past. Due to the coronavirus, many places are closed or have restrictions in place. These may change at the last minute so be sure to double-check with your destination before heading out.

River Town Adventures Kayaking on the River Downtown Lansing


Summer Things to Do with Kids in Greater Lansing

Parks, playgrounds, kayaks, canoes. There are so many summer things to do in Lansing. Use our Summer Bucket List to plan the ultimate summer of family fun in Lansing.

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Cool Off in a Water Park, Pool or Splash Pad

From local favorites like Hawk Island to road-trip worthy spots like Kensington Metro Park, there are over two dozen places near Greater Lansing to cool off this summer. Some places have just a pool or a splash pad or a beach while others have some combination of the three. Be sure to research your destination ahead of time to ensure it meets your family’s needs – and make sure it’s open for 2020.

Be sure to use our map to find the perfect splash pad near me!

Special Note: Ingham County splash pads and beaches are closed this year. Grand Ledge splash pad is also closed.

things to do in the summer lansing - hawk island splash pad

Engage Your Brain at a Lansing Area Summer Camp

Spending time at summer camp is a treasured activity for a lot of families. Whether it’s gymnastics, STEAM, art or literacy, Lansing has dozens of options for kids to have a fun new summer thing to do.

things to do in summer - REACH Art Studio Summer Camp Kids Painting Reo Town Lansing

Run and Play at a Park or Playground

Lansing offers a huge variety of parks and playgrounds. Some have play equipment and others have beaches. Hiking trails and sports courts await at several. No matter what your family needs, you can be sure to say there are many good parks and playgrounds near me. Our map will help!

Special Note: Due to the coronavirus, many parks and playgrounds may be closed. Most trails are open. Be sure to research your destination before you leave.

moores park kids Downtown Lansing bikes

Explore a New Trail

Venture out of the neighborhood and check out a Lansing area trail or bike path. Explore the woods, river or even downtown. No matter your destination, your family will have a great time getting there.

things to do in the summer - kids-riding-bikes-through-trail

Fill Your Table with Fresh-Picked Fruit

Getting out and picking your own fruit is a family favorite summer thing to do outside in Lansing. Whether it’s blueberries, peaches, raspberries or apples, there are multiple farms and orchards to meet your needs. If you have little kids, be sure to find out if the fruit is low enough for them to reach. Some places only accept cash so make sure to research payment options for your destination.

things to do in the summer - U-pick strawberries with kids greater Lansing area berries farms boy

Restaurants Where You Can Eat Outside with Kids

When the weather is finally warm enough to be outside, it’s time to search for outdoor restaurants near me. Whether you need fast and easy or good vibes and great food, over 40 Lansing area restaurants have patio dining options.

Be sure to use our map to find the perfect outdoor restaurant near me!

things to do in the summer - Lansing Brewing Company Patio with kids Downtown Lansing

Grab a Scoop at a Local Ice Cream Shop

A mid-Michigan summer and ice cream just go together. Whether it’s Superman, Mackinac Island Fudge or anything in between, visiting an ice cream shop is a treasured summer thing to do. From MSU Dairy Store to Mooville and Scoopy Doos, wherever your family travels this summer, your taste buds will thank you.

Be sure to use our map to find the perfect ice cream shop near me!


Find Your Next Greater Lansing Instagram Spot

Lansing is crawling with art. Charge up your phone, grab some snacks and check out our Lansing Area Mural Crawl. With over 20 amazing stops, your Instagram is just waiting for these pictures.

things to do in summer - instagram spots - Stevie-Wonder-Tribute-mural-Old-Town-Lansing

Have a Blast with Your Family This Summer, Lansing!

No matter what you do this summer – lovely days at home, bike rides through the city, up-north, at the beach – whatever it is – we wish you the very best memories with your family!

P.S. Don’t forget to pack the sunscreen!

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