Things To Do In Kalamazoo
You won’t run out of fun things to do in Kalamazoo. Plan your itinerary with a wide range of outdoor activities, live theater productions, museums, and everything in between. Kalamazoo has become the epicenter of romance and fun. And the Kalamazoo House is the sole luxury hotel alternative that puts it all within reach.
Beers, Wineries, Distilleries, and Beer Tours!
As the center of the origin of Michigan’s legendary microbrewery scene, let’s start with BEERs!
Breweries in Kalamazoo-to name a few
- Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
- Brite Eyes Brewing Co.
- Final Gravity Brewing Company – Kalamazoo
- Latitude 42 Brewing Company
- Olde Peninsula Brewpub
- One Well Brewing
- Saugatuck Brewing – Kalamazoo
- The Beer Exchange
- Texas Corners Brewing Company
- Wax Wings Brewing Co.
For the love of wine! Kalamazoo has a few wineries too.
Let’s not forget Kalamazoo’s Distilleries!
Spirit of 269 This is a brochure to help guide you along your tasting trail. Offers access to a wide variety of high-quality breweries, distilleries, wineries, and hard cider venues.
Map Of Area Attractions
Nightlife Downtown in Kalamazoo
From festivals to nightclubs to hot music, and more, Kalamazoo nightlife is pretty amazing. Check out some of the popular spots:
Arcadia Creek Festival Place a special event venue that serves as a community gathering place for celebrations and special events of all types. Annual events begin in April and run through mid-October.
Kalamazoo Summer Festivals (Arcadia Festival site is a 10 min walk)
Shakespeare’s Pub (stop and see Garrett Wednesdays: 10 min walk)
Louie’s Trophy House (local dive, grab cab or Uber)
Green-Top Tavern (Pre-party at a bigger dive with cheap drinks & pool–so cheap they don’t have a web site:) 7 min walk
Webster’s Tasting Room Lounge (Classy atmosphere, live music at busy times–5 min walk)
Union Cabaret (5 min walk)
Other Things To Do In Kalamazoo
Dine at Kalamazoo Local Restaurants
Enjoy some of the best dining Kalamazoo has to offer! Follow along in our restaurant guide and try a variety of food, a great time to explore your taste buds.
Arts & Culture
Hard to believe that a city can have it all, but the arts community in Kalamazoo is far more robust than you would ever imagine for a city of its size.
Twenty feet from Kalamazoo House, visit the highly regarded Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Its impressive Dale Chihuly sculpture is visible from the window of our Kalamazoo Suite. Take a tour of the Kalamazoo State Theatre, a 1927 “picture palace” featuring a ceiling that resembles the night sky.
The Smithsonian-affiliated Air Zoo Air and Space Experience features more than 50 historic aircraft, exhibits, and immersive experiences.
Activities and Events Calendar
Sports, Recreation, Arts, Events and Happenings, Museums and Things to See.
Are you a golfer? Try Milham Park Golf Course; this a challenging 18-hole, par 72 layout located on 130 acres adjacent to beautiful Milham Park on the southern edge of Kalamazoo. Facilities include a large award-winning pro shop, snack bar, full liquor bar, power golf cars, and practice facilities.
Have you ever wanted to take a Hot Air Balloon ride? There are a few close by to choose from:
Altitude Endeavors, Inc. They are the largest and most experienced ballooning company in the Southwest Michigan area. Contact them at 888-933-5964.
Magic Cloud Balloon Corporation. They provide Scenic Hot Air Balloon Rides are based in Battle Creek, Michigan. Contact them at 269-274-0364.
Gull Meadows Farms, nine miles from Kalamazoo House, is a favorite West Michigan destination for the tastes and experiences of fall. Pick your own apples from early September through mid-October. Take a wagon ride to the farm’s pumpkin patch, and select your own. Gull Meadows also offers a six-acre corn maze; some evenings it’s available to navigate by flashlight.
For trails, Al Sabo Preserve, 15 minutes away, has 741 acres of woods, open meadows, rolling hills, and streams to explore.
The Gilmore Car Museum, 30 minutes away, is a collection of seven museums on a 90-acre campus. You can see more than 300 vintage cars, from an 1899 steam-powered runabout to 1930s taxicabs to muscle cars, concept cars and more. There’s a motorcycle gallery, a pedal car collection, and a Model T driving school whose time slots are always sold out in advance.
Into Bird watching? Check out Audubon Society of Kalamazoo
Mountain Biking will get your heart pumping at Maple Hill Trail, Ranked #1 in Michigan by MTB.com and is known for it’s jumps, banked corners, and rock features – 6 min drive and Fort Custer State Recreation Area – 22 min drive
Bicyclists staying at Kalamazoo House can go in multiple directions on paved bike trails. You can head east toward Galesburg or north toward the Kalamazoo Nature Center, with multiple attractions along the way. The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail is popular. For a longer ride, strike out on the 34.5-mile Kal-Haven Trail linking Kalamazoo with South Haven.
Nearby Woods Lake Park has a sandy beach, changing area, picnic pavilion (with six picnic tables), restrooms, a playground, and a fishing pier that are all fresh and modern. The park is bordered by woods on all sides, offering a truly serene oasis in the middle of our bustling city. Its warm water is perfect for swimming and standup paddle-boarding, too!
Kayakers, the Kalamazoo River has about 50 access sites along 123 miles, from the confluence of its north and south branches in Albion to its exit in Saugatuck to Lake Michigan. Some stretches of the river are more developed for recreation than others, so consult Google for up-to-date information.
Skiing and SnowBoarding
Bittersweet Skiing and Snowboard Resort – 25 min drive
Timber Ridge Ski Area – Ski, Snowboard, and Tubing – 21 min drive
Echo Valley Winter Sports Park Tobogganing and Tubing- 15 min drive
The Kalamazoo Mall area is loaded with great boutiques, eateries, music, and fun. Here is a listing resource for shopping: https://downtownkalamazoo.org/downtown-dollars/