Howard County Tourism Council, 8267 Main St., Ellicott City, (800) 288-8747.
Howard County Information and Referral, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, (410) 313-3000.
Columbia Association Welcome Center and Archives, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, (410) 715-3000
African Art Museum of Maryland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, (410) 730-7105, www.africanartmuseum.org. Exhibits of African artworks, plus lectures and workshops.
Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City, (410) 461-1944, www.b-orrstationmuseum.org. The oldest railroad station in America, this building was constructed in 1830 and now houses history programs, exhibits, and a working scale model of America's first 13 miles of railroad.
Historic Cider Mill Farm, 5012 Landing Road, Elkridge, (410) 788-9595, www.farmmd.com. Besides cider, the farm has a petting zoo, ponies, hayrides, and, best of all, Goat World.
Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage, (800) 788-6455, www.savagemill.com. This renovated 1822 textile mill now houses more than 60 high-end boutiques, antique shops, and eateries.
Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, (410) 313-2787. This center houses exhibits and workshops, plus classes and special events are offered.
Howard County Center of African-American Culture, 5434 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, (410) 715-1921, www.hccaac.org. This center collects, preserves, and interprets African-American culture.
Howard County Fair, Aug. 5-12, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, (410) 442-1022. A full week of rides, food, arts, crafts, entertainment, and lots and lots of prize animals that will eventually be eaten.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Columbia Sports Park, 5453 Harpers Farm Road, (410) 715-3054. Miniature golf and skateboarding are the attractions here.
Earth Treks Climbing Center, 7125-C Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, (410) 872-0060, www.earthtreksclimbing.com. This large climbing gym offers classes on how to reach the top of a big rock without falling to the bottom.
Patapsco Valley State Park, 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, (410) 461-5005. This park extends 32 miles along the Patapsco River and offers bicycling, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and picnicking.
State Farm Senior Classic, July 3-9, Hobbit's Glen Golf Club, Columbia, (410) 964-0900, www.statefarmclassic.com. The Senior PGA Tour comes to Columbia.
ShadowLand Laser Adventures, 9062 Route 108, Columbia, (410) 740-9100. Strap on a high-tech suit and enter the multilevel, 6,000-square-foot arena where you can blast your friends real good with laser beams.
Inn at Paternal Gift Farm, 13555 Route 108, Highland, (301) 854-3353.
Wayside Inn, 4344 Columbia Road, Ellicott City, (410) 461-4636, www.waysideinnmd.com
Ballindullagh Barn Antiques, 2410 Woodstream Court, Ellicott City, (410) 988-8002.
Country Crafters, 8080 Main St., Ellicott City, (410) 203-2618.
Historic Oella Mill, 840 Oella Ave., Ellicott City, (410) 465-1313.
Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage, (800) 788-6455.
Mall in Columbia, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, (410) 730-3300. A shopping mall is a shopping mall is a shopping mall. So is this one.
Main Street Oriental Rugs and Treasures, 8086 Main St., Ellicott City, (410) 313-9090.
Spring House Designs, 8111 Main St., Ellicott City, (410) 461-6818.
Taylor's Antiques Mall, 8197 Main St., Ellicott City, (410) 465-8435.
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