Things To Do

Kalamazoo and its surrounding communities offer such a wide variety of activities that no listing does them justice. Instead, we have included a few of our favorite dining, film, live theatre, pubs and wineries, bookstores and museum suggestions, with additional links to help you plan your visit.

For those starting your Michigan vacation here, we suggest:

  • 1001 Photos of Michigan - where Doreen Lawrence and Suzie Martin, share photos and information about their favorite state in a daily format
  • Great Lakes Gazette - where Kath Usitalo writes about activities in both the lower and upper peninsulas.
  • Michigan Pics - with daily photos of the great state of Michigan.

Binder Park Zoo


7400 Division Drive
Battle Creek 49014
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Located in Battle Creek, the Binder Park Zoo is open through late fall with a special Zoo Boo Halloween event.

Comensoli's Italian Bistro


762 W MAIN ST.
Kalamazoo 49007
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Just a short walk from the Inn, Comensoli's offers traditional Italian food at reasonable prices. Check out their fresh pasta dishes like the wild mushroom ravioli, or the build your own pasta dish with Homemade Sausage and Meatballs; or a thin-crust Pizza from scratch and many other delicious family recipes able to cure your craving for old-style Italian food.  Also features a wine list and full bar with a martini list to die for.

 

 

Cosmo's Cucina


804 West Vine Street
Kalamazoo 49008
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Located on the corner of Vine and Locust with an eclectic cuisine and a menu that changes almost daily. Locally and family owned, Cosmo's works with local farmers, sourcing the best, freshest ingredients available.  Meals are created to order, from scratch in the small kitchen on the second floor of a beautiful historic building.  The main floor was for many years, the neighborhood grocery and bakery, and the home of many different, sometimes eccentric retail endeavors. It is now the home of O'Duffy's Pub, a gathering place for friends, old and new.  We've never had a bad meal  -  vegetarian, fresh fish, burgers - it's all good. Open Tues - Saturday 5pm -10pm.

Erbelli's Pizza & Italian Cuisine


6214 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo 49008
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Award winning gourmet pizza.  There are other things on the menu, but we've never made it past the pizzas.  Their pepperoni for adults pizza is especially tasty and they deliver to the Inn!

Field Stone Grill


Portage · 3970 W. Centre Ave.
Kalamazoo 49024
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Fieldstone Grill is located a short drive from the Inn.  The dining area overlooks the federally protected, natural wetlands of the Moors Golf Club.  The marsh takes on different tones depending on the time of year, and at dusk in the fall you can see deer picking their way across the hardened ground.  Inside, the north wall is comprised entirely of floor to ceiling windows for optimal enjoyment of the view.  In the winter, a huge fireplace offers the cozy lodge feeling.  In warmer weather a casual patio offers fresh air as well as a striking view.    But enough about the building -- the food is delicious and if you like rare tuna, we suggest the tuna appetizer - maybe even two or three for an entire meal.

 

Gilmore Car Museum


6865 West Hickory Rd
Hickory Corners 49060
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Open daily May through October, the Museum includes eight historic barns, a 1930’s service station, three miles of paved road occasionally travelled by one of the villages vintage cars.

Kalamazoo Air Zoo


6151 Portage Road
Portage 49002
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Not really a zoo – but filled with family attractions, and a small warplane museum. Admission is free through December 31, 2009.

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre


329 S Park St
Kalamazoo 49007
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From 1929 to the present The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre has been at the forefront of community theatres in America. From its beginning it has been praised by the public and its peers as one of the outstanding examples of just what can be done with a "Civic" or community theatre.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts


314 S Park St
Kalamazoo 49007
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Since 1924, the KIA has offered art classes to the whole community and a place for the enjoyment of the visual arts through exhibitions, lectures, special events and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West Michigan.

Kalamazoo Nature Center


7000 N Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo 49009
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There is always something new to do at KNC. Each month there are featured programs for kids and adults. There is a family program every Sunday at 2 pm and special events are held throughout the year. Can't catch a program. The award winning Nature Up Close exhibits show you a new perspective on the world around you. Of course the most special feature of all are the 11+ miles of hiking trails that wind you through some of the most special habitats in Michigan all year long. Just click on the Planning Your Visit links (to the right) for specific information about services, programs and activities. Our nationally recognized Certified Interpretive Hosts are here to help you make the most of your visit to the Kalamazoo Nature Center.Whether you are greeted at the Gatehouse or inside the Interpretive Center, our hosts can tell you everything you need to know about visiting KNC.

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