When you think of summertime, what comes to mind?  It might be hot weather, swimming pools, heading to the beach, catching some rays, or just a bit more R&R than usual.  For many, summertime is all about that low hanging excuse to divulge in those cold treats that don’t get their time to shine during those colder months in Maryland.  With July being National Ice Cream Month, Visit Harford wants you to know that our Ice Cream Trail is the perfect quest for you to embark upon.  And don’t forget to bring your sweet tooth!  Harford County is the home to a half a dozen locally owned creameries that deliver a multitude of flavors and options for all ages and preferences.    Whether you’re looking for those funky or traditional flavors, Harford County has you covered!  We, also, are proud to be the home to a few cow-to-cone-creameries, as well!  View our list of delectable creameries along our Ice Cream Trail today! 

Summertime is a great excuse to gather up the family and have some fun!  Harford County is the perfect destination for you to create those everlasting memories that will have your entire family cherishing for years to come. Here are just a few options from our wide ranging attractions that, we think, are perfect for any family.

Kilgore Falls

📸: Kilgore Falls

For starters, Harford County offers so many walkable parks, trails, and downtown areas for you and the rest of your family to take a stroll with a cold treat in your hand.  Is it ice cream? A snowball?  Both?!  If your family is looking for a great view of the water, we highly recommend checking out Tydings Park and the Promenade in downtown Havre de Grace, Mariner Point Park in Edgewood, Otter Point Creek at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center in Abingdon, Kilgore Falls and many others!  Check out Harford County’s full list of parks and trails to begin creating your itinerary!  You can walk, run, or bike along some of these wonderful outdoor locations.  Many of these stops are perfect for setting up a family picnic, so fill up your basket or bring takeout from one of our many diverse restaurants and start creating those memories!  If you’re looking for parks that have playgrounds for your young ones, we have a page for that, too!  Click here to take a peek!

Bollard in Festival Park by City of Aberdeen

📸:Bollard in Festival Park by City of Aberdeen

If you’re a fan of baseball, the birthplace of the Ripkens would be remised if we didn’t offer you an “Iron Man” styled experience!  Harford County is where you can find Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium- home to the Aberdeen Ironbirds!  Come catch a game (and maybe a foul ball,) while root root rooting for the birds!  Feel free to wander over to The Ripken Experience right next door, too!

Fireworks at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen Maryland

📸: Ripken Stadium/ Fireworks Night

For a calm, yet breathtaking afternoon for the family, consider Ladew Topiary Gardens.  Voted one of the top five gardens in North America, Ladew offers 22 acres of incredible beauty for all ages. The gardens are ever-changing; from springs blossoms to splashes of color during the summer, and the vibrant themes of fall. And as always, the ever-present topiaries.  Plan your visit and discover why Architectural Digest named Ladew Topiary Gardens one of the ‘10 incredible topiary gardens around the world.’

Ladew Aerial View

📸: Ladew Topiary Gardens

There are so many things to do in this neck of the nation filled with busy cities and heavy traffic patterns.  Consider taking the family away from the noise and find your fun in Harford County, Maryland!