Kalamazoo



Kalamazoo is a city in West Central Michigan. The city is home to more than 198,200 people (2020), with 355,000 in the metropolitan area, which includes neighboring Battle Creek. It is the county seat of Kalamazoo County.

The city has a strong higher education presence, being home to Western Michigan University (with 17,334 students in Fall 2022), Kalamazoo College (a private, liberal arts institution), and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Because of the first downtown pedestrian mall in America, Kalamazoo got the nickname the "Mall City" in 1959. Kalamazoo also offers an interesting and walkable Downtown, with one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants.

Get in[edit]

Map
Map of Kalamazoo

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO IATA), 5235 Portage Rd, Portage, +1 269-388-3668. Offering several daily flights from Chicago (on American Eagle) and Detroit (on Delta Connection), it serves Kalamazoo and the surrounding area. During the summer, Delta also operates two daily flights from Minneapolis. Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (Q3457490) on Wikidata Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport on Wikipedia

By car[edit]

Kalamazoo lies on the I-94 roughly mid-way between Chicago and Detroit. US Highway 131 connects the city with Grand Rapids and resort areas further north.

By train[edit]

See also: Rail travel in the United States
The Detroit Amtrak station

By bus[edit]

  • The downtown train station also acts as a bus station for local and regional destinations. Major destinations include Grand Rapids, Chicago and Detroit.

Get around[edit]

  • 3 Metro Transit, 459 N Burdick St, +1 269-337-8222. M-F 8AM-6PM; Sa Su 8AM-12:30PM, 1:30-6PM. Generations of Kalamazoo residents have witnessed advancements in technology and public transportation demands since the Michigan Central Railway built the Kalamazoo Transportation Center in 1887. On July 11, 1975, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, further solidifying its standing as a community landmark. In order to provide the community with multi-modal transportation options and ease commuters' access to a variety of modes of transportation, the station was reconstructed in 2006. Metro Transit (Q6824746) on Wikidata Metro Transit (Kalamazoo) on Wikipedia

See[edit]

Visitor Center: M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 1-5PM. Features pine forest and prairie walks, as well as paintings and sculptures from the arboretum with a natural theme. Daytime: adult $7, 55+ $6, youth $4, 3 & under free; nightime: adult $5, 55+ $4, youth $3, 3 & under free. Kalamazoo Nature Center (Q34925377) on Wikidata

Parks[edit]

  • 8 Bow in the Clouds Preserve (SWMLC), 3401 Nazareth Rd, +1 269-324-1600, . The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy is in charge of 60 acres. Nature walks, snowshoeing, and hiking. Free. Bow in the Clouds Preserve (Q79856836) on Wikidata
  • 9 Milham Park (John Milham Park), 607 E Kilgore Rd, +1 269-337-8191, . Daily 8AM-sunset. Large shade trees, a creek, and ballfields can be found in this 49-acre park, which is well-liked for parties and picnics. Northern Shelter: $90 for 4 hr, Southern Shelter: $155 for 4 hr. Milham Park (Q49526275) on Wikidata
  • 10 Bronson Park, 200 S Rose St, +1 269-337-8191, . Daily 8AM-sunset. 3.5-acre park including memorials, sculptures, and fountains. It is decked for the holidays between December and Halloween. Bronson Park (Q34907365) on Wikidata
  • 11 Mayors' Riverfront Park, 251 Mills St, +1 269-337-8191, . Daily 8AM-sunset. 64 acres with a portion of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail and a border to the Kalamazoo River. Mayors' Riverfront Park was established in 2000 as a memorial to the mayors of Kalamazoo. Mayors' Riverfront Park (Q79872519) on Wikidata
  • 12 Spring Valley Park, 2606 Mt Olivet Rd, +1 269-337-8191, . Daily 8AM-sunset. Spring Valley Park is one of Kalamazoo's largest city parks, spanning almost 186 acres, and is a great spot to take in the local natural beauty and animals. There are three playgrounds for kids, and there are almost three miles of paved paths for runners and walkers. Spring Valley Park is home to several youth sports facilities, including tennis courts, a disc golf course, a baseball diamond, and a soccer field. In addition, there are a number of geocaches hidden throughout the park for guests to find. Spring Valley Park (Q49564811) on Wikidata
  • 13 Woods Lake Park, 2900 Oakland Dr, +1 269-337-8191, . Daily 8AM-sunset. In the center of Kalamazoo, close to the Oakland/Winchell and Oakwood Neighborhoods, is 6.47 acres that are home to Woods Lake Park. With its sandy beach, picnic pavilion (complete with six picnic tables), bathrooms, and playground. There is a pleasant walking trail around the lake, and fishing is permitted in selected spots along the beach. Accessible parking is provided in the lower parking lot. Woods Lake Park (Q79870818) on Wikidata
  • 14 Markin Glen Park, 5300 N Westnedge Ave, +1 269-381-7570. 7AM-sunset. Morris Markin, the creator of the Kalamazoo-based Checker Motors firm, used to own Markin Glen County Park. The west side of Markin Glen opened as a County Park in 1994 after the County purchased the land from the City of Kalamazoo. Beautiful and distinctive natural features can be seen at Markin Glen. Hikers can enjoy a picturesque view of downtown Kalamazoo from the summit of one of the city's highest elevations. The park features a mature beech maple woodland and is also home to a great array of spring flowers. Near Kalamazoo's downtown, this modern campsite with 38 sites is easily accessible. Markin Glen County Park (Q80117513) on Wikidata

Nearby Kalamazoo[edit]

Nearby, you will find additional attractions.

  • 15 Celery Flats Historic Area (Celery Flats), 7328 Garden Ln, Portage, +1 269-329-4522, . M-Th 7:30AM-5:30PM, F 8AM-noon. Celery Flats is a "park within a park." Celery Flats, a major feature of the Portage Creek Bicentennial Park, has an air station, picnic tables, restrooms, and a lovely outdoor seating area on the north side of Garden Lane. South of Garden Lane is the Celery Flats Historical Area, which features a number of relocated and renovated structures. Free. Celery Flats (Q75281525) on Wikidata
  • 16 Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum, 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, +1 269-382-6555, toll-free: +1-866-524-7966, . M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Modern museum combines 4D cinemas, flight simulators, and rare planes with entertainment. Adult $18, 60+ $15, child $16, children 0-4 free. Air Zoo (Q1721935) on Wikidata Air Zoo on Wikipedia
  • 17 Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, +1 269-671-5089. Apr-Nov: M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa Su 9AM-6PM; Dec-Mar: 10AM-5PM. A vast museum housing 400 automobiles and motorbikes, along with a refurbished 1941 cafe that is still selling pecan pie. Adult or senior $20, veteran $18, youth $12, child free. Gilmore Car Museum (Q5562522) on Wikidata Gilmore Car Museum on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

Kalamazoo is full of great events, featuring everything from hot rods to pianos. Discover Kalamazoo has a fairly comprehensive list of annual happenings, but don't miss Super Saturday in June, New Year's Fest or the USTA Boys National Championship in August.

  • 1 Airborne Adventure Park, 5103 Portage Rd, Portage, +1 269-459-9243. Zip line, indoor slides, and Ninja Warrior Course. 60 min: $15.99, 90 min: $19.99, 120 min: $23.99.
  • 2 Climb Kalamazoo, 136 S Kalamazoo Mall, +1 269-385-9891, . M-F noon-10PM, Sa Su 10AM-10PM. Indoor rock climbing and bouldering. Good for groups. $25.
  • 3 Wings Event Center, 3600 Vanrick Dr, +1 269-345-1125. The Wings' home ice rink has more than 5,000 seats for events and concerts in addition to an ice-level sports bar. Varies by event. Wings Stadium (Q3569335) on Wikidata Wings Event Center on Wikipedia
  • 4 Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake St (from east: I-94 to Exit 81 (BL-94), turn right onto Lake Street; from west: I-94 to Exit 80 (Sprinkle Rd.), follow roundabout to head north onto Sprinkle, turn left onto BL-94, turn right onto Lake Street; from north/south: US-131 to I-94 East to Exit 80 (Sprinkle Rd.), follow roundabout to head north onto Sprinkle, turn left onto BL-94, turn right onto Lake Street), +1 269-383-8778. The Expo Center is near I-94 and US 131 and hosts more than 100 events a year. It has outdoor festival spaces with event camping and climate-controlled indoor display space. Varies by event.
  • Art Hop, +1 269-342-5059, . The council hosts the 'Art Hop' on the first Friday of every month. Art Hop is a free event when local artists' work is on exhibit at downtown galleries and shops. Visitors can "hop" between venues to take in the artwork, live music, and the opportunity to chat with the artists. The Park Trades Center, home to the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Glass Art Kalamazoo, and numerous other studios, is a well-liked location during Art Hop. Free.
  • 5 Gilmore Piano Festival, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Unit 101, +1 269-342-1166. 10AM-1:30PM and 2:30-6PM. International pianists performing pop, jazz, and classical music will be on display at the Irving S. Gilmore International Piano Festival. Films, musical theater, world premieres commissioned by Gilmore, and free community concerts, will all take place with the piano at its core.
  • 6 Homer Stryker Field, 251 Mills St, +1 269-337-8191, . The Northwoods League affiliate Kalamazoo Growlers baseball team plays its home games at Homer Stryker Field in Mayors' Riverfront Park. A number of festivals are held at the field as well as community activities. Homer Stryker Field (Q14716142) on Wikidata Homer Stryker Field on Wikipedia
  • 7 Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (KSO), 359 S Kalamazoo Mall # 100, +1 269-349-7759, . Established in 1921, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is the leading musical institution in Southwest Michigan. Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (Q6350420) on Wikidata Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra on Wikipedia
  • 8 Fontana Chamber Arts, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Unit 202, +1 269-382-7774, . Featuring small ensembles playing contemporary and traditional music.

Theater[edit]

  • 9 Theatre Kalamazoo, 404 S Burdick St, +1 269-345-6500. Grand theater with performances by renowned touring bands, events, and concerts since it debuted in 1927.
  • 10 The New Vic Theatre, 134 E Vine St, +1 269-381-3328, . The compact size and cozy cabaret-style seating of this theater, which is accessible to Kalamazoo's downtown, together with a concession that offers a selection of hot and cold non-alcoholic beverages, all contribute to the theater's distinctive ambience. The New Vic Theatre (Q74594318) on Wikidata
  • 11 Miller Auditorium, 1341 Theatre Dr, +1 269-387-2300. On the Western Michigan University campus in Kalamazoo. Miller Auditorium (Q6859077) on Wikidata Miller Auditorium on Wikipedia
  • 12 Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, 329 S Park St, +1 269-343-1313. Renowned center for the performing arts with acting classes, comedies, dramas, and musicals. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre (Q74593998) on Wikidata
  • 13 Kalamazoo State Theatre, 404 S Burdick St, +1 269-345-6500. Grand theater with performances by renowned touring bands, events, and concerts since it debuted in 1927. State Theatre (Q42769437) on Wikidata State Theatre (Kalamazoo, Michigan) on Wikipedia
  • 14 Farmers Alley Theatre, 221 Farmers Alley, +1 269-343-2727, . The Farmers Alley Theatre is a professional ensemble-based non-profit performance organization committed to presenting fresh and well-liked works in an exclusive and small-scale environment in Downtown Kalamazoo. Farmers Alley Theatre (Q116809619) on Wikidata
  • 15 Chenery Auditorium, 714 S Westnedge Ave, +1 269-337-0424. Local events, including talent shows, plays, comedies, recitals, lectures, travelogues, and music and dance performances. Built in the 1920s as a part of the old Central High School.

Golf[edit]

  • 16 Eastern Hills Golf Course, 6075 E G Ave, +1 269-385-8175, . The well-kept 27-hole Eastern Hills Golf Club is located on a 220-acre plot of land at the intersection of G Avenue and 27th Street, northeast of Kalamazoo. Practice areas, a full service bar, power golf cars, and a pro shop are among the amenities. There are three different nines on the course. Adult $15-16, senior $12, student/military $12, junior $10. Eastern Hills Golf Course (Q80009471) on Wikidata
  • 17 Milham Park Golf Club, 4200 Lovers Ln, +1 269-344-7639, . Situated on 130 acres near the picturesque Milham Park, the difficult 18-hole, par 72 Milham Park Golf Course is situated on the southern outskirts of Kalamazoo. A sizable, multi-award winning pro shop, a snack bar, a full liquor bar, power golf cars, and practice areas are among the amenities. Adult $15-16, senior $12, student/military $12, junior $10. Milham Park Golf Course (Q80007601) on Wikidata
  • 18 Red Arrow Golf Course, 1041 King Hwy, +1 269-492-7800, . Red Arrow is a one-mile walking course that offers a wide range of short-game skill practice and plays swiftly. The par 29 riverside course is a delightful leisure option within a short distance from Kalamazoo's downtown. This flexible layout, which offers plenty of parking and the option to rent clubs on-site, challenges time-pressed, seasoned golfers while also catering to younger players and seniors. Adult $15-16, senior $12, student/military $12, junior $10. Red Arrow Golf Course (Q80010373) on Wikidata
  • 19 Prairies Golf Club, 5303 W Main St, +1 269-343-3906. The course has lovely layout. Public $16, senior/junior $13.
  • 20 Crestview Golf Club, 900 D Ave W, +1 269-349-1111. The 18-hole "Crestview" course measures 6,241 yards from the longest tees for a par of 70. The Crestview golf course was created by Duane Anson and debuted in 1964. Regular $16, senior $13.
  • 21 Grand Prairie Golf Course, 3620 Grand Prairie Rd, +1 269-388-4447, . 1,710 yards of beautifully groomed fairways and greens at Grand Prairie Golf Course (GPGC). Together with meals, non-alcoholic drinks, a well-stocked pro shop, and first-rate service, this executive golf course has nine holes. Adult $11, junior/student/senior/military $10.

Trails[edit]

  • 22 Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, +1 269-383-8778. The newest park in Kalamazoo County is the River Valley Trail. The 10-foot-wide, paved asphalt trail is open for use without charge. It's a multiuse route for leisure and non-motorized transportation. Kalamazoo River Valley Trail (Q6350415) on Wikidata Kalamazoo River Valley Trail on Wikipedia

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Maple Hill Pavilion, 5022 W Main St (head eastward into Kalamazoo on US-131 and exit at West Main; proceed a short distance along West Main, and the mall will be on your left), +1 419-877-1010, . Retailers in the vicinity include Harding's Marketplace, Walmart SuperCenter, Meijer, Menards, Lowe's, Kohl's, Aldi, and shadow anchors Target and Dunham's Sports. Maple Hill Pavilion (Q14716208) on Wikidata Maple Hill Pavilion on Wikipedia
  • South Westnedge Shopping District, Westnedge Ave. from Cork to Shaver (Exit 76 off I-94). Starting at Cork Street in Kalamazoo all the way through Shaver Road, more than 1000 retailers in numerous strip malls: big box retailers, specialty shops, restaurants, bars, and bakeries.
  • 2 Kalamazoo Farmers Market, 1204 Bank St, +1 269-3420-5686. May 4- November 23. Open on Saturdays from May through November outside. Additionally open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June through October. To find out the hour variation, visit the website. Open on Saturdays from late November through April for a Winter Market at 1157 Bank Street, across the street.
  • 3 Mall Plaza, 157 S Kalamazoo Mall, +1 269-353-1681. The first pedestrian mall in the United States, located in the heart of Kalamazoo, offers a range of food and shopping options. Kalamazoo Mall (Q6350397) on Wikidata Kalamazoo Mall on Wikipedia
  • 4 Friends-The Library Bookstore, 315 S Rose St, +1 269-553-7820, . M-Th 9AM-8PM, F 9AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1-5PM. In support of the Kalamazoo Public Library. Free. Kalamazoo Public Library (Q6350405) on Wikidata

Nearby Kalamazoo[edit]

  • 5 The Crossroads Mall, 6650 S Westnedge Ave (travel south on I-94 to Exit 76; continue along Westnedge, go through numerous sets of lights, turn right when you see signs for The Crossroads), +1 269-903-3153. M-W 11AM-7PM, Th-Sa 11AM-8PM, Su noon-6PM. A two-story regional shopping center with over 100 businesses that includes niche shops and classic mall chains including Burlington Coat Factory, Macy's, JCPenney, and Sears. includes a food court with a variety of eateries. The Crossroads (Q7728197) on Wikidata The Crossroads (Portage, Michigan) on Wikipedia
  • 6 Southland Mall, 6290 S Westnedge Ave (take exit 76 southbound from I-94 and travel south until you reach Milham Ave. The mall is on the right.), +1 269-324-4158, . Tu Sa 11AM-7PM, Su M 11AM-7PM. A large strip mall spanning more than a mile, including upscale apparel and specialty shops. Old Navy, Kohls, TJ Maxx, Tuesday Morning, Barnes & Noble, Ulta, Office Depot, Petco, Hallmark, and a host of pubs and restaurants are among the retailers. Southland Mall (Q79898394) on Wikidata

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Rasa Ria, 1921 W Main St, +1 269-381-0788. M-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su closed. The sole Indonesian and Malaysian eatery in Michigan. Indeed, it is among the limited number of ethnic eateries in Kalamazoo. Fairly priced and definitely worth trying is the "nasi goreng kampung." $8.
  • 2 Saffron Indian Cuisine, 1710 W Main St, +1 269-381-9898, . M-Sa 11:30AM-2PM, 5-9:15PM. Serves Northern Indian food in a quiet, white-tablecloth setting, including a lunch buffet.
  • 3 Sweetwater's Donut Mill, 3333 Stadium Dr, +1 269-372-3636. 5AM-8PM. For those who adore doughnuts, Sweetwater's Donut Mill in Michigan is a well-liked attraction. This restaurant serves a delicious selection of freshly baked donuts.
  • 4 Taco Bob's, 4121 Portage Street, +1 269-344-3422. M-Sa 11AM-9PM, Su 11AM-8PM. Local Mexican restaurant franchise with a relaxed atmosphere that serves tacos, tostadas, burritos, and house sauces. Also located at at 1502 S. Westnedge and 248 S. Kalamazoo Mall.
  • 5 600 Kitchen and Bar, 600 E Michigan Ave, +1 269-443-2401. Large restaurant in a renovated early 1900s factory, serving well-sourced food and alcoholic beverages.
  • 6 WL Socialhouse (Wineloft), 161 E Michigan Ave, +1 269-343-9227. Tu-Th 4-9PM, F Sa 4-10PM, Su M closed. Elegant location offering wine by the glass or bottle along with a variety of tapas in a classy atmosphere.
  • 7 Martell's, 3501 Greenleaf Blvd, +1 269-375-2105. M-Sa 11:30AM-10PM, Su 11:30AM-9PM. Beautiful American-Italian cuisine, a sophisticated atmosphere, and lakefront terrace seating make this upscale grill popular.
  • 8 Old Burdick's Bar & Grill ((Inside Radisson Hotel)), 1st Floor of Radisson, 100 W Michigan Ave, +1 269-343-0032. Su-Th 11AM-midnight, F Sa 11AM-2AM. An elegant setting featuring an outside patio serves American comfort cuisine and alcohol. Located also at 5076 Sports Dr.
  • 9 Harvey's on the Mall, 416 S Burdick St, +1 269-492-7506, . M 4PM-midnight, Tu-Th 4PM-1AM, F Sa noon-2AM, Su closed (winter only). Lively bar including a sports room, patio seating, TVs, and standard pub fare along with regional brews.
  • 10 Papa Pete's, 502 S Burdick St, +1 269-388-2196. Su 4PM-midnight, M-Sa 4PM-2AM. Pizza, Greek and American cuisine, and live music are served at a lively pub that also hosts weekly salsa dances.
  • 11 Rustica, 236 S Kalamazoo Mall, +1 269-492-0247. This hip spot for carefully chosen wines & rustic European fare has tables arranged around a lively kitchen.
  • 12 Principle Food and Drink, 230 S Kalamazoo Mall, +1 269-743-6563, . Tu-Th 4:30-10PM, F Sa 4-10PM, Su 4:30-10PM, M closed. Rustic-chic hangout providing custom cocktails & upgraded comfort cuisine prepared with local ingredients.
  • 13 Artisan Sandwich Company, 348 S Kalamazoo Mall, +1 269-220-5665, . M-Sa 10:30AM-3PM, Su closed. Downtown, thus is an excellent choice for a satisfying, quick, and nutritious lunch.
  • 14 Caffè Casa, 128 S Kalamazoo Mall, +1 269-385-1026. M-Sa 7:30AM-4PM, Su closed. Calm, environmentally conscious coffee shop serving sandwiches, baked products, and espresso.

Drink[edit]

  • 1 Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, 211 E Water St, +1 269-532-1188, . A bar with numerous taps where prices are set according to demand, much like in the stock market. Occasionally there occurs a "market crash" and all beers are available for their lowest price.
  • 2 Shakespeare's Pub, 241 E Kalamazoo Ave, +1 269-488-7782. M Tu 3-11PM, W Th 3PM-midnight, F 3PM- 1AM, Sa noon-1AM. A well-liked neighborhood tavern with a bustling ambiance, an extensive beer selection, and standard bar cuisine. Sophisticated pub fare, an abundance of specialty beers, and live acts amid a former fishing rod and reel factory.
  • 3 Hub Tavern + Grill, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, +1 269-492-0100. Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F Sa 11AM-10PM,. Contemporary, open-timbered hangout with several craft beers, New American meals, whiskey & a raw bar.
  • 4 Green Top Tavern, 250 E Michigan Ave, +1 269-342-5938. M-Th 11AM-11PM, F 11AM-2AM, Sa 11AM-2AM, Su noon-7PM. Simple, vintage tavern that attracts a laid-back clientele for beer, cocktails, bar bites, and sports on TV.
  • 5 HopCat, 300 E Water St, +1 269-210-0075. M-Th 11AM-11PM, F 11AM-midnight, Sa 10AM-midnihht, Su 10AM-11PM. Brewpub featuring lots of woodwork, a huge beer selection, and inventive pub grub and brunch cuisine.
  • 6 LFG Gaming Bar, 116 Portage Street, +1 269-365-0112. Su 2PM-midnight, M 5-11PM, Tu-Th 5PM-midnight, F 5PM-1AM, Sa 2PM-1AM. LFG is a bar and restaurant serving video games, cuisine, and beverages.
  • 7 Old Dog Tavern, 402 E Kalamazoo Ave, +1 269-381-5677. Su Tu-Th 4-10PM, F Sa 4PM-midnight, M closed. A rustic and quirky refuge including live music, pool, ping-pong, and bar food and beverages.
  • 8 Rugger's Up & Under, 711 W Michigan Ave, +1 (269-373-1412. Simple sports tavern with pool tables, American pub fare, and house-brewed beers.
  • 9 Lawton Ridge Winery, 8456 Stadium Dr, +1 269-372-9463. M-Sa noon-6PM, W noon-8PM, Su noon-5PM.

Nightlife and clubs[edit]

  • gimora, 314 E Michigan Ave #201. Live music bar. +1 269-290-1900

Breweries and brewpubs[edit]

  • 10 Bell's Eccentric Cafe, 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, +1 269-382-2332. Su 11AM-8PM, M closed, Tu-Th 3-10PM, F Sa 11AM-11PM. Live music and local breweries. In the 1980s, Bell's was among the pioneer "micro-breweries" east of the Rockies. Their well-liked range of ales and stouts can be found in numerous local establishments.
  • 11 Saugatuck Brewing Co. - Kalamazoo, 200 E Michigan Ave, +1 269-382-2739, . Su closed, M-Th 11:30AM-9PM, F Sa 11:30AM-10PM. A brewpub that offers a selection of beers together with pub fare such as pizza, burgers, and munchies.
  • 12 Wax Wings Brewing Company, 3480 Gull Rd, +1 269-459-9494, . M closed, Tu-Th 3-8PM, F 3-10PM, Sa noon-10PM, Su noon-6PM.
  • Final Gravity Brewing Company, 246 N Burdick St (-85.58319317642784), +1 269-350-5136. M Tu closed, W Th 5-9PM, F 3PM-midnight, Sa noon- midnight, Su closed. This sleek, minimalist taproom serves the latest brews from the Final Gravity Brewing Company.
  • 13 Brite Eyes Brewing Company, 1156 S Burdick St A, +1 269-220-5001. Su-Tu closed, W Th 11AM-9PM, F Sa 11AM-10PM. Nestled in the Southtown district of Kalamazoo is a unique microbrewery. Fantastic selection with grilled sandwiches, BBQ, and monster burgers.
  • 14 One Well Brewing, 4213 Portage Street, +1 269-459-9240. M Tu 3-10PM, W Th 3-11PM, F Sa 11AM-midnight, Su 11AM-19PM. One Well Brewing offers hand-crafted beers and provides a forum for creative people to share ideas, art and culture

Sleep[edit]

Bed and Breakfast[edit]

  • 1 Henderson Castle, 100 Monroe St (in the West Main Hill district), +1 269-344-1827. This boutique hotel is housed in an ornate 1895 estate and is within a 5-minute drive from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. $122. Henderson Castle (Q5713243) on Wikidata Henderson Castle on Wikipedia
  • 2 The Kalamazoo House (David Lilienfeld House), 447 W South St, +1 269-382-0880, . Check-in: 3-6PM, check-out: 11AM. A historically significant 1878 Victorian-era hotel that has been restored. Free parking, free high-speed WiFi, and free HDTV/DVD in each room. Business travelers may choose accommodations with double whirlpools or romantic rooms with fireplaces. $140. David Lilienfeld House (Q65042497) on Wikidata David Lilienfeld House on Wikipedia
  • 3 Stuart Avenue Inn Bed & Breakfast, 229 Stuart Ave (Stuart Area Historic District), +1 269-330-5350, . Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. This straightforward B&B, which dates back to 1886, is located 1.3 miles from South Kalamazoo Mall and 14 minutes' walk from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. $161.
  • 4 Kara's Kottages @ W. Main St, 837 W Main St, +1 269-491-0765, . This elegant bed and breakfast is located in a bright home among eateries in Downtown, 3 miles from Western Michigan University, and 11 minutes' walk from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. $135.

Hotels[edit]

  • 5 Four Points by Sheraton Kalamazoo, 3600 Old Cork St (at exit 80 on I-94), +1 269-385-3922, toll-free: +1-888-236-2427, fax: +1 269-385-2747. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Suburban region featuring Milham Park golf course, picnic areas, airport lodging, and casual dining. $84.
  • 6 Quality Inn I-94 near Wings Stadium, 3820 S Sprinkle Rd (off I-94 @ exit 80. 1/4 mile south of I-94 on Sprinkle Road next to McDonald's), +1 269-743-2803, fax: +1 269-381-5334. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Suburban region featuring Milham Park golf course, picnic areas, airport lodging, and casual dining. $75.
  • 7 Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center, 100 W Michigan Ave, +1 269-343-3333, fax: +1 269-381-1560. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: non. Cultural center with theaters and artisan breweries, as well as interactive exhibits at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. $211.
  • 8 Delta Hotels by Marriott Kalamazoo Conference Center, 2747 S 11th St, +1 269-375-6000, toll-free: +1-888-890-3222, fax: +1 269-375-9417. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Located off of I-94, the informal meeting hotel is 3 miles from Woods Lake Park, 5 miles from Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and 2 miles from Asylum Lake Preserve. $91.
  • 9 Hampton Inn & Suites Kalamazoo-Oshtemo, 5059 S 9th St, +1 269-372-1010. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. This modern hotel is located along I-94, 8.9 miles from Kalamazoo's downtown and 7.5 miles from the city's airport, Battle Creek International. $103.
  • 10 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kalamazoo West, 1315 Westgate Dr, +1 269-447-1700, . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Located in a verdant residential neighborhood along US-131, the informal motel is 4 miles from the Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum and 11 miles from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. $114.
  • 11 Residence Inn by Marriott Kalamazoo East, 1500 E Kilgore Rd, +1 269-349-0855, toll-free: +1-800-697-1489, fax: +1 269-373-5971. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: noon. Suburban region featuring Milham Park golf course, picnic areas, airport lodging, and casual dining. $126.
  • 12 TownePlace Suites by Marriott Kalamazoo, 5683 S 9th St, +1 269-353-1500, toll-free: +1-800-257-3000, fax: +1 269-353-9900. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. This laid-back all-suite hotel is located half a mile off I-94 in a green residential area; it's 7 miles from Western Michigan University and 8 miles from the Air Zoo museum. $114.
  • 13 Best Western Plus Kalamazoo Suites, 2575 S 11th St, +1 269-350-5522, toll-free: +1-800-780-7234. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. This casual all-suite hotel is located 8 miles from the Air Zoo aviation museum and 3 miles from the Miller Auditorium. $80.
  • 14 Fairfield Inn by Marriott Kalamazoo West, 6420 Cracker Barrel Blvd, +1 269-353-6400, fax: +1 269-353-0680. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. This straightforward hotel is located along Interstate 94, 8 miles from the Air Zoo aircraft exhibit and 9 miles from the Kalamazoo Valley exhibit. $94.

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Stay safe[edit]

Generally safe, Kalamazoo has some crime, mostly in the north- and eastside sections of town. Downtown could also be dangerous after dark, stay in a group and be aware.

Go next[edit]

The Lake Michigan resort towns of South Haven and Saugatuck-Douglas are about an hour west of Kalamazoo. Gull Lake (NE) and Gun Lake (North) are clear, spring-fed lakes of over 1000 acres each. Each offers boating and water-sports opportunities. Gull Lake has sailboat races on weekends.

Routes through Kalamazoo
ChicagoNiles  W  E  Battle CreekPort Huron
ChicagoNiles  W  E  Battle CreekDetroit
Michigan CityColoma  W  E  Battle CreekAnn Arbor
Grand RapidsWyoming  N  S  Ends at
ENDSouth Haven  W  E  → Jct N SLansing



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