Take a Languid Tour Around Historical Landmarks and Interesting Attractions in Columbia, MD

Any Time is a Good Time to Explore the City’s Museums, Malls and Recreational Parks

Columbia, MD, was first consciously designed as a model city, a city that will enhance the quality of life for its residents. Spearheading the project was a renowned creator and developer, James W. Rouse. Together with various organizations, the city was built taking into account human values instead of focusing on economics and engineering. What is also important is that the design of the city took into account ways to eliminate racial, class and religious segregation. That is why, it is of no surprise that the city continued to win the ‘Best Place to Live in America’ award, as ranked by CNN Money.

Columbia has a nice balance of places to live in and have fun at. After all, it boasts of some of the most important landmarks like Merriweather Post Pavilion, a popular outdoor concert venue, The Candlelight Concert Society, The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park as well as the Robinson Nature Center. Its downtown city center is peppered with a myriad of restaurants, retail outlets, markets, malls and other types of eateries that visitors can enjoy. And of course, some of the city’s historic buildings can be rented as event venues for weddings, birthday bashes, bachelor or bachelorette parties, corporate functions, business meet-ups, festivals or church tours in Maryland.

If you are putting together an event in Columbia, give US Coachways a call and we will help you find the best priced, modern and comfortable charter bus, coach charter, mini bus, school bus, party bus or other types of vehicles suitable for the event.

Making the Most out of Your Time in Columbia, MD

If you are trying to find interesting points of interest in and around Columbia to have some fun in during your visit, here are some suggestions and pointers taken off the books of our travel writers and event organizers.


  • Entertainment & Amusement Parks — Columbia is blessed with many concert venues and event locations and it is also home to one of the most recognized outdoor concert venues in Maryland - Merriweather Post Pavilion. In fact, the venue got a thumbs up from Rolling Stones, being named the 4th best amphitheater in the country and rated the 2nd best by Billboard Magazine. This says a lot of about what visitors and patrons can expect during a concert or event at Merriweather. Often chosen as a popular concert venue by musicians and bands, it was reported that 90% of the concert goers are from outside of Howard County. So, be sure to try attending a concert at this attraction if you are in town. For kid-friendly concerts and other forms of entertainment, we think The Candlelight Concert Society may have something more age-appropriate. Being a non-profit organization, it organizes many chamber music concerts, children’s programs, master classes, lectures, discussions and community outreach programs that even visitors can be a part of during their visit. It has been providing the locals with the best chamber music concerts since opening its doors in 1972. At Toby’s Dinner Theater, guests will get to sample fine dining while catching the latest show from a talented crew. Dinner comes in the form of a buffet, with the stage taking up the....well, center stage. One of its most popular attractions is the Toby’s Youth Theater, showcasing skills from the community’s pool of young talents.
  • Art & Cultural — The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum serves as both an outdoor destination as well as a historical center. It educates the public about the life and work of a local scientist and abolitionist, Benjamin Banneker. To the locals, he was more than that - he was also a mathematician, farmer, renowned astrologer, almanac publisher and surveyor. Besides the museum’s educational exhibits, it also features trails and insightful horticultural demonstrations. The site is managed by volunteers who call themselves Friends of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum. If you are organizing a group tour or have special requirements, give them a call to reserve your spot before the visit.
  • Restaurant & Shopping — Visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes down to picking a place to shop at in downtown Columbia. Its downtown metropolis is spotted with a wide variety of retail outlets, family businesses, local shops, restaurants and cafes where visitors can spend a few hours people-watching. The Mall in Columbia in its town center is a sizable regional mall with large branded stores like Macy’s, JCPenney, Nordstorm, among other outlets; it also features a modern multi-theater where you can catch the latest film. It has certainly come a long way since its inception in 1971. If you are tired of shopping in malls, there are nine unique village centers which provides visitors with an ample number of smaller supermarkets, stores, salons and small retail outlets. Other major shopping malls in Columbia are Dobbin Center strip mall, Snowden Square, Columbia Crossing I and II and Gateway Overlook.
  • Golf Courses & Sports Venues – A great place to relax after touring around Maryland is Earth Treks Climbing Center. It is an extremely popular climbing gym in Maryland where there are state-of-the-art facilities manned by professionals. The climbing centers provides visitors with group safety instructions before climbing begins and each of the walls are designed for people with different skill sets. Locals will organize birthday parties, night outs, team building excursions, church outings and school field trips to Earth Treks as a part of their cocurricular or team-building exercise. However, if climbing isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps jumping is. You can get your fill of jumping on a trampoline at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park located along Oakland Mills Road. It is also another hot favorite with young kids and adults alike. You can organize a birthday party and group gathering at its private party room. As for avid golfers who are visiting Columbia, you can get your fill of putting at Columbia’s Fairway Hills Golf Club. There has been feedback that the course can be a little rough and challenging so, give it your best shot during your visit!
  • Parks & Outdoor Activities —  In order to have a fun and educational experience, organize a group trip with a charter bus to Robinson Nature Center located on Cedar Lane in Columbia. The nature center has exhibits suitable for all ages, be it young children or teenagers. Make use of the center’s Nature Sphere, planetarium and dome-style theater to help children learn from exhibits like ‘Life of the Forest’ or ‘Discovery Room’ or be a part of their outreach program to increase awareness and participation. It is open Wednesday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. The center organizes year-round events and have art classes tailored for young children.
  • Zoos & Aquariums — Take the charter bus for a 30 minutes drive into downtown Baltimore if you have kids with you and spend a whole day learning about different animals from all around the world at The Maryland Zoo. The zoo is home to all types of animals, ranging from reptiles to birds, from mammals to amphibians.

Wide Selection of Vehicles to Choose From for your Event in Columbia, MD

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