MSU - Things to Do


MSU Dairy Store, the most delicious ice cream in Michigan!

Proud of their agricultural roots, MSU is home to some of the best ice cream in the nation.  Go to Anthony Hall and tour the facility where the magic is made and grab a cone of one of their famous flavors!  You will also want to choose some of their thirteen excellent cheeses, available in gift boxes, too!   Three yummy locations:

1.)  Anthony Hall Dairy Store

 474 South Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI 48824

 517-355-8466 Weekdays 9:00am-8:00pm; Weekends 12:00-8:00pm 

2.)  MSU Union Dairy Store

 107 MSU Union Bldg. East Lansing, MI 48824

 517-353-9988 Weekdays 12:00-8:00pm; Weekends 12:00-6:00pm

3.)  Dairy Store Express

474 South Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI 48824

Open May 3 through Football Season 

Brody Cafeteria

A huge dining hall experience is a tasty way to fill up for parents, friends or anyone visiting MSU. Brody Cafeteria is the largest on campus with ten different food stations-- featuring foods with a southern flair to a comfort homestyle cuisine.  This is the perfect place to accommodate the hungriest and pickiest of eaters. Experience the MSU food culture, and enjoy!  On the west side of Harrison Rd., across from Kellogg Center.

 4-H Children's Garden is a beautiful place for everyone.

1.)The Outdoor 4-H Children’s Gardens are open from sunup to sundown every day.

2.) Indoor 4-H Children's Garden    [open 8am to 4pm M-F; open 10am to 4pm  Sat. & Sun.] 

1066 Bogue Street

East Lansing, MI 48824      call for information: (517) 353-0452

Located in the Plant & Soil Sciences Building, corner of Wilson Road and Bogue Street, MSU. 

(Across from the Vet Clinic; kitty-corner from the Wharton Center)  

The Beal Botanical Garden at MSU is fabulous and beautiful.

The Horticulture Gardens of MSU offer a unique, beautiful location for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. In fact, they are recognized as one of the most charming and romantic locations in Lansing! The Horticulture Gardens is also a great location to host your next baby shower, bridal shower, graduation party, banquet, or other event.

Set amongst thousands of blooming flowers, you will find several picturesque locations designed specifically to host your wedding or other event.

   The garden has over 1,800 different species of plants, including a cork tree, so no matter how many times you visit the garden, you are sure to see something new. The garden itself is 5 acres and is free. It is a perfect place to read a book, take a walk, or go on a romantic date. ///  For Group Tours, call (517) 355-5191 [ext. 1327] or email Group tour prices are $5 per person with a 10 person minimum.

On campus: 1066 Bogue Street, East Lansing MI 48824

Planning a wedding or event?  Call Hayley, Wedding Coordinator & Program Assistant

517-353-3770  or email:       It’s a garden wonderland where inspiration awaits you! 


Beaumont Tower Carillon is in a beautiful setting at MSU. The bells ring to announce the time every day.  In summer, free carillon recitals are scheduled when a skilled player operates the keyboard. The Tower area is perfect to study, read or just relax.  There is an MSU legend that if a couple kisses in the shadow of the tower when the bells are ringing, they will be together forever. On campus: 375 W Circle Dr, East Lansing, MI 48824   

Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Check out their schedule.  Call about a tour.

Address: 750 E Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 432-2000


The River Trail on the MSU campus is the path that runs parallel next to the Red Cedar River. Whether it is fall, winter, spring or summer, the trail will always have some gorgeous scenery. It is a perfect trail to run, bike, walk, scooter, skateboard, and even do some photography.  You may even see some wildlife: squirrels, ducks, swans, geese, beavers, and the occasional turtle.

The Abrams Planetarium at MSU serves as an astronomy and space science education resource center for central Michigan. The planetarium is a part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, offering a variety of planetarium shows for people of any age! located on MSU campus

755 Science Road East Lansing, MI 48824   (517) 355-4676, 355-4672, or email us at:

Michigan State Capitol   Get away from the stress and traffic of campus and go west on Michigan Avenue to visit the Michigan State Capitol. Take a tour of the State Capitol Building.    Tours: (517) 373-2353 or (517) 373-2348 

Michigan Historical Museum is a huge wonderful place, near the State Capitol.  It’s at 702 W. Kalamazoo St.

 Lansing, MI 48915     (517)335-2573 

Explore and enjoy the place that discovers, preserves and shares the stories of Michigan. 


The Michigan State University Museum is located on West Circle Drive, immediately east of Beaumont Tower and just north of the Main Library. Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) buses stop within short walking distance of the museum.

MSU Museum

409 W. Circle Drive

East Lansing, MI 4882

Broad Art Museum

547 E Circle Dr.

East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 884-4800  Tuesday–Sunday, 12–7pm

Broad Art Museum is a fantastic place to visit. Just the building itself is architecturally astounding no 90-degree angles except for the doors. The museum include ancient antiques, illuminations, old master paintings, and sculptures. 

When you’re done touring and enjoying the East Lansing area, and ready to put your feet up…make the short drive to a comfortable place to relax and sleep: The Williamston Inn.   Only seven miles from Hagadorn Road, drive a few minutes east of campus on Grand River Ave and you are there!  It’s much more affordable than lodging in East Lansing or Okemos, and it’s in a country setting, away from the traffic and crowds.

Call to reserve a room: Williamston Inn  (517) 655-3773.   1133 E. Grand River Williamston, MI