When spring break rolls around, many students and families look to escape the mundane in search of a memorable holiday. What if we told you, that a unique and exciting adventure is waiting for you in the heart of Michigan? Welcome to Kalamazoo, a vibrant city full of rich culture, outdoor adventure, delectable cuisine, and exciting attractions. Here’s your ultimate guide to an unforgettable Spring Break in Kalamazoo!
Experience Kalamazoo's Museums and Attractions
Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Kalamazoo as you journey through its captivating museums and galleries. The first stop is the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, a treasure trove of over 5,000 international artworks that is sure to leave you awestruck. Follow this up with a trip to the Gilmore Car Museum and step back in time as you explore the history of the automotive world. But the fun doesn't stop there! The Air Zoo awaits with its thrilling blend of aviation museum and indoor amusement park. If you're traveling with family, make sure to check out both our Family Weekend Getaway guide and our guide to Traveling With Teens.
If you are interested in activities that are off the beaten path and uniquely Kalamazoo, check out attractions like The Cone Top Brewery Museum in Vicksburg, which tells the story of American beer and its role in our culture, or the Rock Hound Rock Shop, located in Downtown Galesburg, which is Michigan's largest rock shop! Wander from room to room and admire the thousands of rocks and gems they have available for purchase. Take the kids here for a fun mining experience.
Whatever activities you choose, prepare for a cultural spring break adventure like no other in Kalamazoo!
Engage in Outdoor Activities
The weather here in West Michigan is pretty unpredictable, so make sure you check the forecast and plan accordingly! Lace-up your hiking boots or snap on your snow shoes to explore the meandering trails of the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Keep your binoculars handy for spotting feathered friends along the way. If cycling is more your vibe, we recommend the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail or the Kal-Haven Trail. You'll probably work up a thirst throughout your journey, so keep this Six Trails and Six Beers in Kalamazoo guide handy. On the rare occasion that we get a warm streak and the snow and ice have melted, grab a canoe or kayak and navigate the rippling waves of the Kalamazoo River. So pack your outdoor gear, because Kalamazoo's glorious outdoors is ready to amaze you this Spring Break!
Sample Kalamazoo's Local Cuisine
Get ready to treat your taste buds with Kalamazoo’s eclectic culinary offerings. Kickstart your day with a scrumptious breakfast at Crow’s Nest, renowned for its gourmet French toast and savory omelets and skillets. There are so many wonderful options, so we recommend referring to our Breakfast and Brunch Guide for a more comprehensive list. As lunchtime approaches, make your way to Nonla Burger and sink your teeth into a juicy, locally-loved burger. For a delightful dining experience, visit either Rustica or Brick & Brine, where every dish is a testament to farm-to-table excellence. And of course, no culinary tour is complete without a sweet ending - grab a heavenly donut at Sweetwater's Donut Mill. One thing to note, some of Kalamazoo's restaurants have unique hours and availability on Sundays. Save our guide to Places to Eat on Sundays ahead of your trip. A flavor journey through Kalamazoo is sure to satiate your foodie soul!
Experience Kalamazoo Nightlife
When dusk descends, Kalamazoo transforms into a hotspot of energetic nightlife. Sample local craft beers at the famed Bell’s Brewery or the innovative One Well Brewing, both creating a relaxed ambiance perfect for unwinding. For those with a penchant for chill vibes and live music, step into the vivacious and innovative Dabney & Co, the only Black-owned and operated cocktail lounge where patrons can indulge in fresh, hand-crafted beverages and savor classic soul food with a unique spin, served á la carte. Theatre enthusiasts, mark your calendars with the shows at Kalamazoo State Theatre. If you appreciate the art of craft cocktails, check out our guide to Handcrafted Cocktails in Kalamazoo. As the city lights sparkle, experience the allure of Kalamazoo’s night scene.
Relaxing in Kalamazoo’s Accommodations
When your fun-filled day in Kalamazoo draws to a close, unwind in the city's plentiful accommodations tailored to suit every traveler. Experience luxury and rich history at its finest at the Hilton Garden Inn or Home2 Suites downtown, or savor the cozy charm of The Kalamazoo House B&B. All three of these properties are within walking distance to so many cool things downtown, including the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, which offers free admission, as well as daily Planetarium shows for only $3 a person.
For an offbeat retreat, the historic Stuart Avenue Inn bed and breakfast promises an unforgettable stay. If convenience is a priority, check out properties close to the interstate such as SpringHill Suites. No matter where you choose to rest your head, each place offers the perfect setting to recharge for another day of Kalamazoo adventures.
Making the Most of Your Time
Maximize your Kalamazoo spring break by planning ahead of time. Scout our event calendar for exciting concerts, sports games, and vibrant festivals. We offer a variety of self-guided walking tours that unveil the rich history of the county if that's your sort of thing. Be sure to pop into local shops on the iconic Kalamazoo Mall, America's first pedestrian mall, to snag some keepsakes. If you're into DIY activities, you'll find plenty of those on the mall, such as candle and fragrance making, painting, and more. By mapping out your adventures, every moment of your Kalamazoo Spring Break will be brimming with fun, fascination, and unforgettable memories.
The Warmth and Welcoming Spirit of Kalamazoo
The most enchanting aspect of Kalamazoo is, without a doubt, its heartwarming, inviting ambiance. The locals here greet everyone with open arms, always eager to share a heartfelt smile or a handy tip to enhance your trip. This unique blend of small-town hospitality and big-city buzz makes Kalamazoo feel like a home away from home. Get ready to be swept off your feet by the warmth and charm that resonates in every nook and corner of Kalamazoo!
Come to Kalamazoo for a relaxing or adventurous Spring Break! Explore and stay at one of the many places to stay or specialty hotel packages. Request a visitor's guide and subscribe to the e-newsletter for more information and check out the calendar of events during your visit.