I lived just a few miles from Ellicott City, Maryland for eight years. Finding it to be a charming town, full of history. There are interesting museums there, quaint antique shops downtown, and good little restaurants and gift shops. Visitors should plan on spending a day perusing the interesting shops, and enjoying the charming atmosphere of Historic Ellicott City.
With fantastic museums like the B & O Railroad Museum, the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin, and the Old Enchanted Forest Amusement Park location, known today as Clark's Eliok Farm, there is something to interest everyone. But, there's not too much nightlife.
Clark's Eliok Farm is fun for kids and adults. Many adults that grew up in the area have fond memories of the former Enchanted Forest Amusement Park. Opened in 1955, it closed and was sold in 1988, when the nearby farm started catering to tourists, featuring the former plaster characters from the original park. Kids today can enjoy climbing on the Old Woman Who Lived In a shoe's famous "shoe house." They can also see the other plaster figures, characters and homes from famous children's nursery rhymes. While there, everyone can enjoy the petting zoo, mini farm play area, the enchanted forest maze, hayrides and pony rides.
At the Thomas Isaac log cabin, visitors will be entertained by people and artists wearing period costumes from when the cabin was built, around 1780, giving them an idea of early 1700's life. The B & O Railroad museum gives visitors a glimpse into the first railroad station in America. Ellicott City, MD is full of charm and history, and a fun place to visit.