Things To Do In Columbia

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

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 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.

18-Hole Golf Round with Cart Rental and Hot-Dog Lunch for Two or Four at Fairway Hills Golf Club (Up to 52% Off)

Fairway Hills Golf Club

Fairway Hills

$128 $61

Short but spunky fairways designed by Ron Pritchard wend through woodlands and wetlands

$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

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

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

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

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

$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

Select Local Merchants

?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
  • See the scorecard
  • See hole details
  • Five tee options, including one for The First Tee program


5100 Columbia Rd
Columbia,
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

After absorbing core Pilates principles from Stott & Balanced Body, head instructor Fran gathered a crew of yoga, Pilates, and ACE–certified fitness masters to oversee the classes at Coreworks Fitness. Fran and her staff run two levels of mat classes, as well as two levels of reformer classes in a separate studio dedicated to the foundational apparatus. Students may also stretch their abilities on more advanced apparatuses, including the CoreAlign, which heightens the cardiovascular element of Pilates, as well as improves posture and balance. Coreworks Fitness is also an authorized Balanced Body University training center. The studio's academy equips aspiring instructors with pedagogical techniques and even extends its kinesthetic expertise to the performing arts, with body-aligning workshops for Irish dance instructors.

9160 Rumsey Rd
Columbia,
MD
US

When the holiday season rolls around each year, the natural beauty of Symphony Woods shines a little brighter with the electric festivities of Symphony of Lights and the donations it provides to Howard County General Hospital. More than 70 animated and stationary light displays set the scene ablaze with images of candy canes, snowflakes, and toys, and twinkling string lights dress the trees in a blaze of white. Visitors can enjoy the scenery in numerous ways throughout the season, as family and pet walks, drive-through routes, and the 1.4-mile walk/run of Dazzle Dash keep eyes engaged and bodies exercising during the holidays. The lights stay twinkling seven days a week, only closing for New Year’s Eve or when the moon comes looking for who’s stealing her audience.

10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia,
MD
US

LA Boxing’s fight-centric gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, LA Boxing sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym’s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.

6476 Dobbin Center Way
Columbia,
MD
US

The staff at Top Shape Fitness, led by principal trainer George Tyler, believes that expert guidance is key to workouts. To that end, the fitness center focuses entirely on personal-training sessions and group fitness classes. The company's freakishly strong roots lie in its signature cardio kickboxing class, known as GT Box. In these sessions, trainers blend kickboxing movements with dumbbell training, plyometrics, and other toning exercises. Elsewhere on the weekly schedule, Latin music plays during Zumba sessions, minds and bodies meld in yoga classes, and TRX suspension classes employ equipment developed by US Navy SEALs.

9110 Red Branch Rd
Columbia,
MD
US

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