The best things in life are free, but one might think that’s not true in Howard County, an affluent bedroom community of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, MD., ranked as the third richest county in the nation (according to the 2006 U.S. Census) with an average household income of more than $100,000, and a perennial on Money magazine’s “Top Ten Best Places to Live in America.”

While Howard County offers more than its share of upscale amenities and experiences there are also countless activities, events, attractions and amenities that are absolutely free. Even those not trying to pinch a penny, will want to take part in these sure-to-please, FREE, or almost free, ways to explore the wonders of Howard County.