Neighboring Areas

Our state has many great places to call home in addition to West Michigan. Discover some of the great things about central, southwest, and northern Michigan.

Neighborhoods

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Battle Creek’s 26 constituent neighborhoods allow residents to occupy everything from historic homes to apartments above the thriving downtown, offering diverse living options to accommodate the variety of tastes and styles of the community.

Visit Neighborhood Scout for demographic and real estate information for each Battle Creek neighborhood.

Visit Homes.com to view available homes, apartments and condos in Battle Creek.

Suburbs

Battle Creek’s surrounding communities offer a variety of living styles to suit the tastes of its diverse population. To learn about Battle Creek’s suburbs, click on the following communities for more information.

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Bellevue
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Marshall
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Springfield

Arts, Culture, Entertainment

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When you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, Battle Creek has you covered! Dining at the world’s longest breakfast table, flying high at the Hot Air Balloon Festival, or enjoying dinner and a show downtown are just a few of the many possibilities that will keep you entertained all week long.

The Battle Creek/Calhoun County Visitors & Convention Bureau offers a comprehensive Events Calendar for Battle Creek.

If you want to know what’s going on downtown, Live it up! provides a listing of Downtown Events in Battle Creek that is updated daily.

The Art Center of Battle Creek presents high quality programming in the visual arts for the enrichment, education and enjoyment of the citizens of Battle Creek and beyond.

At Binder Park Zoo, you will experience a variety of animals from around the world all without leaving the country! This zoo features approximately 600 specimens of over 140 species including one of the largest giraffe herds in the country.

The 31-member Brass Band of Battle Creek is an All-Star band of the brass and percussion world’s elite, attracting great musicians from around the United States and Europe to play two annual concerts in Battle Creek as well as a limited number of other engagements in handpicked locations in the U.S. and abroad.

The Battle Creek Cereal Festival is an event that celebrates the city of Battle Creek and features the World’s Longest Breakfast Table, concerts, healthy living activities, a parade and much more.

The Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival is an awesome, 2-day show featuring military demonstrations and top-notched civilian performers, carnival rides and games, fireworks, and much, much more.

FireKeepers Casino brings the heat to Battle Creek with over 2,680 hotter-than-hot slots, 78 table games from Blackjack to Pai Gow, a live poker room and five sizzling restaurants serving up everything from fine dining delicacies to 24-hour favorites.

The Historic Adventist Village is a fascinating three-block experience that includes authentically restored or replicated buildings featuring the heritage of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The Children’s Garden at Leila Arboretum is a fenced in one-acre outdoor learning environment where children of all ages discover the wonderful world of plants and their role in our lives.

The Battle Creek Music Center is home to the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, the Battle Creek Boychoir and Girls’ Chorus, and the Community Chorus and its Pops Ensemble. The activities of the various programs include local concert series, outreach programs, private instruction, group lessons, choral training, group performances, tours, and several special events and fundraisers throughout the year.

The St. Thomas Episcopal Church offers a broad spectrum of musical and other artistic experiences.

Community Involvement

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Battle Creek has a thriving sense of community. From non-profits to community organizations and other philanthropic opportunities, there’s no shortage of ways you can give back.

For a comprehensive list of ways you can get involved in Battle Creek and start making a difference, click here.

Feeding America West Michigan exists to ensure good food is available to the hungry in the community. By saving good surplus food from going to landfills, they can distribute that reclaimed food to pantries, shelters, and other local anti-hunger organizations in West Michigan counties.

Multicultural Resources

Battle Creek is a diverse community. With a wealth of organizations dedicated to promoting diversity and understanding, Battle Creek welcomes you.

The Urban League of Battle Creek has built a bridge between races and has sought to emphasize the greater reliance on the unique resources and strengths of the African-American community to find solutions to its own problems.

Sports, Leisure, Water

Battle Creek is a recreational paradise that offers a plethora of opportunities that encourage healthy, outdoor living. Whether you’re looking to explore wildlife at Binder Park Zoo or experience the beautiful nature surrounding Linear Park’s 24 miles of trails, Battle Creek’s 7,000+ acres of parks and forests will keep you active and healthy all year long.

Bailey Park is a multi-use park featuring three full-sized baseball stadiums, including the 6,000 seat C.O. Brown Stadium, two quadra-plex softball diamonds, four sand volleyball courts, a playground and 12 shuffleboard courts. The Home Run Dog Park, located in Bailey Park, is a 1.5-acre park that is separated into two sections by dog size.

The Battle Creek Bombers are a member of the prestigious Northwoods League, the country’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. The Bombers play a 35-home game schedule at C.O. Brown Stadium, located in Battle Creek’s Bailey Park Sports Complex.

The Battle Creek Revolution Hockey Club belongs to the AAHL Professional Hockey League and is a Minor League Affiliate of the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the IHL.

Flash Flood at Full Blast is an internationally award winning family water park that offers over 80,000 square feet of fun for the entire family, including indoor and outdoor water parks, inflatables, bungee run, bouncy room, trampoline, food court and more.

The Fort Custer Recreation Area comprises 3,033 acres located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo and features three lakes, the Kalamazoo River and an excellent trail system.

Linear Park offers 24 miles of bike trails, spots for fishing and canoeing in the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo rivers, and an abundance of wooded areas and open fields.

Battle Creek Parks & Recreation offers a complete listing of parks in Battle Creek.

Public Golf Courses

Alwyn Downs Golf Club

Bedford Valley Country Club

Binder Park Golf Course

Cedar Golf Club

Custer Green Golf Course

Marywood Golf Course

Oakland Hills Golf Club

The Medalist Golf Club

Spring Brook Golf & Grill

Riverside Golf Course and Banquet Center
Battle Creek Country Club

Food & Craft Beer

Restaurant Search

Our partners at the Convention and Visitors Bureaus have a complete listing of area restaurants and a handy search tool.

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Breweries

Arcadia Brewing
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Territorial Brewing Company

K-12 Education

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Boasting a nationally recognized Math & Science Center and innovative educational and training programs, the Battle Creek area is home to four public and five private school systems as well as many specialty schools.

Public Schools

Battle Creek Public Schools
Battle Creek Public Schools – A world-class system providing a quality education that prepares all students to be productive and responsible citizens.

Harper Creek Community Schools
The mission of Harper Creek Community Schools, the cornerstone of our community, honoring the past, excelling in the present, and focusing on the future, is to ensure that each student achieves optimal academic growth and is a responsible citizen of our global society.

Lakeview Public Schools
We’re Building New Traditions of Excellence Every Day!

Pennfield Schools
To ensure all students are successful learners and become outstanding citizens.

Private Schools

Arbor Academy
The mission of the Academy is to provide a high quality general program of fundamental education in reading, mathematics, science, social studies, conduct, health/physical education and art.

Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools
We strive to develop and educate the whole student—academically, morally, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Our students are engaged in a secure, meaningful and relevant learning environment that utilizes current, state-of-the-art resources. We challenge, inspire and excite a diverse student population to reach its potential with grace and determination.

Battle Creek Academy
Our Mission is to provide academically sound, scripturally directed instruction to assist Christian families in teaching their children to know God and His world; to develop Godly character as Christ’s image bearers and to acquire knowledge, skills and values to fulfill their calling as His servants.

Calhoun Christian School
Calhoun Christian School exists to bring academic excellence to a growing number of Calhoun area students while upholding God’s truth and high standards of health and wellness, enabling young people to positively impact our community and our world.

Endeavor Academy
Endeavor Charter Academy is a tuition-free public charter school located in Springfield, Michigan but educating children throughout Calhoun County and beyond. Grounded by our four pillars of Academic Excellence, Moral Guidance, Parental Partnerships, and Student Responsibility Endeavor Academy staff takes seriously our mission of “challenging each child to achieve.”

Specialty Schools

Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center
The BCAMSC is one of 33 regional centers in the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network. These centers provide leadership, curriculum support, professional development, and student services to educators in local school districts. The centers also serve as a resource clearinghouse for educational materials and information, and work to foster community involvement in the areas of math and science.

Battle Creek Japanese Saturday School
The school that provides students a chance to broaden their perspective in the future by learning the Japanese culture and all it entails.

Calhoun Area Career Center
The Calhoun Area Career Center (CACC) integrates academic knowledge with technical skills, providing well rounded educational opportunities for any student serviced by the Calhoun Intermediate School District. We are not just preparing students for jobs after high school. Students today need more than just a high school education, and our mission is to prepare them for their post-secondary journey. Integrating technical and career training gives meaning and relevance to their academics.

Fine Arts Academy
Just one of the many programs offered  for the students through Battle Creek Public Schools.

Childcare

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Battle Creek offers parents very good quality child care alternatives. An area of consideration for parents is whether the center provides faith-based or non-faith based child care. Faith-based Battle Creek child care centers will typically provide a program that includes specific faith-based activities, however many preschools and daycare centers are open to children of all denominations. Many Battle Creek child care and infant care providers are located in a relatively small geographic area that is easily accessible, so it is convenient for parents to visit the centers they are interested in. There are also different types of learning approaches offered by Battle Creek child care centers. Examples include: Montessori, Play-based, Developmental, Structured Learning etc.
Here are a few sites that allow you to customize your search:

Care.com:

Do you need to hire a Battle Creek nanny, babysitter or other caregiver? View caregivers for child care, senior home care and more near you. Review availability, experience and rates to make the perfect choice for care in Battle Creek, MI.


Battle Creek Day Care Centers:

A list of Child Day Care facilities located in the Battle Creek Area.

Faith

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West Michigan is home to a diverse population and vibrant faith communities, including Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Hispanic, Islamic, Jewish, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Protestant, Russian, Sudanese and Vietnamese institutions..

Visit InfoMI to view a list of area places of worship in Battle Creek.

Healthcare

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Battle Creek offers an array of healthcare options, ranging from large health systems to small hospitals and clinics that are sure to fit your needs.

Hospitals

Bronson Battle Creek is an award winning, multi-campus health care provider that serves approximately 200,000 people in south central Michigan.
Grace Health provides a wide array of health care services to patients of all ages, from newborn to seniors.

Behavioral/Mental Health

Avalon Behavioral Health offers counseling sessions for individuals, couples, and families that cover the client’s work life, family traditions, cultural and spiritual beliefs, and sexual identity.

Family & Children Services is an organization whose mission is to support, strengthen and preserve the safety, well being and dignity of children, individuals and families.

Bronson Battle Creek’s Fieldstone Center helps patients with mental illness through a variety of state-of-the-art treatment methods and environments.

The Psychological Consultants of Michigan offer mental health services that include marital & family therapy, child & spouse abuse counseling, therapy for depression & anxiety and much more.

Summit Pointe offers a variety of programs and services designed to help you achieve a higher quality of life, serving as your mental health care provider and much more.

Cancer Centers

The Cancer Care Center at Bronson Battle Creek is recognized as one of the best cancer centers in Michigan. With its innovative technology designed to treat all cancer symptoms, the Cancer Care Center has become a leader in cancer treatment.

Heart Care

The Bronson Battle Creek Health System’s Cardiac Health Services are designed to perform numerous operations in order to analyze and improve the condition of your heart.

Neurology Centers

Bronson Battle Creek offers an extensive array of neurodiagnostic services that detect electrical activity in the brain and nervous system.

Retirement Living

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Some of the most popular retirement living centers are listed below:
NorthPointe Woods is situated on approximately 72 acres of wooded land overlooking the City of Battle Creek and bordering Battle Creek’s Linear Park. They offer both independent and assisted living. NorthPointe Woods is conveniently located adjacent to Kellogg Community College, and near Battle Creek Health System, a pharmacy, grocery store and restaurants.
Bickford exists to enrich HAPPINESS in the lives of our residents, our beloved friends. Happiness is a very personal thing and it has become our mission to discover what that is for each of our residents, based on their life story, their expressed wishes and desires, even based on their day.

Brookdale Battle Creek located in Battle Creek, Michigan provides care and Personalized Assisted Living options for seniors. We take time to know your life stories, your family, your friends and your dreams. The emphasis is on providing a wonderful assisted living lifestyle, allowing you to do what you can and helping you remain as independent as possible.

The central region of Michigan is a hot-bed of activity, especially on game day. As home to Michigan State, one of the nation’s largest universities, Lansing is always humming and a great location for young people. The city is also home to our state’s capital.

Greater Lansing Michigan Convention & Visitors Bureau

Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

Neighborhoods

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The city of Kalamazoo is divided into 22 neighborhoods, with great diversity in the character of each. Closer to the city center are historical residential areas, with modern developments located in the southwest. The Central Business District and the neighborhoods to the south contain much of the area’s retail shopping, mixed with a residential populace.