Posted Thursday, July 22, 2021
Planning your next adventure right can be the difference between having a fun and exciting getaway or sitting on the couch and binge-watching a show. Although we can all use a little couch surfing from time to time, getting out and getting busy is a great way to disconnect from daily stresses and care for your physical and mental wellbeing. Randallstown is a town with a rich history and a fun-loving community. You can find something exciting to do almost any time of year regardless of your interests. Read on to learn about some of the amazing hidden gems in Randallstown.
The Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area has a storied history. The area first got its name during the Civil War when off-duty soldiers would come here to relax and have some fun. This 1,900-acre space has over 39 rare, endangered, or threatened plant species as well as rare insects, rocks, and minerals. There are over 7 miles of marked hiking trails for you and your group to choose from.
You can take the family to the Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area to reconnect with nature while leaving some distracting electronic devices behind. Enjoy a family hike in the woods as you’re surrounded by large trees, tweeting birds, and the bright sunlight. Or you can do some bird watching. Take some binoculars so you can have a first-hand experience of the cool winged wildlife that call this area home. It is also a great opportunity for both experienced and novice photographers to try their hand at photographing nature and using some beautiful natural lighting to enhance the composition of photos.
Don’t expect to go cycling or horseback riding in the Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area. Those activities are prohibited here because of the area’s sensitive nature, special character traits, and environment. There is also an effort to return the area to a natural serpentine environment by removing some invasive trees.
The Soldiers Delight Environmental Education and Visitor Center is located at 5100 Deer Park Road, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117. You can contact the visitor center at 410-461-5005.
For those who want to have some indoor fun and test their luck, there is the Horseshoe Casino. It has a 122,000-square-foot area dedicated to its gaming floor. There are also a lot of options if you get hungry while trying your luck at the slots. Three premier restaurants, as well as several bars and lounges, will keep your belly full and a drink always in your hand. Although drinks are not complimentary, you’ll find that the bartenders and servers are kind and helpful and they know how to mix up the perfect cocktails.
For an upscale dining experience, you’ll want to check out the Gordon Ramsay Steakhouse Baltimore. With a menu of steaks aged under Gordon Ramsay’s instructions, each detail of your meal and dining experience has been considered. The succulent steaks pair marvelously well with fine, aged wine. You can also try Chef Ramsay’s famous Beef Wellington if a juicy steak is not to your liking.
You’ll find the Horseshoe Casino in the Boston Marketplace at 1525 Russell Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230. You can call the casino at 844-777-SHOE (844-777-7463).
Lake Kittamaqundi, which means “great beaver place” or “strong bear,” is a man-made lake that sits near both the Mall of Columbia and Merriweather Post Pavilion. The Rouse Company created this 27-acre reservoir, which has become a favorite spot for many Marylanders. Many festivals take place here, and for the Fourth of July, townspeople flock to this little body of water to enjoy a fireworks show.
If you are looking for a quick breather from the city or need a break to recharge, this spot is a good area for a brisk walk to up your oxygen intake. You can find some avid runners and walkers out here daily. Lake Kittamaqundi is also a favorite spot for many who enjoy recreational fishing. Stand on the pier, bait your hook, and cast your line. If you’re lucky, you’ll reel in a few crappie, pumpkinseeds, or even some bluegills.
For the history buffs and those interested in learning a little about an inspiring person, a free African American man who lived in the 1700s, visit the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum. The 142-acre site is dedicated to honoring an individual who many consider the first African American man of science.
Tour the split-log Colonial cabin that is furnished with reproduced artifacts like those Banneker could have used. Stroll through and see the herb and vegetable gardens that are beautiful any time of year and supply ingredients to support the museum’s public programming. Or visit the orchard where you might catch some of the local deer munching some yummy apples!
The museum is host to several special events, including an Earth Day celebration, Summer Discovery Camp, Benjamin Banneker’s Birthday Celebration in November, and Juneteenth, a celebration of emancipation. You can also contact the museum for special educational programs tailored to your group. Topics are profound and include Benjamin Banneker’s extraordinary life, Colonial Maryland, and African American history in Maryland.
You’ll find the museum 11 miles away from Randallstown, at 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, Maryland 21228. You can call for details or reservations for large groups at 410-887-1081.
Knowing when to have fun and experiencing the simple pleasures in life is what living is all about. Here at Exclusive Motorcars, we know you want dependable quality and a vehicle you can have fun in. Whether you are looking to buy a quality pre-owned vehicle, or want to trade in or sell your current one, our friendly staff is ready to help. We want to support our community and ensure that your experience, regardless of your needs, is fun and memorable.
So, there you have it. Exclusive Motorcars shared some of the best hidden gems in Randallstown. Did you find our list satisfactory? Did we miss your favorite spot — one our locals love? If we did, let us know! Stop by or leave a message and we’ll be happy to add your suggestions to our list.