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A region rich with creative culture, where our sense of adventure extends from the outdoors onto your plate. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a self-proclaimed foodie or love the downtown scene, one might argue that any time is the best time to discover Kalamazoo. There isn't just one thing that makes Kalamazoo unique, and whether this is your first visit, or the place you call home, there's always something exciting to discover. 

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Kalamazoo

Discover Kalamazoo

  • North
  • Central North
  • Northeast
  • Downtown
  • East
  • West
  • Central South
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NORTH CENTRAL NORTH CENTRAL SOUTH WEST NORTHEAST EAST SOUTH DOWNTOWN

north

Much of Kalamazoo’s small-town charm can be found in its hidden gems, from the historic landmarks to the four-season outdoor recreation experiences! Head north in Kalamazoo County and you'll be greeted by an abundance of gorgeous dense forests, winding back roads that lead to North America's largest auto museum, and hands-down the clearest, bluest fresh water in West Michigan.

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central-north

Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts - this is your haven! Enjoy miles and miles of trails, challenge yourself on an intense mountain bike course, or discover the beauty and wonder of the Kalamazoo Nature Center. The fall season brings vibrant and gorgeous foliage to indulge in, while the winter offers events like the Maple Sugar Festival.

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northeast

There's a little bit of everything here in this part of Kalamazoo! If exploring the outdoors is up your alley, you'll love Fort Custer Recreation area for camping, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and more! Interested in the arts? The Barn Theatre is a historic landmark and is one of the oldest summer stock theatres in Michigan.

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downtown

There’s nothing typical about Kalamazoo. We’re multicultural and urban, yet down-to-earth and homegrown. A city rich with creative energy, where our sense of adventure extends from the outdoors onto your plate. You can rock climb in the heart of downtown or rock out at a live show, admire art or make it yourself. So, what’s first?

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east

On the outskirts of both Climax and Scotts, you’ll find two of Kalamazoo’s most unique and sprawling county parks for outdoor adventure, quintessential main streets lined with charming cafés, comfort food, and mom-and-pop shops. Wander the trails surrounding a historic mill, camp near remote and quiet lakeshores, and wake up your senses with comforting flavors like cinnamon toffee lattes and Michigan cherry coffee.

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west

Take in the beauty of it all – scenic bikeways, abundant UPick farmlands, pumpkin patches, and cider mills. Here you'll be able to get your hands on fresh fruits and vegetables, pick pumpkins, and sample homemade donuts and pie. If adventure is more your thing, head out to bike the Kal-Haven Trail or explore the fish hatchery, then end the day with a cold beer!

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central-south

From laid-back breweries and a lake life mantra to carefully curated shops and fine dining, Portage is an outdoor enthusiast's haven and home to the Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Center, one of the area's most popular and treasured attractions!

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From the historic restoration of an entire village and the preservation of a landmark of the Underground Railroad, to honest-to-goodness local grub and good company, the quaint villages of Vicksburg and Schoolcraft are both popular destinations for local history buffs, antique shopping, small town charm, and those looking to blend both old and new living in perfect harmony.

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