15 Best Things to Do in Bangor, Maine

15 Best Things to Do in Bangor, Maine

Make Your Bangor Maine Holiday Memorable with these Cool 15 Things To Do.

While most people know Bangor Maine only because a certain person named Stephen King resides in its gracious expanses, we are here to tell you that there is much more to this great city than Mr. King alone.

Bangor Maine is packed with fun-filled activities for people of all age groups and choices.

You could have the perfect rainy day here, or make your summers super-special with its umpteen outdoor activity options.

Whatever your tastes and likes are, the following 15 cool things will truly make your visit or stay in Bangor, Maine a memory to cherish for a lifetime.

Bike Ride

Get on your two-wheeled mechanical friend and head into deep treks around Bangor.

You could cycle in the Bangor City Forest, or follow along the Kenduskeag Stream Trail, or just pedal around the vast expanses of the Univerity of Maine.

If you have not carried your bike along, worry not. Just pick up a bike on rent from Ski Rack Sports.

You can enjoy fresh mild, breezy gusts and vast expanses of pristine greenery along these trail paths—just the perfect way to begin the Bangor holiday.

The early holiday workout sets the tone for the rest of the trip, and we promise it will only take your health quotient higher by many notches!

Theatre

 Bangor Opera House
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Put your drama hats on and enjoy one of the amazing professional productions at the classy Bangor Opera House staged by the excellent Penobscot Theatre Company.

Or just drown in the high crescendos of a soulful symphony at the Bangor Symphony Orchestra at the university campus.

This is a legendary orchestra and has been playing all the way back since 1896.

You are sure to get a taste of classical vintage music here. This community orchestra is one of the oldest ones in the entire United States.

It is known for the musicianship of its expert players, some of whom have been plying their trade in this orchestra for many decades now.

Fort Knox

Fort Knox
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If you are the kind of person who is often found reading Wikipedia articles on the Renaissance ( or other historical events) at 5 am in the morning, then you should head out of the main Bangor city to visit the old Fort Knox at a 35-minute drive.

This mammoth structure is made of solid granite that has stood the test of time over all the long years of its existence.

You can learn juicy historical tidbits about the local region by walking through the fort and browsing through its many interesting displays.

You should then head out to the nearby Penobscot Narrow Observatory Bridge.

This is one of the engineering marvels of Bangor and a sight to watch and admire for the sheer excellence of its craftsmanship.

Additionally, you can take a light walk over the bridge and feast your eyes on the sumptuous panoramic visuals of the amazing Penobscot River.

Mount Hope Cemetery

Mount Hope Cemetery
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A cemetery might look like an odd item on an itinerary things to do list.

The Mount Hope Cemetary is a bit different, though, and you can head out to experience an easy light stroll around its premises.

It is one of the country's oldest garden cemeteries. You can find a variety of natural flora within its precincts.

If you are a botany buff,  you will find plenty of less-known plants to explore and work your botanical brains.

Otherwise, you can just hang out in these gardens for a calm and beautiful lazy day.

Drive-In Theatre

The summers are here, the breeze is great and you want some awesome movie fun.

Get the perfect combo of these ingredients at the awesome Bangor Drive-In. They host some of the latest releases here, which you enjoy in the cool outside space.

The Drive-In is special in that it also plays some of the old cult-classic from the golden era of Hollywood. Just sit back and relive some happy nostalgic memories.

This Drive-in is just a short 7-minute ride out from the Pine Tree Inn.

Orono Bog Walk

Orono Bog Walk in Bangor, Maine
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For the hiking enthusiasts amongst us, the Orono Bog Walk is just the perfect hike to get that blood flowing and heart pumping.

Just loiter along this friendly walk path alone to get lost in the trance of the dynamic silence.

Alternatively, take one of your buddies along and just nibble on some much-needed friendly chit-chat as you enjoy the brisk stroll here.

The Orono Bog Walk is special because it is a hiking path that even little kids can navigate. Many times, kids can not cover adult-size hiking trails, and you have to forego the pleasure yourself too.

Not with the Orono Bog Walk. It brings in joy in equal measure to both adults and little children alike.

This walk has been set up to be even enjoyable for wheelchair walkers. This is just the perfect diversity-friendly walk to bring walking pleasures to all and sundry.

Many exotic and local birds can be spotted circling around this walk. For bird lovers, this can be a beautiful healing experience.

In case you are in the mood for more outdoor adventure, the Bangor City Forest is just a little distance out from the Orono Bog Walk.

You can extend your stay here by traveling to this amazing forest. Hike around its lush green flora for endless hours to your heart’s contentment.

Alternatively, you can get an adrenaline rush with an adventurous cross-country ski here.

Meander through the environs of this forest and twist and turn into exhilarating physical pleasure with the ski.

Thomas Hill Standpipe

Thomas Hill Standpipe
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To get a bird’s eye majestic panoramic view of Bangor, you need to climb up to Thomas Hill and look down at the vast city expanse from the strategically located Thomas Hill Standpoint.

The views from up top here can be absolutely stunning and perfect for getting your DSLRs out.

It is a prime historical location in Bangor and an epitome of civil engineering mastery.

This historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is recognized as an American Civil Engineering Landmark.

It is an exclusive monument and opens up for detailed tours in its vast precincts just four times every year. But mark our words, the wait is well worth it.

If you are visiting Bangor as a tourist, we would strongly recommend you enquire about the next public-tour opening schedule for the Thomas Hill Standpoint and plan your visit accordingly.

Visiting this historical engineering wonder is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Stephen King Tour

House of Stephen King
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How can any Bangor holiday be complete without the archetypical Stephen King factor?

The city is home to several sites and buildings that inspired the most famous denizen of Bangor to create his unforgettable stories.

Some of these sites have reserved their place in literary history just by the sheer magic of King's writing.

He made these places spring with life by weaving amazing little tales around them, which now enjoy a cult following among his many millions of fans.

You would be thrilled to walk around Bangor on a "Stephen King" tour and see these sites and buildings in solid stone and concrete right in front of your eyes.

You can view the famous haunted water tower and just stand and stare as all those Stephen King classics replay in your mind at that moment.

Leaf Peeping Day Trip

Acadia National Park
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Time to head out of town to enjoy some of the surrounding awesomeness. Drive out to Greenville and Moosehead Lake for a calming and easy experience.

Or just ride out along the coast and explore the rich animal life in the amazing Acadia National Park.

This is packed with several beautiful species of animals, some of them rare and quite exotic. You will have umpteen fun observing the diversity of life here.

Even more animal beauty awaits you in the nearby Baxter State Park toward the north.

Have fun observing and wondering at the natural intelligence of animals here as they go about their lives with an intuitive ingenuity sorely missing among us humans.

Furthermore, you can drive to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument for more sightseeing pleasure.

Fresh Local Produce at Bangor Farmer’s Market

You might want to take a day off eating at the many amazing restaurants in Bangor and put your chef-hats on to cook your own meal.

The Bangor Farmer's Market is the perfect place for you to procure aromatic local fresh ingredients for your cooking adventures.

The market is packed with exotic and toothsome local produce that brings in new flavors and aromas to whet your appetite.

You can then gather your haul and proceed to the Pine Tree Inn, which has a small kitchen attached to every room.

Just bring your culinary creativity to the table, and cook the most sumptuous local recipes to delight your taste buds.


Cole Land Museum

Cole Land Museum
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The Cole Land Transportation Museum is one of the top places to visit in Bangor.

This famous museum exhibits amazing artifacts that tell the story of transportation as it played out in Maine.

You have all sorts of vehicles and devices from the old classic trains to powerful snowplows and robust dairy wagons on display here.

The museum also showcases many memorabilia depicting important events in the military history of the region as a tribute to war veterans who fought in the past.

Bangor Public Library

Bangor Public Library
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The Bangor Public Library is a bookworms' heaven to munch on the amazing books in the collection here.

The building itself is grand in its architectural splendor. You can spend a few minutes viewing it closely and marveling at its craftsmanship.

You also will find many friendly locals here who are all too happy to come and enlighten you with some of their city’s legendary tales and anecdotes.

You can also get a close glimpse of the culture as the books, the architecture and the locals here all carry some mark of their tradition and roots.

Duck of Justice

The Duck of Justice is famous for being the default logo on the police department's official Facebook page.

The mascot has been going viral for many years now and is the subject of many hilarious and interesting social media posts and tweets.

You can have your own encounter with the legendary Duck of Justice here yourself.

Build up your photo collection with some cool and cheeky clicks hanging around the duck.

Short of getting his autograph, you can have any kind of chummy interaction with the duck here and capture it in your photo album.

Hermon Mountain

Hermon Mountain
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The Maine winter can be harsh and if you are traveling to Bangor in one of the cold winter months, you might feel stocky locked inside for long periods.

You can pack up your stuff, and put on those extra pair of gloves and heavy jackets, and take a plunge into the wintery exteriors by going for an adventurous ski in the snow-clad Hermon Mountain.

You can enjoy hours of meandering as you ski along the vast slopes of this mountain that are packed with thick deep snow during the chilly winters here.

You get much-needed physical activity and a refreshing boost with all the nice dopamine release!

Historical Tour

Historic blocks in Bangor
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Bangor is an old city and carries quite a bit of colorful history with it.

You should definitely register and take a comprehensive historical tour of Bangor and enjoy interesting tales and events from its rich historical past.

Bangor was a major lumbar port many years ago, and you would still spot some remnants of that era as you go around the town.

The underground railway here was one of the earliest to be constructed, and for vintage railway lovers, you can have a great peek into the beautiful railways of the past here.

There was also an infamous tragic fire in downtown Bangor. There are still some markers that retell that sad tale here.

You can check out the Bangor Historical Society for one of their guided historical tours around the city.

Thomas Hill Museum that appeared earlier on this list, is another place to visit for the history buffs among us.

With this mega list of amazing things to do in Bangor, we hope you would be only spoilt for choice on your next holiday to this rich and historic city.

We would now want you to add your precious inputs to the list and tell us of some other amazing activities to do in Bangor!