The Great Outdoors in
Portage is unique for the extensive resources it provides to locals for hiking, biking, walking, and doing anything and everything that relates to the natural world. It has a comprehensive parks system and, in fact, there are 17 parks within the city's borders and over 900 square feet of protected land for public use. Each park has different offerings and focuses in terms of leisure activity. The Portage Bikeway is one of the best offerings, as it is an extensive system of biking trails that can be used for leisure and commute and it connects to the major commercial and retail areas without sacrificing a visual and sensory connection to the natural world.
The Kalamazoo Air Zoo
The Kalamazoo Air Zoo is a great place to return with the family weekend after weekend. It is an aviation museum that has different flight simulators as well as fun rides, a disc golf course, and a 3D theater. The museum also has different historic and rare aircraft as well as exhibits and artwork. It is certainly a place that rivals the Smithsonian Air and Space Museums in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C., especially given the hands-on activities the Kalamazoo zoo has for children. You won't find a disc golf course on site at the Smithsonian Institution.
Dining Out in Portage
Portage has no shortage of places to dine out and it is a great Midwestern town to live in if you want to have a greater range of options for ethnic and regional cuisines compared to the neighboring towns and cities. There are a number of Italian pizzerias and family style restaurants, as well as a Japanese grill, Chinese, Thai, and Mexican. There are also regional staples, including a Chicago-style pizzeria, Texas barbecue, and an East coast reminiscent sub station. If you do not want to sacrifice adventurous eating living in the Midwest, Portage is definitely the town for you.