From the ghost tours of Ellicott City to the thriving community of Cumberland, Howard County is an exciting and diverse place to live. Howard County is an especially vibrant and fun-filled place for families. You and your kids will love the many community centers, museums, recreational trails, and golf courses that abound in Howard County. 

Of course, when you’re planning to purchase a home with a young family in tow, you’re looking for more than just things to do. The quality and variety of area schools is often one of the first topics of consideration. Luckily, Howard County is well-known for its strong performing schools and students. This area is ideal for all aspects of raising a family, from the school week to weekends. 

Here’s a look at 5 terrific ideas for family fun in Howard County, Maryland:

Visit a Museum or Historical Site

The museums in Howard County tell of the county’s incredible culture and history. The African Art Museum of Maryland, the Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum, the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum, and the Howard County Police Department Museum are just some of the many museum opportunities available in Howard County. 

You can also explore historical sites like the restored Ellicott City Colored School and the Historic Savage Mill. Some of these sites are part of the Howard County Civil War Trails. 

Enroll Your Child (or Yourself!) in a Class or Community Program

Howard County has wonderful options for children before and after school, as well as during school breaks. Take a look at this year’s recreation activity guide for information on area sports, theatre arts, cooking classes, and even group activities like chess. There are classes for adults, too, in dance, bridge, and more. 

Howard County has a variety of dance studios, play centers, and enrichment centers. You can also visit The Howard County Arts Council, which offers classes in visual, performing, and literary arts. The Howard County Library System regularly holds events for children, too.

Enjoy a Day at the Park

Howard County has several parks and playgrounds. There are golf courses, tennis courts, and even skate parks. Howard County’s Patapsco Valley State Park is considered to be Maryland’s first state park. It has many trails and recreational opportunities. Howard County is also home to the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia and less than an hour from the world famous Baltimore Zoo. 

Attend a Howard County Event

Howard County holds exciting events every month of the year. The Blossoms of Hope cherry blossom celebration welcomes the beauty of the county’s April cherry blossom trees while promoting cancer awareness. In the summer months, look forward to unique festivals like the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, as well as art and literature events. Cultural festivals, including the American Indian Festival and the Howard County Korean Festival, are also annual activities. In August, you can experience the Howard County Fair!

Dine in Howard County

Howard County has restaurants to suit even the pickiest palates. From Italian to fine dining (with a kids’ menu!), you’ll find it all in Howard County. 

Every year, during the summer and winter months, “restaurant weeks” are held in the county to give residents and visitors the chance to try a variety of cuisines at a fixed price. Many different restaurants participate, giving your kids the opportunity to be adventurous with their menu choices — or you the perfect opportunity for a fabulous date night treat.

There’s Something for Everyone in Howard County

Howard County is bustling with activity and opportunity for kids and adults alike. Ready to begin the home-buying process for your family? Explore our current home listings in Howard County and reach out to our agents. 
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