It’s Time to Make Date Night Exciting Again
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but your date nights need a glow-up.
I know this because as a working parent to seven-year-old twins who has been married for 13 years, my date nights need a glow-up. Lucky for us, Southwest Michigan is teeming with fun date night opportunities for every mood, interest, and season.
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Refresh Your Kalamazoo Date Night with A Bevvy of Local Options
While the traditional dinner-and-a-movie is a perfectly acceptable way to spend date night, it’s too easy to use that as a fallback plan when you spontaneously find yourself child-free for an evening.
And it makes sense, because who has the time and energy to scour the internet and quiz friends for new date night recommendations? Spoiler alert: I do.
From sports-loving couples to introverted homebodies, from gamers to outdoor-lovers, you’ll find a listing brimming with ideas sure to satisfy any Kalamazoo couple.
Quick, find a sitter, run (don’t walk) out the door with your Boo, and make your date nights exciting again with this updated list of 95 Kalamazoo date night ideas.
Dates for Couples Who Love Sports + Recreation
2 | If you like to play dirty, book riding time at the Zeigler Motorsports Action Park. Three tracks are available for all skill levels to ride motocross or ATV/side-by-sides.
3 | Shout your love from the mountain tops – or close to it – when you ascend indoor rock climbing paths at Climb Kalamazoo.
4 | Join a sports league. From cornhole to wiffle ball, there’s something for every couple at Kalamazoo Sport & Social Club.
7 | Ricky Bobby fans will appreciate watching a night of racing at Kalamazoo Speedway. After the race, walk over to Victory Lane to congratulate the winning drivers. The pit area is also open so fans can meet the drivers, take pictures, and get autographs.
9 | If strapping on shoes with four wheels is how you roll, visit Kalamazoo’s Rollerworld during their many theme nights, including 80s Adult Night, Hoverboard Night, and late-night skates.
13 | Find your flow with a steamy sesh of hot yoga.
14 | Adrenaline junkies will get their hearts pumping at Allegan Event. Choose your adventure among their ropes course, free-fall simulation, vertical drop slide, zip lines, and 16 different climb walls.
15 | Get your daily dose of iron and hit The LYNX GC. The Otsego golf course offers a variety of year-round events such as comedy nights and in the summer 9 and dine (9 holes of golf and dinner).
Dates for Couples Who Love the Outdoors
19 | Few things compare to the peaceful and relaxing feeling of floating down a river with the sun on your face. Kalamazoo offers multiple spots for warm weather tubing, kayaking, or canoeing.
20 | Bates Alley is an awesome hangout spot in downtown Kalamazoo that offers seasonal outdoor events. Painted pavement covered with a canopy of white lights makes this an extra special date destination.
21 | Take a hike – flushed cheeks guaranteed. Enjoy nature’s beauty by hiking Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy preserves or bring your rain boots and traverse the watery bridges at West Lake Nature Preserve.
24 | Enjoy the most romantic view in Kalamazoo and grab a drink at SkyDeck Kalamazoo, a downtown rooftop bar.
Dates for Couple Who Love Music + Entertainment
29 | At All Ears Theatre, watch actors, musicians and sound effects artists perform on stage before a live audience in the style of radio’s golden age. Performances are recorded and broadcast at a later date on WMUK 102.1.
30 | Catch a concert, comedy show, or sing-a-long movie event at the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre.
31 | Find free summer concerts in Kalamazoo County by attending Concerts in the Park and Summertime Live.
38 | Enjoy 80s music performed by the high-energy and always entertaining Spazmatics the next time they’re in District Square.
39 | Support young thespians and attend outstanding student performances from Portage Central Performing Arts, Portage Northern Performing Arts, Kalamazoo Central Theatre Department, and Center Stage Theatre.
Dates for Couples Who Love to Play
42 | Spend an evening at Henderson Castle socializing with other mystery aficionados and deciphering clues during a Murder Mystery Dinner.
43 | Airway Fun Center is an obvious choice, offering an outdoor ropes course, go-karts, mini-golf, laser tag, an arcade room, bowling, and more.
Dates for Couples Who Want to Get Their Creative Juices Flowing
47 | Learn new culinary skills to impress your family with a cooking class.
52 | Make Studio is a BYOB paint and sip creative studio where you can attend a guided session to create a beautiful project to hang in your home.
56 | Art Bayou isn’t just for painting your own ceramics. Try your hand at glass fusing, mosaics, and special projects like plaques, pendants (for essential oils), bird feeders, clocks, bowls, handy holders, votives, garden stakes and wind chimes.
Dates for Couples Who Want to Eat, Drink + Be Merry
60 | Bundle up and enjoy a drink and meal in an outdoor igloo, dining pod, or heated patio.
61 | Celebrate a special occasion at Bird Dog in Mattawan.
62 | Make it a date morning with breakfast at one of the best breakfast restaurants around.
67 | Take advantage of a beautiful summer evening and enjoy dining outdoors. A number of area restaurants have inviting patios or water views.
Dates for Couples Who Love Being a Tourist in Their Own Town
74 | Take off on a special date by exploring the Air Zoo.
77 | Go float at Zen Dens.
82 | You don’t have to be a car aficionado to appreciate the Gilmore Car Museum. Stroll through the special exhibits and extensive auto collections, then grab a bite to eat in the retro Blue Moon Diner or Heritage Cafe.
85 | Sink your toes in the sand and relax in the sun at one of the local beaches. Visit at night and watch the spectacular sunset over Lake Michigan.
86 | Donate blood. While you’re helping save lives, you get to lay back, relax, and have a snack without having to lift a finger. If that’s not enough to get your blood pumping, I don’t know what is!
87 | Ride the Holly Jolly Trolley downtown and shop under the twinkling lights at Christmas.
Dates for Couple Who Buck the Status Quo
89 | Give back and volunteer at Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes or other area agencies.
90 | Train for a marathon or other distance run together with Kalamazoo Area Runners.
91 | If you love home decor and improvement, attend the Parade of Homes in June for inspiration for your own abode.
92 | Learn something new together. Sign up for a class from the Kalamazoo Community Education Enrichment.
Dates for Couple Who Just Want to Stay Home
95 | And if you made it the end of this list – binge-watch shows on Netflix, you’ve earned it.
Whether it’s a first date or the fiftieth date with your significant other – heck, even if you’re taking yourself on a date – Kalamazoo is brimming with date night options for everyone. Are there any we missed that you would add?