Things to Do in St Johns, MI

While visiting St Johns we hope that you will take advantage of some of the amazing things there are to do in the Greater Lansing area. To help facilitate your trip we have compiled a list of some of these activities to help you find that perfect thing to do. If you do not see something that seems to fit the bill please let us know and we are more than happy to help find what you are looking for.


Located just 10 minutes from The Nordic Pineapple, there is always something going on at Uncle Johns, from hayrides to apple picking to cider tasting. Be sure to stop by the gift store and grab some cider, donuts, and cookies for the ride home (Kjersten loves the molasses cookies). They also offer special events throughout the summer and fall. Visit their website for a full list of upcoming events.


Potter Park Zoo is a 20-acre zoo within an 80-acre park located in Lansing. With more than 500 animal residents, there is always something new and exciting to see. From special events to programs for children and adults, the Zoo offers family fun and enrichment year-round. Explore the Zoo and help celebrate study, and protect the diversity of animals and their habitats. All this just 25 minutes south of St Johns.

The Best Things to Do near Owosso, MI

Deep in the palm of Michigan lie St. Johns and Owosso, two small towns with a lot of fun things to do. Come make memories with your family this summer at some of our best local attractions. We'll highlight some of the fan favorite things to do so you know exactly what our locale offers.

Sleepy Hollow State Park

When you think of Sleepy Hollow, the tales of Halloween horrors may dance through your head, but don't worry—there's no Headless Horseman in this Sleepy Hollow! Instead, let your mind be calmed by the relaxing waters of Lake Ovid.

Central Michigan is already a pretty quiet place to vacation, but Sleepy Hollow State Park offers a true escape from city life. We would like to dive into some of the activities you'll have the chance to partake in once you enter the park.


"The Polar Express" is one of the most beloved Christmas stories of all time and there's a reason it's endured throughout the years as both a children's book and a feature film. But did you know you can take your very own Polar Express ride in Michigan, only 20 minutes from St Johns?

There is more to the Steam Railroading Institute than just The Polar Express. Be sure to come check out everything they have to offer.


Old Town is Lansing's original downtown and boutique district. The neighborhood's beautiful Victorian buildings are filled with unique galleries, tasty eateries, quaint boutiques, creative businesses, specialty shops, nightclubs, and more. This arts district hosts festivals, gallery walks, and farmers' markets throughout the year. This is the place for exceptional customer service and that little something extra. It's a great place to spend an afternoon or evening and it's just 30 minutes south of St Johns.

Concerts in the Park

On Wednesday evenings all summer long St Johns offers music in the park starting at 7 pm. The park is only about a mile from the inn. You can grab one of our guest bikes, a couple of guest chairs and enjoy an evening under the sky listening to local talent. Plan to arrive around 6 to get the best spot. All concerts are held rain or shine.

2022 Summer Schedule

June 15 - The RFD Boys – Bluegrass at its Best
June 22 - Capital City Brass Band – Championship Band
June 29 - Surf Zup – Iconic Surf Guitar Hits from the 60s
July 6 – Lansing Concert Band – Wonderful Band Music
July 13 – C.A.R.Ma – Grammy Award Winners – Jazz/Blues
July 20 – Toppermost – Wonderful Beatles Tribute Band
July 27 – Ryan DeHues – Timeless Classic Jazz Standards
August 3 – The Louie Longoria Band – Big Time Country
August 10 – Detroit Retro Society – Experience the Music
August 17 – FRENDZ: Great Vintage Classic Rock
August 24 – Miranda and the M80s – The Best of the 80s
August 31 – Matt King: An Award-Winning Tribute to Elvis


The St. Johns Mint Festival has a variety of free entertainment for you to enjoy. Watch performances by Rob Underhill, David Perez, the Children's Ballet Theatre and more. Bring a lawn chair to get a good view of the shows.

There will also be a Mint Pageant, parade and flea market. Take home a fun souvenir! You may also be able to make a craft to take home.

The festival takes place from Aug. 11 to 13.


The Michigan Nordic Fire Festival was created in 2016 to celebrate winter, fire, family and fun. As the days start to get longer and days start to warm, an opportunity was created to get outside, throw spears, and try some of the wonderful beers and meads produced in the area.

The festival is capped off each year with the burning of a Viking longship, it is a must see for sure.

Note that the festival is outdoors, so bring a coat or umbrella if the weather looks bad.

MSU Football

When summer winds down and school is back in session, college football fans know it's time to dust off their jerseys and gear up for game time. Enjoy all the fun and festivities during the game and then escape for a quiet relaxing evening. The Nordic Pineapple is 23 miles North of Spartan Stadium in East Lansing but a world away.

2023 Home Schedule

September 2 at TBD - Central Michigan University
September 9 at TBD - Richmond University
September 16 at TBD - Washington University
September 23 at TBD - University of Maryland
October 21 at TBD -University of Michigan
November 4 at TBD: University of Nebraska
November 25 at TBD: Penn State University