3820 Sprinkle Rd.
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Phone: (269) 381-7000
Fax: (269) 381-5334
Established in 1977, the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum, also called the Air Zoo, is located on Portage Road in near Downtown Portage. Displaying an eclectic collection of rare and antique aircrafts that includes a space simulator, the museum is also home to the biggest indoor, hand painted mural in the world. Just a few miles away from the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport, it also features a canteen and a gift shop. There are also many flight simulators on the offer.
Kalamazoo River and its North Branch drain into Morrow Lake, in Galesburg, IL. The lake stretches between Galesburg and Comstock Charter Township, and is surrounded by attractions such as River Oaks County Park and River Villa & Jan Schau Wildflower Walk, to name a few. As such, Morrow Lake offers many pretty panoramas that are often enjoyed by tourists as well as locals.
Named after the city's founder Titus Bronson, the Bronson Park in Downtown Kalamazoo has been a great landmark since its establishment. Hugely popular with kids and adults alike, the park also plays host to various events and concerts like art fairs, New Year's Eve festivities and much more. Flanked mostly by churches and important buildings on all sides, it forms the center of what is called the Bronson Park District of the city. Bronson Park is also home to one of the most popular sculptures in the city called Fountain of the Pioneers which portrays a Native American with the headgear standing face-to-face with an early western settler.
Bell's Brewery was established in the year 1985 and since then has opened eighteen branches in different states. The place brews twenty beers for sale across the country, besides its local produce that is exclusively available in their pub. Get a taste of the delectable brews at the brewery's Eccentric Cafe and get to know more about the fine and delicate process of beer making. Take home a small memento of your trip from their shop to remember this unique experience. To know more about the place, check the website.
One of the noted community theaters of the country, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre came into existence in the year 1929. Over the years that followed, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre witnessed spectacular performances by established actors while incubating fresh talent. The theater has several acolades and records to its name including the astounding turn out of audience that graced the theater for the pilot of Avenue Q. Musicals form the backbone of the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre but they also feature several plays. Performances are brought to life by gifted artists, and their amicable staff ensures every patron has a great time. The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre welcomes community participation which is one of the many traits that differentiate them from the contemporaries.
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts or KIA as it is lovingly called is a rich resource for arts, and known to rope in some of the best traveling exhibitions in the state. Their permanent painting collection is not too bad either. Educational programs are always on for adults, kids, families and teenagers who can enjoy the classes and walks. Check website for details on past, current and upcoming exhibitions. Admission is free!
Celery Flats is one of the parks that fall on the Portage Creek Bicentennial Trail. This park is home to a gorgeous gazebo which overlooks a spectacular fountain making it a perfect spot for a romantic walk. Portage Creek Bicentennial Park South Entrance (Celery Flats) also has several bike trails that beckon many enthusiasts here, and one can also canoe around in the Portage Creek which flows peacefully alongside the park. The park's play area attracts children of all ages while the soothing shade of emerald trees makes it an ideal spot for reading a book or indulging in quiet contemplation.
Built in 1859, the Kalamazoo State Hospital Water Tower is situated on the grounds of Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital. The tower stands high in historic significance and was structured by B. F. Stratton from Detroit. It is 175 feet (53 meters) tall and roughly 50 feet (15 meters) wide at its widest end. Its height makes it visible from any part of the city. There have been apprehensions as to the fact that it was a cell where mental patients were treated. On the whole, the exclusive tower with its distinct construction needs a visit.
Neighboring the spectacular Woods Lake is this beautiful park perfect for a day out with family or for a walk in solitude. The Woods Lake Park is one of the city's most sought after parks because it offers wonderful views, in addition to activities like fishing, canoeing and more. The park has several areas where you can bring a small picnic and enjoy with friends and family, while amenities like benches and toilets are at your disposal. The adjoining beach is perfect for outdoor games while the trails are ideal for walking your pets.
Named after reputed baseball coach Judson Hyames, first match on the Hyames Feild was played in the year 1939 and since then this baseball field has witnessed superlative performances by local favorites and outsiders alike. After a major renovation which was completed in 2011, the already spectacular stadium got an impressive face lift with VIP Suites, Dugouts and much more. This rennovation was spear headed by Robert J. Bobb- CEO Cardinal Growth L.P, hence the field was commemorated as Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field in 2011. The stadium is considered to be one of the best of its kind in the country, and every game is always a treat to watch here.
Established in 1833, Kalamazoo College or simply K College is not just one of the oldest, but also finds mention among the best educational institutes in the country. A liberal arts institution, the college offers programs in fine arts, languages, social sciences and humanities among others. The sprawling campus is built around a beautiful hilly area, with modern amenities as well as extensive facilities for sports. Kalamazoo has an active sports and athletics program, with the home team garnering numerous awards, prominently in the NCAA. Check website for more information.
Spring Valley Park is a lovely local park ideal for walking your pet and even for a day out with family. The park is a venue for many local events and it has always been instrumental in bringing the community together. A gorgeous lake calls the Spring Valley Park its home, this lake is a perfect spot for fishing while the shaded spots of the park make peaceful picnic spots. Challenge your friends to a game of volleyball or go for a run around the trails, Spring Valley Park has a lot to offer if you have the time to explore.