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7 Incredible Winter Activities in the Brighton-Howell Area

December 3, 2019 | Story by: Nick Danowski

Whether you’re a family looking for fun in the snow or a ski enthusiast looking for a real challenge, head to Livingston County, MI this winter! Sleigh rides to Santa, safe sledding and snowmobiling are just a few ways to create lasting memories. Explore 7 Incredible Winter Activities in the Brighton-Howell Area:


1. Sledding & Tobogganing

What says winter fun more than sledding? At Kensington Metropark, kids will love the “bunny hill” and parents will love the padded trees for added safety. They also offer beginner to advanced hills available for everyone to enjoy. Additionally, the Orchard picnic area offers shelter with tables and grills. So, grab your gear, check hill conditions by contacting the Park Office at (810) 227-8910, and get ready for some fun!

Explore the 40ft drop at the sledding hill at Genoa Township Park that has a heated pavilion and heated bathrooms nearby that are open year-round.

When: Weekdays 11am to dusk. Weekend 10am to dusk.

A mother and son sledding down a hill


2. Ice Skating and Ice Hockey

It may be cold when the water freezes over, but it’s the perfect time for skating at the natural ice rinks on Kent Lake in Kensington Metropark. There’s room for everyone with separate rinks for families/free-skate and hockey players. Also, they’re lit in the evenings, and if you’re feeling too cold, the nearby boat rental building can warm you up. Be sure to bring your own equipment, and feel free to call the Park Office at (810) 227-8910 for the most up-to-date conditions!

When: Weekdays 11am-9pm. Weekends & holidays 10am-9pm.

Visit Huron Meadows Metropark to skate on their two natural ice skating ponds and slide down the sled hill.


two people place ice hockey at Kensington Metropark


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3. Skiing and Snowboarding

You’ll have an absolute blast going down Mt. Brighton! The resort recently put in $10 million of improvements, and it shows. They have new chairlifts, new base facilities, and enhanced learning terrain with a new powerful state-of-the-art snowmaking system. Your kids will enjoy children’s ski and ride school center, and if you’re new to the experience, they offer skiing & snowboarding lessons. For those into cross country skiing, the Brighton-Howell also boast trails at Kensington Metropark, Huron Meadows Metropark, Island Lake State Recreation Area, and Howell Nature Center.

When: Mt. Brighton is now open! Click here for Mt. Brighton’s snow report!

Check out the Ski Center at Kensington Metropark for affordable rental equipment. The Ski Center is open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Call them for more information on Kensington Metropark’s variety of winter activites.

A ski lesson at Mt. Brighton


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4. Sleigh Rides and Train Rides

Discover a winter wonderland during a festive horse-drawn sleigh ride in Kensington Metropark. The park also offers a holiday tradition for the whole family: Snacks with Santa. Enjoy a sleigh ride with cozy blankets, a holiday sing-along with song sheets & jingle bells, and a visit with Santa by the Christmas Tree. Call 248-625-7280 to pre-register! Alternatively, you can also visit Santa at his Sleigh Workshop cabin via train at Spicer Orchards.

When: Available every Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm from the Farm Center if there are at least 6-8 inches of snow.

Two black horses pull a sleigh in the snow


5. Snowmobiling

Looking to get your snowmobile out and have some fun? Brighton-Howell’s got you covered. With over 14 miles of trails for snowmobiles in Island Lake State Recreation Area, explorers will have plenty of ground to cover and thrill-seekers will enjoy plenty of hills.

Scout your adventure with their trails online!

When: Winter months when there’s enough snow to ride.


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6. Ice Fishing

You can continue your favorite hobby, or discover a new one, in the winter months by ice fishing for Bluegill, Lack Crappies, Yellow Perch and the occasional Northern Pike at Kensington Metropark! You can also check out Island Lake State Recreation Area, which is stocked with trout!

When: Winter months when the ice is safe to walk on.

A young boy ice fishing


7. Winter Walks

Explore nature in all its winter beauty along miles of trails in Island Lake State Recreation Area in Brighton. Additionally, every year, enjoy facts about the moon and folklore on the Winter Solstice Full Moon Walk in Kensington Metropark. You can pre-register for the event by calling (810) 227-8917!

When: Whenever you’d like during park hours!

runners at kensington metropark


The Brighton-Howell area is full of ways to create magical memories in the snow. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on winter events and opportunities!

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Kensington Metropark

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

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Mt. Brighton

Mt Brighton Ski Area, 4141 Bauer Road, Brighton, MI, 48116 USA

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Huron Meadows Metropark

Huron Meadows Metropark, 8765 Hammel Road, Brighton, MI 48116 USA

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Island Lake Recreation Area

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

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Howell Nature Center

Howell Nature Center, 1005 Triangle Lake Road, Howell, MI, USA

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Spicer Orchards Farm Market

10411 Clyde Rd Fenton, MI 48430

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