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    Explore the Cultural and Collegiate Capital City of Lansing

    POSTED July 30, 2018

    Capitol Building

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  • Sponsored

    Explore the Cultural and Collegiate Capital City of Lansing

    POSTED July 30, 2018

    Lansing Center

    <p>Lansing Center</p>
  • Sponsored

    Explore the Cultural and Collegiate Capital City of Lansing

    POSTED July 30, 2018

    Wharton Center

    <p>Wharton Center</p>

Sponsored by Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau

As Michigan’s capital city, Lansing stands as a focal point of the state with a one-of-a-kind setting. It is not only home to state government, but also houses the Michigan State University campus. These two cultural meccas make the Greater Lansing area the perfect destination for your next meeting or event.

Michigan State University

No matter where you’re from, visitors are bound to catch Spartan Spirit on the campus of Michigan State University. This area of Lansing is home to a variety of unique, meetings spaces as well as fun places to explore and culinary institutions to try – all with a collegiate flair. Take your group back to college and meet in an academic space, other campus venues or even in the residence halls. The Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center boasts over 35,000 square feet of flexible event space including 32 event rooms, a 300-seat auditorium, 160 guest rooms and five executive suites. The MSU Union hosts six meeting rooms that can accommodate 10-250 people, 16 bowling lanes and a food court. The Huntington Club, located on the fourth floor of Spartan Stadium, is a unique meeting space that overlooks the MSU Football Field and the Breslin Student Evens Center’s two auxiliary gymnasiums and four meeting rooms are great for a variety of events.

After your meeting is done, explore the area by checking out the W.J. Beal Botanical Gardens or the Eli and Edythe Broad Contemporary Art Museum. Get outside and see over 5,000 species of plants and flowers at the botanical garden, which was founded in 1873 and is the oldest continuously operated garden of this type in the United States. Or stay on campus to view groundbreaking, international contemporary art across all media at the Zaha Hadid-designed art museum. Round out the day in true collegiate fashion at the Spartan Hall of Fame Café, a destination for MSU alums and enthusiasts that is home to the largest collections of MSU memorabilia to be found.

Capital & Historic Sites

History comes alive when you immerse yourself in some of Greater Lansing's museums, monuments and other educational landmarks. Step back into the Victorian era with a visit to Michigan's award-winning Capitol Building where you can tour the public areas as well as the House and Senate galleries daily. Venture back to the life of a 19th century settler at the Meridian Historical Village that contains seven historical buildings: a one-room schoolhouse, farmhouse and barn, general store, inn, log cabin and the only remaining plank road tollgate house in Michigan. Or concentrate on Native American culture at the Nokomis Learning Center where the focus is on indigenous Great Lakes history and culture, past to present day.

Meet and eat without venturing too far from the Capitol Building at local intuitions such as Batter Up Bistro and Bowdie’s Chophouse. Batter Up Bistro combines old world methods with seasonal flavors and high-quality food. They even bake their own bread and pastries onsite. It’s a perfect spot to either stop in for a quick breakfast, or enjoy a slower, more homey dine-in experience. To experience the highest quality USDA Prime 30-day dry aged beef and seafood, head to Bowdie’s Chophouse. Serving an extensive wine list and unique craft cocktails, this intimate dining room only seats 58 and feels like a classic steakhouse with linen tablecloths and candles to set the atmosphere.




Greater Lansing is home to more than just a capital and a campus. Venture outside of these areas and your group will discover cultural gems including the Wharton Center for Performing Arts and Impression 5 Science Center. Hold your next event in the newly-renovated Cooley Law School Stadium, perfect for hosting an array of events including holiday parties, corporate meetings, association event, employee functions and private social gatherings. The new venue, located in the outfield building, comfortably seats up to 150 guests with additional outdoor patio seating overlooking centerfield. Or take your group out on the water aboard the Michigan Princess, a triple deck old fashion style riverboat. 300-500 guests will enjoy a cruise on the Grand River past the Lansing Country Club and along Moore’s River Drive.

After your event, take in a Broadway show or listen to some of the world’s finest classical musicians at Wharton Center for Performing Arts, Michigan’s largest performing arts venue. Inspire your group to play, create, and challenge their understanding of science at Impression 5 Science Center through hands-on exhibits and participatory educational programming. Finally, unwind at the end of the day with a local libation at Michigrain Distillery or Lansing Brewing Company. Michigrain Distillery partners with local farmers to redefine neutral grain spirits and guests can sample the Michigan-made vodka in a cozy tasting room. The Lansing Brewing Company is the lone full-scale production brewery in the city of Lansing and offers a full service eclectic pub menu.

Sponsored by Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau

This is Michigan's capital region! The Greater Lansing region is an excellent site for meetings and events of all kinds. It offers unique venues, affordable accommodations and the distinct benefit of working with the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau. Planning an event, whether large or small, can be a challenge. The staff of the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau prides itself on helping planning professionals shoulder that challenge by offering help and insight wherever needed.

Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.


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