While a dollar sure doesn’t buy much these days, it’s still enough to participate in the Lansing area’s favorite annual event — Be a Tourist in Your Own Town. This day allows event participants to visit over 90 local attractions and one-day only special tours that include: Impression 5 Science Center, Potter Park Zoo, the State Capitol Building, the Michigan Historical Museum and so much more!
“Be a Tourist in Your Own Town” was created by the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau to showcase Greater Lansing’s attractions, special events and tourism suppliers to our local residents. Participants can purchase a “passport” for $1 at various locations throughout the community throughout the month of May. This passport allows the participants into all of the participating attractions throughout the region for free on the day of the event. An estimated 15,000 residents and visitors come out to enjoy the day. Certain attractions are stamp locations where the back of the passports can be stamped. Participants can continue to have their passports stamped at those locations throughout the month of June, but admission will only be free with the passport on the day of the event. They must pay full admission price for the remainder of the month. The participants can then mail in the completed stamp page to be eligible for numerous prizes.
Old Town’s Chalk of the Town is one of the many amazing events that will be taking place on June 2! Roam the streets of Old Town and experience true art in the streets. Beginning at 9 a.m., artists will take to the streets creating masterpieces on their assigned piece of sidewalk, using only chalk. The creations will be completed by 2 p.m. when the judging will commence. Visitors to this event will be allowed to vote for the People’s Choice winner all day and winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Families are also welcome to participate in the kid’s sidewalk art area.
The Capital Area Transportation Authority partners with the GLCVB to provide five transportation routes with dedicated stops and multiple busses on each route to get to the majority of attractions. Just pay fifty cents when you board the bus and receive a transfer that will allow patrons to freely get on and off the buses until the end of the event. While CATA lines service the majority of the attractions, there are a few that are not on a bus route, and patrons may need to drive to get there.
–by Kristina Kauffman, OTCA org committee