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10 Things to Do in Kalamazoo, MI

10 Things to Do in Kalamazoo, MI

Moving to a new area can be an equally exciting and scary experience. Depending on where you are moving from, you will have to learn new routes to work, memorize where your favorite items are in the grocery store, as well as find new and exciting things to do in Kalamazoo.

We understand these situations; which is why we at Drakes Pond want to help make your transition into our apartments as smooth as possible. We have curated a list of our favorite places to visit, eat and shop so you can get better acclimated to our neighborhood!

Top 5 Places to Go in Kalamazoo

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is something that you will want to go and visit. The institute has a variety of different collections as well as exhibits. The collection includes pieces of East Asian Art, Pre-Columbian Gold and Ceramics, African Art, Oceanic Objects, and more. The exhibits that they feature rotate. On their website, you are able to see the past, current, and upcoming exhibits. Keep going back and visiting to see the most current exhibits.

They also offer an art school at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. The school is called the Kirk Newman Art School and they offer more than 300 classes a year. They also have an event calendar for upcoming events at the institute. Be sure to visit the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts today!

 314 S Park St Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The Gilmore Car Museum is a unique museum that offers a variety of different collections and exhibits that you will want to see. The museum offers both permanent exhibits as well as rotating exhibits. Some of the permanent exhibits include Dust Bowl: The Great Migration, Realistic to Whimsical: Tin Toy Cars of Yesteryear, Born to Perform: The Era of the Muscle Car, and more. You also won’t want to miss the special exhibits and the seasonal exhibits that are only open from April to November.

The Gilmore Car Museum also has an events calendar that posts fun upcoming events. Be sure to check out all of these great events, exhibits, collections, and more at the museum today!

 6865 W Hickory Rd Hickory Corners, MI 49060

The Kalamazoo Nature Center is a great place to go either by yourself or with family or friends. The nature center features more than 14 miles of trails as well as programs. They have several different hiking trails that they have labeled as either accessible, easy-moderate, or difficult. Each of the trails is labeled with what you will see while you are hiking too. For example, some of the trails are located right along a stream, while others, you can see beautiful wildflowers.

There are also several different programs that are offered for children, adults, or families. Some of these different programs are Golf Cart Tours, Seasonal Night Hikes, and more. They also have special events at the Kalamazoo Nature Center year-round.  

7000 N Westnedge Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49009

The Lawton Ridge Winery was established in 1974 and is a must-visit place in Kalamazoo, MI. Enjoy their amazing tasting room with their red and white wines. This is a great place to bring friends or family and enjoy some great wine. The tasting includes up to six different wines that you can try.

Check their website for news and events. Some of these fun events include Crapes by The Lakes, Camzie’s Pizza, or Top Shelf Catering. Be sure to visit this great winery and tasting room and go and look at the fun events that they host.

 8456 Stadium Dr Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum is a great place to visit for both children and adults. In the air zoo, there are several exhibits, collections, and fun activities to do. Some of the exhibits are Apo11o, Aircraft, Women in Aviation and Space, and more. The collection part of the Air Zoo includes many different artifacts. There are also many different activities to do while you are there as well. These include Flight Simulators, Biplane Rides, and Indoor Amusement Park Rides.

There are also a variety of different educational programs for both kids and for families. Be sure to also look at the many different events that are listed on their website too.

 6151 Portage Rd Portage, MI 49002

Top 5 Amazing Places To Eat In Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, MI is home to many great restaurants. Many of these are very close to Drakes Pond. Try them out today!


Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange is a great gastropub to grab a bite to eat. Start off with the Fajita Nachos, Beer Battered Fried Pickles, or the Roasted Garlic Hummus. Or even try the Cheese Burger soup or the Poached Pear salad. For mains, try a sandwich, burger, or main dish. A great sandwich to try would be the Grilled Portobello and a great burger to try is the Mr. Bean. Before leaving don’t forget to try the Frambroise Cheesecake made with a Belgian ale.

 211 E Water St Kalamazoo, MI 49007


The HopCat is a delicious bar and grill to get great food with friends or family. For starters, try the Buffalo Rolls or the Pretzel Nuggz. You will for sure want to try their Cosmik Fries. These fries are beer-battered and served with warm cheese sauce. Also, try one of their soups or salads. Try their Cowboy Dbl Smash Burger or the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich. Anything that you will get you will for sure enjoy!

 300 E Water St Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Erbelli's Gourmet Pizza

Erbelli’s Gourmet Pizza is a fantastic pizza restaurant that you will want to go and eat at again and again. Try an appetizer such as the Prosciutto Bites or the Erbbie Bread. For mains, try a Fresh Wrap, Fresh Pasta, Crisp Salads, Calzones, Sub Sandwiches, or one of the many pizza options. Try the Disco Q Pizza or the Prosciutto de Parma Pizza. There are also Gluten-Free and Vegetarian options here as well. Before you leave, try the Peanut Butter Cup Pie with Reese’s.

 6214 Stadium Dr Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Toba Sushi and Grill

Toba Sushi and Grill brings a modern approach to Japanese and Korean cuisine. Toba prides itself on using quality ingredients to make creative interpretations of classic dishes. Whether you’re in the mood for a bento box, specialty sushi, or a sweet Korean coffee, Toba Sushi is the place to go, offering a wide variety of Japanese and Korean dishes.

 235 North Drake Rd Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Latitude 42

Latitude 42 is a fantastic restaurant to go to and grab a drink and a bite to eat. As a starter try the Truffle Fries or the Loaded Queso Fry. For mains, try a soup or salad, one of their 12” Signature Pizzas, entries, 42 Handhelds, or a Pandemic Taco. We recommend the L42 Beer Cheese Soup or the Chipotle Chicken Taco. For dessert try the Turtle Cheesecake you won’t regret it. Be sure to check their menu each week!

 6101 W Main St Kalamazoo, MI 49009