Conveniently located just 25 miles north of Baltimore, Harford County is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, easily accessible by car, train, plane or bus.
Harford County offers everything from beautiful rolling hills to over 140 miles of shoreline along the top of the Chesapeake Bay, which is formed from the Susquehanna River. If you are looking for horticultural beauty, a must-see is Ladew Topiary Gardens. This once private estate has been opened to the public to enjoy topiaries, flowering plants, sculptures and their new butterfly house. Enjoy Harford County’s place in history by visiting Tudor Hall, the boyhood home of John Wilkes Booth, or Liriodendron, the summer home of Dr. Howard Kelly, one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Medical College. Explore our nautical history by visiting Concord Point Lighthouse and Keeper’s Home, the Susquehanna Lock House Museum, the first lock for ships as they made their way up the Susquehanna River, and the Maritime Museum, highlighting the history of watermen on the Chesapeake Bay. You can experience history by following Lafayette’s trail or by taking a step back in time at Steppingstone Farm Museum dedicated to life in the 1880 – 1920s period. And of course, don’t forget the Decoy Museum, dedicated to the rich history of decoys in Havre de Grace, recognized as the Decoy Capital of the World.
Culinary delights abound in Harford County, from our position on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail to steamed crabs, ethnic food and unique chef creations, you will find something for everyone’s palate. And don’t forget the expanding winery and craft beer locations spread through-out the county. Make sure to mark your calendar now for the Maryland State BBQ Bash held in Bel Air in August. This free event brings cook teams from all over the country as they fill the air with wonderful smells as they via for the top prize. And don’t forget Harford County Restaurant week, held twice a year.
Did you know Harford County maintains over 80 park and recreation facilities for the enjoyment of all? If you love the outdoors, Harford County is home to Susquehanna State Park. With its hiking and biking trails, this park is a favorite for all ages. And don’t forget to visit the Conowingo Dam, at one time the largest hydroelectric facility behind only Niagara Falls. The dam offers a great place for fisherman to try their hand at catching numerous species of fish. The Park and Dam are also an attraction for professional and amateur photographers during the fall Bald Eagle migration. Rocks State Park is just a short drive away, offering more hiking trails and the King and Queen Seat – where the Susquehannock Indians held their tribal meetings. Kilgore Falls is the 2nd highest free falling waterfall in Maryland. This beautiful waterfall was used in the Disney movie Tuck Everlasting.
Harford is home to three municipalities. Enjoy our Arts and Entertainment Districts in Bel Air and Havre de Grace. In 2017 Aberdeen, home of the Aberdeen Proving Ground. military base is celebrating its 100th anniversary of supporting our military men and women, with its focus on testing numerous technologies for the United States.
As the Executive Director of Visit Harford, please accept this invitation to come visit us and create your memories in Harford County.