Howard County's suburban, Columbia, is not only a great place to visit but also a great place to live. Columbia continues to earn recognition from different magazines as one of the United States' best places to live. Throughout the years, Columbia thrives as a central hub for culture and arts, all-embracing ideals, and a standard of green living and sustainability. Here is a glimpse of Columbia and what makes it more special compared to other cities in Howard County and the United States.
The Green in Between
Howard County is efficiently situated between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. In addition to that, Columbia has paved trails of more than 100 miles making it easy to explore on two wheels or foot. Spot unique parks like the Sports Park and Skate Park. Parks have complete amenities and facilities that all ages can enjoy such as pavilions, playground, and other outdoor facilities. Parties and camps are also available on the Columbia SkatePark. Visitors and locals enjoy hitting the links at the amazing golf courses like Hobbit's Glen and Fairway Hills. Fairway Hills Golf Club is accessible to the public and offers leagues, FootGolf, a driving range, lessons, and more.
Columbia is a city packed with amazing restaurants. Whether you are looking for something unique, casual, upscale, or fast, there will always be a restaurant in Columbia that can please your palate and satisfy your cravings. Wines on tap are on top of the impressive menu of Aida Bistro and Ananda has been recognized as one of the Most Outstanding Restaurants by GQ's list. The lobster grilled cheese of Victoria Gastro Pub is worth every calorie and you can get to experience Atlantic cuisines on Petit Louis. Lake Kittamaqundi is surrounded by restaurants that only served you delicious food but also some beautiful views.
The Mall in Columbia
The Mall in Columbia is a premier dining, entertainment, and shopping destination in Maryland. It is home to more than 200 restaurants and stores. It is conveniently located in the heart of Columbia's planned urban development which offers a variety of activities and services to a diverse population and operated as a vital gathering place and community center. Discover and explore the latest fashion trend in department stores that includes Nordstrom, JCPenny, Michael Kors, William-Sonoma, Pandora, lululemon, M.A.C, Swarovski, and many more. Dine at the mall's popular restaurants such as Season's 52 and Maggiano's.
See a Show
Columbia is a prime destination for arts and music. Some of the biggest stars of the music industry perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion. This regional music venue offers the famous superstars in contemporary entertainment in a state-of-the-art amphitheater nestled in the heart of Columbia's 40-acre forest. A culture and arts park on Symphony Woods hosts several free community concerts that include the popular Columbia Orchestra Summer Pops Concert. Aside from the concert venues, Toby's Dinner Theatre is also a must-visit in Columbia. The theater has been staging performances for over 40 years with the original musicals and award-winning Broadway shows combined with a scrumptious buffet-style dinner.