Portage, MI, is the Perfect Place for an Art Exhibition, Concert and Summer Vacation
Check out Portage’s Historical Museums, Art Galleries and Family Recreation Center with a Charter Bus
Portage is a city in Michigan located within Kalamazoo County and although the land that the city sits on today was considered uninhabitable (wrongly thought so), the Potowatami Native Indians were living on the land hunting, fishing and growing corn as their main staple food. When early settlers discovered the area, they were warmly greeted peacefully and together, the land was used for growing a number of fruits and vegetables which includes celery. The city grew so much celery that it was called the ‘Celery City’ of the nation and it continued to supply the region with some of the best celery from the middle to the twentieth century. Portage was largely an agricultural city until the end of World War II when modernization fast-forwarded the city’s developments. Visitors can learn about the developments and transformations at the city’s preserved Bicentennial Park and Celery Flats Interpretive Center. The authorities worked hard to preserve the city’s important historic landmarks and some are maintained by the Historic District Commission (HDC) in an effort to restore and maintain some of the city’s beautiful old architectural beauty. Today, there are more than 30 registered historic properties around Portage and if you would like to take a tour around the sites, it is held by City Hall on the first Wednesday of every month. Portage also has a large number of outdoor parks and recreational centers for residents and tourists to enjoy and it includes 17 parks located throughout the cityscape. Most of the city’s beautiful historic venues can be rented for events like banquets, proms, meetings, weddings and even graduation nights. Other amenities offered by Portage includes 900 acres of land for public use, 3 parks that are dedicated to preserving nature, miles of hiking and nature trails, fields for softball, park ranger programs and beach areas for families. It is also home to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo.
For those who are visiting this charming Michigan city because of a wedding reception, prom night, graduation celebration, fundraising dinner, art exhibition, corporate function, field trip or summer vacation, there’s a long lineup of fun attractions to check out when you are in town. You will find yourself having an absolute ball at Putters Family Fun Center with their indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, you can go skating at Millennium Park Skating Rink or learn more about local artwork and quaint arts and crafts at the very unique Galarina Folk Arts in Shipshewana. Yarrow Golf Course is a rather challenging course to tackle and if you love history, don’t forget to bring the charter bus to Sojourner Truth Institute of Battle Creek to learn about activism and local history. When it comes to outdoor activities and attractions, there’s biking and hiking along the scenic Celery Flats Canoe and Bicycle Livery or regular classes, youth and kids educational programs offered by YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo. What US Coachways can do for you and to help make your event a more memorable one is to connect you with the right-sized charter bus that can be used for the purpose of logistics and ferrying involved participants or family members from one destination to another in a timely and safe manner. All you need to do now is to pick up the phone and give us a call. Our customer service representatives are available 24/7 to answer your questions.
Days and Weeks of Fun with Family and Friends Waiting for You in Portage, MI
For those who are looking around for suggestions as to what to do, places to visit and points of interest to check out when you visit Portage, MI, you have come to just the right place. Listed below is a short list and a summary of not-to-be-missed attractions and historical landmarks that our travel writers think you should check when you are in town.
- Entertainment & Amusement Parks — One of the not-to-be-missed attractions in and around Portage includes the legendary and much-talked-about Air Zoo which features the region’s flight history, avionics, interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, rides like a flight simulator balloon ride. But that’s not all there is to it. You can bring the entire family for a full day of fun as they roam around the safe Jungle Joes Family Fun Center along S Sprinkle Road where there are fun inflatable bounce houses, head out to Airway Fun Center for some laser tag, bowling, go-karting, bumper car rides and mini golfing, bring the charter bus to Putters Family Fun Center for a birthday party playing at the Super Trampoline area, water balloon launchers, batting cages and arcade center, or take your pick from ice skating rinks like the spacious Millennium Park Skating Rink, learn inline skating at Great Skate Roller Rink or organize a private birthday party with your friends at The Rink of Long Lake. You can always count on Celebration Cinema to bring you the best and latest Hollywood movies as they are showcased in either conventional, 3D or in its IMAX theater.
- Art & Culture — There are year-round LIVE performances and concerts held at Planet Rock which serves as both an art attraction as well as a music event with seating capacity of 500 guests for any one of its shows. You can also organize a group event to check out the museum and community art school at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, bring the charter bus to Galarina Folk Arts in Shipshewana which features Amish artwork and crafts in the historic 1888 building, find out more about the work of inspiring local artists at South Haven Center for the Arts where there are art-related classes and seasonal events. Bowsprit in South Haven is unique in the sense that it shares a very strong connection to Michigan as they showcase arts and crafts, clothing and a large collection of accessories.
- Golf Courses & Sports Venues — If you love hockey, bringing the charter bus to Wings Stadium to catch the Kalamazoo Wings in action is a must. The 17,000 square foot stadium was built in 1974 and can seat more than 5.000 fans and sports enthusiasts for any one of their games but if you enjoy golf, check out the beautiful and one of the oldest and grandest golf courses in the region - Gull Lake View Golf Club. There are five courses, accommodation and a grand restaurant for visitors to enjoy; also located in Augusta, MI, is Yarrow Golf Course which is a Raymond Heam-designed 18-hole course with a resort-style meeting venue, restaurant and hotel. People can also head out for the recreational activities at Kid’s Gym in Portage’s city center, enjoy a bowling night-out, a game of pool or video arcade games at Sunset Lanes Bowling Center or go swimming, play tennis and racquetball at YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo which is also home to both Harding Youth Area and Tot Spot, making it one of the best family-friendly places in the city.
- Historical Sites & Landmarks — Whether you love aviation and its history or not, a trip to the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum is sure to be an eye-opening one as visitors are introduced to more than 50 extremely rare and historic aircrafts and they also get to enjoy the full motion flight simulators and rides. Visitors should also make time for exhibits like The Stryker Theater, Challenger Learning Center and Underground Railroad at Kalamazoo Valley Museum, learn about the region’s natural history through its rotating, touring and permanent exhibits at Kingman Museum, become a part of educational programs and field trips at Sojourner Truth Institute of Battle Creek (Sojourner Truth was an activist and slave freer) which has art exhibits in honor of her memory, work and life or visit the 19th century home of Sojourner Truth at Kimball House Historical Museum. The attractions will really open your eyes to local history and its rich culture. Other fun historical attractions you should make time for includes Michigan Flywheelers Museum in South Haven with their exhibits on historical farming and vehicles used and Michigan Maritime Museum which focuses on history of the Great Lakes through it research center.
- Parks & Outdoor Activities — The Portage Creek Bicentennial Park is not your conventional park as it was built to celebrate the country’s 200th birthday. It has a special place in the hearts of Portage’s residents. It spans more than 200 acres and features 3.5-mile multi-purpose trail, playgrounds, fishing spots and picnic areas. People will also get to enjoy the aquatics facility, fitness center and teen lounge at Celery Flats Canoe and Bicycle Livery and also go biking, skating, enjoy a game of soccer at the historical South Westnedge Park. The focus of the latter attraction is its various ballfields and inline hockey rink. Visitors can also have a fun group event with their loved ones at Schrier Park, play tennis, volleyball and basketball at Lakeview Park in downtown Portage, have a barbeque picnic while fishing at the pond at Ramona Park, walk around the scenic marshland and the floating trails of Bishop’s Bog Preserve Trail. If you’ve never been on a wetland, it will be an eye-opening experience, for sure. The Kalamazoo Nature Center, a short drive away from Portage city center, features exhibits, monthly youth and children’s outreach and educational programs and trails like the Barn Trail, Pioneer Woods and Prairie Pathway.
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