Harford County in Maryland is located just 25 miles northeast of Baltimore, along the shores of the scenic Chesapeake Bay, with easy access from Interstate 95. The vibrant area offers visitors picturesque beauty, bustling urban centers, historic harbor towns, and a variety of world-class cultural and sports amenities. Here are just a few of the top group-friendly attractions in Harford County.
Havre de Grace Decoy Museum
The Havre de Grace Decoy Museum celebrates the unique American folk art of decoy carving, the heritage of Havre de Grace, and Upper Chesapeake Bay. Located on the banks of the historic Susquehanna Flats, the Decoy Museum houses one of the finest collections of working waterfowl decoys from the Chesapeake Bay and around the country. It exists to serve as a constant reminder of the area’s heritage, and to support a greater awareness of the environment and wildlife of Chesapeake Bay.
Havre de Grace Maritime Museum
Situated “Where Bay Life Begins,” the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum features exhibits and programs interpreting the rich maritime heritage of the culture of the lower Susquehanna River and Upper Chesapeake Bay.
Ladew Topiary Gardens
Ladew Topiary Gardens, voted one of the top five gardens in North America, offers 8.9 hectares of incredible beauty for all ages. The gardens are ever changing—from springs blossoms and splashes of color during the summer to the vibrant themes of fall. And as always, the ever-present topiaries. Plan your visit and discover why Architectural Digest named Ladew Gardens one of the top 10 “incredible topiary gardens around the world.”
MaGerk’s Pub and Grill
MaGerk’s Pub and Grill is located in the historic downtown area of Bel Air. Come on in and enjoy one of the pub’s signature Philly cheesesteaks or a jumbo lump crab cake. There is always something going on here, with four bars and an outdoor patio.
Venetian Italian Eatery
In May 2021, this 40-year-old-neighborhood gem on a hill underwent a full renovation. Venetian Italian Eatery is now sporting new digs with a crisp modern decor and an expanded wine list. The impetus for the revamp was new ownership. Yes, the rumors were true… Valentino’s Restaurant Group which began in northeast Baltimore has now come to Harford County! The food is better than ever, with highlights being the seafood pastas, the jumbo lump crab cakes, the grilled lamb chops, artisan handhelds, and breakfast choices served all day. Whether your group is dining in or picking up carryout, do not forget dessert—such as traditional baklava, cheesecake, and cannoli. The entire menu is available for carryout in partnership with DoorDash, GrubHub, and Uber Eats.
Ladew Topiary Gardens
Photo courtesy of Visit Harford