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Address: 8267 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-9925
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+1 410-313-1900

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The First Stop on Your Trip to Howard County

This should be your first stop when visiting Howard County Maryland. You'll find lots of brochures and trained folks willing to assist in whatever you might need. They can even... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2016
Baltimore, United States
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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274 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been here a few times. The people are very well informed and can tell you anything about what to do in Howard County.

Thank JohnBCowgill
Baltimore, United States
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203 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

This should be your first stop when visiting Howard County Maryland. You'll find lots of brochures and trained folks willing to assist in whatever you might need. They can even plan a trip itinerary. Why venture out without their help?

Washington, DC
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is a great place to find out about local attractions. Be sure to ask about the ghost tours, especially around Halloween!

Thank Horsegirl42
Ellicott City, Maryland
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56 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The welcome center is in an old post office and has managed to preserve the old charm from a simpler time. It was well staffed with two pleasant staffers. Enough information available to custom your trip and maximize your vacation time.In the basement is a Howard county police department museum. Very simple but tastefully done.

Thank Robert P
Magalia, California
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130 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016

The Archway of St. Louis is a landmark that invites visitors to ride single file narrow cars upward to the inside top of the Arch, to overlook the City of St Louis. A remarkable structure the defies the imagination. Highly recommended!

Thank gordonrlangford
Memphis, Tennessee
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67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

Definitely agree with other reviewers that you should stop off at the Welcome Center to get a lay of the land before visiting the old Main Street area and surrounding attractions. The folks working there were very helpful and the downtown area is quite unique.

Thank Ken B
East Coast USA
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88 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2016

The Visitor Center is located in an old post office central to town. It is clean and there is access to water and bathrooms. The staff is friendly and offered ideas for things to do for the day. There are great photos and displays about the area and books for sale that described the town and the area in great... More 

Thank Patritius
Silver Spring, Maryland
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2016

In December 2011 the Howard County Government took upon itself the unprecedented task of renovating Ellicott City's historic 1940 post office, one of 1400 constructed throughout the U.S. between 1933 and 1943. These post offices featured artwork in the form of murals or sculpture that were commissioned by the U.S. Treasury Department's Section of Painting and Sculpture. So many of... More 

Thank sshistory
Ellicott City, Maryland
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60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 December 2015

If you are coming to Ellicott City for the first time, the Visitor Center is a great place to start. You will get acclimated to Old Ellicott City and the county, in general with displays and lots of brochures. There is a parking lot behind the center which will put you at a good spot for exploring the city.

Thank Nurps
Kansas City
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204 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

Not really sure if this is a self-help place or not. There were two people in the area who appeared to be official types, but my friend and I were never acknowledged. There were pamphlets available which we helped ourselves to, but other than a very quaint and old building, I was not too impressed.

Thank RondaKansasCity

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