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Battle Creek (Michigan)

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Battle Creek (Michigan)

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Battle Creek is a city in Calhoun County, West Michigan. 2003 estimated population 53,827. The city annexed several nearby areas in the 1980s and 90s, and now has an area of 43 square miles. It has sister city relationships with Santo André, Brazil and Takasaki, Japan.


Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Battle Creek is located between Chicago and Detroit on Interstate 94. Battle Creek is about 20 miles East of Kalamazoo and about 40 miles west of Jackson. 1-69 Also connects through the far eastern half of the city.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound stops at the Intermodal station downtown. Battle Creek City Transit is limited.

By train[edit]

Amtrak has several trains/day to Chicago (all westbound trains), Ann Arbor/Detroit (eastbound Wolverine Service), and Lansing/Port Huron (eastbound Blue Water Service).

By plane[edit]

Kellogg Regional Airport handles private air traffic, but commercial flights operate from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek regional airport in Kalamazoo. Otherwise, DTW in Detroit is about an hour and a half away by car or the Gerald Ford airport in Grand Rapids is about 45 minutes away.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Binder Park Zoo is located in the Harper Creek area of Battle Creek. The zoo has over 600 species of animals and, offers a tram ride through "Africa." You can also feed giraffes here.
  • Fort Custer Recreation Area is a spacious park with a diverse landscape. Fort Custer offers Forest, Prairie and, Multiple Lakes. Fort Custer is located on the West end of town on the border with Augusta.
  • Leila Arboretum is a garden and sculpture park that offers multiple walking paths and also features the Kingman Museum- A family oriented Museum that offers entertainment for children.
  • Kimball House Museum-Grand 1886 Queen Anne with period antiques & displays, including information on Sojourner Truth.
  • Flash Flood Water Park- an indoor/ outdoor water park located near downtown Battle Creek.
  • Goguac Lake- A mostly residential lake with with public beach access at Willard beach. great for kayaking.
  • Historic Adventist Village is a great place to learn about the history of the Christian Faith in Battle Creek. This is totally free however, donations are appreciated.
  • Ott Biological Preserve-This 300-acre nature preserve with tall trees & 3 lakes features peaceful walking trails.
  • Sojourner Truth Monument- 12-ft. sculpture of Sojourner Truth, the ex-slave & abolitionist who died in Battle Creek in 1883.
  • Break Escape- Escape Room.
  • Grever's Nature Center.
  • Irving Park- Park featuring a Japanese garden, a pond, a playground, horseshoe pits, trails & more.
  • Friendship Park- A Park located in downtown that occasionally has outdoor entertainment.
  • Woodland Park- Many native species make their homes in this natural preserve which is open to the public.
  • Bridges Park- Enjoy a walking path that takes you over several historic bridges.
  • Bailey Park- Sports complex featuring multiple baseball/softball fields, volleyball courts, playgrounds & more.
  • Battle Creek is the home of the Kellogg Company and Post Foods (division of Kraft Foods), famous for cereal and breakfast foods. The factories are located on the east side of town, but no tours are offered.
  • The Hart-Doyle-Inoye Federal Center is in the former Battle Creek Sanitarium building and its twin-towers dominate the city skyline. The building itself has a fascinating history, but current security guidelines mean that non-employees cannot enter the facilities.
  • Underground Railroad Sculpture- Huge bronze monument in Kellogg House Park of Harriet Tubman & other Underground Railroad operators.
  • Fell Park- Neighborhood recreation space with a baseball field, walking trails, picnic shelters & playground.
  • Quaker Park- A historic park that has Soujourner Truth's footprints imprinted in the concrete.
  • Battle Creek Regional History Museum
  • Claude Evans Park
  • McCrae Park
  • Paddlers Grove Park
  • Wave Square- A fountain park in downtown.
  • Piper Park
  • McCamly Park
  • Seirn B. Cole House - Historical Marker
  • Mill Race Park
  • Monument Park
  • Riverside Park

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Firekeeper's Casino- A huge casino featuring slots/cards and Bars.
  • West Columbia 7 Movie Theater- Features Alcohol and Reclining seats.
  • JC Cinema- A discount movie theater.
  • Battle Creek Cinema- The movie theater in the mall.
  • Lakeview Square Mall.
  • M-66 Bowl.
  • Bowlero Lanes
  • Part of the old Fort Custer army facility is now Fort Custer State Park, centered on Eagle Lake. The State Park offers camping, swimming, and boating.
  • Each year, around the July 4 Independence Day holiday, the Field of Flight takes place at Kellogg airport. This includes an air show (often including the USAF Thunderbirds), a carnival midway, and the famous Hot Air Balloon launch. Field of Flight info is at http://www.bcballoons.com/

Buy[edit][add listing]

Lakeview Square mall

Target

We have 2 Meijer locations.

Horrocks- A local market that has just about everything you could ever need. Help yourself to popcorn samples, free coffee, or cheese samples or enjoy a glass of beer or wine while you shop.

Walmart

T.J Max

Kohls

Bed Bath and Beyond.

5 Below

Plato's Closet

Battle Creek Farmer's Market.

Springfield Farmer's Market.

Eat[edit][add listing]

The usual chain-type restaurants are clustered near I-94 on the southern edge of town.

Taqueria San Francisco- Mexican Cuisine Lux Cafe- Mom and Pap breakfast joint. Coney Island Cafe- American food Veggz Cafe- Vegan food located in Battle Creek's Storage park. A Taste of India- Indian Cuisine Mango Healthy Fruit and Food- Healthy Eating Figgs Fast Food- Family owned fast food joint located in Battle Creek's storage parks. Pasche's- Lakeside Dining featuring a full menu of top class cuisine as well as a separate vegan menu. Antonio's Mexican Restaurant- Mexican Cuisine La Cocina Mexicana- Mexican Cuisine Malia Mediterranean Bistro- Greek and Italian cuisine Nina's Taqueria- Mexican Cuisine. Captain Luey's Calabash Seafood- Seafood Torti Taco- Affordable Mexican Cuisine Hogzilla BBQ Pit- Southern Style BBQ Los Aztecas- Mexican cuisine Taqueria San Francisco #2- Mexican cusine Tony's Hong Kong Restaurant- Chinese cuisine featuring a small buffet and vegan menu Clara's on the river- A huge menu with a variety of options. Features a breakfast buffet every Sunday. Finley's American Restaurant- Chain Steakhouse Territorial Brewing Co.- A Battle Creek Based Brewery featuring family games and German food The Moonraker- American food. Red Lobster- Chain Seafood restaurant New China Moon- Chinese cuisine Sakura Sushi Bar and Grill- Umami Ramen- Asian noodle House Golden Dragon- Chinese Buffet Griffin Pub- Irish themed bar. McGonagals- Irish themed bar Continental Bakery- Baked goods. Sweetwater's- Donuts Steve's pizza- Pizza joint The pancake house- Breakfast joint Shwe Mandalay Burmese Cuisine- Burmese food featuring vegetarian options.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Griffin Grill & Pub- Classic tavern offering Irish-American plates & many beers on tap, plus live music & a chill patio. Rendezvous Pub- Karaoke Bar Friends & Co-Local- neighborhood bar.. Basically a good place if you need to get wasted. Cricket Club- Located downtown. Great bar featuring darts and music. The Dolphin- Neighborhood dice bar. Generous pours and cheap drinks. The Lakeview Lounge- Great if you're an Ohio State Fan. Brady's Pub- Local Dive Bar. Vegas Strip- Strip Club Heartbeats- Strip Club McGonigle's Pub & Grill- 3rd Base Lounge- Idle Hour Tavern- 910 and The Underground- Gay bar Spanky's Tavern- Green's Tavern- Dive bar. The Music Factory- Live music. Saints Again- Dive bar. JB's Whiskey- Distillery Springfield Tavern- Dive bar. Miller's Time-Out- Neighborhood bar with food options. Gator Lounge- Dive bar with live music. Barney's Bedford Bar Wild Mikes- Food and drinks

Sleep[edit][add listing]

McCamly Plaza Hotel- has several hundred rooms of above-average quality.Relaxed rooms with free WiFi, in a casual hotel offering a pool, low-key dining & a sports bar. Best Western Executive Inn-Laid-back lodging with free breakfast & WiFi, plus an indoor pool & fitness facilities. Fairfield Inn by Marriott Battle Creek- Laid-back lodging offering free WiFi & hot breakfast, plus an indoor pool & an exercise room. Hampton Inn Battle Creek-Contemporary hotel with free hot breakfast, parking & Wi-Fi, plus a fitness center & an indoor pool. Quality Inn- Contemporary hotel with free hot breakfast, parking & Wi-Fi, plus a fitness center & an indoor pool. Red Roof Inn & Suites Battle Creek-Classic budget hotel offering modest rooms, plus free hot breakfast & a heated outdoor pool. Americas Best Value Inn Battle Creek-Casual rooms offering free breakfast & WiFi, plus guest laundry facilities. Rodeway Inn- No frills, cheap rooms. Holiday Inn Battle Creek- Traditional hotel with an indoor pool, on-site American eatery & ample meeting space. Courtyard by Marriott Battle Creek-Contemporary rooms & suites, plus a casual restaurant, indoor pool, fitness center & event spaces. Econo Lodge-Simple budget hotel with a seasonal outdoor pool offering free breakfast & WiFi. TownePlace Suites by Marriott Battle Creek-Streamlined studios & 1- to 2-bedroom apartments in a casual hotel offering free breakfast & a pool. Baymont by Wyndham Battle Creek Downtown-Modern rooms & suites, some with kitchenettes or whirlpool tubs, plus a pool & a hot tub. Baymont by Wyndham Battle Creek/I-94-Hotel- with traditional rooms, some featuring full kitchens, plus a pool & free breakfast. Travelodge by Wyndham Battle Creek-Relaxed lodging with minifridges and microwaves, plus free Wi-Fi & continental breakfast. Knights Inn Battle Creek MI-Simple rooms, some with kitchenettes, in a low-key hotel offering an outdoor pool & free breakfast. Park Motel- Cheap, no Frill. Kimball Pines Motel- Cheap, no frills. Michigan Motel- Cheap, no frills.


Stay Safe[edit]

From the end of October through the middle of April, Battle Creek is frequently subjected to heavy lake-effect snow. These snowstorms can make driving nearly impossible and very dangerous. If you must drive during a winter storm, try to stick to the main roads. Some areas in the city are well maintained in winter and others do not get plowed at all. The temperature often drops below zero with windchill that throw the temperature to -30 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are visiting in winter, pack your parka! In summer, Battle Creek is subject to severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. When thunder roars, go indoors!

If you maintain a level of common sense, you will be perfectly safe in Battle Creek. With the exception of some neighborhoods the North and East portions of town, a man would be safe walking alone at night. Battle Creek is ranked as the 9th most dangerous city in America for women. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 19. Within Michigan, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Battle Creek. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, it was that found Battle Creek is one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A. That being said, exercise caution but, don't be overly paranoid. Use common sense and you'll be fine.

Contact[edit]

Battle Creek Police department (Non-Emergency)-269-781-0911 city Manager-269-966-3378

Get out[edit]

  • Kalamazoo
  • Gull Lake is a half-hour NW of the city.
  • Marshall is a pretty little town east of Battle Creek, the Dark Horse Brewery there has excellent micro-brew beer in a casual atmosphere. Marshall also has many fine Victorian houses and a pedestrian-friendly downtown.
  • Augusta is a small town to the west that features the WK Kellogg forest.
Routes through Battle Creek
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