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Things to do in Ellicott City

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Mall
“Lots of upscale shops and stores (200+). Good anchor stores in JCPenney, Lord and Taylor, Macy's and Nordstrom. Lively arcade with super games and a bowling alley. 2 floors connected by elevators, escalators and stairways. Plenty of eateries in the food court and around the perimeter. Great restaurants just outside the mall like Season 52, Urban Plates and a Cheesecake Factory. Parking can be a problem, especially on the weekends. Use the garages if bad weather. Large enough for indoor walks, especially during winter months. Throw in the AMC Movie Theater and you have it all in one place. (4.5 miles from our location)”
  • 19 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“State Park with a bit of history behind it. I occasionally visit just to enjoy the scenery. Never overcrowded.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“There is so much history in Ellicott City, that I'd run out of space telling you of all of the amazing places. The must-see is the old post office, but even in this sleepy old town, there is a nightlife that includes dancing and karaoke.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“This is located at the Columbia Mall. They usually have all of the latest and greatest movies to offer. State of the arts theater - including an IMAX theater.”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“This is really an awesome park that has a lake in the middle and a walking/biking trail that goes all the way around it. There are many other trails in the park as well. There are many beautiful views and a lot of wild life. Additionally, there are ball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, rest rooms, and many other facilities. There are picnic facilities that need to be reserved. The park is free to the public and open from dawn until dusk. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
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  • 6 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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“The food is always excellent here. It reminds of a local place you can rely on. During the summer they have outdoor seating which allows the guest to enjoy the outdoor music.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
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“One of the best restaurants in Howard County. Cute, consistency good in both food and service. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Close to the mall, spend time at the bar with live music, or enjoy a romantic seated dinner.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Restaurants, a band stand, an outdoor amphitheater, plenty of parking and even paddle boats for rent, the lakeside at Lake Kittamaqundi is perfect to bring the kids or to bring your date. Paved walking route that takes you through the trees and about the lake. Park in free lots, wander around very pleasant waterside, attractive artworks, some world class architecture, and very convenient dining. (10 miles from our location)”
  • 7 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Romantic choice serving farm-to-table French country fare in a 19th-century house, with a full bar.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“They have a Starbucks inside of the market. This is also the closet food shopping location.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Well, who does not love cheese cake? The atmosphere is great and it's right next to the MAC theater and Columbia Mall. Fun, fun, fun, and yum. Food at Cheesecake Factory is also highly recommended.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Great wine list and happy hour. Located in Historic Old Elliott City. Visiting this area feels like you've traveled back in time. Highly recommend going for a stroll and checking out the neighborhood and local shops. My favorite time to visit Old Elliott city is on a sunny weekday. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Small, local restaurant....near the grocery store Safeway....good Kabob place...”
  • 6 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
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  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
  • 6 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“The food is always excellent here. It reminds of a local place you can rely on. During the summer they have outdoor seating which allows the guest to enjoy the outdoor music.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“One of the best restaurants in Howard County. Cute, consistency good in both food and service. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Close to the mall, spend time at the bar with live music, or enjoy a romantic seated dinner.”
  • 6 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Romantic choice serving farm-to-table French country fare in a 19th-century house, with a full bar.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Well, who does not love cheese cake? The atmosphere is great and it's right next to the MAC theater and Columbia Mall. Fun, fun, fun, and yum. Food at Cheesecake Factory is also highly recommended.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Small, local restaurant....near the grocery store Safeway....good Kabob place...”
  • 6 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend

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