Shopping, Entertainment, Discounts & More
Columbia, an unincorporated community run by a nonprofit organization of homeowners known as the Columbia Association (CA), offers all the amenities of a complete city.
Shop 'til you drop. Eat to your
heart's content. Catch a blockbuster movie
or a raved-about theatre production. Enjoy music
that keeps you swaying to the rhythm. Making
plans for a day out or an evening on the town
won't be easy.
CA oversees a variety of recreational facilities and other amenities including 3,500 acres of permanent open space, 93.5 miles of pathways, more than 170 tot lots and several parks.
In addition many Columbia businesses offer discounts through the Columbia Association's Discount Buying Service.
Columbia boasts a variety
of shopping possibilities, including the Columbia
Mall in Town Center, which features more than
200 stores — including L.L.Bean, J Crew, Eddie
Bauer and department stores Macy's, Lord & Taylor,
Nordstrom, Sears and JC Penney. The Mall is
home to food court eateries, great restaurants
and cheery cafes, including The Cheesecake
Factory, PF Chang's, Champps, Panera Bread, Nordstrom
Café and Starbucks. Other restaurants in Town
Center include Clyde's, Copelands, Tomato Palace,
That's Amore and Lakeside Deli.
Other Columbia shopping centers
include Columbia Crossing — on Route 175 — where
you'll find Target, Borders and Dick's Sporting
Goods, and Macaroni Grill, Don Pablo's and other
restaurants. A Wal-Mart is located across the
road from Columbia Crossing at Dobbin Center.
Restaurants in the Dobbin area include Mango Grove,
McDonald's, Baja Fresh and Fuddruckers.
Snowden Square on Snowden River Parkway offers shoppers a Filene's, Home Depot and BJ's Wholesale Club. There are more restaurants here and nearby at a restaurant park at the intersection of routes 175 and 108.
Columbia's nine Village Centers offer localized shopping options. Many of the Village Centers feature grocery stores, banks, dry cleaners, video stores, liquor stores and smaller restaurants such as local pubs, pizzerias, delis and carryouts. On Columbia's main roads, you'll find a variety of ethnic restaurants — Indian, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese and Mexican.
For complete information on shopping and restaurants choices, visit the web site for our Village Centers, or visit www.DiscoverOurTown.com.
Theatres and Museums
AMC runs a multiplex
at the Mall in Columbia and United Artists runs
a multiplex cinema in Columbia at Snowden Square.
In addition, several local film societies offer
film series for residents. In downtown Columbia,
Toby's Dinner Theater offers live theater throughout
the year. Howard Community College and community
theater groups host theater productions year
round. Theater and musical performances are
also offered at The Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde
Lake High School.
Columbia is also home to the African Art Museum of Maryland, located at Historic Oakland in Town Center. For information about the museum, call 410-730-7106.
In the summer, the Columbia
Association offers live entertainment and/or
movies daily at dusk at the Columbia lakefront.
For live, popular music concerts, Merriweather
Post Pavilion located in Symphony Woods in Town
Center operates through the summer. Symphony
Woods is home to Columbia's annual Wine in the
Woods celebration, sponsored by Howard County
Recreation and Parks. The Columbia Festival
of the Arts electrifies Columbia for two weeks
each June in celebration of the arts with featured
music performers. Past Festival of the Arts
performers include Emmylou Harris, Pilobolus
and Marcel Marceau.
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