The university's botanical gardens, which are open to the public, attract visitors all year with cherry blossoms in spring and fiery colors in fall. MSU is famous for its rose gardens, greenhouses, and arboretum.
Bring the young ones to the zoo for a day of fun. Spread over 100 acres on the Red Cedar River, Potter Park Zoo houses tigers, penguins, red pandas, and kangaroos. Children will love the camel and pony rides in summer.
The scenic Lansing River Trail makes for an excellent hike between MSU and Dietrich Park. Throughout the year, the popular trail hosts music festivals, community walks, and river runs.
At MSU's own museum, you can see all sorts of dinosaur bones and fossils. Other museums nearby include the Michigan Museum of Surveying, the Michigan Women's Historical Center, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.
East Lansing is Michigan's festival capital. With beer and food events, spring festivals, musical celebrations, and LGBTQ+ pride marches, the area is fun to visit any time of year.