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Best things to do in Kalamazoo

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Brewery
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“Renowned local brewery with food and an outdoor beer garden. Occasional live music.”
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Breakfast Spot
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“It's Vegan! "In the heart of the historic Vine Street Neighborhood lies Crow’s Nest, a cornerstone of Kalamazoo culture. More than just a great café, it’s a gathering place for the community; a spot to celebrate life’s milestones, meet friends and family for brunch, or simply take a break to enjoy honest food and a friendly atmosphere."”
15local recommendations
New American Restaurant
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“Home-style eatery for seasonal American fare & market for locally produced food & cooking classes.”
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Amusement Park
“View all kinds of different aircraft and even take your turn in the simulator!”
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Museum
“Great place to learn about the history of Kalamazoo. Many exhibits and activities for children too!”
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Art Gallery
“1st Friday of every month = ART HOP in Kalamazoo. Multi venue artist displays. Free, Fun, Food, Wine & Art! Kalamazooarts.org will list details/month. Art Hop is a program of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo - an evening of art exhibits and events, one of the great things to do in Kalamazoo. It's a free event held on the first Friday of every month, it is something you can do alone, with friends or with family that’s fun, interactive, and a great way to explore our downtown. And you don’t have to be an “artist” to enjoy it.”
6local recommendations
Brewery
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“Cheery, brick-lined joint offering local craft beer, eclectic pub grub & live music in the Beer Garden & the Back Room on some nights.”
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Pizza Place
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“unexpectedly innovative Italian with lots of locally-sourced seasonal ingredients”
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Brewery
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“Great BBQ & Beer. Beer garden is a dog-friendly outdoor space with band stage and view of the river.”
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American Restaurant
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“Excellent restaurant serving many smaller plates. The atmosphere is wonderful and the mixologists can make you something really special.”
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Beer Bar
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“Woodwork-filled brew pub with a massive beer list offers creative pub fare & brunch items”
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Jazz Club
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“Live music most nights of the week featuring WMU music students and other local musicians. The food is good too.”
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Bowling Alley
“High-end locally owned entertainment center with Escape Rooms, a Painting with a Twist franchise, a top notch arcade, miniature golf, a ropes course and zip line, go-carts. There are many food and drink options including a Tap Room with many local beers and pub food. There is open bowling and also a "first class' lounge/ bowling area for private parties. This very popular airplane​ themed business is a great way for people of all ages to spend a few hours.”
5local recommendations
Bar
“KBE has beers from around the world set up as a stock market experience. The prices of the beers change based on demand in the bar in semi-realtime, with spontaneous "flash crashes" for a bit of fun. The food is really good here too.”
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Italian Restaurant
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“O'Duffy's Brew Pub is on 1st floor. Their spinach burger is -so good! "Out of the way, and worth the trip! Locally and family owned, working with local farmers, sourcing the best, freshest ingredients available long before it was the in, trendy thing to do! Meals are created to order, from scratch in our small kitchen in our beautiful historic building. A contemporary oasis offering affordable gourmet cuisine, Cosmo's Cucina was established in November 1992 with the goal of bringing simply creative cooking to Kalamazoo. Located at the corner of Vine and Locust Streets, two blocks west of Chenery Auditorium, also known as "Old Central High School." Cosmo's is on the second floor of a 110.”
3local recommendations
Brewery
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“Awesome place to grab some excellent micro-brew beer. Menu is really good as well. ”
5local recommendations