Centrally located in the middle of Harford County and just minutes from Interstate 95 and Route 1,  Bel Air is easily accessible to visitors from other regions of Maryland, as well as Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. But it’s not just our central location that gives us our nickname. We are the “Heart of Harford” for so many reasons.

People come to Bel Air to work, play and celebrate.

As the county seat, Bel Air is the home to government employees, professional offices and retail merchants. We try to lighten their days with a variety of public art, storefront galleries and a walkable, green downtown.

When it is time to play, Bel Air has five neighborhood parks and one community park.  The Town’s neighborhood parks include the Alice Anne Park, Homestead Park, Plumtree Park, Major’s Choice Park and Shamrock Park.  Rockfield Park, located on Route 22, is Bel Air’s 51-acre community park which is home to trails, the community-built Creative Playground, Chesapeake Sensory Plaza, balls fields and pavilions.  Additionally, Town citizens are served by several parks shared with area schools; the Heavenly Waters Regional Park and the Ma & Pa Heritage Trail, a greenway trail system.

Some annual events are legendary: the Bel Air Festival for the Arts, the Maryland State BBQ Bash (we think it is an art!), Authors and Artists, the Christmas parade and old-fashioned fourth of July celebrations.

Bel Air has long been a place where residents and visitors gathered for concerts, theater, parades and seasonal celebrations. Our designation as one of Maryland’s 28 A & E Districts helps us to make it official. Visit often and become a part of our momentum.

Town of Bel Air Public Art Tour

The Town of Bel Air is home to a growing number of public art pieces which contribute to making our town a unique community.  Our Public Art Tour begins with a two-mile, self-guided walk through downtown featuring images and descriptions of twenty-three sculptures and murals.  The tour continues with an additional fifteen pieces accessible within a short drive around Bel Air.  Be sure to take advantage of all of the fantastic shops and restaurants along the way!


Historic Downtown Bel Air

cover of the walking tour booklet that shows a drawing of the Bel Air historic courthouse.


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