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Information for Pet Owners & Parks
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If you are thinking of places to take your pet for some exercise, consider the following "pet friendly" establishments
that will happily accommodate, whether for a stroll or some food. If you have a suggestion email us.

Parks & Open Spaces
| Blandair Regional Park | Centennial Park | Howard County Conservancy | North Laurel Park | Meadowbrook Park |
| Patapsco Valley State Park | Rockburn Skills Park | Savage Park | Worthington Dog Park |

| Pet Friendly Businesses | Pet Friendly Restaurants | Ongoing |


Parks & Open Spaces

Blandair Regional Park
5750 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 21045 - 410.313.4700

| http://www.howardcountymd.gov/DisplayPrimary.aspx?id=1976 | Google Maps |

Blandair Regional Park

Blandair Park will be a County park facility centrally located on a 300-acre parcel of land in Columbia. The project will preserve approximately 200 acres of forest, wetlands, meadows, and a historic farm complex, while providing active and passive recreation experiences. The unique site will afford opportunities for learning about the County’s agrarian roots, for children to delight in nature, and for enthusiasts to recreate in the outdoors - right in Columbia’s backyard.

Centennial Park
10000 Route 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042 - 410.313.7271

| http://countyofhowardmd.us/departments.aspx?id=1822 | Google Maps |

Centennial Park

Centennial Park is a great tranquil location with its natural design and areas dedicated to conserving natures habitats. The 337-acre park features a spectacular 54-acre, man-made lake, a 2.6-mile paved pathway that circles the lake and 7.3 miles of interconnecting pathway's that includes links to surrounding neighborhoods. Included are 9 picnic pavilions, and 3 first-come-first-served picnic areas. From late spring through early fall, boats are available for rent at the General Store/Boat Rental Office located in the park’s South area.

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Howard County Conservancy
| www.hcconservancy.org |

10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock, MD 21163 - 410-465-8877

Howard County Conservancy
Leashed dogs are welcome to wander the The Howard County Conservancy trails dawn to dusk everyday with a human friend. Please clean up after your pooch.

Meadowbrook Park
5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043 - 410.313.4700 / Ballfield Conditions: 410.313.4456

| http://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments.aspx?id=4294969983 | Google Maps |

Meadowbrook Park

This 77-acre park features three baseball fields; an open-play area; a large playground for all abilities; two tennis courts; two basketball courts; two picnic pavilions; and approximately 2.5 miles of sidewalks and pathways, plus a 2.5-mile loop circling the park, parking, landscape, and restroom facilities.

North Laurel Park
9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD 20723 - 410.313.0390

| http://www.howardcountymd.gov/NLP.htm | Google Maps |

North Laurel Park

This 40-acre community park, which is set into a residential landscape in North Laurel, features something for everyone seeking outdoor fun. Park amenities include a 12,000 square foot Skate Park, basketball courts, tennis court, playgrounds, pavilion, ball diamonds and sports fields.

Patapsco Valley State Park
8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043 - 410.461.5005

| http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/central/patapsco.asp | Google Maps |

Patapsco Valley State Park
Opening Hours:
9:00am to Sunset

Patapsco Valley State Park extends along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, encompassing 16,043 acres and eight developed recreational areas. Recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback and mountain bike trails, as well as picnicking for individuals or large groups in the park’s many popular pavilions.

The park is nationally known for its trail opportunities and scenery. We have 170 miles of trails, with 70 of those miles identified as maintained trails. There are hiker only trails and multi-use trails accessible from many areas of Patapsco.

In one of Maryland’s first state parks (1907), the valley and its natural resources have been enjoyed by the Native Americans, explorers, settlers and present-day citizens. With its source in Frederick and Carroll counties, the Patapsco serves the Port of Baltimore, and empties into the Chesapeake Bay.

The Avalon Visitor Center houses exhibits spanning over 300 years of history along the Patapsco River. Housed in a 19th century stone dwelling in the Avalon Area, the center includes a re-creation of a 1930’s forest warden’s office.


Rockburn Skills Park
6105 Rockburn Branch Park Rd, Elkridge, MD 21075

| http://www.rockburnskillspark.org/ | Google Maps |

Rockburn Skills Park

Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (M.O.R.E), Howard County Recreation and Parks, and International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) have created a private-public partnership to build a skills area in Rockburn Branch Park--for those of you who have yet to visit Rockburn, it is 450 acres located in Elkridge, Maryland with two entrances: one by Rockburn Elementary School off of Montgomery Rd and the other on Landing Rd across the street from Patapsco Valley State Park. The multi-use trail system is being built with mountain bikers and trail runners in mind. It will consist of multiple trails of varying complexity and will be called The Rockburn Skills Park.

Savage Park
8400 Fair Street Savage, MD 20763 - 410.313.4700

| Visit website | Google Maps |

Savage Park
Opening Hours:
7:00am to dusk

Savage Park offers many opportunities for discovering wildlife, wildflowers and natural history along 2.8 miles of interconnecting trails, including links to Patuxent Branch Trail and Lake Elkhorn.

The Savage Loop Trail offer different lengths and terrains for hikers and bikers of various skill levels. The park environment offers an abundance of recreational areas such as 5 ball diamonds; 2 basketball courts; 2 horseshoe pits; a picnic pavilion available on a first-come-first-served basis, unless reserved; 4 lighted tennis courts, 2 volleyball courts, and a playground. The outfields of ball diamonds 1-4 can be permitted out to serve as a multipurpose field or a mini-soccer field, but no goals are provided. Personal grills and hibachis are permitted. Don’t forget to explore the historic Bollman Truss Bridge and Savage Mill during your visit. The Park is open from 7 AM to dusk, or as posted. Park regulations prohibit hunting, firearms, swimming and alcoholic beverages (unless consumed in a rented pavilion). Leashed pets are allowed in the park but not in picnic or sports areas. Howard County law requires owners to clean up after their pets. Park Rangers are on patrol. To report damage or park concerns, leave a message on the Department's hot-line, 410-313-DIRT (3478). The Savage Boys and Girls Club operates the concession during its programs. Trout fishing on the Little Patuxent are: creel limit (all trout species) in aggregate—two daily, two possession; no minimum size; no closed season; no restrictions on terminal tackle.


Worthington Dog Park
8170 Hillsborough Rd, Ellicott City, 21043 General: 410.313.4700 / Inclement Weather: 410.313.4455

| http://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments.aspx?id=1917 |

Worthington Dog Park
Opening Hours:
7 AM to dusk

Come and bark in the park at Howard County's only dog park! Your pooch will have a great time socializing and running without the confines of a leash. Whether you are a big-dog family, a little-dog family, or in between, you can find the appropriate place for your furry friend in one of two separate enclosures: the regular area and the small, timid, or elderly dog area. There are also fenced areas for rent and dog training is available. The off-leash area is open seasonally, weather permitting.

Pet Friendly Businesses
Columbia Bank
We often provide dog biscuits at our drive thru locations.
7186 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
1-888-822-2265
www.thecolumbiabank.com

Ellicott Interiors
We offer a line of pet products and furnishings for the distinguished pet. Twelve different elegant and smart stylish beds are available to blend with every home décor while offering long lasting comfort to your favorite pooch. This product line also includes stands for meal time that elevate the bowls and are more ergonomically designed to minimize stress to the canine neck and back. It also has a changeable photo to personalize their dining experience.
8180 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-262-3707
www.ellicottinteriors.com

Howard County Center For The Arts
Howard County Center for the Arts studio artist, Art Landerman, does pet portraits.
8510 High Ridge Road
Studio 5B
Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-461-7926
art@artlanderman.com

The Wine Bin
Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome in the wine bin!
8390 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-465-7802
www.winebinec.com

Work. Play. Bark!
Retail pet supply and gift store featuring upscale apparel, gifts, toys, treats and more.
8104 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 2104
3410-750-WOOF (9663)
www.workplaybark.com

Pet Friendly Restaurants
Comfort Inn
We are a pet friendly hotel. We charge an extra fee of $25.00 daily.
8828 Washington Boulevard
Jessup, MD 20794
410-880-3133
http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-jessup-maryland-MD045

Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel
Our hotel is pet friendly. We supply a Sheraton dog bed, bags & gloves to scoop when walking the dog, and a sign for the room stating that there is a dog inside. There is no extra charge at check in
10207 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044
410-730-3900
www.sheratoncolumbia.org

Turf Valley
Turf Valley encourages all families to not leave their dogs behind. We are proudly a dog friendly property and have all our room types available. The arrival kit for guest with dogs include a welcome letter, a yummy treat, a sign for the door knob indicating to housekeeping that a dog is staying over, and suggested walking areas on our property. We also keep dog bowls and beds available upon request. In order to maintain the standards of our product for all our guests, we do process a cleaning fee of $75 (per stay) for reservations that are dog friendly.
2700 Turf Valley Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042
410-465-1500
www.turfvalley.com

Café de Paris
We are pet friendly, our patrons can seat on our outdoor patio to eat and we will bring to their pet the latest vintage, the 2012 Chateau Potomac, fresh bowl of water with or without ice cubes !!
8808 Centre Park Drive
Columbia, MD 21045
410-997-3904
www.cafedepariscolumbia.com

El Hidalgo
We are pet friendly facility and we allow pets in the patio
6060 Marshalee Drive
Elkridge, MD 21075
410-540-2999
www.elhidalgorestaurant.com

Lisbon Town Grill
Leashed dogs are allowed to dine outside with their owners. They will receive a free dog biscuit, water and table scraps (when allowed by pet owner)!
15943 Frederick Road
Lisbon, MD 21765
410-489-5016
www.lisbontowngrill.com

Rams Head Tavern
We allow leashed dogs on the front patio of Rams Head Tavern at Savage Mill.
8600 Foundry Street
Box 2065
Savage, MD 20763
301-604-3454
www.ramsheadtavern.com

The Woodstock Inn
We are located on horse trails, have hitching posts out front for your trusty steed.
1415 Woodstock Road
Woodstock, MD 21163
410-750-3673
www.woodstockinn.net

Ongoing
Blessing of the Animals
12290 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042 - 410-531-2800
| www.companionsofstanthony.org |

Pet owners can give thanks and ask for blessings upon their pets. All pets need to be on a leash. Blessing takes place in October in the piazza before the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City.

Dog Day Afternoon
Hopewell Park off Snowden River Parkway - 410-715-3104
| www.columbiaassociation.com |

Once a year the Columbia Association hosts this free event which is open to the general public. Come see local pet vendors (including vets and animal rescues), face painting for kids, a caricature artist who does drawings of your dog, two leash free areas for small dogs and large dogs to run around and play, contests including “Best Kisser,” and “Best Costume,” and much more. This is one of CA’s most popular events!

Pooches Pool Party
3676 Fel’s Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043 - 410-313-7275
| www.howardcountymd.gov/rap |

A swim/ splash party for you and your canine pal! Every year at the end of the season, bring your precious pups and best furry friends to the Roger Carter Recreation Center Pool for one last swim for the season. All participants will receive a doggy gift bag!

Symphony of Lights Tail Lights
Intersection of Hickory Ridge Road and Broken Land Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044 - 410-720-8706
| www.hcgh.org/symphonyoflights |

Once a year treat yourself and your dog to a walk through the 1.4 mile Symphony of Lights displays. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the holiday season and to make this dog friendly walk your families new holiday tradition.
Symphony Woods

Yappy Hour at Alta at Regency Crest
3305 Oak West Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043 - 855-451-1676
| www.altaatregencycrest.com |

Once a month bring your pooches to Yappy Hour! Enjoy snacks, drink, treats for your pets, and more! All are welcome.

Yappy Hour at the Wine Bin
8390 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043 - 410-465-7802
| www.winebinec.com |

Yappy Hour happens the first Friday of each month April through November. Bring your well behaved dog to a wine tasting. During nice weather, Yappy Hour is held in the parking lot with live music and wine. Inside the store enjoy a wine and parfections chocolate tasting.


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