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KalamazooUnited States of America

Explore a city with miles of hiking trails, interesting wildlife and a renowned aviation museum featuring flight simulators and vintage planes.

Kalamazoo in southwest Michigan offers some of the best attractions in the Midwestern United States. Visit its museums to discover important American art pieces from the 20th century and exhibits that focus on entertaining and educating children. Go hiking and see the natural treasures of the area. Enjoy a day at the Air Zoo, a fun aviation museum and amusement park.

The city was originally called Bronson, after its founder Titus Bronson. In 1836 the name was changed to Kalamazoo, which comes from the language spoken by the Native American Potawatomi people. Discover some of the original natural beauty of the Potawatomi land at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. It has more than 14 miles (22 kilometers) of hiking trails among the green scenery of Michigan. You can also view birds of prey and see interesting exhibitions in the Glen Vista Gallery.

While you are visiting Kalamazoo, make sure you stop at the Air Zoo, a famous aviation museum and indoor fun park. See classic planes and experience a 4-D simulated World War II mission on board a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Jump into the flight simulators to fly a combat jet and go to Mars on a rocket.

Kalamazoo has numerous interesting museums. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a renowned organization where you can learn about American art and see more than 4,000 works. Visit the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, with hands-on exhibits for kids. Another spot that can be fun for the whole family is the Gilmore Car Museum. It’s located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Kalamazoo center and houses one of the largest collections of classic cars in Michigan, the state where America’s auto industry began.

Two major cities in the United States, Chicago and Detroit, are less than 150 miles (240 kilometers) from Kalamazoo. Reach the city by plane using the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport or by train or bus using the Kalamazoo Transportation Center located in the downtown area.

Where to stay in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo which includes flowers and a garden

Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(31 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Central Business District, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Kalamazoo State Theatre are top sights worth seeing.

Central Business District
This is a neat little park in the heart of Portage, MI with a fountain pond.  During the winter they freeze it and it's an outdoor ice skating rink.

Crossroad Park

4.5/5Wonderful!(16 area reviews)

While visiting Crossroad Park, you might make a stop by sights like Crossroads Park Shopping Center and Portage Creek Bicentennial Park.

Crossroad Park
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Paris Cleaners Drop-Off Booth
1524 South Westnedge, Kalamazoo

The legacy of Paris Cleaners can be traced to 1902 in Kalamazoo. First located on O’Neill Street, Paris was one of the few early dry cleaners that lasted, with several satellite shops around the community. Dating to 1954, the South Westnedge branch of Paris Cleaners is a little gem in Kalamazoo. It was patterend after magazine clippings of California drive-throughs sent to its longtime proprietors, the Bell family, by a previous owner. Rumor has it that it was the first drive-through dry cleaner in the Midwest by only two days.
The drop-off booth’s color has an interesting tale behind it. The Bell family, who owned Paris Cleaners in the 1950s, could not afford to paint their old delivery truck when the drop-off booth was opened. All they could manage was a primer coat, which just happened to be bright purple. Associates and clients all responded well, and it hasn’t changed since.

Neon lights, brick glass windows, triangular shape and rounded corners place the Paris Cleaners Drop-Off at the tail end of the Art Deco movement.

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Vine

3.5/5Good!(11 area reviews)

Vine might not have many top sights, but Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Kalamazoo State Theatre are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Vine

Top Hotels in Kalamazoo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Kalamazoo West
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Kalamazoo West
2.5 out of 5
1315 Westgate Drive, Kalamazoo, MI
The price is $94 per night

Situated in Kalamazoo, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, and Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Kalamazoo Institute ...

4.4/5Excellent! (197 reviews)

"The hotel is new and modern and has all the necessary amenities. I was mostly concerned to find a hotel that took COVID-19 precautions and it more than met my expectations."…"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2020

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Kalamazoo West
Courtyard Kalamazoo Portage
Courtyard Kalamazoo Portage
3 out of 5
400 Trade Centre Way, Portage, MI
The price is $125 per night

Located in Crossroad Park, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Portage Creek Bicentennial Park, Crossroads Park Shopping Center, and Milham Park Golf Club. Air ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (313 reviews)

"The stay was really well. The only problem is when we requested to have our room cleaned we were told yeh cleaning lady was gone until tomorrow. That was very disappointing."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Courtyard Kalamazoo Portage
Courtyard Battle Creek
Courtyard Battle Creek
3 out of 5
12891 Harper Village Dr, Battle Creek, MI
The price is $83 per night

Situated in Battle Creek, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Binder Park Zoo and within 6 mi (10 km) of Willard Beach and Binder Park Golf Course. Full Blast ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (255 reviews)

"Awesome front staff, friendly and helpful Great location and ease of access"…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2020

Courtyard Battle Creek

Popular places to visit in Kalamazoo

Gull Lake
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Gull Lake

4/5(21 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Gull Lake during your travels in Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo Valley Museum
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Kalamazoo Valley Museum

4.5/5(41 reviews)

Visit a famous museum in Kalamazoo with free general admission. Learn and have fun with stimulating hands-on exhibits and a planetarium.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

4.5/5(26 reviews)

In this highly regarded museum and art school you can find a great permanent collection, events, lectures and art classes.

Top things to do in Kalamazoo

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Michigan
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Michigan

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Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Michigan
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Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Michigan

$20
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Kalamazoo Scavenger Hunt: Kalamazoo Fun
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Kalamazoo Scavenger Hunt: Kalamazoo Fun

$20
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