Dreaming of the Summer Olympics in Paris? While you eagerly await the spectacle, dive into the athletic spirit right here in Howard County, Maryland. Home to professional athletes and even Olympians, Howard County is a champion's haven, where health and hard work combine for an exceptional quality of life. With a plethora of outdoor attractions and top-notch facilities, you can channel your inner Olympian without the need for a passport.

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Patapsco Valley State Park

Train Like a Champion

Prepare yourself for the triathlon of your dreams right here in Howard County. Whether you're gearing up for the Columbia Association Triathlon on June 16, 2024, or just want to hone your skills, Centennial Park and its surroundings offer ideal routes for running and cycling. Prefer a pool for your training? Howard County boasts several facilities, including the Roger Carter Community Center and Columbia Swim Center, where you can dive in and perfect your strokes.

Ace Your Tennis Game

Serve up some serious competition on Howard County's abundant tennis courts. From Blandair Park to Rockburn Branch, there's no shortage of places to perfect your swing and challenge your opponents.

Tee Off in Style

For golf enthusiasts, Howard County is a golfer's paradise. Swing by Waverly Woods Golf for a round of 18 and experience the beauty of an Arthur Hills Design course.


Waverly Woods Golf Club

Hit the Bullseye

Test your precision at the target archery range in Alpha Ridge Park. Take aim and let your arrows fly as you sharpen your focus and aim for the gold.

Embrace Lake Life

Who needs a beach when you have picturesque lakes? Howard County even has some sandy outdoor volleyball courts where you can work on your spike and enjoy some relaxing views, from Cedar Lane Park to Turf Valley Resort.

Experience Thrills with Zip Lining

Seeking an adrenaline rush? Head to Terrapin Adventures and take on the challenge of zip-lining through the treetops. Feel the wind in your hair as you soar above the forest canopy.

Ziplining at Terrapin Adventures

Terrapin Adventures

Recharge and Relax

Every athlete knows the importance of rest and recovery. Treat yourself to a rejuvenating experience at THE Pearl Spa or find your zen at Yoga Haven in Howard County, Maryland.

Fuel Up and Cheer On

Refuel your body and cheer on your favorite athletes at Howard County's local restaurants. Enjoy delicious cuisine while catching up on the latest Olympic action.

Rockfish from The Kings Contrivance

Rockfish from The Kings Contrivance

Fun Local Olympics-Related Facts

Did you know that some of the athletes competing in the 2024 Summer Olympics hail from right here in Howard County, Maryland? Meet a few of our local Olympians:

Aaron Russell – Volleyball
Aaron Russell is a 30-year-old, 6’9″ volleyball player from Ellicott City, Maryland. He attended Centennial High School in Ellicott City and is a key player on the U.S. national team.

Kyle Snyder – Wrestling
Kyle Snyder is a 28-year-old wrestler from Woodbine, Maryland. A decorated athlete, Snyder aims to add to his 2016 Gold and 2020 Silver medals at the 2024 Summer Games.

Juliette Whittaker – Track
Juliette Whittaker is a 20-year-old middle-distance runner from Laurel, Maryland. She attended Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, where she secured numerous state and national titles, making her a standout athlete to watch this summer.

Embrace your inner Olympian in Howard County and celebrate the spirit of the games with local pride!

Convenient Location, Affordable Luxury

Just 20 minutes from Baltimore and less than an hour from D.C., Howard County is the perfect home base for exploring the Capital region. After a day of training and adventure, take time to explore the sights and unwind near Howard County. Whether you're strolling along the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore or exploring the Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C., there's plenty to see and do in the region. With upscale hotels and cozy B&Bs offering affordable accommodations and free parking, you can rest easy after a day of Olympic-inspired adventures.