As the days grow longer and the sun shines brighter, we recommend maximizing your family time outdoors.
Whether it’s a lazy day at the beach to build sandcastles or a full day of visiting furry and scaly friends at the zoo, there are activities for all ages to enjoy. Grab your sunglasses, lemonade, and sunscreen and embark on your outside adventures.
Parks, Playgrounds & Lakes
If your little one is a climber, take her to one of the toddler-friendly parks in Southwest Michigan.
Go for a hike in one of our favorite (but lesser-known) Kalamazoo-area trails.
Explore the trails at the Kalamazoo Nature Center
Feed the fish at Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery.
Explore one of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy ten public nature preserves.
Grab the sunblock and towels and head to Ramona Park Beach.
Play a round of mini-golf at Jungle Joe’s Family Fun Center.
Not a fan of sand in your car? Enjoy some sand-free water play at a splash pad.
Grass still wet after a rainstorm? Try a mess-free playground.
Outdoor Amusement Centers, Zoos & Attractions
Visit the alligators, camels and goats at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park.
Play mini-golf, brave the ropes course or zoom around the track on go-karts at Airway Fun Center.
Walk the trails and visit the waterfowl at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.
Bring the marshmallows and go camping.
Hold and feed gators at Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary in Athens.
Feed the giraffes and visit Raj the snow leopard at Binder Park Zoo.
Say giddyup and get ready to hit the trails while horseback riding.
Visit Reindeer Ranch and play with the fluffy, baby reindeer (online reservations are required).
Other Fun Outdoor Activities
Rent a canoe or kayak for the day and have a family adventure.
Go on a geocaching adventure somewhere new. If you’re new to the geocaching scene, try these tips to get started.
Try out an old-fashioned lawn game like badminton, croquet or bocce ball.
Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt.
Hop aboard a train and watch the world pass by on one of these Train-tastic Adventures.
Take in a concert from your car with the Drive-In Summer Concert Series.
Invite whimsy by planning and planting a Fairy Garden in your yard.
Catch a drive-in movie with Portage’s Movies in the Park. Frozen 2 is up first on June 12.
Paint rocks and hide them for others to find around town. Share your creations with Kalamazoo Rocks.