Spring in Maryland got off to in inauspicious start with the first real snowstorm of 2018, but things are sure to warm up sooner rather than later. So, it’s time to start planning a few fun family outings – and we’ve got you covered!
“Howard County seems to have more than its share of beloved family venues, from the Enchanted Forest and petting zoo at Clark’s Elioak Farm to the screaming fun at Terrapin Adventures,” says Laura Barnhardt Cech, The Baltimore Sun.
Family Fun in Howard County
With over 30,000 acres of parkland, over 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking, or running, Howard County is the perfect place for a little outdoor adventure!
“I’m confident you’ll find treasures that peak your interest to take back home with you and create lasting memories during your stay that will last a lifetime,” says Dr. Calvin Ball, Howard County Council.
Here are just a few examples of some fun spring activities:
Terrapin Adventures – Savage Mill, Maryland
Terrapin Adventures is the perfect spring destination for any family looking to infuse some outdoor adventure into their family activities. Kids can jump, swing, and climb on the Terrapin Explorer, a ropes course built specifically for children ages five to 10. This two level course includes two zip lines, 20 challenging elements, and a 20 ft. high rock wall. Meanwhile, parents can join the fun on the full-size ropes course with three levels taking you up to 40 ft. in the air! Terrapin Adventures also features a climbing tower, zip line, Giant Swing, and the Terrapin Flyer.
Terrapin Adventures also offers three fun and exciting summer camp experiences designed to challenge your children physically and intellectually, maintaining a ratio of one Camp Counselor for every six campers. Sign up for the Ultimate Adventure or Adventure Expeditions Summer Camps before Sunday, April 1 and enjoy our Early Bird Discount! CLICK HERE to register your son or daughter!
Clark’s Elioak Farm – Ellicott City, Maryland
Clark’s Elioak Farm is a fun and affordable day trip for families, featuring hay rides, a petting zoo, and some of the freshest produce in the area.
“Spring is a great time to come out to the farm to see all our baby animals,” says Nora Crist, who is part of the family that owns Clark’s. “Our favorite are the bouncing, bounding baby goats.”
The farm is also the new home of several sets from The Enchanted Forest, a storybook-themed park in Ellicott City that sadly closed in 1990. Visitors to Clark’s Elioak Farm can re-live the fun, wonderment, and adventure as they find several of their favorite storybook characters, such as Humpty Dumpty, the old woman who lived in the show, Jack and Jill, and many more, throughout the farm.
Clark’s Elioak Farm opens for the season on Friday March 30, 2018, with Easter egg hunts taking place on Saturday March 31 and Sunday April 1.
Misty Manor Riding Stable – Marriottsville, Maryland
One of several horse farms in Howard County, Misty Manor Riding Stable offers one-, two- and three-hour trail rides available for groups of up to 25. Owner Judi Reinke says riding is even fun for kids without horse experience, adding “Children love riding!”
“Our horses are very docile and it provides a sense of empowerment,” she says. “People really love it.”
Main Street – Ellicott City, Maryland
Known for its small shops – specifically its antique stores – and small town feel, Historic Ellicott City is a great destination for families. It is home to the oldest standing B & O railroad station, many historic sites, unique shops, and distinctive dining.
On April 21st, live bands, sidewalk sales, and locally craft brewed beers, wine, and food vendors will flood the street for Spring Fest. There will also be lots of free crafts for the kids.
Patapsco Valley State Park – Ellicott City, Maryland
The Patapsco Valley State Park is Maryland’s first state park, encompassing 16,043 acres and eight developed recreational areas, and more than 200 miles of trails. Potential activities include hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback and mountain bike trails, and more than a few picnic areas.
Patapsco Valley is just one of the many parks throughout the county. Howard County is home to more than 50 regional, community, and neighborhood parks in total! Click Here to view them all.
If you have any questions, please call Terrapin Adventure at 301.725.1313, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.