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6 Fantastic Things to do in Howard County MD

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For your next vacation, come experience some of the many attractions and things to do in Howard County MD. Howard County has a variety of great attractions, including museums, parks, ghost tours, wineries, casinos and golf courses. This variety of options can give you something to do anytime you come visit, with some activities best suited for winter and some for warmer seasons.

Howard County Ghost Tours

One great activity for history buffs, or someone up for a good scare, is one of the three Howard County ghost tours. One of these tours, the Spirits of Ellicott City tour, is a 21 and over tour where the tour guides recount tales of ghosts and paranormal activity, while the participants can enjoy wine, beer or cocktails. This tour also will take you through haunted pubs, bistros and taverns so you can find something to eat along the way. Another tour, good for the winter time, is the indoor Ghost Walks at Savage Mills. The tour travels both indoor and outdoor, ending at the Ram’s Head Tavern, a perfect stopping point for the hungry and thirsty guests after the tour. Finally there is the Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City Ghost Tour which takes you through the city and tells the tales of history and paranormal activity in the city.

B & O Railroad Museum

Another of many fun things to do in Howard County MD is to visit the B & O Railroad Museum. This museum is located at the oldest railroad station still in existence in the United States, and is a great place for those interested in history. You can see replicas of trains, original train tracks and even a light show and informational video while your visiting the museum.

Howard County Golf Courses

If you or your loved one are avid golfers, come check out one of the many premier golf courses in Howard County. These courses include Diamond Ridge Golf Course, Fairway Hills Golf Course, The Timbers at Troy, Turf Valley, and Waverly Woods Golf Club. All of these courses are in close proximity to The Wayside Inn and are a great place to spend an afternoon out on the links.

Nearby Casinos

If you want to try your luck while visiting us, check out one of two casinos in the area. These casinos include the Maryland Live! Casino and the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino. These casinos offer a variety of games and ways to win, so if your feeling lucky go out and come back a winner.


If you enjoy the occasional glass of wine, another of the things to do in Howard County MD is take a tour of the local wineries. There are five wineries in the surrounding area including Basignani, Elk Run Vineyard and Winery, Black Ankle Vineyard, Fiore Winery, and Boordy Vineyards.

Outdoor Activities

You can also enjoy some beautiful scenery or hiking while in town. There are a few options, including the Patapsco Valley State Park, the Old Trolley Trail, and Centennial Park. You can go for a hike on the many trails available, or just sit back and relax.

The Wayside Inn

While your enjoying the variety of things to do in Howard County MD, let us take care of your accommodations at the Wayside Inn. Our historic and romantic bed and breakfast provides the perfect backdrop for your romantic getaway with your loved one. While staying, you can relax in one of our six beautiful but quaint rooms and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast that you’re sure to love. Come see everything Howard City and The Wayside Inn have to offer for you on a relaxing and romantic weekend getaway.