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
1 | Watch a Kalamazoo Derby Darlins game for a fast-paced and exciting way to spend a Saturday night. It’s not just women on skates – this is a full-contact sport.
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.
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.
13 | Find your flow with a steamy sesh ofhot 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).
17 | Act like a kid again and check out the new attractions at Airborne Adventure. Test your skills on the Ninja Warrior Course, Ultimate Dodgeball, Warrior Launch, Parkour Blox, Zip Line, and more.
Dates for Couples Who Love the Outdoors
18 | Snowshoe with your sweetie for a winter date night at Kalamazoo Nature Center. Afterward, cuddle up with hot chocolate around a bonfire.
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.
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.
50 | Friday’s never looked better. Stroll from shop to shop in downtown Kalamazoo during the monthly Art Hop.
51 | Keep things steamingwhile you learn the fundaments of glass blowing at Glass Art Kalamazoo or one of the Hot Date Night classes (with childcare!) offered at the KIA.
52 | Make Studiois a BYOB paint and sip creative studio where you can attend a guided session to create a beautiful project to hang in your home.
53 | Are you a succa for plants? Join Wedel’s Green Thumb Club and enjoy several gardening-themed events throughout the year.
54 | Make the quick drive to Mattawan for a crafty date night at Vintage Inspired.
55 | Paint Your Pet at The Thirsty Hound. Purchase drinks while painting Fido (they allow you to bring in your own food). Check their calendar for upcoming pet-friendly events.
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
57 | Latitude42 has great food, brew, AND special Dine-to-Donate events benefiting local organizations.
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.
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?