Downtown Battle Creek

Downtown combines old architecture and big water features.Start your walk at the fountain by Mill Race Park.

Pro Instagram tip: The top of a parking garage is an easy way to elevate your photos. Check out Battle Creek Parking on West Michigan Avenue, near McCamly Street. If you walk there, you don’t have to pay for the view of Battle Creek’s two tallest buildings, Heritage Tower and the Battle Creek Tower.

Across from the parking garage is Record Box, at 15 Carlyle St. The owners plan to open a brewery, shared work space and event space this fall. But outside, the building’s brickwork makes a classy, urban background for your photos.

After that, follow along the Battle Creek River.

You’re not going to get inside the Hart-Doyle-Inouye Federal Center, but the front of the building that was once part of Dr. Kellogg’s Sanitorium has some stunning pillars.

Another fun (and kind of weird) feature in downtown Battle Creek is a giant portrait of Abe Lincoln made out of pennies. It was a hit a ArtPrize, winning the public vote.

Historic Bridge Park

This park has five bridges that make great setpieces. Whether you want to add a pop of color with the big red bridge:

Or go moody with the tunnel bridge:

Leila Arboretum

The arboretum looks good all year round. There are flowering trees in spring:

Or visit Fantasy Forest in summer:

And it’s the ideal fall setting:

Or use the rolling hills for sledding in winter, like they do at the annual Festivus:

Subhead: #coffee

What would Instagram be without relaxing coffee shop photos? May we suggest 32 Social:

And Cafe Rica:

Lakeview Square Mall

Times are tough for malls, but Lakeview Square is trying new things, including a skate park, escape rooms and a very Instagrammable mural by the food court.

Brooks Memorial Fountain

This fountain is the model of Americana in small-town Marshall.

Kids Kingdom 

Ketchum Park’s playground combines adorableness and fun.

Dark Horse Beer Garten

There are lots of amusing details in this outdoor eating space, such as the Brewer Boot Tree.

It’s also dog friendly!


This boardwalk includes a waterfall.

Albion College Science Complex

Catch some whimsy with hanging sculptures in the Albion College Science Complex.