Travel author publishes book about 100 things to do in Lansing

LANSING, Michigan – Anyone familiar with Lansing is most likely familiar with the complaint that there is nothing to do here.

Not true, says travel blogger Amy Piper.

Born in Lansing, she has just published her first book “100 Things You Must Do In Lansing Before You Die”.

“Some people literally laughed at me when I said I was doing this and they were good friends of mine,” Piper said. “One guy said, ‘Well what are you doing after 48?'”

Grounded and unable to travel for the first time in years due to the pandemic, Piper spent the last year putting together her top addresses for the capital’s capital.

The book covers the 40-mile radius of Lansing and is divided into five chapters on food and drink, music and entertainment, sports and recreation, history and culture, and shopping and fashion.

“I tried to put evergreen things in here,” said Piper. “In other words, you could come, you could pick up the book and do it any day of the week.”

In the book, you’ll find excerpts from well-known locations like Potter Park Zoo and Saddleback BBQ, but you’ll also find hidden gems like the Shigematsu Memorial Garden at Lansing Community College.

“This garden is in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city, but a lot of people don’t know it’s here,” said Piper.

Other secrets of the city include a private house museum, open only by appointment and full of Beatles paraphernalia, and the secret of enjoying a free concert in Lansing every summer evening.

For the rest of Piper’s Capitol City Secrets? Well she says you just have to read to find out.

For more travel tips from Amy, check out her blog, Follow the Piper.

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