Kalamazoo Travel Guide

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    Enduro Race at Kalamazoo Sppedway
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Kalamazoo Things to Do

  • Kalamazoo Valley Museum

    My family and I went to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. This small museum is a hidden gem of the city, and the admission was free. Our entire family had fun, from my eleven year old sister to my 60 year old grandparents. The planetarium is one of the best around, and we only had to pay 3 bucks per person. Definitely worth the parking and the tickets.

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  • Tobogan Run at Echo Valley

    This is a classic place to spend an afternoon or evening in West Michigan. They have Tobogan Runs, Tubing, and Ice Skating. It's a family oriented place so it will be fun for the kids, but also a great place to take a date if you're looking for something more imaginative than a bar or movie.

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  • Cycling out of traffic and in nature

    Portage Bikeway, just south of Kalamazoo city limits is a nicely done paved trail for cycling, skating, running or just walking. There are currently about 5 miles of trails, blacktop paved and about 3 meters wide. Nearly all is in a natural area away from streets and buildings. The Millenium Trail, which goes west for a short distance, is in a...

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  • Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

    The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes and free-admission programming, including exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collections. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West...

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  • Biking on the Kal-Haven Trail

    Springtime again. Every year about this time I start planing my Trip down West Michigan's Kal-Haven Trail. It's a walking/biking trail that runs from Kalamazoo west to South Haven on the Lake Michigan shore. It runs along an old railroad right of way through some really beautiful country, for about 60 miles. No motorized vehicles allowed, but you...

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  • Enduro Car Racing in West Michigan

    An "Enduro" race, in case you're wondering, is a long distance race on a short track, in cheap cars, and (Usualy) crazy drivers. It works like this. You get 50 to 100 non-professional drivers in beat up late model cars. (stock only) Then you put them all on the same racetrack at the same time. The object of the game is to be the first one to go...

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Kalamazoo Restaurants

  • Need some donuts?

    Kind of homey inside. The donuts are the best in the area, bar none. From their website:A Kalamazoo tradition since 1983, Sweetwater's Donut Mill serves fresh, unique varieties from it's three locations, two in the 'Zoo and one in Battle Creek. All are open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year, and feature a smoke free environment. We are renowned for...

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  • Where The Locals Eat....

    This is the place for Breakfast in Kalamazoo. It's been here forever and is pretty much the same as it was 30 years ago. The food is simple American fare,(eggs,meat,bread,potatos) prepared quickly and served with a smile. The decor is nothing special, but the food is good and I'm amazed at how fast your order comes up. On any week-day morning...

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  • Best Big Apple

    A bagel is a bagel , right ? As with most of my favorite things the difference is in the presentation. I'm in here about 4 days a week on my way to work, and I drive out of my way and past another bagel shop and a couple of coffee shops to get there. The owners of this place (Jason and Rachel) have turned a ordinary Bagel shop into a friendly...

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  • Arabic food in a quiet atmosphere

    We go often for several reasons. Debbie is Vegetarian, and this is one place with a good selection of things she likes. It is rarely busy, so you get served quickly. The food is good and the portions are generous. It seems the typical diner likes the big chain restaurants, and so they are overpriced and crowded. At the end of 2005, this place...

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  • Best greasy spoon in town

    In the mood for greasy food and generally friendly service? Fast, cheap and friendly, Theo and Stacy's is a favorite of my friends and mine. Breakfast is the best, but their lunch, dinner and desserts are great too! Want a gyro? This is the only place in town to get one. There are three locations and I prefer them in this order: Westnedge Ave.,...

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  • In the mood for Chinese food?

    All the regular Chinese dishes you would expect, but I think this is the best Chinese restaurant in the Kalamazoo area. Their lunch specials are the best, including soup, meal with fried rice, and your choice of egg roll or crab meat rangoons (I prefer the rangoons - yum!). The staff is usually very attentive and always friendly and helpful. The...

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Kalamazoo Nightlife

  • Party It Up at the Wayside

    Wayside is a huge entertainment center with pool tables upstairs, sports games on large screen tvs, and dancing everywhere. It's the meeting spot for most of the college, twenty-something, and thirty-something crowds in Kalamazoo. The scene is crowded and loud, but has good energy if you want to have a high-octane night. Casual is king at Wayside....

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  • Drink Some Bell's Beer

    Kalamazoo Brewing Company, founded by Larry Bell as a home-brewing supply shop in 1983, sold its first beer in 1985. Originally brewing in a 15-gallonsoup kettle, the company grew rapidly from first year's 135 barrels (BBL = 31gal.) of production. Kalamazoo Brewing has grown from a tiny operation rentingpart of a former plumbing supply warehouse,...

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  • Best Place to Find Daily Drink Specials

    I wanted to let everyone know about a website that a friend and I are currently running, KzooBarDeals.com. The goal is to collect all the local drink specials, happy hours and various other deals and put them in one easy to use location. The site is even available on the go at KzooBarDeals.com/mobile. Currently we are already tracking 25 bars in...

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  • The best in the Midwest

    Bells Brewery was originally established in 1983 as a home brewing supply shop. Bells is the oldest craft brewer east of Boulder Colorado. Bells Brewery has grown substantially, and currently brews over 60,000 barrels of beer anually. Bells brews beer artistically, creating the best, most authentic beer in the Midwest. In addition to brewing beer,...

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  • Live Piano Bar

    In down town Kalamazoo, excellent food and service here.. followed by live music from a variety of artists. They get the crowd involved and all night just do requests! really nice atmosphere and will always visit when im in Kazoo no special dress code, just casual

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  • Best Brewery in Town

    Bell's Brewery is one of the finest breweries in the country. My good friend, a beer snob, is delighted when I bring back a 6 pack fro Bell's after each trip to Kalamazoo. This is also great easy-going night spot for locals. There are lots of different brews on tap. If oyu want to take some home, you can even mix up the types in a 6 pack. You'll...

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Kalamazoo Transportation

  • Red Arrow Highway.. West

    I usually travel to and from Kalamazoo west using Red Arrow Hwy/ Staduim Dr. Its a historic scenic route. Lots of interesting things to see.Kalamazoo has major traffic problems for a "small/medium sized city". Westnedge / 131, Main St. Drake, etc.Highly reccommend Red Arrow Hwy. I know most people prefer the I-94 nightmare to enter and leave, but I...

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  • New Transportation Hub under...

    Kalamazoo has a nice old train station, with regular service to Chicago and Detroit. The new local bus hub is open next to it, and busses will take you to all parts of the city from there. The airport is at the edge of town and city busses go there. There are several taxi companies around and all are okay, and charge fairly. You have several...

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Kalamazoo Local Customs

  • Kalamazoo State Hospital Water Tower

    Kalamazoo State Hospital aka Western Michigan Asylum was established in 1858.Almost all of the buildings are torn down now, except for the distinctive water tower. With architecture as the historic significance, the Kalamazoo State Hospital Water Tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places.William B. Stratton was the architect. The...

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  • It's a Festival kind of town...

    Island Fest, Ribfest, Bluesfest, Winefest. Any excuse for a party at the Arcadia Festival site. Check the Chamber of Commerce website for what's happening during your trip.

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Kalamazoo Warnings and Dangers

  • by gingerinMichigan Written Jun 17, 2007

    If you park at McDonald's across the street from the Amtrak and Greyhound stations, take care that you do not leave the McDonald's property while your vehicle is there. There are many signs on the premises warning that this McDonald's has an aggressive towing policy. The parking lot is closely monitored and a tow truck will be dispatched quickly.

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Kalamazoo Off The Beaten Path

  • Classic cars

    The Gilmore Classic Car Museum in Hickory Corners is not too far from Kalamazoo. It's open daily May thru October and has something for everyone. A rare Tucker, Duesenburgs, and more modern classics are on display. The best way to research it is on their website - see below.

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  • Walk around the center city

    I love to walk and new places get me on foot. Few people actually walk in the USA, so they miss all the delights of architecture and such. The center city of Kalamazoo is undergoing a tremendous rebuilding. Century old buildings are under renewal and every block seems to have something upgrading. I love to check out the nice work on what were some...

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Kalamazoo Sports & Outdoors

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    by sambarnett Written Feb 4, 2003

    This is the worst ballpark I've ever been to. The grandstand looks nice, but most of the stadium is aluminum and plastic and divided into separate sections. This gives Homer Stryker Field (then known as Sutherland Field) a very amateurish feel. A chain link fence, a big no-no in my book as it is too obstructive, surrounds the playing field. It's kind of hard to find from the eastbound Interstate too.
       The crowd seemed to have NO clue about what was going on on the field. For a spot of fun my friend and I started cheering for the opposite team. Lo and behold, most of the people in our section started cheering along with us. The only other time people showed enthusiasm was when the GM came out and encouraged people to stomp their feet on the aluminum bleachers. And he did this maybe 10 times in the course of the game. Yeah, that's fun. My head was throbbing by the 8th inning.
       If you're in the area and are looking to catch a game, try C.O. Brown Field in nearby Battle Creek instead. A much better experience to say the least.

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Kalamazoo Favorites

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    by joeskier98 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: If you ever come to Kalamazoo to visit me, I would show you around. Then I would put you in my car and drive you approximately 40 miles to Lake Michigan. You would have to see for yourself the splendor of the lighthouses that stand guard over the Big Lake.
    You Must Bring A Camera.

    Fondest memory: My best memory of Kalamazoo was the Upjohn Company. The family sold out what the Grandfather put his life and soul into to build. Now it is a Global company with no ties to or no commitment to Kalamazoo.

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