There’s a lot more to Battle Creek than a balanced breakfast. Home to Kellogg Company and Post Cereals headquarters, the Michigan city boasts a proud history and plenty of things to see and do. From nature preserves to museums and even a roaring casino, check out our fun guide to Battle Creek.
Historic Bridge Park
Just a 10-minute drive southeast from Battle Creek you’ll find Historic Bridge Park. Described as an “open-air museum” for truss bridges, there are six historic bridges preserved throughout the park, all originally from Michigan or Indiana. With picnic areas, a playground and access to the Kalamazoo River, it’s a scenic spot to spend the day and take beautiful pictures.
Ott Nature Preserve
A must-see for hikers, bird watchers and nature lovers, the Ott Biological Nature Reserve includes nearly 300 acres of gorgeous green space and is home to several rare and endangered plant species. Its network of trails leads hikers through interesting and rugged habitats formed by glaciers, including two spring-fed lakes, glacial ridges and marshland.
Battle Creek Farmer’s Market
Open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May through October, the Battle Creek Farmer’s Market focuses on local foods and local farmers, with vendors offering seasonal Michigan grown fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs, along with honey, maple syrup, baked goods and artisanal crafts. The Festival Market Square was renovated in 2015 and is home to several events throughout the year, including concerts, movies and festivals.
Binder Park Zoo
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! One of the largest zoos in Michigan, Binder Park Zoo hosts an impressive array of animals from all over the world, including the popular Wild Africa Exhibit featuring giraffes, zebras, ostriches and antelope and lions. For the little ones, there’s an award-winning children’s petting zoo with goats, llamas and sheep that the kiddies to play with.
Aside from your usual slots and table games, Firekeeper's Casino is an entertainment hub in the city, home to a flurry of concerts, live music events and big-screen sports. With a 243-room hotel, five restaurants, a sports bar and a cabaret, it’s a great place to shop, dine or catch a show.
Dr. John Harvey Kellog Discovery Center
Experience a slice of Michigan history with this recreated 19th-century village featuring restored and replicated buildings from the days of the Adventist pioneers. Kids can explore the restored log cabin and one-room schoolhouse and enjoy modern reenactments and tours.
Nestled inside the beautiful trails of Leila Arboretum, the Kingman Museum is a hidden treasure and local landmark in Battle Creek. The natural history museum and planetarium has several thousand artifacts displayed in permanent and temporary exhibits, but the planetarium’s night sky talk under the stars is a must-see.
Leila Arboretum and Fantasy Forest
Forty-four years ago, the trees in the Arboretum's forest succumbed to a beetle infestation. From the misshapen trunks and stumps, artists carved fantastic wood sculptures. Put on some walking shoes and explore the unique carvings of Big Foot, a moose with a backpack, a castle and many more fantasy creatures. Everything is free, however, donations are gladly excepted.