There are a bazilllion things to do in Michigan. There aren’t quite as many to do in the immediate area of the hotels in Brighton, but there’s still plenty.
Things to do in and around Brighton and Howell:
- Howell Conference & Nature Center 1005 Triangle Lake Rd, Howell, MI 48843-8958 United States (517) 546-0249|from $-1
- The Henry Ford Museum 209000 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124 www.TheHenryFord.org Halloween in Greenfield Village, October 9-11 (Additional fee required)
- Michigan Sea Life Aquarium 4316 Baldwin Rd.Auburn Hills, MI 48326 www.visitsealife.com/michigan
- Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum 31005 Orchard Lake Rd. Farmington Hillsl, MI 48334 (248) 626-5020
- Tanger Outlets I-96 at M-59, Exit 133 1475 North Burkhart Rd.Howell, MI 48855 (517) 545-0500
There are Bowling Alleys, Fun Arcade, and other attractions on Grand River Ave. In Howell, by the Tanger outlets is a pirate themed kids attraction called Castaway Play Cafe, and there is a movie theater (with really good morning show pricing) right near the hotels.
In downtown Brighton there is a children’s playground near Mill Pond amid restaurants, ice cream and candy shops, and boutique-like shopping. In Howell are the familiar services: WalMart, Target, Kohl’s, etc.
Great Clips (hair salon for men and women) is in the same “mall” as Target, IHOP and the Holiday Inn and Express.
There are also a number of local restaurants that Kate and I have enjoyed, or that Joanne and Mike did (they’ve gone places we haven’t), in the immediate area: We highly recommend Lynn’s cafe and Jack’s frozen custard, in the small shopping area by Mill Pond in downtown Brighton, and Joanne and Mike both liked the Yum Yum Tree, for casual, as well as Lu and Carl’s (more of a bar and burger kind of place though). The Brighton Bar and Grille, The Main Crossing, and Sagano (a hibatchi style restaurant) are all in the same area, but a little bit less tee shirt and a little more collared shirt. Across Grand River from Mill Pond is Sushi Zen, also one of our favorites. A few miles east on Grand River would bring you to Alexander’s land and sea grille, which is a touch pricier, but also excellent. Heading west on Grand River for a few miles and you can find Aubree’s, a pizza and burger style restaurant, and even a little further than that is Brunner’s, one of our (and probably Pat’s) favorite places to get breakfast. The standard national chain restaurants are also around, scattered up and down (and occasionally slightly off the path of) Grand River Ave.