139 Ampey Road
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone: (269) 657-2578
Fax: (269) 657-3344
Painting classes with attitude. A BYOB Paint Studio that offers classes/parties in the evenings and children's classes in the afternoons on weekends. Let your inner Picasso loose and create your masterpiece while having fun with friends. Fun for everybody! It is a great way to get together with the gang and do something different.
Built in 1859, the Kalamazoo State Hospital Water Tower is situated on the grounds of Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital. The tower stands high in historic significance and was structured by B. F. Stratton from Detroit. It is 175 feet (53 meters) tall and roughly 50 feet (15 meters) wide at its widest end. Its height makes it visible from any part of the city. There have been apprehensions as to the fact that it was a cell where mental patients were treated. On the whole, the exclusive tower with its distinct construction needs a visit.
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts or KIA as it is lovingly called is a rich resource for arts, and known to rope in some of the best traveling exhibitions in the state. Their permanent painting collection is not too bad either. Educational programs are always on for adults, kids, families and teenagers who can enjoy the classes and walks. Check website for details on past, current and upcoming exhibitions. Admission is free!
Named after the city's founder Titus Bronson, the Bronson Park in Downtown Kalamazoo has been a great landmark since its establishment. Hugely popular with kids and adults alike, the park also plays host to various events and concerts like art fairs, New Year's Eve festivities and much more. Flanked mostly by churches and important buildings on all sides, it forms the center of what is called the Bronson Park District of the city. Bronson Park is also home to one of the most popular sculptures in the city called Fountain of the Pioneers which portrays a Native American with the headgear standing face-to-face with an early western settler.
Bell's Brewery was established in the year 1985 and since then has opened eighteen branches in different states. The place brews twenty beers for sale across the country, besides its local produce that is exclusively available in their pub. Get a taste of the delectable brews at the brewery's Eccentric Cafe and get to know more about the fine and delicate process of beer making. Take home a small memento of your trip from their shop to remember this unique experience. To know more about the place, check the website.
Known for their unique and creative beers, this brewery offers tours on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Their pub-on-site lets you taste many of the noted beers that this company produces. There is also a general store on site that sells homebrewing supplies, gifts, and beer-to-go.
Established in 1977, the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum, also called the Air Zoo, is located on Portage Road in near Downtown Portage. Displaying an eclectic collection of rare and antique aircrafts that includes a space simulator, the museum is also home to the biggest indoor, hand painted mural in the world. Just a few miles away from the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport, it also features a canteen and a gift shop. There are also many flight simulators on the offer.
The VFW Post 6803 is located on the Red Arrow Highway in Watervilet. Apart from housing interesting war ephemera, it is also home to one of the rarest pieces of World War II artillery. Installed in its yard is the rare 1918 cannon used in the World War II. Manufactured in the United States, when most of the arms and ammunition were of French make, these 1906-design beauties are extremely rare as only 200 of them were produced. The almost-a-century old cannon now sits proudly reminding people of its contribution in the war that changed the world forever.
Located on 1,132 acres, this Nature Center reaches more than 250,000 people each year through its numerous programs. It offers daily and year-round interactive exhibits, nature trails, and special programs every weekend.
This 32 acre (12.94 hectares) facility is a conservation sanctuary for exotic animals. Most of the inmates here are adopted by the management from people who aren't equipped to take care of them. Regular, educational tours are arranged to benefit those interested in learning about these rare beauties. Overlooking the scenic Paw Paw Lake, the well maintained sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
Michigan's largest haunted theme park raises money for area charities. Open September and October, this park offers 44 acres of spooky fun.
The Second Street Bridge is a historic bridge across the Kalamazoo River in Allegan, Michigan. This one lane truss bridge is a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, a Michigan State Historic Site and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed and constructed by Zenas King, this Whipple truss style wrought iron bridge, replaced an unsafe wooden bridge in 1886. This bridge marked the transition of the use of cast wrought iron, instead of cast iron as it was more sturdy and durable.