Kalamazoo[dead link] is a city in West Central Michigan. The city is home to 76,000 people (2019), 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 25,000 students), 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.
- 1 Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport (AZO IATA). Serving Kalamazoo and the surrounding area, offers multiple daily flights from Chicago (on American Eagle) and Detroit (on Delta Connection). Delta also offers two daily flights from Minneapolis during the summer.
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.
- See also: Rail travel in the United States
- 2 Kalamazoo Transportation Center, 459 North Burdick Street.
- Amtrak, ☏ , toll-free: . Operates train service around the United States of America. Routes serving Kalamazoo:
- Wolverine Service operates several times daily between Pontiac and Chicago including stops along the way in Troy, Royal Oak, Detroit, Dearborn, Ann Arbor, Jackson, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Niles, and New Buffalo.
- Blue Water operates daily between Port Huron and Chicago including stops in Flint, East Lansing, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Niles, and New Buffalo.
- Amtrak, ☏ , toll-free: . Operates train service around the United States of America. Routes serving Kalamazoo:
The downtown train station also acts as a bus station. Major destinations include Grand Rapids, Chicago and Detroit.
- Metro Transit. Bus service is provided throughout Kalamazoo and its neighboring towns.
- 1 Western Michigan University (WMU), 1903 West Michigan Ave.
- 2 Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy Street.
- 3 Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC).
- 4 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 South Park Street.
- 5 Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 North Rose Street, ☏ , toll-free: , firstname.lastname@example.org. Experiment with science and make surprising things happen. Explore the mysteries of weather, the human body, and an Egyptian mummy. Investigate the stories behind artifacts in the collection, and discover a treasure that brings back memories or reveals a new way of looking at history. Free admission; planetarium, theater shows, and interactive space exhibit are extra. 0.
- 6 Kalamazoo Nature Center (Kalamazoo Nature Center Inc), 7000 N. Westnedge Ave, ☏ , email@example.com.
- Gail Sydnor Gallery, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste. 202, firstname.lastname@example.org. 1PM-5PM.
- 7 Bow in the Clouds Preserve, 2949 Nazareth Rd, ☏ . 60 acres managed by the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy. Hiking, snowshoeing, and nature.
- 8 Milham Park (John Milham Park), 774 E Kilgore Rd. 49-acre park with Portage Creek running through it. Playground, toilets, drinking fountain, and is accessible.
- 9 Bronson Park, 200 W South St. 3.5-acre park with fountains, sculptures, and memorials. Also is decorated for Halloween and December holidays.
- Mayors' Riverfront Park. 64 acres bordering the Kalamazoo River and containing part of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.
- 10 Spring Valley Park, 2606 Mt Olivet Rd. 186-acre park
- 11 Woods Lake Park, 2718 Oakland Dr. 6.47-acre park
- 12 Markin Glen County Park, 5300 North Westnedge Ave, ☏ .
Nearby, you will find additional attractions.
- 13 Celery Flats Historic Area (Celery Flats), 7335 Garden Lane, Portage. 8AM-dusk. Explore the history of Portage. In this location a historical garden, small museum, house, Hayloft Theatre, barn, and church are available to tour. Free to walk around, check the City website for tour hours. Free.
- 14 Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, ☏ , toll-free: . An aerospace museum with a large collection of rare historical planes.
- 15 Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, ☏ . Prices differ summer and winter as well as those under 17. Active duty military with ID get in free. $15.
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[dead link] in June, New Year's Fest or the USTA Boys National Championship in August.
- 1 Airborne Adventure Park, 5103 Portage Rd, ☏ .
- 2 Climb Kalamazoo, 136 S. Kalamazoo Mall, ☏ , email@example.com. Indoor rock climbing and bouldering. Good for groups.
- 3 Wings Event Center, 3600 Vanrick Dr, ☏ . Catch a hockey game, go ice skating, watch a performance.
- 4 Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake St, ☏ . Fairgrounds holding various events throughout the year.
- Art Hop. Monthly first Friday event to highlight local art and music at different venues throughout the city.
- Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival (The Gilmore), 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, ☏ .
- 5 Homer Stryker Field, 251 Mills St, ☏ . Catch a baseball game with the Kalamazoo Growlers.
- Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (KSO).
- Fontana, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 200, ☏ . Performing arts ensemble.
Keep up to date with upcoming theater performances with * Theatre Kalamazoo.
- 6 The New Vic Theatre, 134 E. Vine Street, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 7 Miller Auditorium, 1903 West Michigan, ☏ .
- 8 The Kalamazoo Civic (The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre), 329 South Park Street, ☏ .
- 9 State Theater, 404 South Burdick, ☏ . Popular concert venue.
- 10 Farmers Alley Theatre, 221 Farmers Alley, ☏ , email@example.com.
- 11 Chenery Auditorium, 714 S. Westnedge Ave, ☏ .
- 12 Eastern Hills Golf Course, 6075 East G Ave.
- 13 Milham Park Golf Course, 4200 Lovers Ln.
- 14 Red Arrow Golf Course, 1041 King Hwy. Traditional golf and disc golf.
- 15 The Prairies Golf Course, 5303 West Main, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 16 Crestview Golf Club, 900 West D Ave, ☏ .
- 17 Grand Prairie Golf Course, 3620 Grand Prairie Rd.
- 18 Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. Paved-asphalt trail 10 feet wide. 22 of the 35 miles are completed.
- 1 Maple Hill Pavilion, West Main Street (take US-131 to the West Main Exit (Head Eastbound Into Kalamazoo), go down West Main a little ways, mall is on your left). A formerly enclosed shopping mall, now a strip mall. Features many big-box retailers, anchored by Target.
- 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. Open outside Saturday's May through November. From June to October also open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check the website for the hour variation. Open across the street at 1157 Bank Street for a Winter Market on Saturdays from Late November to April.
- Kalamazoo Mall. The first pedestrian mall in the United States with a variety of shopping and dining locations in the center of Kalamazoo.
- Friends Bookstore, 315 S. Rose St, ☏ . In the lower level of the Central Library.
- 3 Crossroads Mall, 6650 S. Westnedge (Take I-94 to Exit 76 Southbound. Continue down Westnedge, go through many sets of lights, turn right when you see signs for THE CROSSROADS). More than 100 stores in a two-story regional shopping center featuring Sears, Macy's, JCPenney, and Burlington Coat Factory, traditional mall chains, and specialty retailers. Also features a food court with numerous restaurants.
- 4 Southland Mall, Corner of Westnedge and Milham (from I-94, take exit 76 southbound, head south until you hit Milham Ave., mall is on right). A major strip mall over 1 mile long featuring major clothing and specialty stores. Retailers include Old Navy, Kohls, TJMaxx, Charter One Bank, Tuesday Morning, Barnes & Noble, ULTA, OfficeMax, MC Sports, Petco, Hallmark, and numerous bars and restaurants.
- Rasa Ria, 1921 W Main St, ☏ . The only Malaysian and Indonesian restaurant in Michigan. In fact, it is one of the few ethnic restaurants in Kalamazoo. Reasonably priced and the 'nasi goreng kampung' is a must try.
- Saffron, 1710 West Main St, ☏ . M-Sa 11:30AM-2PM, 5-9:15PM. Indian cuisine, in a relaxed atmosphere.
- 1 Sweetwater's Donut Mill, 3333 Stadium Drive, ☏ . 24 hours. Often voted as one of the best donut shops in America and it's open 24 hours a day!
- Taco Bob's, 4121 Portage St, ☏ . Local Mexican restaurant, also at 1502 S. Westnedge and 248 S. Kalamazoo Mall.
- 600 Kitchen & Bar, 600 E Michigan Ave, ☏ .
- The Wine Loft, 161 East Michigan, ☏ .
- Martell's, 3501 Greenleaf Blvd, ☏ .
- Old Burdick's Bar & Grill, 100 W. Michigan Ave, ☏ . also at 5076 Sports Dr
- Harvey's on the Mall, 416 S Burdick St, ☏ .
- Papa Pete's Pizza, 502 South Burdick.
- Rustica, 236 S. Kalamazoo Mall, ☏ .
- Principle, 230 S Kalamazoo Mall, ☏ .
- Artisan Sandwich Co, 348 S. Kalamazoo Mall, ☏ .
- Cafe Casa, 128 S. Kalamazoo Mall, ☏ .
- 1 Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, 211 East Water Street, ☏ . A bar with many taps and prices are decided like a stock market based on demand. Occasionally there is a "market crash" and all beers are available for their lowest price.
- 2 Shakespeare's Pub, 241 E Kalamazoo Ave. A very popular local pub featuring a lively atmosphere, wide selection of beers and typical bar fare.
- Central City Tap House, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, ☏ .
- Green Top Tavern, 250 E Michigan Ave.
- HopCat, 300 E. Water St, ☏ .
- LFG (Liquor. Food. Gaming.), 116 Portage St, ☏ . LFG is a video game bar with food, video games, and drinks.
- 3 Old Dog Tavern, 402 E. Kalamazoo Ave, ☏ .
- Ruggers Up and Under (Up & Under Sports Bar), 711 W Michigan, ☏ , email@example.com.
- Lawton Ridge Winery, 8456 Stadium Dr, ☏ .
Nightlife and clubs
- gimora, 314 E Michigan Ave #201. Dance floor. +1 269-290-1900
Breweries and brewpubs
- 4 Bell's Brewery / Eccentric Café & Beer Garden, 355 East Kalamazoo Avenue, ☏ . Local brews, live music. Bell's was one of the first "micro-breweries" east of the Rockies in the 1980s, and their popular line of ales and stouts are also available in many local bars.
- 5 Saugatuck Brewing Kalamazoo Pub, 140 South Westnedge Ave, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Gonzo's Bigg Dogg Brewing merged with Saugatuck Brewing.
- 6 Wax Wings Brewing Co, 3480 Gull Road, ☏ , email@example.com.
- Final Gravity Brewing Company, 246 N. Burdick, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Brite Eyes Brewing Co., 1156 S Burdick St, ☏ .
- 7 One Well Brewing, 4213 Portage St, ☏ .
Bed and Breakfast
- 1 Henderson Castle. One of Kalamazoo's most notable landmarks.
- 2 The Kalamazoo House Bed & Breakfast, 447 West South St, ☏ , email@example.com. A restored Victorian-era hotel built in 1878 full of history. Free high-speed WiFi, in-room HDTV/DVD, free parking. Romantic rooms with fireplace and double whirlpool, or rooms for the business traveler.
- Stuart Avenue Inn (Stuart Area Historic District). A guest house and events center.
- Kara's Kottages, 837 W. Main St, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 3 Four Points By Sheraton Kalamazoo, 3600 E. Cork St (on I-94 at exit 80), ☏ , fax: . Upscale six-story facility with 149 deluxe rooms. Secure online reservations available at website.
- 4 Quality Inn, 3820 Sprinkle Rd (off I-94 @ exit 80 - 1/4 mile south of I-94 on Sprinkle Road next to McDonald's), fax: . Near several restaurants, malls, museums, etc.
- 5 Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center, 100 West Michigan Ave (Downtown), ☏ . Features a variety of shops and restaurants onsite.
- 6 Delta Hotels Kalamazoo Conference Center, 2747 South 11th St, ☏ , toll-free: .
- 7 Hampton Inn & Suites Kalamazoo-Oshtemo, 5059 South 9th St, ☏ .
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kalamazoo West, 1315 Westgate Dr.
- Holiday Inn & Suites Kalamazoo West, 1247 Westgate Dr, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 8 Residence Inn Kalamazoo East, 1500 East Kilgore Rd, ☏ , toll-free: .
- 9 TownePlace Suites Kalamazoo, 5683 S. 9th St, ☏ , toll-free: .
- 10 Best Western Plus Kalamazoo Suites, 2575 S 11th St, ☏ , toll-free: .
- 11 Fairfield Inn Kalamazoo West, 6420 Cracker Barrel Dr, ☏ .
- 1 Kalamazoo Public Library Central Library (Central Library), 315 S. Rose St, ☏ .
- 2 Kalamazoo Public Library Alma Powell Branch (Alma Powell Branch), 1000 West. Paterson St, ☏ .
- 3 Kalamazoo Public Library Eastwood Branch (Eastwood Branch Library), 1112 Gayle Ave, ☏ .
- 4 Kalamazoo Public Library Oshtemo Branch (Oshtemo Branch Library), 7265 W. Main St, ☏ .
- 5 Kalamazoo Public Library Washington Square Branch (Washington Square Branch Library), 1244 Portage St, ☏ .
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.
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|
|Chicago ← Niles ←||W E||→ Battle Creek → Port Huron|
|Chicago ← Niles ←||W E||→ Battle Creek → Detroit|
|Michigan City ← Coloma ←||W E||→ Battle Creek → Ann Arbor|
|Grand Rapids ← Wyoming ←||N S||→ Ends at|
|END ← South Haven ←||W E||→ Jct N S → Lansing|