Things to Do
For complete tourism information and a visitor’s guide, go to Greater Bangor Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s website visitbangormaine.com
Hotels and Accommodations
Bangor has a number of hotels and accommodations to provide you with a comfortable stay in the Queen City. Most notable is Hollywood Casino Hotel and Raceway, which oozes old Hollywood glamour. Among portraits of Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe, try your hand at nearly 1,000 slot machines, as well as table games such as blackjack, poker, and roulette. The casino boasts a full bar and the “Epic Buffet,” with delectable fare spanning the globe.
If quality entertainment is what you seek, you won’t have to look far. Bangor is home to the Penobscot Theatre Company, which produces plays and musicals that are lauded across the state. Going to the theatre is a treat in and of itself, for it is housed in the historic Bangor Opera House, which is known for its brilliant architecture.
Elsewhere in Bangor, Husson University’s Gracie Theater offers a multitude of theatrical and dance performances.
Also, look no further than the 1435-seat Collins Center for the Arts (CCA) for an exciting mix of world-renowned performing arts events — more than 40 each year! Each season brings Broadway musicals, legendary singers, nationally-known comedians, exciting dance companies, family shows, and theatre. Chamber music concerts take place in the adjacent Minsky Recital Hall. In addition to the live series, the Broadcast series includes a thrilling mix of theatre from London and opera from New York in its NT Live and Met Opera series.
While you’re at the CCA, be sure to go to the second floor to visit the Hudson Museum to see extraordinary collections from around the world, as well as Maine Indian baskets, birchbark work, woodcarving and decorative traditions.
In addition to the theater, there is an array of music in Bangor, including one of the country’s oldest community symphonies: the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. The BSO has played its beautiful live music throughout Maine since 1896.
If you’re here in the summer, watch as the waterfront comes alive with music. The American Folk Festival, a free, public cultural festival, is a cultural mecca for music, featuring 20 different groups over three days.
Likewise, the Waterfront Concert Series brings major musicians and bands to Bangor.
Dining and Shopping
For visitors that are looking for quality dining and shopping, head to Bangor’s downtown section. It is here that you will find renowned restaurants of varying cuisine, including Indian, Thai, Japanese, Irish, and Italian. Local boutiques and shops make up the downtown, so be sure to stop in and see what the different vendors have to offer.
Your visit to downtown wouldn’t be complete without stopping at the UMaine Museum of Art and Maine Discovery Museum and then sticking around the nightlife hub. You’re never without good spirits, good company, and good live music.
Looking for more shopping opportunities? Plan on visiting the Bangor Mall, located just off of the Hogan Road exit.
And what would Bangor be without its natural treasures and recreational activities? Nature lovers can choose from an array of parks, lakes, and ponds. There are also a number of trails such as Bangor City Forest and the Orono Bog Walk. If you’re here in the winter, don’t miss out on the cross-country skiing and sledding opportunities.
If one thing is for certain, it’s that your visitor’s agenda will never be lacking when you’re in Bangor. So what are you waiting for? Join us in Bangor and experience our region’s attractions for yourself.
The Paul Bunyan statue
Located on Main Street across from Hollywood Casino and in front of the Cross Insurance Center, Paul Bunyan is Bangor’s biggest ambassador.
Thomas Hill Standpipe
Located on Thomas Hill Road off of Ohio St., the Thomas Hill Standpipe used to equalize water pressure throughout the city. The Standpipe opens several times a year for tours. FMI: (207) 947-4516.
Rich with cultural, shopping, and dining opportunities, Bangor’s waterfront is a hopping place to visit. In the summer, the American Folk Festival, and Waterfront Concerts all make use of the area.
The Bangor Region has museums throughout its 21 communities that provide cultural (and fun) opportunities to visitors and residents alike.
Bangor City Forest & Orono Bogwalk
The Rolland F. Perry City Forest features more than 680 acres of working forest, wildlife habitat, and miles of walking trails. The City Forest is also the entrance to the Orono Bog Boardwalk, a 4,200-foot-long boardwalk that allows people to see a bog up close.
Maine Basketball Hall of Fame
The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame‘s focus is to preserve and promote the history of basketball in the State of Maine. Located in the Corss Insurance Center, view the history of the game and the legendary athletes who participated.
Stephen King’s House
Visit Bangor’s West Side and you may stumble across a red home with black wrought iron fencing featuring spiders and dragons.
Cole Land Transportation Museum
Located on Bangor’s Perry Road, the Cole Land Transportation Museum hosts memorabilia from decades past, including clothing, military items, and numerous modes of transportation.
Leonard’s Mills Historic Settlement
As one of the oldest historical settlements in Maine, Leonard’s Mills is a great place to learn about the past.
Cross Insurance Center
The Cross Insurance Center hosts concerts, family shows, meetings, conventions, and more. Visit crossinsurancecenter.com.
Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway
Nearly 1,000 Vegas-style slots, thrilling harness racing, big-time table games, food and entertainment. Visit hollywoodcasinobangor.com.