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Fall in Love Again

Date nights are like lunar eclipses – they don’t happen nearly enough.

However, when the stars align – the calendar is in synch, the babysitter is scheduled and you’re ready for a night on the town, the big question –

“What should we do?” Dinner and a movie are great standbys, but it may be time to level up date night.

Whether you’re looking to cheer on a team, be entertained, enjoy a cozy spot by the fire or anything in between, Kalamazoo has you covered. We’ve compiled a list of 60+ ideas for every interest, budget and season right here in Southwest Michigan.

Grab your significant other and indulge in a well-deserved date night.

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Cozy up with 60+ Perfect Date Night Options


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 | Break out the racing coolers and blankets for FAST CARS at the Kalamazoo Speedway.

4 | BATTER UP with the Kalamazoo Growlers baseball team at a home game.


5 | Take a hike at Al Sabo Land Preserve in Kalamazoo.

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

7 | Hit the SKI 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 | Sharpen your dancing moves 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 | Get some height at a ROPES COURSE or ZIP LININGAllegan Event offers both options.

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

13 | Play GOLF. Check out Discover Kalamazoo’s list to find the right course for you.

14 | Try to stay steady while ICE SKATING at Wings West or the outdoor rink Millennium Ice Rink.

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

16 | Jump together. Sky Zone Kalamazoo isn’t just for kids. Adults can sign up for Skyfit classes or even join an Ultimate Dodgeball League together.


17 | Rock out to a CONCERT at Kalamazoo’s very own State Theater.

18 | Enjoy LIVE MUSIC at an area bar or restaurant including Bell’s Brewery, The Union or Monaco Bay

19 | Enjoy popcorn and the latest flick playing at the AMC Portage Street 10,  Celebration Cinema Crossroads or Kalamazoo 10.

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

21 | Attend a show at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Barn Theatre or Farmers Alley Theatre to see a PLAY or musical, featuring local actors and students.

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

23 | Both the Kalamazoo Public Library and Portage District Library offer a wide array of adult classes and events.

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

25 | Head to downtown Kalamazoo to the Arcadia Festival site for their SUMMER FESTIVALS and OUTDOOR CONCERTS.


26 | Who did it? Visit Henderson castle for a  Murder Mystery Dinners.

27 | 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.

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


29 | Create beautiful pieces together. Paint pottery at Art Bayou.

30 | Learn new CULINARY SKILLS to impress your family with a cooking class.

31 | Create delicious candy or work with fondant icing to create a CAKE masterpiece at Cake N Candy.

32 | Create your own PAINTED CANVAS masterpiece with step-by-step instructions at Happy Our Art, Painting with a Twist and Wine and Canvas.

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

34 | Keep things STEAMING while you learn the fundaments of Glass Blowing at the Glass Art Kalamazoo or one of the Hot Date Night classes offered at the KIA.

35 | Craft your very own FAMILY NAME or moniker at Make Studio Kalamazoo (and you can even bring your own drinks and snacks).

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36 | Switch it up by trying a new date night restaurant, with this listing of our readers’ favorites.

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

38 | Make it a DATE MORNING with breakfast at one of the best breakfast places around.

39 | Indulge with “one of the best donuts in America” at Sweetwater’s Donut Shop.

40 | Let your taste buds explore something new at the locally-owned, authentic Lebanese restaurant –  Shawarma King. Try the falafel.

41 | Keep in simple with COFFEE or TEA – there are plenty of cozy coffee nooks around Kalamazoo.

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

43 | Cool off with ICE CREAM at any of the area spots to enjoy a sweet treat.

44 | Take advantage of a beautiful summer evening and enjoy DINING OUTDOORS. A number of area restaurants have fire pits or water views.

45 | Grill up your own food at Black Rock Bar & Grill in Kalamazoo.

46 | Try the highly-recommended Four Roses Cafe in Plainwell for delicious dinner and dessert.

47 | Enjoy a craft cocktail or dinner at the Stamped Robin restaurant in downtown Kalamazoo or a late lunch at 600 Kitchen & Bar with farm-to-table offerings.


48 | Rev up your engines with a tour of the Gilmore Car Museum.

49 | 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.

50 | Take off on a special date by exploring the Air Zoo.

51 | Visit the ZOOBinder Park Zoo offers a number of adult events including Corks and Conservation, Bonteboktoberfest and Sunset on Savanna.

52 | Discover a craft brewery in West Michigan by joining a West Michigan Beer Tour.

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

54 | Read up on the latest BOOKS at an independent bookstore in Kalamazoo. Bookbug and Kazoo Books both offer great selections.

55 | Nothing says romance more than a horse-drawn trolley ride, available in downtown St. Joseph.

56 | In the fall, you’ll want to snuggle close when you go on a spooky outing. Sign up for a Ghosts of Kalamazoo Historic Tour. Private tours can be scheduled throughout the year.


57 | Book a COUPLES MASSAGE at an area salon or Henderson Castle.

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

59 | Sink your sand in the toes and watch the waves ripple at one of the local beaches. Visit at night and watch the spectacular sunset over Lake Michigan.

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60 | Give back to the community. Find an opportunity to volunteer together.

61 | 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.

62 | Enjoy the most romantic view in Kalamazoo and grab a drink at SkyDeck Kalamazoo, a rooftop bar in Downtown Kalamazoo.

63 | Create your own unique candle scent for the home. Sign up for a DIY Candle Making Class at Kalamazoo Candle.

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