Destination guide

Kalamazoo is small-town Michigan

Kalamazoo is one of the first towns you come across as you enter Michigan from the south, its leafy downtown spaces and al fresco malls spreading out virtually midway between Chicago and Detroit. Linger some time to discover a truly family-friendly Midwestern city, where buzzing bars and barista-led coffee shops beckon from the Entertainment District, and where students hop between the lecture halls of Western Michigan University and the Bavarian beerhouses. Add in some handsome lakeside Kalamazoo vacation rentals, and a medley of zoos, festivals, and regional museums, and it's easy to see how this town could be the perfect place to vacation.

Things to do

Museums and ranches in Kalamazoo

With its fossil-packed dinosaur exhibits and focus on regional Michigan history, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum is the perfect place to start a visit to this charming town. And the cultural treats don't stop there, because the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts hosts rotating exhibits of both global and American art. Then comes the treats of the Midwestern backcountry, popping up with the horse ranches and urban gardens of the Kalamazoo Nature Center – think encounters with ponies, fluttering butterflies, and exotic birds.

Activities

Shop and sightsee in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo is known for its clutch of Downtown shopping malls, which open up onto the fresh Midwestern airs, hosting farmers' markets and local craft stores in-between their high street fashion chains. Once you're done with the retail therapy, consider joining regional artists on the regular Friday night walking tours, or crack open a cold one with the resident students of the town's university. And when you want some peace and quiet, there's always the trekking and wildlife viewing opportunities of the nearby ranches and lakes.

Weather

Summer in Kalamazoo offers perfect weather

It's not only the proximity to the Michigan West Coast region, and all the waterparks and state beaches that goes with it, that will make you want to visit Kalamazoo in the summer. It's also the town's al fresco malls and lively farmer's markets, which really come to life between June and August. Spring is also a good time to book those Kalamazoo vacation rentals, especially if you're looking for something a little easier on the wallet, or a vacation with fewer fellow visitors.

Natural features

Lakes and rivers abound in Kalamazoo

If you've been lucky enough to bag Kalamazoo vacation rentals close to the riverfront parks here, then you can get ready to enjoy one of the most beautiful natural features of this Midwestern town. As it cuts through the center, the Kalamazoo River offers up leafy urban spaces and miniature lakes aplenty. Entering the Kalamazoo Valley means exploring the dedicated reserves of the Fort Custer State Recreation Area, which has clusters of green woodland and waterside picnic spots. Meanwhile, the west is home to the Lake Michigan shore, meaning long beaches and picture-perfect sunset viewing over the waves.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Kalamazoo

Fly into Kalamazoo, MI (AZO-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek Intl.), the closest airport, located 3.8 mi (6.2 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, the main station is Kalamazoo Transportation Center.

Where to stay around Kalamazoo?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 241 vacation rentals near Kalamazoo. From 149 Houses to 65 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kalamazoo for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Kalamazoo?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Kalamazoo. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Western Michigan University: 68 vacation rentals
  • Kalamazoo College: 72 vacation rentals
  • Kalamazoo Valley Museum: 71 vacation rentals
  • Kalamazoo Institute of Arts: 72 vacation rentals
  • Milham Park Golf Club: 65 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kalamazoo listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Kalamazoo?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 149 Houses in Kalamazoo. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kalamazoo include:

  • Cabins: 65 rentals available
  • Cottages: 65 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 65 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Kalamazoo?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 9 vacation rentals with pool available in Kalamazoo. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.