The 36th Annual International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory

Excursions and Sightseeing

Thursday Afternoon

Participants will be able to choose one of the following three organized excursions:

  1. FRIB and MSU Tour (limited to 100 participants): $10
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    • Guided tour of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (application prior to the conference required)

      The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) is an accelerator facility that focuses on experiments with rare isotope​s​ (short-lived elements that are not normally found on Earth). It is funded by the US Department of Energy Office of Science, Michigan State University and the State of Michigan. FRIB will enable​ us​ to advance our understanding of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics and fundamental interactions. The facility is scheduled to come online in 2022. With this tour, participants have a unique opportunity to tour the main accelerator area.

      Please read FRIB Tour Must-Knows for important regulation.

    • Bus service to nearby MSU attractions: Broad Art Museum, Horticulture Demonstration Gardens, MSU Museum, MSU Dairy Store (a must-stop ice-cream shop), shops along Grand River Avenue From Wikipedia, by Dj1997

      The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is a contemporary art museum on campus that opened in 2012. The museum building features unusual inclined walls and was designed by Zaha Hadid. The museum welcomes over one hundred thousand visitors every year.

      From TripAdvisor by Chipperhigh2

      The beautiful MSU horticulture gardens span over 14 acres and feature over 1,000 varieties of annuals in the Amien Carter Annual Gardens, over 700 rose cultivars in the Frank's Nursery and Crafts Rose Garden, over 500 species of native and hybrid perennials that are well-suited for the local climate in the Judith A. DeLapa Perennial Garden and over 60 theme displays, including mazes, pots of gold, an alphabet garden and many more at the Michigan 4H Children's Garden.

  2. Michigan History Tour: $12
    • From Wikipedia by Brian Charles Watson
    • State Capitol Building: guided 1-hour tour

      The Michigan State Capitol Building houses the legislative branch of the government of the state of Michigan. The cornerstone was laid in 1873 and the building was dedicated in 1879. In 1992 the Capitol Building was designated as a National Historic Landmark.

    • By Michigan History Museum
    • Michigan Historical Museum: self-guided tour, 1 to 1.5 hours

      "The flagship of the Michigan History Museum System, the Michigan History Museum offers you Michigan's rich past, from the time of the state's earliest peoples to the late 20th century."

    • From R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
    • R.E. Olds Transportation Museum: self-guided tour, 1 to 1.5 hours

      The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum is dedicated to Ransom Eli Olds, a pioneer of the American automotive industry for whom such brands as Oldsmobile and REO were named. The Olds Motor Vehicle Company founded by Olds in 1897 produced over 35 million vehicles during its existence, out of which about 14 million were built at the Lansing automotive factory. The museum exhibits over 60 vehicles spanning the period from 1886 to 2003 as well as engines and other materials that reflect the history of the American automotive industry and in particular of the Lansing area.

  3. Makers and Shakers Trail (limited to 100 participants): $45
  4. Michigan is home to many breweries and wineries. Makers and Shakers Trail is a tour where we will stop at several locations to sample local beers and wines. We will visit:

    • Lansing/East Lansing area: Lansing Brewing Company, Ellison Brewery & Spirits, Red Cedar Spirits
    • Williamston area: Old Nation Brewing Company

Thursday Evening

After the excursions, there will be a dinner cruise option for which participants may sign up:

  • Evening Michigan Princess Dinner Cruise (minimum required number of participants: 50): $50
  • A boat cruise tour along the Grand River. The Michigan Princess, a replica of a 19th-century steamboat, allows one to step back in time to the early days of steam-powered transportation. Enjoy a dinner buffet and cash bar while cruising over breathtaking views of the Grand River.

Other possible self-organized tours

If none of the above seem to interest you for the Thursday excursion or you have extra time around the area, here are a few suggestions: