If you haven’t been to Howell Nature Center, put it on your list. It’s easy to explore like a petting farm but with the additional activities you find at a zoo!

The Howell Nature Center (a.k.a. Wild Wonders Wildlife Park) is a hidden gem.  The rescue center is home to animals that range from mammals (including bobcats and foxes) to reptiles and birds. Their habitats are located on a stroller friendly path and offer an upclose look at wild life. If you want to walk more, there are hiking trails along hilly terrain that make you feel a million miles from home (it’s not as stroller friendly and I’d recommend a baby carrier for little ones). If you want more scenic views, the gardens are gorgeous and so are the natural wildflowers. Grab a book from the little library and have storytime in the gazebo.

Before you leave stop by the playground and let the kids play in the treehouse, race across the bridge, hop on the logs, climb the rope web or rock walk and slide down the ‘sand dunes’.  The nature based playscape reminds you that you can have a lot of fun in the great outdoors.

Howell Nature Center // 1005 Triangle Lake Road, Howell, MI 48843

  • Hours:  Daily 10am to 5pm
  • Admission: $6 for adults + $4 for kids 4 and under