Guide to Bangor Maine | Things to Do in Bangor This Year

Bangor Maine Vacation Guide

Though some may not consider Bangor an iconic vacation destination like Old Orchard BeachPortland’s Old Port or Bar Harbor, but if you really knew what this great city had to offer, you would make this your annual getaway. Bangor is the 3rd largest city in Maine and serves as a cultural and commercial center in the Highlands. If you’re traveling north to the Katahdin-Moosehead Lake region or The County, be sure to stop through Bangor!

Things to do in Bangor Maine

The Greater Bangor Area, accessible via Bangor International Airport, offers an abundance of exciting things to do and see. Enjoy an afternoon of shopping at the Bangor Mall, try your luck at one of two local casinos, or visit the house of award winning author Stephen King.


Outdoor Activities

Nature enthusiasts will love taking a trip to the Orono Bog Boardwalk, where free demonstrations and guided nature walks are offered monthly. The Demerrit Forest also offers year round activities including lectures, workshops, ski trips, and geocaching sites. Rent bikes and other equipment from the university and explore over 50 miles of beautiful volunteer maintained trails. Or if you’re seeking shade from the summer heat you can head on over to the University of Maine and try your hand at rock climbing, rental equipment is available.


With Penobscott River meandering by Bangor and nearby Stillwater River in Orono, Bangor is a great spot to start a river adventure on a kayak or canoe or choose to take a lobstering tour.


Bangor has a wide variety of events that appeal to all ages no matter what season you choose to visit. In the summer, there’s the annual Kahbang Festival right on the waterfront. It is a one-day event that offers music, crafts, art exhibits, and local food vendors. During the fall and winter season, you can catch a Black Bears game at Alfond Stadium where you just might see future NHL players. Darling’s Waterfront Pavillion entertains year-round with the most popular names in music.

Darling’s Waterfront Pavillion-Bangor


If you’re looking for a place to get away, Bangor is a great central location, only one hour from Bar Harbor, Mt. Katahdin, and Acadia National Park. Open from May to October, there are plenty of campgrounds to accommodate all of your needs while providing plenty of recreational activities and a relaxing atmosphere. Pleasant Hill Campground, located right off of I-95, is highly convenient and welcomes new visitors with clean facilities and Maine hospitality.


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