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What’s Your Speed? Activities for Every Pace in Howard County, Maryland

What’s Your Speed? Activities for Every Pace in Howard County, Maryland

Man riding a bike through the woods

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie seeking your next outdoor adventure, or a family looking for a relaxing afternoon in the sun, the outdoors in Howard County are chock-full of fun things to see and do. So, tell us. What’s more your speed? 

No Sweat

Stargaze at Alpha Ridge Park during one of the Howard Astronomical League Observatory (HALO)’s “star parties.”

Boasting more than 140 species of birds and wildlife, the Howard County Conservancy is a great place for the whole family to learn about environmental stewardship and our local ecosystems.

Visit Robinson Nature Center’s 18 acres of interactive exhibits and easy outdoor walking trails.

Child sitting in apple farm
Photo Credit: Karmen Osei

Pick your own seasonal fruits and veggies at Larriland Farm, which opens for the season in early June.

Middle of the Road

Kayak or canoe on the serene waters of Centennial Park Lake

Tee (or kick) off at Fairway Hills Golf Club with an 18-hole course, driving range, and FootGolf. 

Drop a line at Rocky Gorge Reservoir and reel in walleye, rainbow trout, and bass.

Man fishing on a dock with the sun setting in the backround
Photo Credit: Karmen Osei

Adrenaline Junkie

Gear up for the Terrapin Challenge and conquer the zip line, high ropes challenge course, giant swing, and other adrenaline-spiking quests at Terrapin Adventures.

Explore Patapsco Valley State Park trails on a mountain bike! For a new perspective, rock climb your way through the park’s countless climbing routes.

Child in a go-kart at the AutoBahn Speedway
Photo Credit: Visit Howard County

Live out your professional driving fantasies at 50 mph with a few laps at the Autobahn Indoor Speedway. Or, let off some steam and encourage a little friendly competition at their indoor axe throwing facility.

Cross something off of your bucket list right here in Howard County — take flight on a hot air balloon ride with Friendship Hot Air Balloon Co.! You’ll notice things from the sky you’ve never noticed on land.


A version of this article originally appeared in the 2021 Official Visitor’s Guide for Howard County.

Howard County is the perfect combination of historic and hip. Located in the center of Maryland it’s convenient to explore both the rural and urban settings nearby. Whether you’re attending a special event, going on a shopping spree or indulging in the best cuisine, you’re sure to enjoy the picturesque scenery and freshness of the area. Howard County is the green in between, making it the ideal destination to visit!

Lead Photo: Visit Howard County

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