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Kalamazoo

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'''Kalamazoo''' [http://www.ci.kalamazoo.mi.us] is a city in [[Western West Michigan|Southwestern Michigan]]. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 77,145, with a metropolitan area of 452,851, which includes neighboring Battle Creek. It is the county seat of Kalamazoo County.
The city has a strong higher education presence, being home to Western Michigan University (with 25,000 students), Kalamazoo College (a private, liberal arts institution), and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
===By plane===
The Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport serves the area. Major connections include Atlanta (Delta), Chicago (American Airlines), Cincinnati Minneapolis (Delta), Detroit (Delta), and Pittsburgh Sanford, FL (Direct Air), Punta Gorda, FL (US Direct Air).
===By car===
Kalamazoo lies on [[Interstate 94]] roughly mid-way between Chicago and Detroit. US Highway 131 connects the city with [[Grand Rapids]] and resort areas further north.
===By train===
* '''Kalamazoo Nature Center''', 7000 N Westnedge Ave., (269) 381-1574, [http://www.naturecenter.org/]
* '''Kalamazoo Arts Council''', [http://www.kalamazooarts.com/]
*<see name="Arcadia Creek Festival Place" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.downtownkalamazoo.org/Visit/Events/Arcadia-Creek-Festival-Place.aspx" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Hosts several popular summer events including Greekfest and Ribfest.</see>
 
==Do==
Kalamazoo is full of great events, featuring everything from Hot Rods [http://www.nsra-usa.com/annual.htm Hot Rods] to Pianos [http://www.thegilmore.com/ Pianos]. Discover Kalamazoo [http://www.discoverkalamazoo.com/calendar_of_events/annual_events.htm Discover Kalamazoo] has a fairly comprehensive list of annual happenings, but don't miss Super Saturday [http://www.kiarts.org/museum/art_fair.shtml Super Saturday] in June, New Year's Fest [http://www.newyearsfest.com/ New Year's Fest] or the USTA Boys National Championship [http://ustaboys.com/ USTA Boys National Championship] in August. For a small city, Kalamazoo also offers an interesting and walkable Downtown [http://www.central-city.net/], with one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and the free Kalamazoo Valley Museum [http://kvm.kvcc.edu/].
For a small cityNearby, you will find the Kalamazoo also offers an interesting and walkable Air Zoo [http://www.central-cityairzoo.netorg/ Downtown], with one-of-a-kind shopsBinder Park Zoo [http://www.binderparkzoo.org/], restaurants and the free Gilmore Car Museum [http://kvmwww.kvccgilmorecarmuseum.eduorg/ Kalamazoo Valley Museum].
NearbyKalamazoo enjoys an arts-friendly community, you will find tempered by such establishments as the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo [http://www.airzookalamazooarts.org/ Kalamazoo Air Zoohome4], and The Gilmore [http://www.binderparkzoothegilmore.orgcom/ Binder Park Zoo]. The city hosts an "Art Hop" in the downtown area on the evening of the first Friday of every month. Independent artists, students, and groups or organizations are featured in galleries hosted at several different businesses and venues. *<do name="Waldo Stadium" alt="" address="1903 W. Michigan Ave." directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Western Michigan University's stadium lies in close proximity to the downtown Kalamazoo area. Waldo Stadium is home to Bronco football and the [stands are often packed for Saturday afternoon games during the season. Even those who are not particular fans of football should enjoy themselves in the presence of the renowned, lively Bronco Marching Band, who are sure to keep everyone in high spirits.</do>*<do name="The Entertainment District" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.gilmorecarmuseumentertainmentdistrict.orgbiz/ Gilmore Car Museum]" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The Entertainment District is downtown Kalamazoo's center for dining & nightlife. It hosts many events including the Block Party, and is home to such locales as the Monaco Bay Piano Bar & Grill, which features live music and dueling pianos.</do>
==Buy==
*<buy name="Crossroads Mall" alt="" address="6650 S. Westnedge" directions="Take I-94 to Exit 78 Southbound. Continue down Westnedge, go through many sets of lights, turn right when you see signs for THE CROSSROADS" phone="" url="http://www.thecrossroadsmall.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A 100+ store, two story regional shopping center featuring Sears, Macy's, JCPenney, and Burlington Coat Factory, traditional mall chains, and specialty retailers. Also features a food court with numerous restaurants. </buy>*<buy name="Southland Mall" alt="" address="Corner of Westnedge and Milham" directions="From I-94, take exit 78 southbound, head south until you hit Milham Ave., mall is on right. " phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A major strip mall over 1 mile long featuring major clothing and specialty stores. Reailers include Old Navy, Circuit City, Kohls, TJMaxx, Charter One Bank, Tuesday Morning, Barnes & Noble, ULTA, OfficeMax, MC Sports, Petco, Hallmark, and numerous bars/ restaurants. </buy>
*<buy name="Maple Hill Pavilion" alt="" address="West Main St." directions="Take US-131 to the West Main Exit (Head Eastbound Into Kalamazoo), go down West Main a little ways, mall is on your left" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A formerly enclosed shopping mall, now a strip mall. Features many big-box retailers, anchored by Target. </buy>
*<buy name="South Westnedge Shopping District" alt="" address="Westnedge Ave. from Cork to Shaver" directions="Exit 78 off I-94" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Starting at Cork Street in Kalamazoo all the way through Shaver Road, one can find almost anything they need along Westnedge. With 1000+ retailers located in numerous strip malls, Westnedge has it all. From big box retailers to specialty shops, including restaurants, bars, and bakeries, you can get it all here. </buy>
 
==Eat==
* '''Rasa Ria''', 1921 W Main St, Kalamazoo MI. Phone: (+1 269) 381-0788. The only Malaysian and Indonesian restaurant in Michigan. In fact, it is one of the few ethnic restaurants in Kalamazoo. Reasonably priced and the 'nasi goreng kampung' is a must try.*<eat name="West Main Shopping District" alt="" address="West Main St" directions="West Main Exit, US-131" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A mini version of the Westnedge district, the major chains usually have a location around here. </eat>*<eat name="Food Dance" alt="" address="401 East Michigan Avenue" directions="" phone=" (269) 382-1888" url="http://www.fooddancecafe.com" hours="7AM-10PM" price="" lat="" long="">Authentic, eclectic new American cuisine, featuring locally grown produce.</eat>*<eat name="Saffron" alt="" address="1710, Suite D, West Main St" directions="" phone="+1 269-381-9898" url="http://www.saffronkzoo.com/" hours="M-Sa 11:30AM-2PM, 5PM-9:15PM" price="" lat="" long="">Indian cuisine, in a relaxed atmosphere.</eat>*<eat name="Sweetwater's Donut Mill" alt="" address="3333 Stadium Dr." directions="" phone="1-269-372-3636" url="http://sweetwatersdonuts.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A frequent stop for tourists and locals alike, the lovable Sweetwater's features a wide array of delicious donuts and pastries at highly affordable prices. Sweetwater's also has locations at Sprinkle Road and in Battle Creek, and all locations are open 24/7!</eat>
* '''Kraftbrau Brewery''', [http://www.kraftbraubrewery.com/] Provides craft beers and entertainment with a wide variety of acts both international and local. (The Kraftbrau closed Nov. 2007 due to increased rent, but as of early 2008 is in search of a new building.)
*<drink name="Shakespeare's Pub" alt="" address="241 E Kalamazoo Ave" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.shakespearespub.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A very popular local pub featuring a lively atmosphere, wide selection of beers and typical bar fare.</drink>
 
==Sleep==
*'''Clarion Four Points By Sheraton Kalamazoo Hotel''', 3600 E. Cork St., Tel: (269) 385-3922, Fax: (269) 385-2747. Upscale six-story facility with 156 149 deluxe guest rooms - located halfway between Detroit and Chicago, on I-94 at exit 80 and just minutes from US-131. Secure Online Reservationshttp://www.fourpointskalamazoo.com.
* '''Henderson Castle''', [http://www.hendersoncastle.com/]. one of Kalamazoo's most notable landmarks. It is a one-of-a-kind destination designed to enthrall, delight, and welcome each guest.
*<sleep name="Kalamazoo House Bed and Breakfast" alt="" address="447 W South St" directions="" phone="+1 269 382-0880" url="http://www.thekalamazoohouse.com" checkin="" checkout="" email="[email protected]" price="$109-169" lat="42.289684" long="-85.588294" email="[email protected]">A Victorian popular downtown bed and breakfast downtownin a beautifully restored Victorian showplace. Free high-speed WiFi, in-room HDTV/DVD, free parking. Romantic rooms with fireplace and double whirlpool, or rooms for the business traveler.</sleep>
*''' Quality Inn''', 3820 Sprinkle Rd. Tel: (269) 381- , Fax: (269) 381-5334. Conveniently located off of I-94 @ exit 80 - 1/4 mile south of I-94 on Sprinkle Road next to McDonald's. Near several restaurants, malls, museums and recreational facilities as well as most area businesses.
*''' Radisson Plaza Hotel Kalamazoo''', 100 West Michigan Ave., Reservations: (800) 333-3333 Telephone: (269) 343-3333 Fax: (269) 381-1560, [http://www.radisson.com/kalamazoomi/]. With a prime downtown Kalamazoo location close to shopping, theater and museums, the Radisson Plaza Hotel Kalamazoo offers the kind of warm hospitality, inviting atmosphere and topnotch services sure to please business and leisure travelers alike. At the Radisson Plaza Hotel Kalamazoo, our highest priority is the genuine care and comfort of our guests. Our mission is to provide the finest personalized service and facilities, ensuring a memorable experience.
* ''' Stuart Avenue Inn''', [http://www.stuartavenueinn.com/]. a guest house and events center located in the prestigious Stuart Area Historic District.
*<sleep name="Radisson Plaza Hotel" alt="" address="1000 W. Michigan Ave." directions="" phone="1-269-343-3333" url="http://www.radisson.com/kalamazoo-hotel-mi-49007/mikalama" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">The Radisson lies in the center of downtown Kalamazoo, kiddy corner from Bronson Park and within walking distance of most of downtown Kalamazoo's attractions. It features four built-in restaurants, including Old Burdick's Bar & Grill, and also has amenities including the Idun Spa & Salon, indoor heated pool, several conference & banquet rooms, built-in shops, a fitness facility, etc.</sleep>
 ==Stay Safesafe==
Generally safe, Kalamazoo has some crime, mostly in the north- and eastside sections of town. Downtown could also be dangerous after dark, stay in a group and be aware.
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