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 Hartland. Tomorrow, we head to Howell.
10100 Highland Road, Hartland, MI 48353
For a memorable date night, Hartland foodies flock to Black Rock Bar & Grill, specializing in Certified Angus Beef® steaks served on a 755-degree volcanic sizzling rock. The original Black Rock location and a local favorite since 2010, the award-winning steakhouse also features a surprisingly varied menu. And why settle for happy hour when you can have Happy Days? Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Black Rock serves up specials on craft and domestic beer, house wine, margaritas and more. Plus, all-day $3 Bloody Marys and mimosas are on the menu every Sunday.
For more information, call (810) 632-5500 or visit www.blackrockrestaurants.com.
10635 Dunham Road, Hartland, MI 48353
No matter what the weather in Hartland, the Caroselli Aquatic Center — or, simply, “the Hartland Pool” to locals — is a year-round destination for family fun. The center features a six-lane competition pool with a diving board, as well as a leisure pool with a splash and play area, lazy river, hot tub and a family favorite — a three-story tall, 150-foot water slide. The center also offers swim lessons, exercise classes, private rentals and public swims. Families appreciate the clean, safe environment and comfortable average water temperature of 86 degrees in the leisure pool.
For more information, call (810) 626-2279 or visit www.hartlandschools.us/community/aquatic-center.
2755 Arena Drive, Hartland, MI 48353
When the kids have energy to burn, Hartland parents head to Bounce, a state-of-the-art athletic training facility for recreational and competitive gymnastics; tumbling and trampoline; Tae Kwon Do; dance and performing arts. The facility’s popular Open Bounce and “School’s Out … We’re In!” programs allow kids to enjoy supervised play while parents shop, do chores or just enjoy some time to themselves. Birthday parties feature an hour of instructional and open gym time, followed by 45 minutes in the party room. All parties include obstacle course, trampolines, tumble track, air track, bars, beams, cargo net, rope climbing, rock-climbing wall and foam pits.
For more information, call (810) 632-7222 ext. 2 or visit www.hartlandsportscenter.com.
— Jennifer Stang