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Guide to the Ultimate Brighton Howell Area Summer Vacation

May 29, 2024

The Brighton Howell Area is an all-season destination that peaks during the summertime. The area offers a variety of delicious restaurants, lakes to dive into, ice cream to eat, and boutique shopping. There are many things to do it can be hard to know where to start. Follow this guide to the Ultimate Brighton Howell Area Summer Vacation to plan out your next getaway.


Attend a Summer Event

There are several fun summer events in the Brighton Howell Area to plan your trip around. Locals and visitors alike rave about the Hamburg Family Fun Fest in mid-June and the Fowlerville Family Fair in late July where you can enjoy carnival rides, food, games, and more. You won’t want to miss the chance to experience the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest to see hot air balloons paint the sky over Howell.


Explore the Farmers’ Markets 

There are several Farmers’ Markets stretched across the Brighton Howell Area. On Saturdays, visit the Brighton Farmers’ Market and Hartland Farmers’ Market to indulge in locally grown produce, plants, baked goods, and crafts! Then, on Sundays, make a day out of exploring the Howell Farmers’ Market right downtown and visiting local shops and restaurants.


Grab Some Ice Cream

What’s a summer vacation without a sweet, cold treat? The Brighton Howell Area offers visitors a variety of treats from snow cones to custard to good old-fashioned, hard-packed ice cream. Find over 70 flavors of snow cones at Southern Shaved Ice or visit Jack’s Frozen Custard for scoops, sundaes, avalanches, and more. While in the area, stopping at Cap’n Frosty’s is a must. Located near the Lakeland Trail in Pinckney, visitors can grab an ice cream and take a stroll.


Go Camping

Known as being Southeast Michigan’s “up north” without the long drive, the Brighton Howell Area is a haven for camping enthusiasts. Visitors will love staying in the Brighton Recreation Area at either Bishop Lake or Appleton Campgrounds for the beaches, miles of trails, and close proximity to downtown Brighton. Hell Creek Campground offers a serene and quiet atmosphere perfect for unplugging for the ultimate camping getaway.


Jump in the Water

Over 100 lakes are located in the Brighton Howell Area, which creates countless opportunities for people looking to cool off this summer. The Spring Mill Pond in Island Lake Recreation Area is a pristine man-made lake with a sandy shore with picnic tables, restrooms, and beach volleyball courts. Kensington Metropark’s Splash ‘n’ Blast area is perfect for the whole family, with two 240-foot water slides and a 2,500-foot splash pad. 


Dine at an Outdoor Patio

Enjoy the warm summertime weather by visiting an Outdoor Patio in the Brighton Howell Area on your getaway. The wide variety of outdoor dining options in the area gives visitors the opportunity to choose from a vast range of cuisine types. Be sure to pair your delicious meal with a craft cocktail to cool you off on the hottest of summer days.


Live it up this summer by enjoying these activities in the Brighton Howell Area. Don’t forget to grab your Visitor’s Guide and sign up for our newsletter before you plan out your summer vacation! While you’re here, be sure to tag @explorebrightonhowellarea and use #ExploreBHA for a chance to see your photos featured on our page. 


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