Attractions and Activities
During the 2016 Gilmore Keyboard Festival, you can kayak down the Kalamazoo River, bike to the lakeshore on the Kal-Haven Trail, or run with thousands throughout the city at the annual Borgess Run and Kalamazoo Marathon. You can visit a monthly ArtHop, and if you’re feeling inspired, take a class at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
Kalamazoo has a free public museum, several golf courses, shopping malls, walking tours, and even a “zoo” dedicated to aircraft. Soon enough, you’ll find you need more time to explore!
Exercise while learning about the history and architecture of the Kalamazoo community and the organizations and institutions that have left their mark on the area.
This 33-mile former railroad bed links the city of South Haven to the city of Kalamazoo over bridges, through small towns, and alongside points of interest. Kalamazoo is filled with trails and passionate bikers, walkers and runners who enjoy them.
Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway or expert advice on selecting the right wine, the Wine Trail offers over a dozen wineries within a short drive of each other.
Kalamazoo is the birthplace of Bell’s Brewery, credited with leading the explosion of craft breweries in Michigan. West Michigan Beer Tours runs private and public tours of area breweries to give aficionados a closer look.
Held on the first Friday of every month (May 6 during Festival), Art Hop provides an evening of free art exhibits and events throughout downtown Kalamazoo as an interactive way to explore the city.
Museums and Attractions
Since 1924, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has offered art classes, exhibitions, lectures, events, activities, and a permanent collection – which includes American paintings, European and American prints and photographs, and pre-Colombian gold.
Voted top small museum in Michigan by readers of Michigan Living magazine, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum offers planetarium shows, hands-on crafts, lectures, and musical performance. General admission is free!
Antique Automobile magazine has called the Gilmore Car Museum “one of the top five car museums in the nation.” The 90-acre park-like location holds nearly 400 automobiles, from an 1899 Locomobile to the classic Duesenberg to the elusive Tucker ’48.
The Kalamazoo Nature Center was voted top nature center in the nation and features indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. Explore 1,100 acres of wooded, rolling countryside including an 11-acre arboretum and the DeLano Pioneer homestead.
With more than 50 rare and historic aircraft, the Air Zoo features indoor amusement park-style rides, Full-Motion Flight Simulators, RealD 3D/4D Missions Theater, as well as historical exhibits and educational activities.
Golfing and Shopping
Milham Park is a challenging 18-hole, par 72 layout on 130 acres adjacent to beautiful Milham Park on the southern edge of Kalamazoo featuring a pro shop, a snack bar, power golf carts, and practice facilities.
Gull Lake View is Southwest Michigan’s oldest and largest golf resort, featuring five championship courses, lodging and dining, and event facilities in Augusta, MI.
Named one of the top 10 public access golf courses in Michigan, Vicksburg golf course Angels Crossing offers terrific views and challenging play for all golfers.
The Crossroads Mall includes over 100 retailers and an extensive food court – complete with a 38-foot carousel.
Situated on Burdick Street between Eleanor and Lovell streets, the Kalamazoo Pedestrian Mall features boutique clothing, jewelry, and home goods stores, in addition to restaurants and coffee shops. Stop by The Gilmore’s box office at the Epic Center while you’re here!