When spring arrives in earnest residents of, and the many visitors to, the Greater Lansing area are finally free to explore the regions numerous and fantastic parks and gardens. From traditional parks with play structures and baseball diamonds to rare and beautiful botanical gardens, meticulously kept and scenic, the Greater Lansing area is a showplace of fun and inspiring natural areas. When winter is keeping folks indoors and shoveling driveways these gorgeous parks simply wait for spring and summer and the return of warm weather that magically brings nature alive. Explore the parks and gardens pages of www.lansing.org and re-educate yourself with the natural offerings in Michigan's Capital City. Whether you prefer family-friendly special events, or the perfect solitude that comes with nature, Lansing-area parks and gardens will meet your every expectation. Looking for flower gardens you'll never forget? Check out Beal Botanical Gardens or The MSU Demonstration Gardens on the campus of Michigan State University or Frances Park in Lansing. Trails? Get over to Lake Lansing Park North? Travel with your four-legged friend? Soldan's Dog Park may be for you. Swimming? Picnic? Bike trails? Nothing better than William M. Burchfield Park/Riverbend Nature Area in Holt. Check them all out and come up with your own personal favorite. Spring is back and the outdoors is a kind place to be once again. The Greater Lansing area boasts over 40 formal parks and established natural areas. Forty? Wow. Good thing spring is just getting started. You've got a lot of work to do - Explore like never before!