20th ‘Be A Tourist In Your Own Town’ draws 1,500 on warm, sunny day
Lansing’s “Be A Tourist In Your Own Town” celebrated its 20th anniversary on May 31.
Over 1,500 people came out to tour Old Town, Downtown Lansing, East Lansing, and other participating areas, according to Tracy Padot, vice president for the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The one-day event allows participants to visit more than 70 attractions, all with a $1 passport.
This year’s event did better than in years past, Padot said.
“We had a fantastic turnout and great weather with a record number of businesses and people participating.” Padot said.
Visitors from all over greater Lansing came to check out the event, including first-time participant Devin Huramount from Grand Ledge.
“Taking the little ones is great but also terrible; all they want to do is walk around and all I want to do is sit,” Huramount said. “But it’s so much fun that it doesn’t even feel like we’ve been traveling around Lansing for three hours.”
According to Padot some of the most populated attractions were Potter Park Zoo, Impression 5 and the MSU Dairy Store, as well as some newer additions.
“Red Cedar Spirits (an East Lansing alcohol distillery) was one of the newer attractions that participated,” Padot said. “It was a good thing for them to have the exposure of groups of people walking in and out throughout the day.”
LCC student Steven Atkin said he enjoyed the event.
“I loved going and checking out different places in Lansing,” Atkin said. “I have lived here all my life but never realized how much there is to do.”
Padot said that her favorite part of the event is seeing people getting excited and learning something new from it.
“It’s a good opportunity for people,” Padot said. “People drive by the Capitol all the time, but how many people actually get to go in and look around?”
Passports can still be stamped through the month of June. Participants can go to the attractions marked on the back and, once they have received 10 stamps, they are eligible to enter a prize drawing to win overnight stays, gift certificates to local restaurants and more. For more information go to http://www.lansing.org/events/batyot/