Whether you want to hike among the falling leaves, try a new spot for food or visit a museum, we have you covered with free and affordable activities for families in Kalamazoo this fall:
The varied shades of autumn’s leaves and smells of roasted marshmallows over open fire merit some quality time with Mother Nature.
Pack a lunch and have a picnic at your favorite local park.
Embark on a fall color tour to enjoy the many hues of Michigan’s changing leaves. Whether it’s a drive, hike or bike ride, Kalamazoo offers many locations to bask in their autumn beauty.
Feed the geese, ducks and swans at the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary (corn is available from the visitor’s center). If looking for other furry or feathered friends, try our list of zoos.
Go apple picking at Gull Meadow Farms or another favorite orchard.
Watch the water squirt up through the planks on your hike at West Lake Nature Preserve in Portage.
Take a bike ride on the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.
Kayak in the Kalamazoo River or Rupert Lake in Plainwell.
Feed the fish at Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery. Admission is free; bring quarters for the fish food dispenser. Wolf Lake is also a fantastic spot for hiking and bird watching.
Facing a rainy day? Museums have started to reopen with social distancing rules enforced. Some require timed ticket entry; verify admissions policies before you head out.
Please note that some areas/exhibits may remain temporarily closed, including hands-on displays.
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts offers free admission for kids 12 and under. Be sure to reserve your tickets online.
Visit some famous friends at the Air Zoo, as some droids have now taken up permanent residence on their exhibit floor in Alien Worlds and Androids. Free admission for kids 4 and under.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum has extended its Bodies Revealed exhibit through September 27. Order tickets online. Free admission for kids 2 and under.
Try a museum you’ve never visited before. We’ve rounded up our favorites in Michigan that are kid-friendly.
Go nuts for donuts. Fall invites families to expand their donut horizons as many local farms and orchards make their own donuts seasonally.
Farmers’ markets are still going strong into the fall season. As we transition from berries to apples and begonias to mums, stop by one of these spots to grab locally-sourced food, plants and crafts.
Put your firepit to work with some s’mores kits from Cherri’s Chocol’art.
Try some new restaurants: ZooCity Beastro (near the airport on Portage Road), Lafayette Creamery in Paw Paw (old Sugar Bear location, now serving meals), and Load a Spud (on WMU’s campus) have all opened their doors in the last few months.
While summer may be the obvious season for ice cream, we are fans all year long. Looking for something new? Rollup Ice Cream and Tea has added a second location in Portage and now serves waffle cones.