|Location:||Southwest Lower Michigan|
|Average Snowfall:||50 - 70 inches||Fall Color Season:||Middle October|
Kalamazoo County has something for everyone during each of the four seasons. Fish, swim, water-ski, sail or boat in one of Kalamazoo County's 83 lakes or visit the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. When spring arrives, everyone heads to a soccer game or schedules a tee time. Kalamazoo is a haven for golfers with acres of scenic courses. Kalamazoo County is the bedding plant capital of the world. Greenhouses are bursting with bedding plants that begin to make their way around the world. There is something for everyone to explore in Kalamazoo County. Kalamazoo is a water wonderland during the summer. Fish, swim, water-ski, sail or boat in one of Kalamazoo County's 83 lakes or visit the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. Around every corner in Kalamazoo there is a park or trail with areas for picnics, biking or horseback riding. As temperatures begin to dip, the leaves of many trees begin to change showing off an incredible palette of warm oranges, fiery reds, and striking golds. Fall is a great time for hiking or biking on the Kal-Haven trail. The orchards, farm markets and farm stands are ripe with fresh fruits and vegetables in season and the wineries are harvesting and producing award-winning wines and juices. When snow begins to fall people flock to the local ski resorts and toboggan runs or head to the Kal-Haven trail for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing and the numerous lakes for ice fishing.
Three top colleges can be found here: Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, and Nazarath College
The City of Kalamazoo has many historic districts and individual sites on the national, state and local historic registers. We invite you to walk around these districts and learn more about Kalamazoo's historical and architectural heritage. For a brochure or call (269) 381-4003.
The museum's 10 galleries showcase outstanding temporary exhibitions and portions of the KIA's significant permanent collection. While the collection's emphasis is 20th-century American painting and sculpture, it also includes an extensive European and American print collection, as well as important collections of photography and contemprary ceramics. The collection includes works by local, national, and international artists, including the stunning glass chandelier by Dale Chihuly that hangs in the foyer.
The Kalamazoo Nature Center is recognized as one of the nation's best nature centers. Since 1960, we have been inspiring people to care about the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world. We are located on 1,100 acres of rolling hills in Southwest Michigan with a variety of habitats, including rare mature beech-maple forests, wetlands and prairies. The Kalamazoo Nature Center offers trails for walking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter, the have exhibits and features that are changing all the time, and provide a gift shop with items for kids of all ages. The Kalamazoo Nature Center has programs for all ages throughout the week and on weekends. Visit www.NatureCenter.org and click on the newsletter icon for programs/events of interest.
There's always something happening for you at the Museum, whether you’re a preschooler, a big kid, or grown up. Come by yourself or in groups. Programs for kids and families are hands-on, sometimes featuring a special performer. Museum features a planetarium, the Stryker Theatre, and in addition to hands-on exhibits for visitors of all ages, the KVM features a full schedule of seasonal special exhibitions.
This newly restored estate of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg is open for tours year-round, along with special teas and holiday events.
This 135-mile river has 27 riverfront developments, parks and access sites, offering opportunities for fishing, canoeing, boating and other aquatic sports. For canoeing or trail information call the Kalamazoo County Parks office.
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The former Kalamazoo and South Haven Railroad track bed has been converted to a biking/hiking/snowmobile/cross-country skiing trail, running 34 miles from an old caboose on Kalamazoo's west side to the Lake Michigan shoreline city of South Haven.
Community park equipped with a baseball and football/soccer field and playground, as well as a canoe launch and fish dock.
Recreation and picnic opportunities abound in Kalamazoo County's park system. Open year round 7 a.m. - sunset.
Want a winter thrill? Try Echo Valley's 60 mph-toboggan runs, a 500-ft. inner-tube sliding hill, 43,000 square-foot outdoor skating rink, 2400 square-foot warming lodge and viewing deck.
Nationally known for vineyards and orchards, Southwest Michigan's fertile land produces some of the most consistently delicious wines in America. Stroll through the vineyards, and sample award-winning wines and juices. The largest Kraft brewery in Michigan calls Kalamazoo home. Experience specialty beers and eclectic entertainment or reminisce over a homemade rootbeer.
For more information on Kalamazoo, please visit KalamazooMi.com
Alamo Township, Augusta (part), Brady Township, Charleston Township, Climax Township, Comstock Township, Cooper Township, Fulton, Galesburg, Kalamazoo, Nazareth, Oshtemo Township, Parchment, Pavilion Township, Portage, Prairie Ronde Township, Richland Township, Ross Township, Schoolcraft Township, Scotts, Texas Township, Vicksburg (part), Wakeshma Township