Welcome to Visit Howard County's guide for an unforgettable Spring Break filled with adventure, exploration, and the vibrant beauty of the season! As winter bids farewell and nature awakens with bursts of color, it's the perfect time to venture outdoors and make the most of the blossoming landscapes. In this blog post, we'll take you on a journey through a variety of captivating activities and destinations to enjoy over Spring Break. From delightful egg hunts at Clark's Elioak Farm to tranquil walks amidst blossoms and buds beginning to appear at Centennial Park, there's something for everyone to revel in the rejuvenating spirit of spring. So, let's embrace the warmer weather, bask in the beauty of nature, and embark on an unforgettable springtime adventure together!

Egg-citing Adventures at Clark's Elioak Farm

Dive into fun at Clark's Elioak Farm, open daily from now through Easter Monday (and then returning to their regular schedule)! Experience daily egg hunts. Your little ones can search for eggs near the castle, complete with a whimsical dragon perched on top. Don't miss the chance to snap photos with the cheerful Easter bunny. Older kids can venture into the Enchanted Forest for their own egg-citing hunt. As you step into Clark's Elioak Farm, you'll be greeted by blooming blossoms, truly setting the scene for a springtime adventure! Discover more ideas for hopping fun experiences in Bunnies and Brunch.

Clark's Elioak Farm Easter Bunny

Clark's Elioak Farm's Bunny

Picnic Paradise at Patapsco Valley State Park 

Pack a basket full of goodies and head to Patapsco Valley State Park for a day of outdoor bliss. Explore miles of hiking trails, discover picturesque picnic spots, and revel in scenic overlooks as you immerse yourself in the beauty of spring.

Cozy Shopping at Savage Mill

If the spring chill lingers, discover refuge in Savage Mill's indoor shopping complex, housed within the historic walls of an old cotton mill. Brimming with character, this unique destination offers a diverse array of boutiques, craft shops, and specialty stores to explore. Discover timeless treasures at The Antique Center, or bask in the sunlight outside Roggenart's courtyard with a book or a friend. From vintage finds to delectable treats, Savage Mill provides the perfect escape to stay warm and cozy amidst the changing seasons.

Artistic Exploration in Downtown Columbia

Embark on an artistic journey through Downtown Columbia, where vibrant murals, sculptures, and installations showcase the creativity of local artists. Discover cultural hotspots and snap photos in front of spring-inspired murals. Indulge in colorful ice cream snacks as you explore this dynamic art scene, and don't forget to pick up the latest best-selling novel at Busboys and Poets in the Merriweather District.

Merriweather District

Merriweather District

Plus, don't miss the adorable Toby's Dinner Theater show featuring Beauty & The Beast, with their specialty drink as the grey stuff! 

Historic Charm in Ellicott City

Immerse yourself in the historic charm of Ellicott City, renowned for its quaint streets, unique boutiques, and mouthwatering eateries. Take leisurely strolls along Main Street, browse through eclectic shops, and treat yourself to a delectable treat at Sweet Cascades.

Cherry Blossom Serenity at Centennial Park 

Extend your cherry blossom season at Centennial Park! After peak bloom in Washington DC, some blooms and budding trees begub to appearing around the lake. The Kwanzan cherry trees will reach peak bloom from April 12 - May 12th, 2024. Take a stroll to admire various blossoms and soak in the serene ambiance of nature's awakening. Read more about cherry blossom celebrations in Howard County.

Waterfront Bites and Floral Delights Lake Kittamaqundi

Experience the vibrant colors of spring at Lake Kittamaqundi, where vivid yellow and purple flowers bloom alongside the statue of James Rouse, who founded Columbia as an ideal utopian community. Walk around the lake to enjoy picturesque views as blossoms reflect on the lake's surface. Indulge in soft-shell crab rolls from Sushi Sono and find the perfect spot for a lakeside picnic. Read more about what a catch Howard County's seafood scene is.

Lake Kittamaqundi over Spring Break

Lake Kittamaqundi

Stroll Along Maple Lawn's "Main Street" - Maple Lawn Boulevard

Indulge in a stroll along Maple Lawn's bustling "Main Street" on Maple Lawn Boulevard, where charming shops and vibrant eateries await. Make a sweet stop at Decadent Dessert Bar for themed treats, including beautiful cherry blossom cakes, bird's nest cupcakes, and bunny butt cupcakes (upon request with a variety prepared daily in the store). Then, swing by Bra-la-la to refresh your spring wardrobe with ruffles and florals galore. With lingerie and loungewear to suit every style, you'll be ready to embrace the season in chic comfort. 

Extend Your Spring Break Adventure: Book a Hotel Stay

Elevate your Spring Break experience by booking a stay at a local hotel and indulging in even more fun and relaxation. Whether you're seeking a cozy retreat with luxurious amenities or a family-friendly resort with exciting activities, a hotel stay adds an extra layer of excitement to your springtime adventure. So, why not extend your getaway and make the most of every moment? Pack your bags, book your stay, and get ready to create lasting memories. Your ultimate springtime escape awaits!