‘Be A Tourist’ event slated for May 30
Lansing’s 21st annual “Be A Tourist In Your Own Town,” event will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 and run through 5 p.m.
The event will allow community members to tour the Lansing and East Lansing areas with the purchase of a $1 passport.
Over 90 attractions are included. They range from Preuss Pets in Old Town, the REO Town District, Downtown Lansing and attractions at Lansing Community College.
Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) will provide 50-cent round-trip fares for the day, allowing people to travel around the city at a low cost.
Marketing Communications Manager Brendan Dwyer of the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau said attendance is traditionally strong for the event.
“Attendance tends to go up a little bit more each year, which is encouraging,” Dwyer said. “We hope people come out in droves to educate themselves about the cool things we have right here in Greater Lansing.”
According to Dwyer, the event is designed to educate and inspire area residents.
“It’s about having pride in the community in which you live,” Dwyer said. “Having visitors to the area is very important for the local economy. When residents share their love for this area, it makes people want to come visit.”
Be A Tourist will offer access to popular attractions such as Potter Park Zoo and the Impression Five Science Center, as well as a few new stops.
New sites this year include River Town Adventures kayak and canoe rental, The Runway in the Knapp’s Building, Forest Akers Golf Course, and the Olds Forge Flyers at the Lansing airport.
LCC will offer access into some of its many features. These destinations include: LCC Downtown Sculpture Walk, Shigematsu Garden, LCC TV and Radio, and the LCC Veterans’ Memorial.
“LCC has been a great participant in Be A Tourist for a long time and it’s a real community asset,” Dwyer said.
Dwyer has been involved in the event for years. He said his favorite part is the people participating.
“Once I saw someone tour the Capitol for the first time, even though they’d lived in Lansing for 40 years,” Dwyer said. “My favorite part of the event is seeing someone’s face light up when they find out something cool about Lansing that they never knew.”
People can buy a Greater Lansing Passport at the Lansing or East Lansing Visitor Center for $1 in advance, or on the day of the event.
LCC student Sam Spagnuolo said she is excited to attend this event.
“This event sounds amazing to me because I had never heard of something like this before,” Spagnuolo said. “Also the fact that most places are free is great for a broke college student like me.”
For more information, go to www.lansing.org/batyot.