We know what you like: Artwork, coffee, music and the smell of books. 

Half a day

If you’re here for half a day, look for our biggest art pieces.  

Color the Creek Mural Tour  

This yearly festival has generated dozens of murals in Battle Creek. Artists come from all over the United States to create larger-than-life paintings. Our favorites include a tribute to Sojourner Truth, a building covered in seven murals and a tribute to a community garden. 

ArtPrize Winner  

It’s possible you’ve seen photos of A. Lincoln, the giant portrait made out of pennies. It won ArtPrize’s public vote in 2017. Trust us, though, it’s even more impressive in real life. You can see it in all its shiny glory in the Lincoln Room. It’s also a great place to relax and use the WiFi, while sipping a coffee from Giving Cup. The coffee shop donates profits to the Battle Creek Shelter.  

Fantasy Forest  

The perfect place to take your picnic lunch is Leila Arboretum. At the front of the park are fantastical sculptures, such as a centaur and a fairy. When the emerald ash borer destroyed a grove of trees, artists were invited to turn the trunks into wizards and mythical creatures.  

Kitchen Proper

Want to feel like you’re in the South of France or Italy? You can at least eat dinner like you’re by the Mediterranean Sea at Kitchen Proper, where the food is a work of art. Order a glass of wine with your pasta or seafood. Speaking of wine, the themed travel wine dinners are also a big hit.

Whole day

Sticking around the whole day? Hit up local galleries.  

Art Center of Battle Creek  

Local artists have a chance to shine at the Art Center’s rotating exhibits. While you’ll usually see the kind of things expected of an art exhibit, like paintings and photographs, sometimes collectors get in on the act. Action figures or skateboards can challenge what you think about art.  

EastEnd Studio and Gallery  

Head down Michigan Avenue to Marshall, where there is all kinds of art for sale. If you’re looking for something to hang on a wall or something to hang around your neck, you’ll find both at EastEnd. The exhibit space features a different theme every month.  

New Story Community Books  

New and used books fill the shelves of New Story, so you’re likely to find a good deal on a good read. The storeowners are proud book nerds, and besides paperbacks, there is artwork, T-shirts and other trinkets that celebrate stories. 

Stay overnight  

Opening in 2024, the DoubleTree by Hilton will be in the heart of downtown Battle Creek. They have been gathering original art from locals to decorate the lobby and other parts of the hotel. 

Cafe Rica  

Grab your morning coffee or tea from Cafe Rica in downtown Battle Creek. The coffee comes from Costa Rica, so it’s balanced and bright. If coffee isn’t your thing, try a chai latte that doesn’t taste like a scented candle. Cafe Rica has a food menu, too, with treats such as waffles or a bagel sandwich.  

Architecture Walk  

Take your breakfast for a walk around downtown. Head west down Michigan Avenue to admire the architecture, which ranges from beaux arts to art deco. You can pop into The Milton’s lobby to see the newly restored paintings.