You’ll never run out of fun things to do in Southwest Michigan. Here are just a few of our favorite recreational activities!
Take a Trip to the Beach
Living on the “fresh coast” of Lake Michigan, we are just 45 minutes from some of the best beaches in the country! Between St. Joseph and South Haven, you have plenty of options to choose from when exploring Pure Michigan.
Feed the Giraffes at the Zoo
Located in Battle Creek, Binder Park Zoo is open daily from April to October. Spend a day exploring the animals of Wild Africa right in our own backyard.
Visit the Gilmore Car Museum
Michigan is synonymous with the auto industry. Listed as Michigan’s #1 Historic Auto Site, the Gilmore Car Museum features over 300 extraordinary cars and motorcycles from all eras.
Explore Michigan Wine Country
The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country is host to vineyards galore. From the Indiana-Michigan state line, north to the Kalamazoo River and east toward the City of Kalamazoo, our wineries are filled with European stock and locally-aged handcrafted wines.
Spend Saturday Mornings at Local Farmer’s Markets
From fresh blueberries and cherries to locally made artisan goods, our Michigan Farmer’s Markets thrive through communal support and local economies.
Taste Unique Craft Beers
Even with four seasons, the beer on tap changes more often than our weather. West Michigan Beer Tours provide a one-of-a-kind journey that gives an inside look into Michigan beer.
Dine at Local Restaurants
Enjoy some of the best dining Michigan has to offer in Kalamazoo! Follow along with their restaurant guide and try all types of food in the area.
Defy Gravity at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo
The Kalamazoo Air Zoo features more than 50 rare and historic aircraft, amusement park-style rides, full-motion flight simulators, RealD 3D/4 D Missions Theater, as well as historical exhibits and educational activities.
Bike the Outdoor Trails
From the Kalamazoo Valley River Trail to the Kal Haven Trail, Southwest Michigan is lined with biker friendly paths that are a great way to explore the outdoors.
Enjoy a Night on the Town
When the sun goes down, there are plenty of night life activities to enjoy in Southwest Michigan. From Battle Creek to Kalamazoo, you can dance the night away at uptown clubs or experience the thrill at local casinos.
Need to get out of town? Jump in your car and head to Detroit to catch a Tigers baseball game or Chicago for a Bears football game in two hours or less! Grand Rapids is less than one hour to the north. Or, really head “up north” to Petoskey, Mackinac Island or Traverse City. Pure Michigan awaits you!