139 Ampey Road
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone: (269) 657-2578
Fax: (269) 657-3344
Covering about 211 acres (85.38 hectares), Christie Lake is located in Lawrence Township of Michigan. As such, the lake is a private property owned by the peripheral community who maintains it. Although the boating isn't encouraged, to improve its water quality, Lake Christie does offer recreational activities such as fishing. The lake's shoreline is often the site of several community events such as the Fourth of July Parade.
VerHage Fruit Farms & Cider Mill is a gem nestled between the emerald expanses of Kalamazoo's country side. This farm is responsible for the production of several fruits, and the famous cider made here is pressed out of a mill that is more than a century old. Their informative and interesting tours give a detailed account of how the special cider is made, and the on-site store allows you to buy samples for home. At VerHage Fruit Farms & Cider Mill visitors can also sample the cider and dig into delicious pies, donuts, fudges and more. All of their delectable goodies are made with the use of organic produce and the outcome is simply a dream come true. Seasonal activities like pony rides, zip lines, hay rides and apple picking are also organized so that visitors can make a day out of their visits.
Al Sabo Preserve incorporates a water pumping area, and was established to secure this ground-water supply of City of Kalamazoo in the '70s. The preserve covers about 741 acres (299.87 hectares) of wetlands between Kalamazoo and Texas Charter Township. The region comprises of several hiking and biking trails that are exceedingly popular with locals, especially with those interested in mountain biking, even though most of the area is closed for bike traverse. The Al Sabo Land Preserve entails a thickly-wooded area incorporating forests, hills, streams and marshes, which is how it features several panoramic views and lookouts. As such, it is also home to an impressive biodiversity, and animal species such as muskrats, foxes, coyotes, deer and lots more.
Neighboring the spectacular Woods Lake is this beautiful park perfect for a day out with family or for a walk in solitude. The Woods Lake Park is one of the city's most sought after parks because it offers wonderful views, in addition to activities like fishing, canoeing and more. The park has several areas where you can bring a small picnic and enjoy with friends and family, while amenities like benches and toilets are at your disposal. The adjoining beach is perfect for outdoor games while the trails are ideal for walking your pets.
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.
Named after reputed baseball coach Judson Hyames, first match on the Hyames Feild was played in the year 1939 and since then this baseball field has witnessed superlative performances by local favorites and outsiders alike. After a major renovation which was completed in 2011, the already spectacular stadium got an impressive face lift with VIP Suites, Dugouts and much more. This rennovation was spear headed by Robert J. Bobb- CEO Cardinal Growth L.P, hence the field was commemorated as Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field in 2011. The stadium is considered to be one of the best of its kind in the country, and every game is always a treat to watch here.
Celery Flats is one of the parks that fall on the Portage Creek Bicentennial Trail. This park is home to a gorgeous gazebo which overlooks a spectacular fountain making it a perfect spot for a romantic walk. Portage Creek Bicentennial Park South Entrance (Celery Flats) also has several bike trails that beckon many enthusiasts here, and one can also canoe around in the Portage Creek which flows peacefully alongside the park. The park's play area attracts children of all ages while the soothing shade of emerald trees makes it an ideal spot for reading a book or indulging in quiet contemplation.
Established in 1833, Kalamazoo College or simply K College is not just one of the oldest, but also finds mention among the best educational institutes in the country. A liberal arts institution, the college offers programs in fine arts, languages, social sciences and humanities among others. The sprawling campus is built around a beautiful hilly area, with modern amenities as well as extensive facilities for sports. Kalamazoo has an active sports and athletics program, with the home team garnering numerous awards, prominently in the NCAA. Check website for more information.
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!
One of the noted community theaters of the country, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre came into existence in the year 1929. Over the years that followed, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre witnessed spectacular performances by established actors while incubating fresh talent. The theater has several acolades and records to its name including the astounding turn out of audience that graced the theater for the pilot of Avenue Q. Musicals form the backbone of the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre but they also feature several plays. Performances are brought to life by gifted artists, and their amicable staff ensures every patron has a great time. The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre welcomes community participation which is one of the many traits that differentiate them from the contemporaries.
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.