by Leslie P 


Are you always looking for new ideas for a date-night or a new activity to do with friends? Whether you are looking to cheer on a team, be entertained or everything in between, Kalamazoo has you covered.

Book a sitter and check out our list of 55 things to do near Kalamazoo!


Be A Sport


1 | Go K-Wings! Buy tickets to a Kalamazoo Wings Hockey game.

2 | Root for your favorite local college team by visiting a Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College or Kalamazoo Community College sporting event!

3 | Pick a car to root for this spring at the Kalamazoo Speedway.

4 | Cheer on the Kalamazoo Growlers baseball team at a home game.


Be Active

5 | Check out our Walk, Hike and Bike Guide to find the perfect place for an outdoor activity near Kalamazoo.

6 | Roll around at a local roller rink including Long Lake Roller Rink, Rollerworld and Great Skate Roller Rink.

7 | Hit the slopes at Timber Ridge or Bittersweet Ski Resort.

8 | Try to get a strike while bowling at an area bowling alley including Airway Fun Center, Eastland Bowl, Continental Lanes and Pinz.

9 | Become a dancing pro by taking dance classes at a local studio including Wellspring Dance Studios, Mosaic Dance or Sharon’s Dance Studio.

10 | Test your strength by going indoor rock climbing at Climb Kalamazoo.

11 | Saddle up and take a horseback riding lesson.

12 | Rent a canoe or kayak from a local livery and visit an area river or lake.

13 | Tee off at one of Kalamazoo’s many golf courses. Check out Discover Kalamazoo’s list here to find the right course for you.

14 | Try to stay steady while ice skating at Wings Event Center, Wings West or the outdoor Millennium Ice Rink.

15 | Fitness can be fun. Check out the new classes at Just Move Fitness and the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo. 


Be Entertained


16 | Rock out to a concert at Kalamazoo’s very own State Theater.

17 | Enjoy live music at an area bar or restaurant including Bell’s Brewery, The Union or Monaco Bay.

18 | Check out the new movies playing at the Alamo Drafthouse, Celebration Cinema Crossroads or Kalamazoo 10!

19 | Buy tickets to a show at Miller Auditorium – featuring a variety of shows, musicals and concerts.

20 | Visit the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Barn Theatre or Farmers Alley Theatre to see a local play or musical, featuring many local actors and students.

21 | Visit Wings Event Center for one of their many exciting events, concerts and trade shows.

22 | Both the Kalamazoo Public Library and Portage District Library offer many adult classes and events.

23 | View a new movie at the seasonal Capri Drive-In movie theater in Coldwater.

24 | Head to downtown Kalamazoo to the Arcadia Festival site for their many summer festivals and outdoor concerts.


Be Game


25 | Who did it!? Visit Henderson castle for one of their Murder Mystery Dinners or one of their other fun events.

26 | Try the ropes course, go-karts and mini-golf at Airway Lanes. Don’t forget to grab a drink at their new tap room.

27 | Go retro with a date to Klassic Arcade.


Be Artsy

28 |
Paint your own pottery at Art Bayou. You can even book a private party!

29 | Learn new culinary skills to impress your family by trying a cooking class.

30 | Create delicious candy or take a cake decorating class at Cake N Candy. Don’t forget to register!

31 | Create your own painted canvas masterpiece with step-by-step instructions at Happy Our Art and Wine and Canvas.

32 | Jump from shop to shop in downtown Kalamazoo during a monthly Art Hop.

33 | View the events at the West Michigan Glass Arts Center or check out the Hot Date Night classes at the KIA.


Be Hungry


34 | Looking for a new date night restaurant? Check out some of our readers’ favorites.

35 | Celebrate a special occasion at Zazios’ Chef’s Table.

36 | Have a breakfast date at one of the best breakfast places around.

37 | Try “one of the best donuts in America” at Sweetwater’s Donut Shop.

38 | Enjoy fantastic food and drinks by dining at one of the unique restaurants near Kalamazoo.

39 | Have a coffee date with a cup of fresh brewed coffee or tea from a local shop including Biggby, Chocolatea or Waterstreet.

40 | Enjoy dinner and a show with Millennium Restaurant Group’s dinner and a show package.

41 | Cool off with some ice cream from one of the most-popular ice cream shops in the area. Check out our reader recommended guide.


Be A Tourist


42 | Rev up your engines and take a tour of the Gilmore Car Museum.

43 | Sample local wines along the Southwest Michigan Wine Trail. Don’t forget to check out other local favorites such as Tempo Vino in Kalamazoo and St. Julien in Paw Paw.

44 | Take off on a special date by exploring the Air Zoo. Yes, the Air Zoo is even for grown-ups.

45 | Visit Binder Park Zoo during one of their adult events including Corks and Conservation and Bonteboktoberfest.

46 | Check out some of the finest craft breweries in West Michigan by joining a West Michigan Beer Tour.

47 | View the current exhibit at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

48 | Check out some of the cool books at an independent bookstore in Kalamazoo. Bookbug and Kazoo Books both offer great selections.


Be Fresh


49 | Find fresh produce and local products at an area farmers’ market.

50 | Pick fresh blueberries at a local U-pick berry farm.

51 | Visit a seasonal local orchard or farm for U-Pick apples and pumpkins. Don’t forget the cider and donuts too!


Be Rejuvenated or Try Something New


52 | Book a couples massage at an area salon including a special Sunday package offered at FACES Skincare and Massage.

53| Relax and unwind in the hot tubs at The Oasis.

54 | Book a “Pedi-tini” party for up to six friends at Blush Salon Spa.

55| | Head to one of our great local beaches anytime of year to go for a walk or catch the sunset.









By | 2016-05-12T11:14:04+00:00 December 7th, 2015|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Guides, Newly Published, Parent resources|Comments Off on 55 Super Fun Date Night Ideas For All Seasons!

About the Author:

Leslie is passionate about promoting everything the Kalamazoo area has to offer. A mother of two, she enjoys reading mystery novels, trying out new recipes and browsing Pinterest for new ideas.