The heat of summer has settled in and all things cool are, well cool. In Howard County you'll find more pools then you could visit in a week, the perfect spots to stop for an icy treat, plenty of air conditioned fun and much more. Plan a daytrip or make a weekend of it. It's time to take advantage of these sunny days and balmy nights. 

The Columbia Association boasts 23 outdoor swimming pools (including two Mini WaterParks).

Soft Stuff and ScoopAHHdeedoo in Ellicott City offer creamy, dreamy treats when ice cream cravings hit. If you're looking for something a little more icy, The Snowball Stand in Woodstock, MD is a nostalgic spot, don't forget the marshmallow fluff!

ScoopAHHdeedoo Ice Cream in Old Ellicott City

Along the Howard On Tap craft beer trail you will find 8 unique craft beer attractions each with a selection of cold brews to help you beat the heat. Little French Market makes a mean fresh squeezed lemonade. Many restaurants are offering Garden-to-Glass cocktails during Howard County Restaurant Weeks. The promotion runs through August 1. Venture to an old favorite or try something new. It's too hot to cook anyway. 

For a cool waterside walk, visit one of Howard County's lakes. Several offer boat rentals too. 

HoCoMon at Lake Kittamaqundi

When it's even too hot for a trip to the pool. Head indoors for some air conditioned fun. Autobahn Indoor Speedway and Monster Mini Golf offer unique experiences and a little good old fashioned competition. Ice skating is always a great way to keep cool and Columbia Ice Rink reopens on August 8. At The Mall in Columbia you'll find shopping and dining all under one heat-blocking roof. Toby's Dinner Theatre's current production of Hairspray is being touted as not to be missed summer fun!

Once the sun begins to set and the day's heat begins to ease, find a patio to enjoy a sunset and a delicious meal. Howard County has great al fresco dining options. After dinner, retreat to one of the area's hotels or B&Bs to rest up for another day of fun in the sun.