Things To Do In Columbia

One or Two Months of CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Diesel (Up to 66% Off). Three Options Available.

CrossFit Diesel

Columbia

$145 $59

Coaches track progress as clients of all levels tackle daily-changing workouts packed with functional exercises

$66 for $144 Worth of Music Lessons — The Maryland Music Academy

Maryland Music Academy

Columbia

$144 $66

Four 30-minute private lessons on any instrument. Our expert teachers work one-on-one with students. Anyone over the age of four is welcome.

4, 8, or 12 Private Music Lesson Packages for Kids and Teens at Let There Be Rock School (Up to 55% Off)

Let There Be Rock School

Columbia

$180 $89

Private music lessons taught by rock musicians; four tickets to a student show; student and adult lounge access; unlimited studio time

One Month of Adult or Kids' Classes at Lights Out Gym (Up to 71% Off). Four Options Available.

lights out Gym

Columbia

$200 $59

Adults and kids can learn how to defend themselves

10, 20, or 30 Kickboxing Classes with Gloves at American Academy of Martial Arts (Up to 74% Off)

American Academy of Martial Arts

Ellicott City

$100 $40

Students get a dose of cardio and burn up to 1,000 calories per class as they build strength, agility, and coordination

6 or 12 Yoga or Zumba Classes at Synergy Pilates & Yoga (Up to 58% Off)

Synergy Pilates & Yoga

Multiple Locations

$90 $40

Students stretch their way to better health in yoga classes or burn calories in fun, Latin-dance based Zumba classes

5 or 10 BarreWorks Classes, or 1 Private and 12 Group Kettlebell Classes at Coreworks Fitness (Up to 64% Off)

Coreworks Fitness

Columbia

$90 $35

Barre classes blend yoga and dance conditioning to forge lithe muscles; kettlebell classes build all-around endurance and strength

Five Hot-Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Bikram Yoga Columbia (Up to 75% Off)

Bikram Yoga Columbia

Columbia

$100 $25

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Heated studio with Bikram and Core26 classes, the latter of which focus on correct alignment and breath control throughout the poses

One Month of Fitness Classes with Option of Personal Training at Salvere Health & Fitness (Up to 76% Off)

Salvere Health & Fitness

Columbia

$200 $49

Holistically minded trainer leads small group personal training classes—from yoga to cardio—along with personalized one-on-one sessions

$40 for One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Columbia Lady Fit ($450 Value)

Columbia Lady Fit

Ellicott City

$450 $40

Trainers lead ladies-only classes of Zumba, Turbo Kick, Hot Hula, and other fun fitness methods

2 or 4 Rounds of Mini Golf or Four Rounds of Mini Golf and Batting Cages at Columbia SportsPark (Up to 55% Off)

Columbia SportsPark

Harpers Choice

$14 $8

Family-friendly park features 18-hole mini-golf course as well as fast- and slow-pitch softball and baseball batting cages

5 or 10 Martial-Arts Classes at Roundhouse Martial Arts & Krav Maga (Up to 74% Off)

Roundhouse Martial Arts & Krav Maga

Elite SFN

$75 $25

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Students build self-defense skills, strength, and stamina in high-intensity martial-arts classes

$39 for Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes and a T-shirt from TrySelfDefense.com ($349 Value)

TrySelfDefense.com

Multiple Locations

$349 $39

Expert instructors teach essential martial arts skills, as well as discipline and confidence

5 or 10 Nia Technique Classes at Nia Baltimore (Up to 65% Off)

Nia Baltimore

Multiple Locations

$50 $19

Instructors help students of all ages and abilities reach fitness goals with a blend of dance, martial arts, and healing arts.

$17 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Charm City Yoga ($30 Value)

Charm City Yoga

Multiple Locations

$30 $17

With 7 convenient locations and offering everything from beginner classes to hot vinyasa

$29 for 10 Boxing and Martial-Arts Classes Classes at Yamasaki Academy ($200). Five Locations Available.

Yamasaki Academy

Multiple Locations

$200 $29

At five locations, intensive boxing and martial-arts classes teach valuable self-defense and fitness skills

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With 23,000 square feet of dedicated fencing space between them, The Baltimore Fencing Center's two locations offer students plenty of room to practice lunges and polish parries. Presiding over all the action is owner and head coach Bin Lu, who once served as a member of the Chinese National and Olympic teams and as coach of the former. Today he passes along the knowledge he accumulated while competing at the highest levels to students of all experience levels?even those who have never picked up a foil or battled a level 3 mage. The center welcomes beginners of all ages through its Learn to Fence program, and routinely sends its qualified fencers to USFA National events.

9180-D4 Rumsey Road
Columbia,
MD
US

?A lot of players look at the card and think because it?s short that they?re going to play their all-time best round of golf and end up spending a lot of time in the woods,? says head professional Joan Lovelace of the course at Fairway Hills Golf Club. The Ron Pritchard?designed course ?which stays neatly within the bounds of 6,158 yards?doesn?t just get its bite from the woodlands about which Lovelace warns. Water comes into play on 12 of the 18 holes, and the second fairway?s wicked dogleg right and stream-guarded bentgrass green costars with collarless shirts in many golfers? nightmares. The links wind down with a hope-inspiring 18th hole, where golfers with the right mix of skill and luck can make a birdie.

Adjacent to the course?s bermuda-grass fairways, the club?s practice facilities invite players to demolish buckets of balls at a turf range, cleat across a chipping area, or practice whipping a putter out of its holster and twirling it around their thumb. Lessons with the club?s PGA professionals are also available to help hone games.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par-70 course
  • Length of 6,158 yards
  • Course rating of 125
  • Slope rating of 70.1
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  • See hole details
  • Five tee options, including one for The First Tee program


5100 Columbia Rd
Columbia,
MD
US

Though Synergy Pilates & Yoga has the spacious rooms, owner Charmaine Gordon keeps class-sizes small. This gives each participant focused attention from her team of trained instructors. Charmaine is a classically-trained Pilates instructor herself and has spent 20 years helping others stay fit, both at her Pilates and yoga studio, as well as at Synergy Women's Fitness, which she has owned and operated for 22 years with her husband, Rod.

8827 Columbia 100 Pkwy
Columbia,
MD
US

Deemed the 2006 Small Business of the Year by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, The Colosseum Gym helps men and women to reach new health heights by using a smorgasbord of machines and free weights or enlisting the nutritional counseling and powerlifting tips of a professional. With more than 24 certified personal trainers on staff, the gym strives to toughen physiques of all exercise experience levels through arduous yet rewarding programs, such as strength-and-conditioning workouts that involve surprise 3 a.m. sprints across local lake surfaces. Additionally, a full-time physical therapist can target strained appendages with rehabilitative moves and heat packs. The Colosseum Gym bolsters its community as well as its members, hosting nonprofit initiatives that have benefited the Special Olympics, cystic fibrosis research, and the Howard County School System.

9159 Red Branch Rd
Columbia,
MD
US

Free weights, strength-training machines, and cardio equipment galore help guests at American Fitness Express get into physical shape. Instructors lead classes ranging from yoga to kickboxing to Zumba, and they even offer one-on-one attention during personal-training sessions. Added bonuses at the gym include private showers, WiFi, and childcare during select classes.

3881 10 Oaks Rd
Glenelg,
MD
US

Husband-wife duo Julio and Lily Soto opened Azul 17 to celebrate not only Mexican cuisine, but to also embrace the culture through music, vibrant design, and a selection of more than 100 tequilas made with 100% blue agave. Their chefs all hail from Mexico and bring family recipes to the kitchen?including one chef's grandmother's recipe for black beans. It's ?old world style with updated presentation,? says manager Peter Bonohue. Peter has been in the restaurant business since he could legally work, and to him, Azul 17 has an especially fun atmosphere. ?I love tequila now,? he confessed.

While chefs simmer their signature mole sauce and servers add fresh lime juice to margaritas, guests recline atop white leather banquettes or modern chairs. Eyes dance with murals and shimmering blue-tile mosaics splashed against white walls. Those whites are illuminated with a multicolored neon glow as DJs spin club, house, and Mexican tunes starting at 10 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. On Thursdays at 8 p.m., guests can spice up their tired hokey-pokey routine with salsa lessons.

9400 Snowden River Pkwy.
Columbia,
MD
US

Columbia Scene