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Katie from Los Angeles asked

Best free things to do in Kalamazoo?

I'm going to be in Kalamazoo next month and will be on a pretty tight budget. I'm looking for the best free and inexpensive things to check out! I love the outdoors, art, museums, you name it. Thanks!


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Ashley from Lapeer, Michigan

Visit the little shops in downtown Marshall (Michigan) and grab some ice cream and watch the town square fountain change colors at night. Binder Park Zoo is awesome and not too expensive or take a trip to the Air Zoo

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Hazel from Port St. Lucie

Kalamazoo and Portage are next to each other and are the same proximity. If you start at the D&W Fresh Market Pharmacy in Portage there is a beautiful trail you can walk on for miles.  It is very busy with bikes and strollers. Or you can start at the other end on the corner of Milham and Kilgore. 

If you are downtown Kalamazoo by the Kalamazoo River on Michigan Ave. Many trails converge from there.  There are many trails throughout Kalamazoo County.  On Thursday Friday Saturday you can sit outside the Arcadia Creek Festival Place and listen to all the music.  Lots of benches etc.  There is a place about a half hour away in Three Rivers called Liquid Therapy if you like floating on the river in a kayak or canoe.  Kalamazoo also offers that.  If you go to Portage Creek Bicentennial Park South Entrance (Celery Flats) you can find music venues and canoes on Portage Creek.

There is a lot to do at Western Michigan University/KRPH.  Theater and Music can be free if you check their entertainment.  Walking around at Kalamazoo College is fun.

There are many disc golf courses around the county and city.  Many beautiful libraries and Archives.

Art Hop is downtown on many Friday nights and is free to visit all the attractions.  Everybody walks all over downtown.  

If you go to one museum and pay, many others are free or have discounts.  If you are a veteran, then many museums are free as well.

Lake Michigan is an hour, a State Park Permit here is 12$.


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