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Kalamazoo, MI

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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

Baymont by Wyndham Battle Creek Downtown
Baymont by Wyndham Battle Creek Downtown
2.5 out of 5
182 W Van Buren St, Battle Creek, MI
The price is $76 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in the heart of Battle Creek, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Full Blast Water Park and Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. Kingman Museum is 2 mi (3.3 ...
3.5/5Good! (949 reviews)
"Our room was okay because we had a an executive suite but the property wasnt great"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Baymont by Wyndham Battle Creek Downtown
Delta Hotels by Marriott Kalamazoo Conference Center
Delta Hotels by Marriott Kalamazoo Conference Center
3.5 out of 5
2747 S 11th Street, Kalamazoo, MI
The price is $128 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Waldo Stadium, Western Michigan University, and Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Kalamazoo College and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (654 reviews)
"Kimberly was great. Pool was nice. Cool bar/ lounge."

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Delta Hotels by Marriott Kalamazoo Conference Center
Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center
Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center
3.5 out of 5
100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI
The price is $189 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
Located in Kalamazoo Central Business District, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kalamazoo Valley Museum and Kalamazoo State Theatre. Kalamazoo Institute ...
4.4/5Excellent! (983 reviews)
"The entire staff is so friendly and helpful. The parking is in a parking garage across the street and is an additional $20 a day, but worth it for the convenience! You don't have to walk outside at all to get to your car, and it's very easy to walk to with the attached walkway. Starbucks is in the ..."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Battle Creek
Home2 Suites by Hilton Battle Creek
2.5 out of 5
13350 6.5 Mile Road, Battle Creek, MI
The price is $118 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Situated in Battle Creek, this aparthotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Binder Park Zoo and within 6 mi (10 km) of Binder Park Golf Course and Full Blast Water Park. ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (68 reviews)
"The property was very clean and the staff was friendly. The beds are very comfortable"

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Battle Creek
Home2 Suites by Hilton Kalamazoo Downtown
Home2 Suites by Hilton Kalamazoo Downtown
2.5 out of 5
303 North Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI
The price is $152 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in Kalamazoo Central Business District, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kalamazoo Valley Museum and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Western Michigan University. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Nice room…lobby had some issues!
"Stay was good. Location worked for us. The hotel was newer but was having water issues. Rain related. Loud fans blowing. Not attractive or comfortable in lobby. Also….the ice maker was leaking on our floor. Not a small leak. Room was nice."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Kalamazoo Downtown
On Pointe Lakefront Resort
On Pointe Lakefront Resort
3.5 out of 5
218 Valley Ln, Coldwater, MI
Situated in Coldwater, this cottage is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Golf Club of Coldwater and within 6 mi (10 km) of Capri Drive-In Theater and Adventure Zone. Heritage ...
On Pointe Lakefront Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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