Michigan State University

PARKS, SPORTS & RECREATION

PARKS & RECREATION
SPORTS
GOLF COURSES

 

 

PARKS & RECREATION
MSU ‘s campus is known for being full of lush, green, wooded parks and arboretums. There are many areas in which to relax and explore on all areas of campus, from blooming botanical gardens to dense, quiet, forested areas . 

Baker Woodlot and Rajerdra Neotropical Migrant Bird Sanctuary
Southeast corner of Farm Lane and Service Road.
(517) 355-4478
78-acres Baker Woodlot has been a part of MSU since 1902. The Rajerdra Neotropical Migrant Bird Sanctuary was dedicated as part of the Woodlot in 1999. Nearly 50 bird species can be found amongst the sanctuary’s Black locust, chestnut and white ash trees.
Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm

Beal Botanical Garden
Across the river from Spartan Stadium, just to the west of the Main Library.
 (517) 355-9582
Established in 1873 by MSU Professor William James Beal, the Botanical Garden is the oldest continuously operated university botanical garden of its kind in the US, with more than 200 different plants and flowers.
Admission is free.
Open to the public sunrise to sunset throughout the year.

Horticulture Gardens
A288 Plant & Soil Science Bldg.
East Lansing, MI 48823

(517) 355-5191
Stroll through this 14 acre retreat featuring plants best suited for Michigan gardeners.
Open daily sunrise to sunset.

Lansing River Trail & Red Cedar River
With 13 miles of paved trail running through MSU and downtown Lansing’s Old Town,along the Red Cedar River, the Lansing River Trail is great for biking or walking.

Rose Lake Wildlife Area
8562 Stoll Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 641-4903
Once a working farm, Rose Lake Wildlife Area is now home to open fields, hiking trails, and wetlands full of songbirds, cranes and great blue herons.

The Grand Fish
530 River Street
Lansing, MI 48933

(517) 410-0801
Rent a kayak at The Grand Fish in downtown Lansing. You can also bring your picnic or BBQ to a private dining area outside along the river—you cook, they clean.
Kayak Rental: $10/hr
Wed- Fri, 3:30pm-7:30pm; Sat, 11am-7:30pm; Sun, 11am-6pm

MSU Bikes
In Bessey Hall along the Red Cedar River, just west of Farm Lane.
(517) 432-3400
Rent bikes for $4-$6 an hour to ride along the Red Cedar River, through campus or around town. 

Munn Ice Arena
1 Chestnut Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
Home to Spartan men’s & women’s hockey, Munn Ice Arena offers public skating sessions throughout the year.
See website for times.
Adult: $5; MSU Student/Staff/Faculty or under 18: $4; Skate Rental: $2.

Potter Park Zoo
1301 S. Pennsylvania Avenue
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 483-4222

Founded in 1920, Potter Park Zoo sits on over 58 acres and is home to over 500 animals.
The zoo is open year round.  Check the website for seasonal hours.

Burgdorf’s Winery
5635 Shoeman Road
Haslett MI 48840
(517) 655-2883
Just a few miles east of East Lansing sits Burgdorf’s Winery. Although it has only been open since 2005, the Bergdorfs have been winemakers for over 30 years. Located on 5 acres, Bergdorf’s has a tasting room and hosts many activities throughout the year.  Be sure to taste their award-winning Raspberry Wine.
Daily, 12pm-5pm; Closed Monday

 

SPORTS

 

MiLB Lansing Lugnuts
Cooley Stadium
505 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48912
( 517) 485-4500

Reasonably priced tickets and many days have deals such as the Dollar Deal Days.
Call for tickets or order online.

Michigan State University Athletics
Ticket Info: (800) GO STATE or (517) 355-1610
Find ticket and venue information for all Spartan men’s and women’s sporting events throughout the year.

Spartan Stadium
100 Spartan Way

East Lansing, MI 48824

Ticket Info: (800) GO STATE or (517) 355-1610
Built in 1923, Spartan Stadium was once named  Macklin Field in honor of  former football coach (1911-1915) John Macklin. The original  capacity of 14,000 grew to 76,000, and by 1957, it officially became known as “Spartan Stadium.”  In 1994, the capacity was actually reduced to 75,005 to increase comfort and improve sightlines.  In 2002, the artificial turf of over 30 years was replaced with natural grass developed by MSU‘s turfgrass program, one of the nation’s top turfgrass programs.
2012-2013 Football Schedule

Breslin Center
1 Birch Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
Ticket Info: (800) GO STATE or (517) 355-1610
Home to Spartan men’s basketball & women’s basketball, Breslin Center is named for “Mr. MSU,” Jack Breslin. Breslin served as the captain of the 1945 football team, earning the title of most valuable player. He also earned varsity letters in baseball and basketball, was the 1946 senior class president and worked for the university for more than 30 years in various capacities. The Breslin Center is known for the rambunctious student “Izzone,” named after men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo. Opened in 1989, the Breslin Center holds over 14,700 fans and aside from Spartan basketball, also hosts numerous concerts and events throughout the year.

Munn Ice Arena
1 Chestnut Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
Ticket Info: (800) GO STATE or (517) 355-1610
Built in 1974 strictly for hockey, Munn Ice Arena continues to regularly host the largest crowds in US collegiate hockey, with seating for over 6,400; Spartan men’s hockey games have been selling out consistently since 1985. Named after the late Spartan football coach and athletic director, Biggie Munn, Munn Ice Arena holds public skating sessions. While you’re there, take a walk around the lush grounds surrounding Munn Arena, which serves as a teaching ground for landscape architecture, botany and horticulture students.

 

 

GOLF

Forest Akers Golf Courses

West Golf Course
Michigan State University
3535 Forest Rd.
Lansing, MI 48910

Forest Akers East Golf Course
Michigan State University
Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

(517) 355-1635

With two championship courses, Forest Akers is home to the Big Ten champion Michigan State University men’s and women’s golf teams. Golf Digest has awarded the West Course a four and a half star rating, and the East Course a four star rating. Shop the Forest Akers Pro Shop for golf gear and high-end MSU gear.
18-hole round with golf cart between $30-$50, depending on time and day.

Eagle Eye, Hawk Hollow & The Falcon Golf Courses
555 Quarterhorse Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 371-3484
Ranked among the best public courses in Michigan. See website for details and rates for each course.

Timber Ridge Golf Club
16339 Park Lake Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 339-8000

An 18 hole public course with pro shop and restaurant. See website for current rates and book a tee time online.