It is impossible to list all of the attractions in this space, so we suggest visiting www.battlecreekvisitors.org, or stopping by the Welcome Center at 34 W. Jackson St., Suite 1A, for a visitors guide. The Welcome Center is also a great place to pick up Battle Creek souvenirs, like a Cereal City candle (it smells like Froot Loops and Fruity Pebbles) or postcards.
- Family fun highlights include Binder Park Zoo and Full Blast.
- We see many people interested in our local history, and they can visit the Sojourner Truth monument, the Underground Railroad monument, and Historic Adventist Village. There is also a history-based walking tour map available at the Welcome Center.
- Leila Arboretum has Kingman Museum and the Fantasy Forest, which is a fun and kind-of odd roadside attraction.
- The two main rivers are a great resource, especially with the current popularity of kayaking. On summer weekends, you can see a parade of paddlers go by Historic Bridge Park.
- Events that attract many visitors include the Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, Cereal Festival, and Leilapalooza.
- The Calhoun County Visitors Bureau recently released a report about the economic impact of sports tourism. Not everyone may think of Bailey Park and Kellogg Arena as tourist attractions, but Battle Creek sees an influx of visitors because they are here, and those visitors are spending their money on food, gas, and lodging.
If you are interested in local tourism, we recommend you sign up to be a Certified Tourism Ambassador. It requires taking a half-day class that teaches the history of the Calhoun County, and fun facts, along with places to eat and things to do. To learn more or sign up for the next training session, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.CTANetwork.com.