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Kalamazoo is located in the southwest region of the state, along the banks of the Kalamazoo River, south of Grand Rapids. The town's interesting name is from the Potawatomi Indians and means "the rapids at the river crossing." The city of Kalamazoo is situated at the crossroads of U.S. 131 and Interstate 94 and is the fifth largest metropolitan area in Michigan, with a population of approximately 228,000. It's considered a major educational city, home to Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University. The city's downtown area contains Bronson Park, which includes an Indian mound and sculpture and other city attractions include Frank Lloyd Wright's Parkwyn Village, Milham Park and a Farmer's Market on Bank Street. Surrounded by rolling hills and clear lakes and streams, Kalamazoo offers visitors a wide range of recreational activities from fishing to skiing. The city has 22 golf courses, 83 lakes with public access, and close proximity to three ski resorts. In addition, Kalamazoo has a vibrant Art Deco downtown area, historical sites, museums, a world-class convention hotel and fine dining and shopping. When you're looking for a place to stay, Kalamazoo offers more than 2,600 hotel rooms that range from cozy bed and breakfasts to four-star resorts. For recreation and culture, the city of Kalamazoo is altogether an exciting place to base a south Michigan vacation.

Surrounding areas: Plainwell, Michigan (10.7 mi), Paw Paw, Michigan (16.4 mi), Delton, Michigan (17.0 mi), Bloomingdale, Michigan (19.9 mi), Allegan, Michigan (21.4 mi), Gun Lake, Michigan (21.6 mi), Three Rivers, Michigan (24.1 mi)

Kalamazoo Vacation Rentals

Kalamazoo Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
40 Winks Motel2605 DouglasKalamazoo, MI (269) 382-5737
Baymont Inn & Suites-kalamazoo2203 S 11TH StKalamazoo, MI (269) 372-7999
Best Western Kelly Inn3640 E Cork StKalamazoo, MI (269) 381-1900
Clarion Hotel-kalamazoo3600 E Cork StKalamazoo, MI (269) 385-3922
Comfort Inn At Wmu / Downtown739 W Michigan AveKalamazoo, MI (269) 384-2800
Comfort Inn3820 Sprinkle RdKalamazoo, MI (269) 381-7000
Fairfield Inn By Marriott3800 E Cork StKalamazoo, MI (269) 344-8300
Fairfield Inn-kalamazoo W6420 Cracker Barrel DrKalamazoo, MI (269) 353-6400
Hampton Inn & Suites Kalamazoo5059 S 9th StKalamazoo, MI (269) 372-1010
Hawthorn Suites2575 S 11th StKalamazoo, MI (269) 353-2547
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3630 E Cork StKalamazoo, MI (269) 373-0770
Horizon Inn & Suites3522 Sprinkle RdKalamazoo, MI (269) 381-7070
Kalamazoo Hampton Inn1550 E Kilgore RdKalamazoo, MI (269) 344-7774
Knights Inn-Kalamazoo Mi1211 S Westnedge AveKalamazoo, MI (269) 381-5000
Lees Inn Kalamazoo2615 Fairfield RdKalamazoo, MI (269) 382-6100
Motel 6 -N Kalamazoo3704 Van Rick RdKalamazoo, MI (269) 344-9255
Quality Inn & Suites3750 Easy StKalamazoo, MI (269) 388-3551
Quality Inn - Kalamazoo5300 S WestnedgeKalamazoo, MI (269) 382-1000
Radisson Plaza Hotal100 W Michigan AveKalamazoo, MI (269) 343-3333
Red Roof Inn East3701 East Cork StKalamazoo, MI (800) 733-7663
Red Roof Inn Kalamazoo West5425 West Michigan AveKalamazoo, MI (800) 733-7663
Residence Inn1500 E KilgoreKalamazoo, MI (269) 349-0855
Staybridge Suites-Kalamazoo2001 Seneca LnKalamazoo, MI (269) 372-8000
Stuart Avenue Inn229 237 Stuard AveKalamazoo, MI (269) 342-0230
Super 8 Motel618 Maple HL DrKalamazoo, MI (269) 345-0146
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson1912 E Kilgore RdKalamazo, MI3.5 mi.(269) 382-2303
Comfort Inn622 Allegan StPlainwell, MI11.3 mi.(269) 685-9891
Brook Lodge Hotel And Conference Center6535 N 42ND StAugusta, MI12.6 mi.(800) 407-8486
Super 8 Motel - Paw Paw111 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI16.6 mi.(269) 657-1111
Comfort Inn & Suites153 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI16.8 mi.(269) 655-0303
Econo Lodge139 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI16.8 mi.(269) 657-2578
Baymont Inn & Suites-battle Creek4725 Beckley RdBattle Creek, MI19.5 mi.(269) 979-5400
Fairfield Inn-battle Creek4665 Beckley RdBattle Creek, MI19.5 mi.(800) 228-2800
Days Inn4786 Beckley RdBattle Creek, MI19.8 mi.(269) 979-3561
Motel 6 - Battle Creek4775 Beckley RdBattle Creek, MI19.8 mi.(269) 979-1141
Knights Inn South - Battle Creek2595 Capital Ave SWBattle Creek, MI19.9 mi.(269) 964-2600
Ramada Inn & Suites5050 Beckley RdBattle Creek, MI20.1 mi.(269) 979-1100
Super 8 Motel5395 Beckley RdBattle Creek, MI20.3 mi.(269) 979-1828
Econo Lodge165 Capital Ave SWBattle Creek, MI20.4 mi.(269) 965-3976
The Old Lamplighter276 Ne Capital AveBattle Creek, MI20.4 mi.(269) 963-2603
Bed & Breakfast
Hall House Bed & Breadfast106 Thompson StKalamazoo, MI (269) 343-2500

Kalamazoo Weather & Climate

Southwest Michigan has a distinct four-season climate that is typical of most of the Midwest, except that it experiences some lake effect conditions due to the close proximity of Lake Michigan. Summer precipitation comes in the form of showers and thunderstorms. Lake Michigan acts as a giant "heat sink," which helps moderate the temperatures of the surrounding land, cooling summers and warming winters. It is also a natural humidifier, and this causes an increase in the moisture content in the air, creating heavier snowfalls in the winter. However, seldom are there prolonged periods of extreme heat combined with humidity in southwestern Michigan. Average annual snowfall is 36 inches, but varies greatly from year to year. Michigan is on the fringe of the Midwest tornado belt, but sees less of this activity than other parts of the country.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F 17°F 2.22 in. -
February 36°F 19°F 1.76 in. -
March 47°F 27°F 2.44 in. -
April 60°F 37°F 3.50 in. -
May 72°F 48°F 3.54 in. -
June 80°F 57°F 3.68 in. -
July 84°F 62°F 3.80 in. -
August 81°F 60°F 3.85 in. -
September 74°F 53°F 4.10 in. -
October 62°F 42°F 2.93 in. -
November 48°F 32°F 2.95 in. -
December 36°F 22°F 2.64 in. -

Kalamazoo Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Kalamazoo Battle Creek International airport (AZO) located about 4 miles south of Kalamazoo, the W K Kellogg airport (BTL) located approximately 17 miles east of Kalamazoo in Battle Creek, Michigan, the Kirsch Municipal airport (IRS) located roughly 33 miles south of Kalamazoo in Sturgis, Michigan, and finally the Gerald R Ford International airport (GRR) located around 40 miles north of Kalamazoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Kalamazoo Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI37.6 mi.
Fun SpotAngolaIN54.5 mi.
Adventureland Amusement ParkNorth WebsterIN67.0 mi.
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI73.3 mi.
Water Parks
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI20.9 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI46.6 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI73.3 mi.
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI113.8 mi.
Waterford Oaks County ParkWaterfordMI114.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Crestview Golf CourseKalamazooMI 
Eastern Hills Municipal Golf ClubKalamazooMI 
Grand Prairie Golf CourseKalamazooMI 
Milham Park Municipal Golf CourseKalamazooMI 
Prairies Golf ClubKalamazooMI 
Red Arrow Golf ClubKalamazooMI 
Ridge View Golf CourseKalamazooMI 
Thornapple Creek Golf ClubKalamazooMI 
Oakland Hills Golf ClubBattle CreekMI7.2 mi.
Oakland Hills Golf ClubPortageMI7.2 mi.
Hickory Ridge Golf CourseGalesburgMI9.1 mi.
Lake Doster Golf ClubPlainwellMI10.2 mi.
Shagbark Golf ClubPlainwellMI10.6 mi.
Indian Run Golf CourseScottsMI11.5 mi.
States Golf CourseVicksburgMI12.2 mi.
Gull Lake View Golf ClubAugustaMI12.4 mi.
Gull Lake Views Stonehedge & North CourseAugustaMI12.4 mi.
Maple Hills Golf ClubAugustaMI12.4 mi.
Olde Mill Golf CourseSchoolcraftMI12.7 mi.
Lynx of AlleganOtsegoMI12.8 mi.
Prairiewood Golf CourseOtsegoMI12.8 mi.
Shamrock Hills Golf CourseGoblesMI15.2 mi.
Lawton Golf ClubLawtonMI15.8 mi.
Heritage Glen Golf ClubPaw PawMI16.5 mi.
Lake Cora HillsPaw PawMI16.5 mi.
Mullenhurst Golf CourseDeltonMI16.7 mi.
Pine View Golf CourseYpsilantiMI18.5 mi.
Jeptha Lake Golf CourseBloomingdaleMI19.5 mi.
Cheshire Hills Golf CourseAlleganMI20.7 mi.
Eagle Creek Golf ClubAlleganMI20.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI15.7 mi.
Swiss ValleyJonesMI29.0 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI53.0 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI57.3 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI80.0 mi.
Alpine ValleyWhite LakeMI107.2 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI112.9 mi.
State Parks
Fort Custer State ParkMI14.2 mi. 
Van Buren State ParkMI36.6 mi. 
Air Zoo-Aviation History Museum of Kalamazoo(Michigan)KalamazooMI(Technology)
Kalamazoo Institute of ArtsKalamazooMI(Art)
Kingman MuseumBattle CreekMI20.9 mi.(Science)
Horn Archaeological MuseumBerrien SpringsMI45.3 mi.(History)
Grand Rapids Art MuseumGrand RapidsMI46.6 mi.(Art)
Northern Indiana Center for HistorySouth BendIN54.1 mi.(History)
Studebaker National MuseumSouth BendIN54.1 mi.(Technology)
South Bend Regional Museum of ArtSouth BendIN54.1 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI20.9 mi.
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN54.1 mi.
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI60.7 mi.
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN83.6 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL110.1 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL110.1 mi.
Toledo Zoological GardensToledoOH113.0 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI115.8 mi.

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