Looking for Some Outdoor Summer Fun? Movies, Music, Markets and Marigolds

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Friday, July 12, 2019, 8:25 am
Jonathan Townley

The MSU Sailing Center, located in the southwest corner of Lake Lansing at 5918 Shaw Street in Haslett, rents kayaks, paddleboards, and sailboats. (Photos by Raymond Holt)

One of the most popular outdoor attractions in East Lansing is the abundance of high-quality bike paths. These paths are not only for biking, they work well for runners, walkers, and basically all forms of non-motorized transport. Take a stroll on Northern Tier Trail out to the East Lansing Soccer Complex, Pinecrest Elementary, or Harrison Meadows.

For the biker or runner looking for a longer distance the Lansing River Trail, which spans over 20 miles of urban and natural areas, is an option. See ELi’s special report from Andrew Barsom for more ideas.

Looking for ways to meet people while enjoying the outdoors? Several local sports including Pickle Ball at Patriarche Park and the community’s Adult Soccer League allow community members to get be active and make new friends.

The Meridian Interurban Pathway, between Park Lake Road and Marsh Road, is an ideal spot for a brisk summer walk or run, a leisurely stroll or a bike ride.

Want an inexpensive summer outing, great for taking guests along? Check out the MSU Horticulture Gardens located just north of the corner of Service Road and Bogue Street. Adjacent to these gardens is the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden where kids will find plenty of interactive opportunities. Across the railroad track is the Lewis Landscape Arboretum which features meticulously styled garden “rooms.”

All three gardens are free to enter although you may have to pay for parking. If you love mixing up gardens and music, check out MSU’s “Music in the Garden” series. Ice cream is available at the concerts from the MSU Dairy Store, and the Eat at State Food Truck offers other eating options.

On Sundays the East Lansing Farmers Market in Valley Court Park offers foodstuffs, free music and lots of brunch and lunch options from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The City also offers an annual Moonlight Film Festival and Play in the Park for kids in Valley Court Park, and the Summer Concert Series downtown. Starfarm will kick off the concert series this Friday, July 12.

The free Moonlight Film Festival runs each Thursday evening through August 8 at Valley Court Park. July showings begin at 9:30 p.m.; in August the start time moves up to 9 p.m.

If the rush of traffic is getting to you, a slow-paced paddle might be just what you need. The Lansing area offers several rivers for canoeing and kayaking. If you don’t have your own boat or need someone to offer drop-off and pick-up services for you, check out River Town Adventures in Lansing.

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