We all need a break from the humdrum of daily life, and what better way than a weekend getaway? Indianapolis residents, this one's for you. Pack your bags, rev up your engines, and get ready for an extraordinary escape to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Nestled between Chicago and Detroit, Kalamazoo offers an eclectic mix of outdoor pursuits, captivating indoor activities, gastronomic delights, and cozy accommodations, all just a short drive away.

 

Embark on a scenic journey via Interstate 69 North from the heart of Indianapolis to the charming town of Kalamazoo. This three-hour drive provides you with an engaging show of shifting landscapes as you traverse through the Midwest. The road is calling; your adventure begins here!

 

Weekend Getaway from Indianapolis

 

Day 1: Explore the Great Outdoors

Once you've arrived in Kalamazoo, it's time to soak in the splendor of its natural beauty. The town's enthusiasm for outdoor activities is infectious. Before you begin your adventure, you'll need to fuel up, so consider treating yourself to one of Kalamazoo's famous brunch spots! If you're looking for a more upscale brunch experience, check out 600 Kitchen and Bar. This restaurant features a farm-to-table menu with dishes like shrimp and grits and pork belly Benedict. They also offer brunch cocktails like mimosas and Bellinis.

 

600 Kitchen

 

If you're in the mood for a twist on the traditional pancake, head over to Studio Grill. This artsy breakfast spot offers a variety of pancake options, including lemon ricotta pancakes and caramel apple pancakes. Each bite is bursting with flavor, and the artistic presentation adds an extra touch of charm to your meal.

For nature lovers, Kalamazoo Nature Center boasts over 14 miles of picturesque hiking trails for all skill levels. Be sure to check out the annual Maple Sugar Festival if you're visiting in the winter!

 

Kalamazoo Nature Center

 

Want to unwind by the water? Prairie View County Park offers serene views perfect for picnicking and swimming in the summer or snowshoeing the trails in the winter. If cycling sets your heart racing, pedal your way along the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, a paved path stretching over 20 miles through diverse landscapes. In the snowy season, head to Al Sabo Nature Preserve for their fat bike trails. If you're into birding, Kalamazoo has plenty of parks and preserves that offer spectacular and unique birding experiences for all four seasons.

 

Prairie View

 

Brick and Brine

Wrap up the day with a delicious dinner and drinks! For something more upscale, check out Brick & Brine inside the Radisson Hotel, or head to the outskirts of the county and visit BOLD in Texas Corners. If a more laid-back dining experience is what you're looking for, consider Louie's Trophy House, the oldest bar in Kalamazoo! They serve up burgers, wraps, salads and more, along with custom cocktails and draught beer. 

 

 

Day 2: Immersive Indoor Experiences

Are you ready for a jam-packed day of discovery and fun? Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at Nina's Cafe, a family-owned diner that has been serving the community since 1991. Their pancakes are known for being generous in size and packed with flavor. Whether you prefer traditional buttermilk pancakes or unique flavors like blueberry or pumpkin, Nina's Cafe has got you covered. If you like a little heat in your food, give their spicy hashbrowns a try!

 

Aircraft on display at Air Zoo

 

Next, uncover the indoor gems of Kalamazoo, waiting to captivate your senses. Visit the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, home to a diverse array of art exhibits that can evoke a plethora of emotions. Have a lifelong fascination with aviation? The Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum caters to curious minds with its impressive displays and hands-on exhibits. If craft beers pique your interest, a visit to Bell's Brewery is a must; take a tour, learn the brewing process, and enjoy tastings of their renowned beers. For shopping enthusiasts, wander through the downtown Kalamazoo Mall. Its unique boutiques and local retailers promise an unforgettable shopping experience. You'll find fun trinkets and souvenirs at shops like The Spirit of Kalamazoo.

 

People attending an art fair at Kalamazoo Mall

Fletcher's Pub

When you're ready for dinner, Kalamazoo has plenty of family-friendly restaurants to try. On a Sunday afternoon, grab a bite at Fletcher's Pub in Texas Corners, where you'll find burgers, wings, and sandwiches on the menu. Fletcher's Pub also offers kids eat free every Sunday, so make your way there for a satisfying meal and a relaxed environment. If you're looking for something even more casual, consider Nonla Burger

 

As your weekend winds down, gather not just trinkets but also the cherished experiences that have colored your Kalamazoo journey. The thrill of the open road, the majestic allure of nature, the fascinating discovery of indoor gems, the delectable flavors, and the comfort of your chosen lodging—all combined to weave a memorable tapestry of your Kalamazoo getaway. This isn't simply a weekend trip, but a treasured story brimming with adventure, discovery, relaxation, and indulgence. 

 

We can’t wait to host you on your next weekend getaway from Indianapolis! Sometimes life just calls for a getaway, and Kalamazoo is a great option within driving distance (it's just under four hours away!). Plan your trip and get exploring (or relaxing). After spending your day exactly how you need to, catch some rest at one of the places to stay in Kalamazoo or book one of our specialty hotel packages.

For more information to help plan your trip, request a visitor’s guide and subscribe to our e-newsletter to get the latest and greatest from Kalamazoo. We also have a calendar of upcoming events to see what is going on during your trip or what specific events you want to see to plan your trip around!