Locals become Tourists in Lansing

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

Hundreds of Lansing locals put on their sunblock and sunglasses to be tourists for a day in their own town.

"It's a great opportunity for a stay-cation and learn about the area. So then, in the future they can plan a weekend here in their hometown," said Julie Pingston, senior VP of Greater Lansing Convention & Visitor's Bureau.

Some went "Over the Edge" for a fundraiser, descending down Boji Tower's 23 stories for a thrill. More than 60 attractions like Impression 5 and Power Park Zoo are offering free admittance with a Greater Lansing Passport.

"It's free, that makes it even better," said Alyjah Byrd-Goode, who lives in Lansing.

"With gas prices so high, its nice to not travel so far and have a great day planned," said Jessica Seguin, who lives in Eaton Rapids.

On board the CATA bus, tourists are able to go to almost every location in their passport to get it stamped. The goal is to bring a little boost to the local economy.

"We want them to enjoy our community when their friends and family come visit them. That they don't travel to other cities to get out, but stay right here in the Greater Lansing area," said Pingston.

And, to encourage people to discover new things in their own backyard.


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