Local AttractionsBelow are some popular attractions in the Kalamazoo area. Visit http://www.discoverkalamazoo.com for additional information on these locations, events, places to eat, and much more.
Taste the Food
To get a real sense of the flavor of Kalamazoo, you need to sample the food! The diverse cuisine just in the downtown radius is pretty impressive. You'll find everything from German and tapas, to BBQ and sushi. This local dinning guide can help you find the perfect dinner!
Drink Locally Brewed Beer
Lucky for beer lovers, downtown Kalamazoo is home to many breweries! Check out this brewery map for directions and more info on the six walkable downtown breweries, as well as the seven other breweries in Kalamazoo County. Beer tours are available through West Michigan Beer Tours, including a Halloween Beer Tour on Friday and a walking tour of downtown breweries on Saturday. Use promo code bats2019.
Shop on the Mall
The historic Kalamazoo Mall, the first outdoor pedestrian mall in the United States, features revitalized art deco buildings and specialty shops.
The Kalamazoo area and SW Michigan have an abundance of opportunities to get outside and spend time in nature. The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy has numerous preserves encompassing some of the the most pristine forest, grassland, and wetland sites in the region that are open to the public and have trail access. Attendees can also get out and walk, run, or bike all portions of the 22-mile Kalamazoo River Trail system, or make it all the way from Kalamazoo to white sand beaches on the shore of Lake Michigan on the 34-mile Kalhaven Trail. The best mountain biking in the region is at the Fort Custer State Recreation Area. For paddlers, there are numerous rivers and lakes in the area with public access, and fantastic paddling along the Kalamazoo River, which runs right through the city. Please contact the local hosts if you need advice on the best places to get outside.