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Eighteen years ago, the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau created the Be a Tourist in Your Own Town event to increase community awareness of area attractions and the tourism industry's impact on the region. So once again visitor destinations open their doors for hometown tourists to explore what's in their own backyard.
Beaumont Tower
Studies show more than 5 million people visit Greater Lansing each year and spend over $431 million on lodging, meals, entertainment, and transportation. The hospitality business is indeed big business, and the Be a Tourist event helps area residents learn and experience the best of what the region offers.
For $1 tourists can purchase a "Be A Tourist Passport" which grants free admission to more than 60 area attractions, local businesses and special activities on Saturday, June 2, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Ages 3 and under do not require a passport.)
For only 50 cents visitors will receive a stamp which will allow them to ride the Be a Tourist CATA bus routes for the rest of the day with no extra charge.
The day includes tours and adventures at places like Impression 5 Science Center, Potter Park Zoo, Cooley Gardens, Fenner Nature Center, Lansing Fire Station #41, Michigan Historical Center, State Capitol, and a "Chalk of the Town" sidewalk chalk display throughout Lansing's Old Town. Landmark visitor destinations are also included, such as Elderly Instruments, Curious Book Shop, Preuss Pets, Saper Galleries and Van Atta's Greenhouse.
Michigan State University has a number of visitor destinations that share arts, culture science and research, as well as the natural beauty of the campus itself. The special bus routes and focus on family fun make it one of the best days of the year to come and explore campus. Participating MSU attractions include Abrams Planetarium, Beaumont Tower, MSU Bikes Service Center, MSU Bug House, MSU Community Music School, MSU Dairy Store, MSU Horticultural Gardens & 4-H Children's Gardens, MSU Demmer Center, MSU Museum, MSU Surplus Store & Recycling Center, and W.J. Beal Botanical Garden.
Learn more here.