Brighton provides both residents and visitors with a plethora of things to see and do around town. The premier attraction in the winter months is the local ski hill, Mount Brighton. The 230 foot tall ski hill was created from the earth deposited in the area during the construction of I-96. Mount Brighton first opened in the winter of 1960. The hill is home to 25 ski and snowboard trails, a terrain park, four bars and restaurants and an 18 hole golf course making in a year round destination. It is equipped with state of the art snow making equipment and an on-site reservoir ensuring the snow pack remains ideal all season long. In 2012 Mount Brighton was acquired by Vail Resorts who invested 10 million dollars to further improve the property (History of Mt.Brighton).
If you are looking for a more laid back activity take a stroll around Mill Pond park. The park and area surrounding it is home to 30 permanent sculptures created by Michigan artists, if you are extremely lucky “Decision Pending,” a sculpture on the southern end of the pond, may be adorned with a festive outfit. During the summer months visitors are encouraged to stop by the Yum Yum Tree, a local staple, for a hand scooped cone as you wait for one of the numerous summer concerts to begin at the Mill Pond’s Kiwanis gazebo. If you have young children Brighton’s Imagination Station, a fully fenced in playground on the western shore of the Mill Pond, is a must see. Make sure you come early, as local candy store Oh My Lolli! hides tokens on the playground that can be exchanged for a handmade lollipop.
Stepping away from downtown the Brighton State Recreation Area offers visitors 5,000 acres to explore. Patrons can enjoy a day on the waters of Bishop Lake utilizing the public boat launch or spend the day beach side playing a game of horseshoes or beach volleyball. In the winter the expansive network of hiking and mountain bike trails are converted for use as snowmobile and cross country skiing paths. The area is also open to hunting and fishing. The Brighton Rec Area is also home to riding stables complete with rental horses for patrons to enjoy.
The Brighton Center for the Performing Arts hosts a wide variety of live entertainment throughout the year. Acts range from high school plays, musicals and concerts to nationally recognized performances. Catching one of the shows is the perfect way to end a night spent patronizing on of downtown Brighton’s many restaurants.
Mount Brighton http://www.mtbrighton.com/
Map of Sculpture Locations http://www.brightoncity.org/Business-Community/PDF/OutdoorSculptureExhibitInfoAndWalkingMap.aspx
Brighton Center for the Performing Arts http://brightonperformingarts.com/
Calender of Events http://www.brightoncoc.org/BRCommunity-Events?date=&view=calendar