Explore Kalamazoo

Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo, Michigan…

And it’s ideally located halfway between Detroit and Chicago—both an easy 2-1/2 hour drive.


Here are just 16 of the many reasons we love living in Kalamazoo (you will, too):

  1. The Great Lakes—it’s just a 40-minute drive to the beautiful beaches and great sunsets on the “sandy side” of Lake Michigan
  2. Some of the most affordable housing prices and cost-of-living in the USA
  3. Amazing cultural activities for a city our size — a vibrant arts community, symphony, theatres and library system
  4. Excellent public, private and charter schools, including Kalamazoo Public School’s groundbreaking Kalamazoo Promise program
  5. A friendly, diverse population with a wide variety of interests
  6. Over 80 lakes for fishing, boating, sailing, kayaking, water skiing and swimming
  7. Beautiful parks and walking/bike trails, including the Kal-Haven Trail State Park stretching 40 mi. to South Haven and Lake Michigan
  8. An incredible number of excellent, challenging public and private golf courses
  9. Downhill skiing/snow boarding resorts and toboggan runs just a few minutes from downtown Kalamazoo
  10. Wide selection of restaurants from national chains to cozy, locally owned bistros and brew pubs
  11. Several colleges and universities add to the area’s flavor
  12. College and professional sports teams

  13. Four distinct seasons, with temperatures moderated by Lake Michigan
  14. Much less traffic than you’re probably used to
  15. A history of generously supporting fundraising efforts and school systems
  16. Award-winning hospital facilities

Visit Discover Kalamazoo for information on Kalamazoo-area attractions and information.

Some more helpful links:


School Systems  
Kalamazoo Public Schools Home of the groundbreaking Kalamazoo Promise
Mattawan Consolidated Schools Serving a student population of nearly 3,700 students
Plainwell Community Schools Draws nearly 3,000 students to its educational programs
Portage Public Schools Serving over 24,000 households
Art & Entertainment  
Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo Making the arts happen in Kalamazoo>
Barn Theatre Michigan’s oldest professional equity summer stock theatre company
Epic Center Home for the arts in Kalamazoo
Irving S. Gilmore Theatre Complex Elevating the human condition through the arts
Kalamazoo Symphony Society Kalamazoo’s award-winning symphony
Miller Auditorium Premier center for performing arts in Kalamazoo area
New Vic Theatre Theatrical excellence since 1966
State Theatre A historic gem in downtown Kalamazoo since 1927
Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers Southwest Michigan’s only professional dance company
Whole Art Theater Bringing socially significant issues to the forefront through theater
Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Kalamazoo’s historic community theatre, downtown on Bronson Park
Museums & Attractions  
Air Zoo Flight simulators, rides, 4D theater
Gilmore Car Museum One of the 10 best auto museums in the US
Kalamazoo Nature Center Voted #1 in US by other nature centers
Kalamazoo Public Library National Library of the Year for 2002
Kalamazoo Valley Museum Voted “Top Small Museum” in Michigan
Binder Park Zoo Award-winning Wild Africa; open Apr–Oct
Brew Pubs & Wineries  
Bell’s Brewery Distinctive micro brewery, entertainment & cafe
St. Julian’s Winery Tours and tastings in Paw Paw
Vintner’s Cellar Winery of Kalamazoo Make your own customized wine; tastings
Warner Vineyards Tours and tastings in Paw Paw
Colleges & Universities


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Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Cornerstone University
Davenport University
Spring Arbor University
Sports, Nightlife & Dining
Recreation & Sports
Professional Sports
College Sports