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

Portage Itineraries


Airplane at the Air Zoo Museum
Air Zoo

The Air Zoo is a highly charged, multi-sensory aviation and science museum that goes beyond anything you've ever seen. It's like no place else on Earth! With over 50 historic and rare aircraft & spacecraft, amusement park-style rides, interactive exhibits, flight simulators, a 4D theater, and much, much, more, there's truly something for everyone!

Food at Monelli's
Dinner at Monelli's

Monelli’s is the perfect place to take the family, meet friends or even watch the game. They serve beer, wine and cocktails, as well as handcrafted pizza and stromboli, meat and seafood, and much more. You'll also find an atmosphere perfect during big games, with wall to wall tv’s, as well as a quieter space for family gatherings.

Ice cream at Roll Up Ice Cream & Tea
Dessert at Roll Up Ice Cream & Tea

Roll Up Ice Cream takes your favorite dessert to the next level! Their signature recipes and flavors are delicious and fresh! They even have created non dairy and vegetarian options, with some recipes that can be adapted to be Vegan friendly.


Celery Flats Park
Fish, Kayak or Enjoy Trails at Celery Flats

Celery Flats is really a “park within a park." A key element of the Portage Creek Bicentennial Park, Celery Flats has two distinct settings. On the north side of Garden Lane, the Celery Flats Pavilion offers a nice open-air seating area, picnic tables, restrooms, and an air station. The Celery Flats Historical Area, with several relocated and restored buildings, is located south of Garden Lane.

Food at Cove Lakeside Bistro
Brunch and Drinks at Cove Lakeside Bistro

Cove Lakeside Bistro is the newest addition to downtown Portage's culinary scene. Cove boasts a large outdoor patio, seasonal menu and views of beautiful West Lake! Photo by @kalamazoofoodie

The beach at Ramona Park
Outdoor Movie Night at Ramona Park

From the fisherman to the beach bum, Ramona Park has a little bit of everything! Located in Portage, with access to Long Lake, it is truly a family destination site. Ramona Park has a fully-staffed and lifeguarded beach and is home to a creative, accessible playground with a colorful soft surface. In the warmer months they regularly host family movie nights!


Bowling alley at Airway Fun Center
Activities at Airway Fun Center

Airway Fun Center offers mini golf, laser tag, and – of course – bowling. With a modern, well-kept bowling center and hundreds of challenging games and attractions!

Food and beer at Presidential Brewing Co
Dinner at Presidential Brewing Co

Presidential Brewing Co is the newest brewery to open in Kalamazoo! Their beers have punny names like Oatbama Stout and Sherbert Hoover. Their food menu consists of items like pickle pizza and an entire section dedicated to tots! (um, yes pease!) They also have a special happy hour on Fridays from 7am-11:30am for third shifters

Aerial view of the boardwalk through Bishops Bog Preserve
Sunset Stroll at Bishops Bog Preserve

Bishop's Bog Preserve is another natural treasure of the City of Portage with walking and nature trails as the main amenity. This 152-acre preserve is the largest "relict" bog in Southern Michigan. Ancient and untouched, it is home to several rare plant species, including the Orange Fringed Orchid and Stemless Pink Ladyslipper. The bog is registered with the Nature Conservancy.

I Love Portage Essay Contest

Hear from local students about why they love Portage! Every year, area students submit essays in a contest organized by the City Council and describe all the reasons they love Portage. Get inspiration on the best things to see and do in Portage from the perspective of our young locals!


By Leighton Cook


I Love Portage Essay Contest



By Safa Mazhar


I Love Portage Essay



By Lydia Coxeter


I Love Portage Essay Contest

3 Reasons to Love the Air Zoo

The Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum is a must-stop for kids of all ages! Between simulators, rides, games, and bi-plane flights – the young and young at heart will have a great time at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Texas Township Itineraries


A path through the trees at Al Sabo Land Preserve
Hike or Bike at Al Sabo

Al Sabo Land Preserve is open from sunrise to sunset. Here you will find both coniferous tracts of woodlands, and mature hardwood forests. The wetlands here serve as the headwaters of the West Fork of Portage Creek. Many of the trails are clearly marked and easy to follow, but there are also many unmarked and unmapped trails.

Food at Bold
Dinner at BOLD

BOLD prides themselves on offering simple food with big flavor! While diverse in the culinary arts and passionate about great food and wine, head Chef Havey has a soft spot for Michigan State sports, Southwest/Mexican cuisine and Corona Light, no lime!

Ice cream at Lafayette Creamery
Dessert at Lafayette Creamery

Lafayette Creamery offers up super-premium, old school ice cream made in-house and served up from their dipping counter into cups and cones. Sundaes, milkshakes, malts and floats are all available.


Texas Township Farmers Market
Texas Township Farmers Market

The Texas Township Farmers' Market - Fresh on Q! is the perfect spot to get fresh, locally-grown and prepared fruits, veggies, meats, baked goods, flowers and more!

A sandwich at Rykse & Co Market and Eatery
Rykse's for Brunch

Rykse & Co Market and Eatery is a spin off of Rykse’s Restaurant with a fast casual concept. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with a retail market area - selling everything from their famous and award-winning baked goods to their popular Rykse on the Run meals.

Exterior of Texas Corners Brewing Co.
Texas Corner's Brewing Co. for Drinks

Just outside of the hustle and bustle of Kalamazoo is the Texas Corners Brewing Co. Housed in a repurposed chapel, folks still gather here to savor handmade craft beers and ciders.


Drinks at Zeb's Trading Co
Drinks at Zeb's Trading Co

Zeb's is a local favorite offering 15 drafts, daily food & drink specials, gluten free, and vegetarian options!

Exterior of Lee & Birch
Shopping at Lee & Birch and Pink Lemonade

Lee & Birch wants every woman who shops with them to leave feeling better and more confident than they were when they walked in! They offer high quality clothing and accessories in both classics that will be a staple in your closet and modern styles that hit the most up-to-date trends.

Food at Gusto
Small Plates at Gusto

Gusto is a simple, shareable and small plate restaurant that specializes in classic Italian recipes with a bold twist!

6 Unique Date Ideas in Kalamazoo

With beautiful scenery, an abundance of arts, culture, activities and great food, Kalamazoo offers countless ideas for the perfect date night! Read on to see our suggestions for activities in Portage, Texas Township and more.

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