May 30 2012 12:00 AM

Be a Tourist event returns for its 18th year


The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau invites residents to explore their own backyard with Be A Tourist In Your Own Town. By purchasing a $1 Be a Tourist Passport eventgoers have access to over 60 local businesses and festivities. The passport also includes free entry to Impression 5 Science Center and Potter Park Zoo. 

After receiving 10 stamps on a Be a Tourist passport, attendees can mail the passport to the Visitors Bureau for a chance to win gift certificates to local restaurants and hotels.

A 50-cent CATA stamp enables rides on the Be a Tourist-designated CATA route all day. 

Be a Tourist was launched 18 years ago by the Visitors Bureau to increase community awareness of area attractions. This year’s event includes tours of Beaumont Tower, Mt. Hope Cemetery and Cooley Law School Stadium, as well as free ice-skating at Suburban Ice East Lansing. 

Other participating locations include: Absolute Gallery, 307 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing: Burchfield Park, 881 Grovenburg Road,  Holt; Burgdorf’s Winery, 5635 Shoeman Road,  Haslett; Craig Mitchell Smith Glass Gallery in the Meridan Mall, 1982 W. Grand River Ave., Suite 125, Okemos; Edru Skate-A-Rama, 1891 Cedar St.,  Holt; Elderly Instruments, 1100 N. Washington Ave., Lansing; FunTyme Adventure Park, 3384 James Phillips Drive, Okemos; Greater Lansing Potters Guild, 8099 Coleman Road, Haslett; The MSU Museum, Cooley Gardens, Abram’s Planetarium, Demmer Shooting Sports Training Center and Michigan State University Bug House; State Historical Museum, 702 W. Kalamazoo St.,  Lansing; Lansing Sailing Club, 6039 E. Lake Drive, Haslett; Suburban Ice East Lansing, 2810 Hannah Blvd., East Lansing; and Turner-Dodge House, 100 E. North St., Lansing.

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town

10 a.m. Saturday, June 2 

Various locations; hours vary

$1 passports on sale at 

Greater Lansing Visitor Center, 500 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing; AAA Michigan, 2829 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing; Arts Council of Greater Lansing, 1208 Turner St., Lansing; CATA Transportation Center, 420 S. Grand Ave. #2, Lansing; Celebration Cinema

200 E. Edgewood Blvd., Lansing; Impression 5 Science Center, 200 Museum Dr., Lansing; Lansing Art Gallery, 119 N. Washington Square., Lansing; NCG Cinema, 2500 Showtime Drive, Lansing