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Howard County Welcome Center

8267 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-313-1900
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Lots of information, good recommendations and friendly staff - for newcomers to the area or just those passing through this is the perfect place to stop first.

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247 reviews 247 reviews
81 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Ellicott City visitor’s center is housed in the old post office. Even if you don’t need help from the very nice helpers have a look inside. The old wickets used in the post office counter are still there. Look up as you go in and you will see a couple of murals. There is plenty of information about Ellicott... More

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Romney, West Virginia, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The gentleman greeted us and that is about it. Could have been more talkative. We got a few booklets and did ask him about directions, but still he could have recommend other things or talked up his city.

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Woodbine, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We always look forward to the charm along Historic Ellicott City's Main Street with its eclectic shops! You never know what you'll find at the Forget-Me-Not Factory, Zebop, the Crystal Underground and the Southwest Connection (where you can get delicious fudge and hand-dipped ice cream!). But, not only that, you have some great restaurants to try out, from The Trolley... More

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is a great place to get info not only on Old Ellicott City, but all of Howard County. There are all kinds of brochures on various attractions, hotels, restaurants etc. The people working here genuinely enjoy their job and talking to people. They can give you all sorts of info and insights on the area. Also, the bathrooms are... More

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Ellicott City, Maryland
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

When I first went to the old post office on Main Street, it had a beautiful painted mural running along part of the walls depicting Howard County life-and the grillwork at the "cages" for the clerks was intact inside the customer area-with a large work area behind this front counter area. Often there was a sign giving the (long, I... More

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Washington, DC
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Signs made it unclear but I think the visitor's center is closed for asbestos removal. Too bad, because I really needed the public restroom. The posted hours indicated it should be open, but low on the door there was an asbestos sign and the door seemed locked. Asking people on the street if it was open resulted in a of... More

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Shannon C, Web and Social Media Specialist at Howard County Welcome Center, responded to this review

Hi there, I'm sorry we were closed when you came to visit. I hope I can shed some light on the matter. We are currently undergoing renovations of our lower levels to host our administrative offices, have new public restrooms, and to even be home to a new Police Museum! Unfortunately, because of the age of our building, some of... More

Baltimore, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This is amazing how great this area is and there are very poor signs posted out there in columbia md near the mall everything is tucked away. For people who come to visit this area needs to have an updated GPS or know where your going if not your lost and please dont let it be dark outside if so... More

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Shannon C, Web and Social Media Specialist at Howard County Welcome Center, responded to this review

Hello, I'm glad you like Columbia and Howard County! I'm sorry that you had trouble with the signs though. Unfortunately, we don't have control over street signs or lights. The Columbia Association is a great organization you can contact with your concerns and recommendations, you can find their contact page here: http://www.columbiaassociation.org/content/contact_us.html I do hope you'll be back to visit... More

clovis CA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

When we stopped, a lovely friendly older gentleman helped us. He began telling the whole town history and was delightful. we will be back to this charming town next summer.

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Shannon C, Web and Social Media Specialist at Howard County Welcome Center, responded to this review

You must be talking about our Office Manager Ed! He is a wealth of knowledge and we're happy to have him. Thank you for your kind words, I will pass them on to Ed. I'm glad you enjoyed Ellicott City, we hope to see you soon! More

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