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Kalamazoo, MI

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Kalamazoo has a lot going on for a mid-size city in the Midwest. It’s the seat of Kalamazoo County, and it’s also less than three hours from both Detroit and Chicago. If you’re looking for some youthful culture, have no fear; Kalamazoo is home to the large, public Western Michigan University, and the smaller liberal arts school, Kalamazoo College. For those looking for a bit more highbrow culture, Kalamazoo also has several museums and theater groups, and is home to the Gibson Guitar Corporation.

Getting Around in Kalamazoo, MI

For those with cars, Kalamazoo is easy to reach by Interstate 94. However, for those hoping to use public transit, have no fear; Kalamazoo’s Metro Transit provides bus service within the city limits. For out-of-town trips, buses provided by Indian Trails or Greyhound and trains run by Amtrak.

Walk Score®
"Somewhat Walkable"
Transit Score®
The average commuter time in Kalamazoo is:
10 to 14 minutes
Explore info about this city
  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 4.11%
  • 6.62%
  • 1.23%

West Michigan Beer Tours

<p>How can you go wrong with a company that provides tours on a beer bus and promotes the craft beer industry when providing community tours to people who are considering moving into the [Kalamazoo] area? That's just good business sense! Evidently there is serious growth happening in the beer industry in Western Michigan right where Kalamazoo just happens to be. The website lists 13 breweries starting with Arcadia Ales, which wanted to start in the building which now houses the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange instead over to Gonzo's Bigg Dogg Brewing Co., opening in Orrin B. Hayes's dealership downtown right down to Paw Paw Brewing Company with one of the owners, Ryan Sylvester, having played wide receiver for the Broncos.</p>

The Oasis Hot Tub Gardens

<p>One minute you're in Kalamazoo, Michigan and the next you're in a Japanese garden in the middle of the summer. That's what The Oasis creates for you just minutes away. There are a number of settings available from a spicy pine forest to a Mayan pyramid or the trellised arbors of the English countryside. Each area has its own hot tub garden with a landscaped deck, privacy fence and the great outdoors. It is designed with cool breezes in the summer and snowflakes (but warm water) in the winter. You select the music, temperature and settings</p>

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

<p>You will rarely find such innovative exhibits in a city the size of Kalamazoo, both in their permanent collection, as well as in their many traveling exhibits and programs, which draws tens of thousands of visitors. The 45,000 square foot building is modeled after the Mies van der Rohe International Style of architecture. A Chihuly chandelier, entitled Kalamzaoo Ruby Light Chandelier, is strikingly featured in the lobby foyer. The museum's permanent collection consists of more than 4,200 original works with an emphasis on 20th century American art by such artists as Ansel Adams, Cassat, Calder, Hopper, Jimenez, Rockwell, Warhol, Whistler and Wyeth.</p>