Kalamazoo is one of the larger cities in our area, and this city is full of beauty. There are so many parks and cool businesses. I have lived downtown Kalamazoo for the past year, so I’ve been around. There are also places here in Richland and Battle Creek to see.
Coming in at #1 is the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. This museum has a large history and science focus and includes a lot of hands-on exhibits. Operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College, there is so much to see and learn there, with a planetarium that sits 109 and shows a variety of presentations to large groups. Admission is free, so it is a perfect place to go after quarantine. They are not open now, because of COVID-19
My second favorite tourist attraction in Kalamazoo is the Air Zoo. The Air Zoo has a lot of historical and state-of-the-art aircraft for the public to see and learn about. Along with the educational part of the museum, there is the amusement park. In the amusement park you can simulate a trip to mars (sped up, of course), go into a stunt biplane, a hot air balloon, and many more. Admission into the Air Zoo is $14.95 for kids ages 5-18, $25.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors 60+, and children ages 0-4 are free. There are also US military and veteran discounts and police and firemen discounts. The Air Zoo is temporarily closed to the public, but they will open back up when safe.
Gilmore Car Museum is a must-see for automobile lovers here in Richland. The Museum is the home to over 300 vintage and collectors vehicles and motorcycles. They have a recreation of a 1941 Blue Mood Diner (Summer Season only). It costs $10.00 for kids ages 11-17, $16.00 for adults and seniors. Kids under the age of 11 are free, and people active in the military are also free, but they must show identification. They are closed right now, but they will be opening again to the public when it is safe.
This next one is in Battle Creek, Leila Arboretum. The Arboretum is 72 acres and is home to about 25,000 different types of plants. The atmosphere is so clean and well taken care of. They have disc golf, too. There are paved trails as well as dirt trails for biking and hiking. There is also a garden of tree sculptures that is so fun to walk around and take pictures. Also a perfect place for walking dogs. Leila Arboretum is open now, but they ask kindly to stay socially distanced! Their gates are always open, 24 hours a day.