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An Outdoor Playground

Brighton Howell Area

The Brighton Howell Area is located in southeast Michigan, conveniently centered amidst Ann Arbor, Lansing and Detroit. Historic downtown districts serve up an open invitation to explore destination diningboutique shops, and vibrant entertainment.
Known as an outdoor playground, the surrounding area overflows with sights and scenes that will leave you inspired. Plan your escape to 50,000 acres of parks, 123 miles of trails, 184 lakes and 20 golf courses. Countless sports and recreation options call and we have the answer.  

Up To Date Travel Information
Finish strong at one of the area's specialty stores that stand out from what you'll find elsewhere, then grab a pint and a bite from our local craft breweriescoffee shops, and eateries that draw a following from afar, yet make you feel right at home. Enjoy quaint downtowns in Brighton, Howell, Fowlerville, Hartland, and Pinckney. Howell Main Street is a winner of the 2018 Great American Main Street Award.  
Go For A Sunday Drive
With a collection of championship golf courses - including an Arnold Palmer Signature course - the Brighton Howell Area beckons golfers of all levels and interests.

Get Outside and Play
Over 11,000 acres at Pinckney Recreation Area await thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike. Mountain bikers can strive to conquer the famous Potawatomi Trail -- ranked as one of the top trails in the state.
Row Your Boat
Spend the day taking it slow, wandering down one of the many miles of trails in our area. Take a path to somewhere new and along the way, find the moments that really matter.
Nature Calls
Endless options abound with our 50,000 acres of parks, 123 miles of trails and 184 recreation lakes. In the Brighton Howell Area, there's so much more to explore!


Make A Splash
Skipping stones, throwing a ball, having a picnic or splashing in the lake...memories as treasured as these are waiting to be made, right around the corner at Kensington Metropark in Brighton.
Take A Sip
With six breweries and two wineries, you'll find something refreshing in handcrafted local favorites in the Brighton Howell Area.
Small Town...Big Heart
Great American Main Street Award-winning downtown Howell is home to seasonal events like the Melonfest and Rock The Block.
Quality Time
Discover the beauty in letting go...of deadlines, distractions and devices. Experience the simple joy of taking a family hike or exploring the Howell Nature Center.
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