Conveniently located in the heart of central Maryland between Baltimore and Washington, Howard County offers the charm of a historic past mixed with the excitement of a cosmopolitan community. The County is continually ranked among the most affluent, advanced and educated communities in the United States. There is immediate access to leading educational and health care institutions, upscale retail, and outstanding recreation and entertainment. It is currently is home to 110,370 households and boasts a thriving, vibrant economy and welcoming business environment, with proximity to 50 federal agencies, universities, Fortune 500 companies, technology, defense and health care companies.
Areas of Howard County:
"Consistently recognized as one of the country’s finest communities, Columbia has been named the nation’s best place to live by Money Magazine.
Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, Merriweather Post Pavilion has hosted music legends for more than forty years. Nearby, in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, is the Chrysalis Amphitheater, which presents both community and family-friendly events.
Toby’s Dinner Theatre has been staging performances in Columbia for more than forty years, combining award-winning Broadway shows and original musicals with a delicious buffet-style dinner.
More than 200 stores and restaurants call The Mall in Columbia home.
Black Flag Brewing has five signature beers that are always on tap, and another five tap lines dedicated to their rotating list of small-batch brews.
Howard County's first craft distillery, Lost Ark mashes, ferments, distills, and bottles all of their spirits by hand, using only the finest local ingredients.
Looking for a place to take the family or have a party? You can try cracking the codes and solving the clues at Breakout Games, or head over to Shadowland Laser Adventures to experience a sensory experience like no other. Main Event Entertainment offers bowling, laser tag, arcade games, billiards, and more under one roof.
Escape your stress and improve your health through yoga, aqua classes, Pilates, and more at Haven on the Lake.
The Columbia Association (CA) maintains over 3,600 acres of open space including more than 100 miles of pathways for walking, biking, and jogging. There is even a CA pathway app for your mobile device to help you navigate your way.
Fairway Hills Golf Club is open to the public and offers lessons, leagues, a driving range, FootGolf, and more.
Learn about African American history at the Howard County Center of African American Culture, or increase your understanding of our planet’s natural resources at theRobinson Nature Center.
Cured Table & Tap evokes memories of the comfortable neighborhood corner bar, while sister restaurant 18th & 21st harkens back to prohibition-era supper clubs, with live music and speakeasy-inspired cocktails." (Source www.visithowardcounty.com)
"Howard County’s oldest settlement, Elkridge continues to thrive with its convenient proximity to Baltimore, Washington D.C., Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport, and many other points of interest in all directions.
Nationally recognized for its 200 miles of trails and more than 16,000 acres of beautiful scenery, Patapsco Valley State Park offers visitors space for fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback riding, and more. Located on the same site that housed Maryland’s first post-prohibition distillery world-renowned brewery Guinness recently opened its Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House, a tap room and experimental brewery just down the road on Route 1. This site also features new restaurant 1817.
Dine in elegance or plan your next memorable event at The Elkridge Furnace Inn, inside a historic, eighteenth-century mansion on the banks of the Patapsco River. One of the oldest existing colonial plantations in Maryland, Belmont Manor & Historic Park combines eighteenth-century history with picturesque scenery to create a popular venue for weddings and other private parties.
Satisfy your sweet tooth at local favorite Cindy’s Soft Serve, or sample delectable baked goods created by the team at Kupcakes & Co., who proved their skills with a victory on the Cooking Channel’s Cake Hunters.
Take a deep breath and relax at the Salt Sanctuary of Maryland clear your mind and body in the serenity of the salt cave. Family entertainment takes a fun and unexpected turn at Monster Mini Golf. Highlighted by its creature-filled décor, mini bowling, laser tag, eighteen-hole course. This screamingly entertaining attraction offers plenty of space for all sorts of events.
Check out Mutiny Pirate Bar and Island Grille which serves up classic bar food with a Caribbean twist in a relaxing atmosphere. The crew at Mutiny takes special pride in its extensive selection of fine rums!" (Source www.visithowardcounty.com)
About Ellicott City:
"Ellicott City has is a perennial on MONEY Magazine’s Best Places to Live list and most recently landed number 1 in MONEY’s The Best Place to Live in Every State and ranked fourth in MONEY’s 50 Best Places to Live in 2018. MONEY attributes the result to Ellicott City’s low crime rates, good real estate opportunities, culturally diverse residents, and quality of education with Ellicott City’s graduation rate and test scores being among the highest in the United States.
For a contemporary dining experience, try Mad Chef Kitchen and Bar located at Turf Valley Towne Square where you’ll find hand-crafted cocktails and traditional dishes with a modern flair. Nearby is the 5-mile stretch of state highway known as Maryland's Korean Way and serves visitors and residents alike with an international culinary experience like no-where else.
A Howard County institution, Clark’s Elioak Farm is home to a petting farm, a diverse produce stand, and the storybook wonderland known as The Enchanted Forest.
Ellicott City is home to Centennial Park, Meadowbrook Park, and the Patapsco Valley State Park’s Avalon Area." (Source www.visithowardcounty.com)
About Maple Lawn:
"One of Howard County’s fastest-growing communities, Maple Lawn has been recognized for its award-winning architecture, walkability, and a unique mix of boutique shops and high quality restaurants. The up and coming Maple Lawn is home to a number of award winning restaurants and dining, including Decadent Dessert Bar, voted Howard County's best coffee and bakery for 2021 by The Baltimore Sun, as well as many local retail, businesses, and hotels. " (Source www.visithowardcounty.com)
About Savage & Laurel:
"A former bustling mill town, Savage was an important manufacturing hub in the Northeast for more than 100 years. Savage Mill began operation as a textile mill in 1822. It now serves as host to a multitude of shops, galleries, and restaurants. Don’t miss the Antique Center at Savage Mill, where more than 100 dealers await with a wide variety of furnishings, accessories, collectibles, jewelry, artwork, ceramics, and more. At Horsespirit Arts Gallery, you will find an eclectic art collection that includes paintings, sculpture, photography, glass, mosaics, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, and fiber and wearable art. Take a break from shopping to grab a beverage and a bite a Dive Bar & Grille
Find your thrill zipping around at speeds of up to 50 MPH on either of two indoor Grand Prix-style tracks at Autobahn Speedway. Maybe you need a different kind of rush? If so, climb, swing, defy gravity, and more at Terrapin Adventures.
The two-span, 160-foot-long Bollman Truss Bridge is the world’s only surviving example of the “iron truss” approach to bridge engineering. In its present location since 1887, the bridge is a National Historic Landmark. Jailbreak Brewing Company, one of the area’s favorite craft breweries, boasts an open kitchen and an impressive selection of shareable plates crafted to pair perfectly with Jailbreak’s popular brews." (Source www.visithowardcounty.com)
About Western Howard County:
"Western Howard County is distinguished by its beautiful, open areas and rich agricultural heritage. By combining rural charm with easy access to many nearby urban resources, Western Howard County offers the best of both worlds.
You can pick your own fruits and vegetables or buy them from the market at Larriland Farm in Woodbine—open from the ripening of the strawberry crops in May until the apple harvest in early November. Sharp’s at Waterford Farm has been family-owned and operated since 1903 and has been luring visitors with corn mazes, hayrides, a country store, and much more for nearly forty years. Heron’s Meadow Farm in Woodbine is Maryland’s first tea farm. Visitors can sample teas, shop for mugs, walk through gardens, or simply relax on the patio and appreciate the beautiful scenery.
Red Shedman Farm Brewery & Hop Yard in Mt. Airy serves up seasonal hand-crafted ales, a variety of ciders, and bourbon-barrel-aged beer. Living Farm Heritage Museum helps preserve Howard County’s agricultural way of life through a variety of hands-on programs, demonstrations, and displays. Bold flavors combined with a relaxing atmosphere helps explain the success of Mt. Airy’s popular restaurant, Bolder." (Source www.visithowardcounty.com)
Howard County has six regional parks, 24 community parks, seven golf courses, five lakes and over 200 miles of walking, hiking and biking trails.