Say Cheese! Top 15 Kalamazoo Photo Locations for Families


Brilliant Kalamazoo Photo Locations to Have in Your Family Album

Do people still say “say cheese” these days? Whichever way you get your family to smile for the camera, you’ll want to say it at these 15 photo locations and iconic landmarks.

Southwest Michigan has plenty of postcard-worthy views and sights from scenery to experiences that are just as fun to visit as they are stunning to capture.

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15 – Air Zoo Planes

Air Zoo
6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
(269) 382-6555

The Air Zoo is a multi-sensory adventure like nothing you’ve seen. This family-friendly aerospace and science museum is filled with over 100 historic aircraft that are ready for their close up.  #airzoo

Kids at the Air Zoo Flight Discovery Center

4 – Lake Michigan Waves

Lake Michigan
South Haven: 60 Water St, South Haven, MI 49090
Silver Beach: 101 Broad Street St, JosephMI 49085

Although not exactly in the immediate Kalamazoo area, visiting one of the plentiful nearby white-sandy beaches and snapping that perfect picture of your child frolicking in the sand is a must-do for every family.  #lakemichigan


13 – Gilmore Car Museum

Gilmore Car Museum
6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
(269) 671-5089

This automotive lover’s museum is home to nearly 400 vehicles, a restored 1941 Silk City Diner, and a recreated 1930s Shell Station. Before you leave, be sure to snap a photo of their oldest vehicle on exhibit, an 1899 Locomobile Steam Car. #gilmorecarmuseum


12 – Kalamazoo Nature Center

Kalamazoo Nature Center
7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
(269) 381-1574

The Kalamazoo Nature Center is home to miles of trails through woods, wetlands, and prairies. One of our favorite spots in the KNC is their Nature’s Playground in the arboretum. Your kids can climb, splash, and play in the mud! They’ll love both the water tower and the stream.

Head inside to the visitor’s center and you’ll find a variety of animals and an interactive indoor forest. #kalamazoonaturecenter


11 – Western Michigan University Sporting Events

Western Michigan University Athletics
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 387-1000

WMU has 15 varsity sports. With everything from football to hockey to gymnastics, there’s something for everyone in the family. The kids will love the game-day excitement and cheering the Broncos to victory. Sport your black and gold and score some great game day photos. Go Broncos! #WeWillReign

Western Michigan Football

10 – Downtown Kalamazoo

Downtown Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Families flock to the Kalamazoo Mall area to see everything from parades to sidewalk sales. It’s home to special events like Art on the Mall and Mixer on the Mall. Some favorite photo spots are Devisser Alley and the colorful Bates Alley, featuring a street mural by Patrick Hershberger.

Be sure to come downtown during the holiday season for trolley rides, hot cocoa, and a visit to the Epic Center to see Santa. #downtownkalamazoo

More photo ops: Kalamazoo Mural Crawl

Downtown Kalamazoo Events Summer

09 – Giant Rocking Chair at Gull Meadow Farms

Gull Meadow Farms
8544 Gull Rd, Richland, MI 49083
(269) 629-4214

Gull Meadow Farms has been offering fun for families for over a decade. All activities aside, the one ‘must-do‘ when visiting is to snap a picture in their famous giant rocking chair. This same chair makes an appearance during the holidays for photos with Santa.

If you’re looking for additional oversized furniture, they also offer a massive porch swing in the Back Forty area. #gullmeadowrockingchair

08  – Ramona Park Beach

Ramona Park
8600 S Sprinkle Rd, Portage, MI 49002

Ramona Park is a favorite spot for locals with its small, shallow, life-guard-staffed, kid-friendly beach with panoramic views of Long Lake. #ramonapark

families at the beach - Ramona Park Beach

07 –  Celery Flats Historical Area

Celery Flats
7328 Garden Ln, Portage, MI 49002
(269) 329-4522

From senior pictures to engagement pictures, Celery Flats is a local favorite, not only because of its beauty but also for the variety of unique elements. You’d be hard-pressed to visit Celery Flats and not see a photo shoot in action.

Whether you’re looking for photos with forest, river, lake, bridges, stones, or an old schoolhouse, Celery Flats has you covered. #celeryflats

portage Celery-Flats-best-photo-locations 

06 – Oakland Drive Park Sledding

Oakland Drive Park
7650 Oakland Dr, Portage MI 49024
(269) 329-4522

Oakland Drive Park’s large hill is picture-perfect for not only sledding fun but also a winter picture amidst falling snowflakes. When viewed from the top of the hill, it’s a fantastic backdrop to document your kid’s snowy, wintery fun. #snowintheface

05 – Gene the Pumpkin Man

Gene the Pumpkin Man
22637 M-43, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Only open from September to November, getting this picture will take a little planning but is so worth it! Gene the Pumpkin Man offers as many beautiful photo ops as pumpkins and squash for sale. Many say meeting Gene the pumpkin man himself is an experience you’ll not soon forget. #genethepumpkinman

More photo ops: Pumpkin Patches & Apple Picking

Kalamazoo Pumpkin Picking

04 – Asylum Lake Preserve

Asylum Lake Preserve
3836 S Drake Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 760-9023

Asylum Lake Preserve is brimming with natural beauty. 4-legged family members are welcome to join in the photoshoot too, as leashed dogs are welcome on this beautiful 274-acre preserve.  #aslyumlake

Asylum-Lake-Preserve girl throwing rocks in water

03 – Binder Park Zoo Giraffes

Binder Park Zoo
7400 Division Dr, Battle Creek, MI 49014
 (269) 979-1351

Hand feeding giraffes in the Wild Africa section of the park is on the bucket list for any visit to Binder Park Zoo. Kids get a kick out of the giraffes blackish/purple tongue as it stretches out for a green leafy treat (warning – adults love this just as much too!) #BinderParkZoo

More photo ops: Petting Zoos & Regular Zoos


02 – Kalamazoo State Theatre Marquee

Kalamazoo State Theatre
404 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 345-6500

One of Kalamazoo’s most iconic sites is the famous State Theatre marquee. Arrive at dusk when the sign is lit up to all its glory to get the best picture. #kazoostate

Photo with Kids State Theatre Feature Photo

and finally,

01 – Which photo location would you suggest?

Where would you send people to find a great photo location!?

We want to hear from you. What is the quintessential spot in our area of the mitten to capture family photos – comment below!

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