Friends, we bet that if you were to measure the fun per square foot, Old Town really packs a punch. There is so much to see and do in Old Town – you just have to experience it. Here are two good, family friendly ideas for your next visit to our part of town.
The Brenke Fish Ladder is an amazing feat of form and function. It is one of six installations along 184 miles of the Grand River from Lake Michigan to South Lansing. It was built to help salmon and other fish with their natural migration to swim upstream against the strong current of the Grand River. The Brenke is a unique spiraling ladder.
Fish ladders enable fish to pass around barriers, like dams, by swimming and leaping up a series of relatively low steps (hence the term ladder) into the waters on the other side. The velocity of water falling over the steps has to be great enough to attract the fish to the ladder, but it cannot be so great that it washes fish back downstream or exhausts them to the point of inability to continue their journey upriver.
Watching the fish making their way up the ladder is a wonderful natural history experience for the whole family. You will find the Brenke Fish Ladder in the heart of historic Old Town.
Just Two Blocks East
Here is another fascinating fish opportunity for your next visit to Old Town. Just around the corner from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn and few blocks east of the Brenke Fish Ladder is Preuss Pets, an enormous pet store that is more amusement park than pet store.
The store includes an outdoor water feature as well as an indoor stream stocked with some very well-fed Koi. While Preuss has more than fish for pets, they have a stock of fresh and saltwater fish that will keep you mesmerized for quite some time. And, that’s alright with the folks at Preuss, every department has knowledgeable staff experts that are more than willing to allow you to look for as long as you want and to answer any questions you might have.
They also breed many of their fish right in the store. They produce all of their: angelfish, guppies, platies, mollies, and swordtails. They've also begun to breed a significant portion of their freshwater shrimp, corydoras catfish and rainbow fish. They will be only too happy to tell you about the advantages of keeping these locally bred fish!
Preuss Pets understands that it is a destination store and that is why they encourage school field trips to their store, monthly educational events for kids, and even birthday parties. We are proud to have such an awesome neighbor in Old Town! While you are here, don’t forget to stop in to see us for a little popcorn love.
Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan. Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.