boats to rent at kensington metropark to cruise the waters of Kent Lake
5 Spots to Beat The Heat in The Brighton Howell Area

June 25, 2024

As summer is officially in full swing, you might be looking for a way to cool off in this heat. Luckily, the Brighton Howell Area is loaded with 13 public beaches offering refreshing activities to cool off all while enjoying the charm and beauty of the region. So lather on that sunscreen, pack your beach towels, and check out these five spots to cool off in the Brighton Howell Area this summer.

1. Spring Mill Pond – Island Lake Recreation Area

📍: Brighton

In the middle of the Island Lake Recreation Area lies Spring Mill Pond. A true hidden gem in the area, this small pond is frequented by locals and visitors alike due to its petite size and accessibility. The Spring Mill Pond beach is perfect for families with small children due to its size, which makes it easy to keep an eye out for little ones while enjoying the sunshine for yourself.

2. Thompson Lake – Scofield Park

📍: Howell

Thompson Lake is located right in downtown Howell. Howell’s Scofield Park offers visitors and residents a boat launch, playground, trail, and a sandy beach. The range of amenities offers beachgoers a wide variety of things to do both on and off the water.

3. Island Queen – Kensington Metropark

📍: Brighton

Covering over 4,000 acres, Kensington Metropark is the perfect spot to spend a summer day. Cool off at Martindale or Maple Beach for fun in the sand and a dip in the water. For a more unique way to explore this favorite Metropark, hop on the Island Queen. Enjoy a leisurely cruise on Kent Lake to take in the gorgeous scenery with panoramic views on this 46-person boat. During your excursion, listen to the rich history of Kensington Metropark.

4. Pinckney Recreation Area

📍: Pinckney

Covering over 11,000 acres, the Pinckney Recreation Area is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Multiple lakes with two public beaches lie within the recreation area, offering a variety of water activities. Lie on the beach, rent a kayak or canoe, or drop your boat in the water to cool off on a hot summer day.

5. Splash ‘N Blast – Kensington Metropark

📍: Brighton

The whole family will rejoice in spending a day at the Splash ‘N’ Blast at Kensington Metropark. This waterpark houses two 240-foot water slides with twists and turns to offer the highest thrills. Spray grounds equipped with palm trees, serpents, and cannons that spritz water to cool you off.

This summer, enjoy these five spots to beat the heat in the Brighton Howell Area. Don’t forget to tag @explorebrightonhowellarea and use #ExploreBHA to be featured!

Stay Social with the Explore Brighton Howell Area

Outside Activities

Add to Favorites
You May Also Like

Spend Memorial Day Weekend in Brighton Howell Area
May 20, 2024

Kick off the summer season with the ultimate Memorial Day Weekend in the Brighton Howell Area! With 50,000 acres of parks, 123 trails, 160+ lakes, two downtown areas, and so much more, the…
Continue Reading

Dine at These Brighton Howell Area Outdoor Patios
May 16, 2024

The warm weather is finally here! Which means it’s outdoor patio season. Now’s the time to enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperatures over a delicious meal and unique cocktail. This season, dine at these …
Continue Reading

Celebrate Earth Day in Brighton Howell Area Parks
April 17, 2024

On April 22nd of every year, we celebrate Mother Earth. With 50,000 acres of outdoor recreation space, the Brighton Howell Area is the ultimate place to celebrate this planet we call home. Let’s…
Continue Reading

Fun Ways to Burn Excess Energy in the Brighton Howell Area
April 8, 2024

Now is the perfect moment to step outdoors and begin shedding that surplus energy. In the Brighton Howell Area, you’ll discover many opportunities to keep active during your visit. Staying active and expending…
Continue Reading

Dog-Friendly Spots in the Brighton Howell Area
February 26, 2024

Don’t leave your furry friend off the guest list when planning your next trip. The Brighton Howell Area is ready to welcome you and your pup to enjoy a variety of …
Continue Reading


Island Lake Recreation Area

Island Lake Recreation Area, 6301 Kensington Road, Brighton, MI, USA

Highlight On Map

Scofield Park

City Park, Howell, MI, USA

Highlight On Map

Brighton Recreation Area

Brighton Recreation Area, 6360 Chilson Road, Howell, MI, USA

Highlight On Map

Pinckney Recreation Area

8555 Silver Hill Road, Pinckney, MI, USA

Highlight On Map

Kensington Metropark

Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Pkwy, Milford, MI, USA

Highlight On Map