Imagine IT!… Chic art galleries, award-winning theatre, crowd pleasing concerts & outdoor Shakespeare

The arts come OUTSIDE to play in Howard County. A vibrant visual arts community hosts a Plein Air in historic Ellicott City and a sidewalk chalk art contest in downtown Columbia each summer. Pack a picnic for outdoor Shakespeare perched high-above Ellicott City under the stars. FREE outdoor rock, pop and orchestral concerts, kid-friendly movies and even dance lessons are offered lakeside. Don’t miss docent-led or self-guided outdoor sculpture and Frank Gehry architecture walking tours in Columbia. Join local artists in a springtime community luminary lantern procession at dusk during Cherrybration Days.

Explore IT… 30,000 acres of parkland,100 miles of trails for hiking, biking and enjoying the outdoors

Home of The Patapsco Valley State Park, affectionately referred to as “Moab East” by mountain biking enthusiasts, Howard County is an oasis of eco-tourism activities in the Baltimore & Washington region. With gravity defying thrills at Terrapin Adventures’ ziplines, horseback riding at The Columbia Horse Center, TWO state-of-the-art and group friendly Nature Centers for hand-on learning, hot air balloon rides and much more! Wanna really get out and play? How about glow-in-the-dark Monster Mini-Golf or batting cages, petting farms, driving ranges, skate-parks, swim-centers and ice rinks for good ol’ fashioned fun?