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25 free and cheap things to do in Harford County

Harford County is home to several wineries, including <a href="http://www.mountfelix.com/MountFelixJune2012/Welcome.html">Mount Felix Vineyard &amp; Winery</a> in Havre de Grace, <a href="http://www.fiorewinery.com/">Fiore Winery</a> in Pylesville, <a href="https://www.harfordwinery.com/">Harford Winery</a> in Forest Hill and <a href="http://www.legendsvineyardmd.com/">Legends Vineyard</a> in Churchville. Each winery offers tastings for a small fee, ranging from $3 to $10.
(Brian Krista / Patuxent Publishing)

25 free and cheap things to do in Harford County

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In Harford County, having fun doesn’t have to be expensive. If you have $10, you have 25 entertainment options at your fingertips.
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Harford County is home to several wineries, including <a href="http://www.mountfelix.com/MountFelixJune2012/Welcome.html">Mount Felix Vineyard &amp; Winery</a> in Havre de Grace, <a href="http://www.fiorewinery.com/">Fiore Winery</a> in Pylesville, <a href="https://www.harfordwinery.com/">Harford Winery</a> in Forest Hill and <a href="http://www.legendsvineyardmd.com/">Legends Vineyard</a> in Churchville. Each winery offers tastings for a small fee, ranging from $3 to $10.
Harford County is home to several wineries, including Mount Felix Vineyard & Winery in Havre de Grace, Fiore Winery in Pylesville, Harford Winery in Forest Hill and Legends Vineyard in Churchville. Each winery offers tastings for a small fee, ranging from $3 to $10. (Brian Krista / Patuxent Publishing)

The newly renovated and reopened <a href="http://www.edenmill.org/index.html">Eden Mill</a> in Pylesville offers tours one Saturday per month through the spring and summer. Fees are $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers.
The newly renovated and reopened Eden Mill in Pylesville offers tours one Saturday per month through the spring and summer. Fees are $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

<a href="http://www.charmcitytrivia.com/index.html">Charm City Trivia</a> runs games at five bars and restaurants around the county. It's free to play, and some locations offer food and drink specials.
Charm City Trivia runs games at five bars and restaurants around the county. It's free to play, and some locations offer food and drink specials. (Jen Rynda / Patuxent Publishing)

Abingdon's <a href="http://iceworld.com/">Ice World</a> offers two-hour public skating sessions for $7.50 on weekdays and Sunday evenings, or $8.50 on Friday and Saturday evenings. (Skate rentals, though, are an extra $3.)
Abingdon's Ice World offers two-hour public skating sessions for $7.50 on weekdays and Sunday evenings, or $8.50 on Friday and Saturday evenings. (Skate rentals, though, are an extra $3.) (Patrick Smith / Baltimore Sun)

<a href="http://www.churchvillegolf.com/Churchville_Golf_and_Putt_Putt/Home.html">Churchville Golf Center</a>'s driving range provides small buckets for $4 and large buckets for $8. Meanwhile, the kids can enjoy a game of miniature golf on a course full of pirates and dinosaurs for $5.
Churchville Golf Center's driving range provides small buckets for $4 and large buckets for $8. Meanwhile, the kids can enjoy a game of miniature golf on a course full of pirates and dinosaurs for $5. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / Homestead Publishing)

The <a href="http://spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot.com/">former home of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth</a> in Bel Air opens for guided tours on select dates through the spring, summer and fall. Tickets are $5 for visitors 13 and older.
The former home of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth in Bel Air opens for guided tours on select dates through the spring, summer and fall. Tickets are $5 for visitors 13 and older. (BALTIMORE SUN)

Watch America's pastime in the stadium built by Aberdeen's own Cal Ripken Jr. <a href="http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t488">Aberdeen Ironbirds</a> games run June through September, and tickets start at $10.
Watch America's pastime in the stadium built by Aberdeen's own Cal Ripken Jr. Aberdeen Ironbirds games run June through September, and tickets start at $10. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

<a href="http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/parks_rec/Trails.cfm?TrailID=7">Havre de Grace's 1/2-mile boardwalk</a> is a top spot for bird, sailboat and people watching along the Susquehanna River. Along the way, stop at the <a href="http://www.concordpointlighthouse.org/Home/tabid/38/Default.aspx">Concord Point Lighthouse</a> and climb to the top at no charge on weekends, April through October. (Donations are accepted.)
Havre de Grace's 1/2-mile boardwalk is a top spot for bird, sailboat and people watching along the Susquehanna River. Along the way, stop at the Concord Point Lighthouse and climb to the top at no charge on weekends, April through October. (Donations are accepted.) (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The <a href="http://www.exeloncorp.com/PowerPlants/conowingo/Pages/profile.aspx">Conowingo Dam</a> is known as a prime spot for bird watching -- bald eagles often fish in the Susquehanna River below the dam. Bring binoculars and a camera for hours of entertainment.
The Conowingo Dam is known as a prime spot for bird watching -- bald eagles often fish in the Susquehanna River below the dam. Bring binoculars and a camera for hours of entertainment. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

At <a href="http://www.foresthillbowl.com/">Forest Hill Lanes</a>, open bowling rates range from $2 to $4.75 per person, per game, plus $3.80 shoe rentals, depending on the day and time. At <a href="http://bowlharfordlanes.com/default.asp"> Harford Lanes</a> in Aberdeen, regular games are $4.25, plus $2.50 shoe rentals.
At Forest Hill Lanes, open bowling rates range from $2 to $4.75 per person, per game, plus $3.80 shoe rentals, depending on the day and time. At Harford Lanes in Aberdeen, regular games are $4.25, plus $2.50 shoe rentals. (LLOYD FOX / Baltimore Sun)

Visiting Broom's Bloom Dairy in Bel Air is like stepping into a Norman Rockwell illustration, and the ice cream, produced on site in creative flavors, is $4.60 for the largest size.
Visiting Broom's Bloom Dairy in Bel Air is like stepping into a Norman Rockwell illustration, and the ice cream, produced on site in creative flavors, is $4.60 for the largest size. (Patrick Smith / Baltimore Sun)

Bring the family and a picnic blanket to Shamrock Park in Bel Air for a free, kid-friendly movie screening and complimentary popcorn. Choose from <a href="http://belairmaryland.org/events-2/outdoor-movies/">six dates</a> this summer.
Bring the family and a picnic blanket to Shamrock Park in Bel Air for a free, kid-friendly movie screening and complimentary popcorn. Choose from six dates this summer. (Marlayna Demond / Patuxent Publishing)

Channel your favorite celebrity from "Dancing with the Stars" with a free introductory ballroom dance lesson at <a href="http://www.swingtimeballroom.com/">SwingTime Ballroom</a> in Fallston. You can also try a Zumba class for $1. (Rates are only for first-timers.)
Channel your favorite celebrity from "Dancing with the Stars" with a free introductory ballroom dance lesson at SwingTime Ballroom in Fallston. You can also try a Zumba class for $1. (Rates are only for first-timers.) (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Rotating exhibits showcase works from local artists on the second floor of <a href="http://www.liriodendron.com/index.cfm">The Liriodendron</a>, an event venue originally built as a summer home in 1898 . Visit for free on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., March through December.
Rotating exhibits showcase works from local artists on the second floor of The Liriodendron, an event venue originally built as a summer home in 1898 . Visit for free on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., March through December. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

Wade or float among the rocky outcroppings in Deer Creek at <a href="http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/rocks.aspx">Rocks State Park</a>. Three picnic areas offer parking, restrooms, picnic tables and more for $3 per Maryland resident on weekends or $4 per car on weekdays.
Wade or float among the rocky outcroppings in Deer Creek at Rocks State Park. Three picnic areas offer parking, restrooms, picnic tables and more for $3 per Maryland resident on weekends or $4 per car on weekdays. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Enjoy the warm weather while listening to music at Aberdeen Festival Park, Shamrock Park in Bel Air or Tydings Park in Havre de Grace during the <a href="http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/parks_rec/Programs.cfm?idactivity=54">summer concert series</a>. Admission is free.
Enjoy the warm weather while listening to music at Aberdeen Festival Park, Shamrock Park in Bel Air or Tydings Park in Havre de Grace during the summer concert series. Admission is free. (TED HENDRICKS | AEGIS STAFF / Homestead Publishing)

<a href="http://harfordhistory.org/hayesHouse.php">The Hays House Museum</a> gives visitors a glimpse of life in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Open on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and free for children ages 4 and younger.
The Hays House Museum gives visitors a glimpse of life in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Open on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and free for children ages 4 and younger. (Photo courtesy of The Historical Society of Harford County)

Courses in Street and Churchville are free for anyone who brings their own Frisbees. The <a href="http://www.harcodiscgolf.com/">Scarboro Hills Disc Golf Club</a> provides maps and course records.
Courses in Street and Churchville are free for anyone who brings their own Frisbees. The Scarboro Hills Disc Golf Club provides maps and course records. (Matt Button)

The first Friday evening of each month, from May through October, <a href="http://belairmaryland.org/events-2/first-fridays/">Bel Air</a> and <a href="http://www.mainstreethdg.com/index.php/events/show/first-fridays">Havre de Grace</a> block off an area downtown for a celebration with live music, food, drinks and market vendors. Admission is free.
The first Friday evening of each month, from May through October, Bel Air and Havre de Grace block off an area downtown for a celebration with live music, food, drinks and market vendors. Admission is free. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

<a href="http://www.mapatrail.org/">The Ma &amp; Pa Heritage Trail</a> is a draw for many recreational bicyclists because of its gentle, consistent grade and mild hills. Nearby <a href="http://www.anniesplayground.net/">Annie's Playground</a> is a great diversion for kids.
The Ma & Pa Heritage Trail is a draw for many recreational bicyclists because of its gentle, consistent grade and mild hills. Nearby Annie's Playground is a great diversion for kids. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

The world-famous living masterpiece allows visitors to explore more than 20 "garden rooms" -- for free. <a href="http://www.ladewgardens.com/">Ladew</a> is open April through October, seven days a week.
The world-famous living masterpiece allows visitors to explore more than 20 "garden rooms" -- for free. Ladew is open April through October, seven days a week. (Matt Button / Patuxent Homestead)

On Sundays at <a href="http://jerusalemmill.org/">Jerusalem Mill Village</a>, historic reenactments demonstrate trades like woodworking, blacksmithing, open-fire cooking and more. Admission is free.
On Sundays at Jerusalem Mill Village, historic reenactments demonstrate trades like woodworking, blacksmithing, open-fire cooking and more. Admission is free. (STEVE RUARK / Patuxent Publishing)

Did you know that famed explorer John Smith visited the Susquehannock village 400 years ago? Or that Havre de Grace was once a hub for ice harvesting? The <a href="http://www.hdgmaritimemuseum.org/index.php">Havre de Grace Maritime Museum</a> is the place to learn more, for a donation of $3 per person or $7 per family.
Did you know that famed explorer John Smith visited the Susquehannock village 400 years ago? Or that Havre de Grace was once a hub for ice harvesting? The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum is the place to learn more, for a donation of $3 per person or $7 per family. (AEGIS file photo / Patuxent Homestead)

Trod on the same hallowed ground where Kevin Spacey once filmed the Netflix series. House of Cards shot scenes at a number of Harford County locales, like Angel Hill Cemetery in Havre de Grace. Map your own route to your favorite spots.
Trod on the same hallowed ground where Kevin Spacey once filmed the Netflix series. House of Cards shot scenes at a number of Harford County locales, like Angel Hill Cemetery in Havre de Grace. Map your own route to your favorite spots. (Bryna Zumer)

A Mecca for hunting enthusiasts and Duck Dynasty fans alike, the <a href="http://www.decoymuseum.com/index.htm">collection of carved waterfowl</a> pays homage to Chesapeake Bay culture in a modern facility on the water. Admission ranges from $3 to $6, and tours for 10 or more people are $3 to $4 per person.
A Mecca for hunting enthusiasts and Duck Dynasty fans alike, the collection of carved waterfowl pays homage to Chesapeake Bay culture in a modern facility on the water. Admission ranges from $3 to $6, and tours for 10 or more people are $3 to $4 per person. (MATT BUTTON | RECORD STAFF /)
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