With summer in full swing in Michigan, many Lansing natives are flocking to coastal towns for a summer getaway. While living here in Mid-Michigan has its perks, being only about two to three hours away from the beach makes many mid-Michiganders forget that Lansing is a summer destination in itself. When planning your summer vacation, consider a staycation and visit some of these local summer favorite destinations.
A 100 acre stretch of land, located on Cavanaugh Road, Hawk Island is one of the newest parks that the Lansing area has to offer. Formerly known as the Sablain Gravel Pit, this beautiful park now features natural areas with plants and trees, rowboat and pedal boat rentals, a swimming beach, picnic areas and shelters, sand volleyball, horseshoes, paved accessible walkways and fishing docks. One of the main attractions of the island is the Splash Pad – a zero depth water park with water structures that spray, dump and shoot water in different directions.
The Island is dog, family and fitness friendly and makes a great location for a summer picnic, a beach day or a small get together. Click here for information on parking, hours and shelter reservations.
Lake Lansing Park-South, formerly a popular amusement park, is a family friendly area, easily accessible for fishing, a beach, picnic areas, restrooms, a playground and concessions. A boat launch offers opportunities for fishing as well as recreational boating. Lake Lansing Park-South has over 400 acres of recreation areas. The Lake Lansing Park-North has all of the summer amenities that Park-South has, and in the winter, hiking trails become cross-country skiing trails.
Aside from outdoor recreational activities, Lake Lansing will also be the venue free Friday Night Concerts at The Band Shell concert stage between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Each Friday evening performance begins at 7 p.m., has free parking and admissions, and a moonwalk and Giant Slide will be there for the Kids.
Lansing City River Market
For the foodies out there who aren’t necessarily looking for a beach but still a nice waterfront view, the Lansing City River Market might be the place for you. While the Market is open all year round, the summer is a particularly special time for the market, being the largest outdoor farmers market in Lansing.
Aside from offering healthy, local foods and beverages, the Lansing City Market is also hosting special events this summer, like the Grand Concert Series, happening June 15 & 16, July 27 & 28, August 24 & 25 and September 14 & 15. A few more events the Market is hosting this summer include Wine and canvas nights and “Pour it Up,” a beer wine and spirits tasting event (June 11). Click here for more events and information about the market.