Okemos is an unincorporated community in Meridian Charter Township, Ingham County, Michigan. It is also a suburb of Lansing and a residence community for staff of Michigan State University. The Meridian Historical Village is great place to learn about the history of the área. Harris Nature Center is surrounded by dense forests, lush meadows and more than five miles of nature trails. Meridian Mall is a regional super shopping mall open in 1969. The Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1983 to honor the achievements of remarkable Michigan women. Michigan Audubon is the oldest conservation organization in Michigan, formed in 1904. It protects almost 4,000 acres of bird habitats. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Harris Nature Center
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Located on the banks of the Red Cedar River near Okemos, Michigan, Harris Nature Center is surrounded by dense forests, lush meadows, more than five miles of nature trails and a .75-mile paved loop trail. Visitors can watch the river from an overlook deck or observe the hawk exhibit and watch a play in the Nature Exploration Area. Several displays and live turtles are located inside of the center. There are year-around programs for adults, children and families. The access to the river is from a canoe dock. All walking trails are open every day, from dawn to dusk.
3998 Van Atta Rd, Okemos, MI 48864, Phone: 517-349-3866
2.Meridian Mall, Okemos, Michigan
Opened in November 6, 1969, Meridian Mall is a regional super shopping mall located in Okemos, Meridian Township, Michigan. Originally, the mall had J.W. Knapp Company and Woolco as its anchor stores. Today, Meridian Mall has about 125 stores and a large food court. There is a movie theater on its edge. The mall's current anchor stores are J. C. Penney, Macy's, and Dick's Sporting Goods. Other major stores are Bed Bath & Beyond, H&M, , Old Navy, Launch Trampoline, Planet Fitness, and Schuler Books & Music. CBL Properties owned and managed the mall since 1998.
1982 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864, Phone: 517-349-2031
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3.Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame
The Michigan Women’s Historical Center in Okemos, Michigan is the only women's history museum in the state. The Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1983 to honor the achievements of remarkable Michigan women. Its mission is to speed up the progress of Michigan by advancing opportunity and equality for women and girls. Its vision is Michigan in which women are leaders who contribute to the future of the state. The Michigan Women's Hall of Fame has almost 300 inductees past and present. It has frequently changing history exhibits, Women's Walk brick patio, and a fair trade gift shop. The Hall of Fame is housed in the 1903 Cooley-Haze House, and is surrounded by Cooley Gardens. The Center also contains the Belen Gallery, featuring art from Michigan women.
105 W Allegan St, Lansing, MI 48933, Phone: 517-763-2397
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4.Michigan Audubon, Okemos, MI
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Michigan Audubon is the oldest conservation organization in Michigan, incorporated and formed in 1904. It protects almost 4,000 acres of bird habitat through a network of 18 sanctuaries in Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Each sanctuary is critical for the protection of Michigan native plants and animals, endangered and threatened species including. The protected habitats include: rivers, lakes, marshes, bogs, fens, grasslands, hardwoods and northern conifer forests. Michigan Audubon hosts important birding events, workshops, and sanctuary programs year-round. It coordinates surveys, bird counts, and species monitoring programs.
2310 Science Pkwy #200, Okemos, MI 48864, Phone: 517-580-7364
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5.Dusty's Cellar, Okemos, Michigan
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For 35 years Dusty’s has been providing exceptional dining and an extraordinary beer and wine selection for the residents of Okemos, Michigan and surrounding areas. They have three distinct areas with three options for shopping and dining. Dusty’s Cellar sells wine, beer, specialty foods, baked goods from their on-premise bakery, gift baskets, cigars, wine accessories and more. Dusty's Wine Bar is a contemporary bistro that offers lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Dusty's Tap Room is the local neighborhood bar. The Tap Room offers traditional pub fare, draft beer, full bar and extensive wine selection by the glass. Dusty’s Wine Bar has beautifully decorated dining room with a fireplace and cozy club atmosphere. It serves contemporary American cuisine with new world flair.
1839 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864, Phone: 517-349-5150
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6.State Side Deli, Okemos, MI
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Small unassuming eatery with cozy booths in downtown Okemos ,Michigan, State Side Deli offers the New York style deli sandwiches with their own twist. You can eat in, take your goodies out or get them to cater your small or big party. Whatever you need, they will have the best sandwiches, burgers, wraps and salads you can imagine. They serve breakfast until close, with all regular egg and griddle options. For lunch, you can choose one of many sandwiches from their menu or you can create your own. There is a daily special you should definitively check out before deciding what to order. If you are lucky, you will come in time for a massive wrap, served on Wednesday, or Philly with fries on Friday.
3552 Meridian Crossings, Okemos, MI 48864, Phone: 517-853-1100
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7.Saddle Back BBQ, Okemos, MI
Saddleback BBQ, with restaurants in Lansing and Okemos, is Michigan's premier craft BBQ restaurant. It features authentic Southern BBQ made on-site in their reverse-flow smoker they call "The Beast." Saddleback specializes in hand-crafted Southern BBQ with Midwestern flair. They smoke their meats in-house on a wide range of wood, from hickory and mesquite to Michigan apple and cherry. Their Okemos location is fairly new and has charming dining room with old-fashioned diner flair, with checkered floors and formica tables. But the meats are fabulous. Tuesday is their Respect The Pig day with pulled pork sandwich and fries for $10. On Wednesday they offer jumbo wings that are first smoked then flash-fried and drenched with their Killer Bee’s Sauce. Fridays are days for Burnt Ends.
1754 Central Park Dr G2, Okemos, MI 48864, Phone: 517-306-9002
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7 Best Things to Do in Okemos, Michigan
- Harris Nature Center, Photo: Harris Nature Center
- Meridian Mall, Okemos, Michigan, Photo: nd3000/stock.adobe.com
- Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, Photo: Rawpixel.com/stock.adobe.com
- Michigan Audubon, Okemos, MI, Photo: Michigan Audubon
- Dusty's Cellar, Okemos, Michigan, Photo: Dusty's Cellar
- State Side Deli, Okemos, MI, Photo: State Side Deli
- Saddle Back BBQ, Okemos, MI, Photo: fahrwasser/stock.adobe.com
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