NOV 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 26 Surprising Havens For Rec & Teambuilding The South is a sports paradise, yes, but we bet you're not aware of the recreational bounties found in these five hidden-gem destinations. Just west of Baltimore, this county has numerous parks, world-class golf & more. Home of The Patap- sco Valley State Park, affectionately referred to as "Moab East" by mountain biking enthusiasts, Howard County is an oasis of eco-tourism activities in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. region, according to Taffy Rice, director of sales with Howard County Tourism & Promotion. "Groups can defy gravity at Terra- pin Adventures' ziplines, horseback ride at The Columbia Horse Center, experience two state-of-the-art and group friendly Nature Centers for hands-on learning, go on hot air balloon rides and much more." Centennial Park in Elliott City has won awards for its natural design and sensitivity to nature. The 337- acre park features a manmade lake, a 2.6-mile paved pathway that meanders around the lake and 7.3 miles of interconnecting paved pathways. Also find nine picnic pavilions and three picnic areas. ■ Howard County, Maryland 1 5 INSIDER TIP: From late spring through early fall, boats are available for rent at Centennial Park.

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