The City of Portage offers a variety of leisure activities to its residents.  Portage is home to the largest retail center in Southwest Michigan, and is just minutes from Downtown Kalamazoo nightlife.  The City of Portage is also home to numerous outdoor recreational opportunities.  With five lakes, fourteen parks, two nature preserves, a city-wide bikeway system, and the Celery Flats Historical Area, residents have many options for enjoying time outdoors.

For Senior Citizens, the Portage Senior Center is Michigan's first nationally accredited senior center. It is a vital, busy place offering a variety of services and activities that change with the needs and desires of its members.

The City of Portage is the largest retail center in southwest Michigan. Local, regional and national retailers all find Portage an excellent location to do business which means more choices for shoppers. The South Westnedge Avenue Commercial Corridor is the retail heart of Portage and the location of the areas only regional mall - Crossroads Mall. A continuous influx of new retail businesses make Portage an ever-changing, always invigorating retail landscape.