by Leslie P 

This guide has been updated November 2017.

Are you always looking for unique 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 60 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 Revel and Roll West.

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 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 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 | Love arcade games? Check out the retro arcade games at Klassic Arcade or the game room at Airway Lanes. Airway Lanes also has a ropes course, go-karts or mini-golf.

27 | Pick a theme and work together to “escape” a room at Escapology.


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 at Food Dance.

30 | Create delicious candy or take a cake decorating class at Cake N Candy. Call for information on upcoming classes!

31 | Create your own painted canvas masterpiece with step-by-step instructions at Happy Our Art, Painting with a Twist 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.

34 | Attend one of the pubic workshops at Make Studio Kalamazoo where you can each make a new sign for your home.


Be Hungry


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

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

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

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

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

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

41 | Enjoy pizza night or other special food events going on at Lawton Ridge Winery and Cody Kresta Winery.

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

43 | On a beautiful night, enjoy dinner outdoors. Check out our guide of outdoor patio dining. Many include a fire pit or water views.


Be A Tourist

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

45 | 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.

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

47 | Visit Binder Park Zoo during one of their adult events including Corks and Conservation, Bonteboktoberfest and Sunset on Savanna.

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

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

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

51 | Take a romantic horse-drawn trolley ride around downtown St. Joseph.

52 | Looking for something a little spooky? Sign up for a Ghosts of Kalamazoo Historic Tour. Public tours are offered in the fall, but you can also book a private tour any time.


Be Fresh

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

54 | Pick fresh blueberries or strawberries at a local U-pick berry farm.

55 | 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


56 | Book a couples massage at an area salon.

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

58 | Give back to your community. Find an opportunity to volunteer together.

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

60 | Get spectacular views from a private hot air balloon ride. Local trips are offered through Michigan Balloon Corporation in Kalamazoo and Balloon Rides over Battle Creek.


What’s your choice for date night? Let us know!








By | 2017-11-21T14:36:05+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Guides, Newly Published, Parent resources|Comments Off on It’s a Date! 60 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.