There’s a historic, unique and offbeat destination perfectly situated between Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Annapolis waiting to be discovered. Whether you want to explore the country’s oldest railroad station, dig into agriculture and learn more about where our food comes from, or need a safe and affordable place to rest between all of the exploring — Howard County, Maryland has something to offer.
The B&O Railroad Ellicott City Station Museum, in Howard County, is situated in Old Ellicott City and should be one of your first stops. Old Ellicott City is an 18th century mill town that helped spur the industrial revolution in Maryland. The museum houses exhibits on local and national railroad history and features year-round programs and living history events for diverse audiences. Step inside a 1927 caboose, explore the Main Depot and see how the station impacted the growth of Ellicott City.
Old Ellicott City is also close to the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum. Benjamin Banneker is often considered the first African American man of science. The museum has exhibits and information that appeals to a variety of interests including astronomy, history, cultural activities, hiking, nature and conservation.
Howard County is also home to over 300 farms that produce everything from farmer’s market destined produce to commercial beef and dairy. There are several open to the public and allow visitors to get up close and personal with farm animals, learn about sustainable agriculture and have an interactive experience.
Mary’s Land Farm is one of those farms in Howard County. The farm is a one-acre living pizza farm allowing groups to explore the farm’s different “slices” — as they learn all about how this classic and beloved dish is made. Sharp’s at Waterford Farm offer various educational experiences that range from “A Day in the Life of A Farmer” to “Pilgrim History” and the various growing seasons.
Clark’s Elioak Farm is part of a family farming operation that has been around for over 200 years. Highlights of a visit to this Howard County farm include the petting zoo and larger than life storybook characters saved from the historic Enchanted Forest amusement park that once operated nearby.
Howard County has made Money Magazine’s list of best places to live in the U.S. for the past 10 years and even nabbed the top spot in 2017. Many of the qualities that helped Howard County make the list are the very same reasons it’s such a wonderful place to visit. Howard County is a safe, quiet place to rest your head after a day of exploring. Here you’ll find affordable hotel rooms with top notch amenities and parking is free.