Livingston County Hangouts: Fowlerville

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Spending time with other people is one of life’s greatest pleasures. These social connections make our lives richer and our communities stronger.

With technology making it easier to hang out remotely with people across the globe, we got to thinking: Where do people in Livingston County like to hang out?

Here in Livingston County, we are blessed with five distinct communities — Brighton, Fowlerville, Hartland, Howell and Pinckney — each with its boundaries defined by one of our five public school districts, and each with its own personality and assets. We assembled a team of experts — each of whom lives in one of the five communities — and we asked them to tell us where people in their community liked to hang out.

Maybe you’ll agree with their picks; maybe you won’t. If you have places you think we’ve left off the list, we’d love for you to tell us about them by leaving a comment below.

Today, we are checking in on the hangouts in Fowlerville. Tomorrow, we head to Hartland.


Best Hangout for Adults – The Bloated Goat Saloon, 141 E. Grand River Ave., Fowlerville

When you have one of the most iconic bars in Livingston County in your town, you take advantage of it. And seeing as how Fowlerville doesn’t have a lot of options for ANY group to hang out, the Goat is pretty much it for grown-ups. It has everything you’d expect a place called the Bloated Goat to have – beer, liquor, decent bar food, pool tables, TVs behind the bar, and lots of people who sit out front smoking. The Goat is in many ways just another small-town bar, but it in other ways, it’s an experience not to be missed. Don’t miss it.
Call (517) 223-8413.

The Russian brown bear.
A coyote and red fox.
The library’s Rocky Mountain goat.

Best Hangout for Families – the Fowlerville District Library, 130 S. Grand Ave., Fowlerville

Fowlerville used to have an old, small library that was very nice. Last year, though, it got a new, big library that’s REALLY nice. It’s one of the nicest libraries in Livingston County, and Fowlerville families are flocking there.

The library has all the essentials (books, magazines, multi-media stuff, computers), along with some great reading programs and family activities every week. Check the weekly schedule.

But what moves this from a good library to a COOL library are all the stuffed trophy animals around the place. There are giant bears and rams and all sorts of other animals, and you seriously can’t look away.

Coolest library ever.

Call (517) 223-9089 or visit fowlervillelibrary.org.

Best Hangout for Kids – Walmart, 970 Gehringer Dr., Fowlerville

Let’s face it, there aren’t a lot of options here. The movie theater in Fowerville closed down in the 1950s. The bowling alley closed down in the 1980s. There aren’t a lot of other places left to gather, especially when the weather turns bad. If they’re just out looking to hang out, you’ll find most every kid in Fowlerville at McDonald’s or one of the other fast-food joints; or at Walmart. Most likely at Walmart. Not causing trouble or anything like that. They’ll just be walking around in packs, staying out of the cold and hanging with their friends. It has become mathematically impossible for a Fowlerville High School student to visit Walmart and not see at least one person he or she knows.
Call (517) 223-8605. Open 24 hours.

— Buddy Moorehouse

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