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Perfect Family Getaway in Kalamazoo Michigan

Posted on May 29th, 2019

Kalamazoo is the perfect place to bring your family, especially if you’re looking for days full of adventure and learning. Read on to learn all about great attractions and save big on your visit with the Kalamazoo Family Fun Passport.




1. AirZoo

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Yesterday our imaginations “took flight” with the kiddos at the amazing Air Zoo! ✈️ @airzoo_ • I love that we have something like this in our own “backyard”! It is an amazing resource of fun, history and things that spark awe & wonder like the space/NASA exhibit. It is so important to us that our kids develop good character & also are exposed to STEAM activities & experiences (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math). • That is why we love getting them out to experiences like this, zoos, aquariums etc where they can have fun & learn at the same time. And what is better than a hands on experience?? • So when I heard about @kiwico_inc it was a no brainer for me & I just signed our 2 “big kids” up for 3 months for the summer to keep those brains engaged 🤗 I am excited to see what they get & share with you! • This is not an ad, just a company I’m genuinely excited about! And if you use my referral code you can get $10 off 🙌🏼 PLUS they are having a Memorial Day sale! Woot woot! Discount code in my bio 😘

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The AirZoo is a must-visit during your time in Kalamazoo. With 50+ rare and historic aircrafts, amusement park rides and exhibits, you’re sure to find the perfect adventure when you arrive. The exhibits are immersive, fun, and bursting with aviation information. Immerse yourself in the Game Changers exhibit that will show you how innovation has shaped gameplay in video gaming systems or gain insight on the men and women from Michigan who have made significant contributions to aviation at the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame. Visit on a Family Fun Day, experience the 3D and HD Full-Motion Flight simulator or sit and enjoy the experience of the RealD Missions theater. Plan your route through the AirZoo with their Adventure Map!




2. Gilmore Car Museum


Any car-lover should explore North America’s Largest Auto Museum. Located right in Kalamazoo, the Gilmore Car Museum was named as one of Michigan’s Best Attractions by USA Today readers in 2017. The museum houses more than 400 classic cars ranging from brass era to muscle cars and trucks to the car from Disney’s The Gnome-Mobile. Kids and adults alike will love stepping back in time at the authentic 1941 Silk City Diner during your visit.




3. Kalamazoo Valley Museum


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Discover even more in Kalamazoo when you visit the Kalamazoo Valley Museum where you can experience highly interactive, hands-on science and history exhibits. Experience the wonder of the Planetarium, the mystery of a 2,300-year old mummy or the excitement of a simulated space mission. The museum’s seasonal exhibits change quite frequently, so be sure to check out their website before you go.




4. W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary


Capture close views of both captive and wild birds when you visit the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Kalamazoo. You’ll have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Eastern Screech Owls and more! Plus, you can enjoy the rest of the grounds by walking the trails and see the birds in their natural habitat. Learn more about the bird sanctuary here.





5. The Spirit of Kalamazoo


Every great family trip comes with hunting down the perfect souvenir to commemorate your adventures. Be sure to stop by The Spirit of Kalamazoo to find the perfect t-shirt or trinket you are looking for. Pick up a “Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo” t-shirt or local area sweets like 24 different varieties of Plainwell Ice Cream!




6. Rocket Fizz Kalamazoo


Satisfy all of your candy and soda pop cravings at this retro shop located right on the Kalamazoo Mall. It’s loaded with thousands of unique candy and soda varieties, so you’re sure to you’re your new favorite confection to take home with you from your visit. Satisfy your sweet tooth during your next visit to Kalamazoo by stopping at Rocket Fizz Kalamazoo!




7. Nature Connection of Kalamazoo


Continue your souvenir search at Nature Connection of Kalamazoo with their great selection of local and USA-made unique, nature-related gifts, you’re sure to find something that screams “Michigan.” Be sure to take a peek at their artisan-made merchandise and pottery unique to their store.



We can’t wait to host your family on your next visit to Kalamazoo – be sure to check out our campgrounds and hotel offerings before you visit. Don’t forget that you can save big when you purchase the Kalamazoo Family Fun Passport!

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