Bangor Travel Guide

  • Beautiful Downtown Bangor
    Beautiful Downtown Bangor
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  • Maine Discovery Museum, Bangor, Maine
    Maine Discovery Museum, Bangor, Maine
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Bangor Highlights

  • Pro
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    850prc says…

     Friendly town, decent food, excellent and uncrowded airport... a very good place to start a northeastern adventure 

  • Con
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     Saying that the Winters are cold here would be an extreme understatement! 

  • In a nutshell
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     If you want to start out somewhere beyond Boston, it's either Manchester NH or Bangor. I've done both and I thought Bangor was a better choice. 

Bangor Things to Do

  • Paul Bunyan

    The legendary Paul Bunyan is reputed to be from this area. In his honor, the good people of Bangor have a massive tribute to him right in front of Bangor Auditorium. He was a gift to the city on it's 125th anniversary in 1959. He stands 31 feet high and weighs 3,700 pounds. Axe in hand, he smiles down at traffic passing by on it's way into downtown...

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  • National Folk Festival

    ...Free Admission..."Can you believe it?"August 22-24, 2003August 27-29, 2004."Please consider visiting Bangor Mental Health Institute if you decide to pass on this festival."Some Of Last Years Performers:-Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun (dieselbilly ......via "Hot Rod Lincoln") -BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet(Cajun)-La Bottine Souriante (Quebecois)...

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  • Maine Shakespeare Festival

    Wonderful performances under a starlit sky run in rotating repertory...Held generally in July-AugustGates open at 7:00 p.m. Pre-show activities begin at 7:15 (Juggler and/or madrigal singers.)Curtain time at 8:00 p.m.Tickets generally between $10.00 and $17.00 for adultsChildren- $5.00-$6.00Discounts are available for families, for attendance at...

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  • Bangor Symphony Orchestra

    They are the oldest community orchestra in the United States providing continuous service, and have been at it for 106 seasons. The founder, visionary music teacher Ms. Abbie Garland, was born in 1852 and died at the age of 90 in 1942.The Symphony currently has 65 members of which most live within the state of Maine.Season runs October thru...

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  • Discover Land Transportation

    Visited the Cole Land Transportation Museum and was amazed. Quite the collection of snowplows and an entire locomotive under one roof. I also enjoyed the line up of old through new Cole Express trucks, from a Ford Model T to their own "Tank-Van". Outside was a covered bridge and World War II and Vietnam memorials.

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  • Maine Discovery Museum

    coming...Admission: $6.50 per personFree for Members and children 12 months & under. All children 12 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.Hours:Monday noon - 5:00 Tuesday - Saturday 9:30 - 5:00 Sunday noon - 5:00

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Bangor Restaurants

  • A very unique bar

    This place is very... unique. It certainly takes it's name seriously, as we stopped by a few days before Mardi Gras and the place was decked out in decorations for the big event taking place thousands of miles away in New Orleans. This was the first time we've been here, so I dunno if it's like that all the time or if it was in excess due to the...

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  • Great spot for breakfast

    This is a great little bagel shop to grab breakfast at. They had a decent variety of bagels to choose from as well as a lot of different toppings as well. You can also get an assortment of baked goods here as well.Definitely a good place to stop by for a fairly cheap breakfast if you are in downtown Bangor. Bagelwich - a breakfast sandwich made...

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  • If you stay there, a good place for...

    We stayed at the Four Points Sheraton, over at the Bangor airport. While this may not sound like an interesting choice, it certainly worked on comfort and convenience. Please do see my Four Points tip under the hotels section.The hotel's dining room is called Godfrey's Grille, and it's a nice place. Nothing overly special or unique, but if you want...

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  • Excellent seafood in Bangor

    I asked the desk clerk over at the Sheraton Four Points for a recommendation of "a good place to get some lobster locally". After enduring the prerequisite and expected suggestion that we eat at the hotel dining room (she admitted that she HAD to recommend their restaurant first), I was directed just across the Penobscot River to Brewer, ME and the...

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  • Great New York - style Pizza!

    Tesoro's Pizza is the closest you will come to NY-style pizza. At least this is what I've found. Every once in a while the pizza is a bit salty. They are located downtown Bangor right down the street from the Federal building and across from Bangor Public Library. Casual atmosphere and one can come in and sit down in jeans and T-shirt. Pizza

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  • Bar-b-que

    This is probably a chain but we were not familiar with it. My husband got a longing for bar-b-que even while seafood was being served all around us. The bar-b-que was good but not as good as some we can get in east Texas. The surroundings were nice and the service good. My husband had the bar-b-que beef and I had a Mexican food dish. Mine was very...

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Bangor Transportation

  • The BAT

    The " BAT " is a bus service operated by the City for the community and travels a fixed route throughout the day. Monday through Saturday (Monday through Friday for Hampden).Rates:.75 cents for intown travelTransfers are available ..ask driver.First come, first serve bike racks...Exact fare upon boarding please.

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  • BGR, efficient and uncrowded

    The small and efficient Bangor airport (BGR) is an excellent choice as an air gateway to northern Maine and the Canadian maritimes. The airport is served by something like four major carriers, albeit via smaller jets and a few prop planes. We flew Delta into Bangor from JFK (coming in). (Going home, we left BGR heading to Boston-Logan.) I think...

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  • Ultimate Transportation

    At least I thought so when I was 9...I am wistfully recalling a simpler time when getting a bike afforded a giddy sense of freedom and travel that remains unsurpassed in a lot of ways. (Check out the cool steering wheel.)Incidentally, I have no idea who these nice people are ..not even a suspicion of a clue.

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Bangor Local Customs

  • Lobster Headstand

    My cab driver said he has a special skill, and he showed me this photo...... He can make a Lobster stand on it's head! Is this cruel and unusual? probably...... especially if you're about to boil him.

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  • Bangor Theological Seminary

    This institution was founded in the 1800's by ministers and lay leaders and was originally in Hampden. It moved to its present location in 1819. It was open to both college graduates and to persons without degrees. It currently has a multitude of programs (including Doctorate) and is the only accredited Theological institution in Northern New...

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  • Bad kitty..bad, bad kitty.

    It is customary to change out your litter... ...before ......it sets off the smoke detector.

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Bangor Warnings and Dangers

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    Keep your distance...you don't want to spook her.

    by Gilfeather Updated Jun 8, 2003

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    Squads of specially trained pink-shirted mullett headed macho-men from Bangor have been assigned the task of monitering the activities of any clever , polysyllabic, Goth-Canadian dancers who cross the border and dine at truckstops. Please plan your trip accordingly and don't be alarmed. It's done in the interest of public safety and the betterment of long term Can-Am relations.
    Insider Tip: To avoid scrutiny , pre-register at any local gunshow or call 555-0000 and ask for Bucky. If Junior answers the phone, simply say the word "pelt" , hang up, and slowly walk back to Canada.
    You know the kind of walk I mean... ;-)

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Bangor Tourist Traps

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    by Gilfeather Updated Feb 28, 2003

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    Don't be alarmed..It's only a statue.

    Trivia:
    The tool he is holding in his left hand is called a"Peavey". My former landlord was the grandson of the man who invented it. Impressive I know, Try to contain yourself.

    Fun Alternatives: Bangor is home for the "Snow and Nealy" company.

    Go take a gander at their quality gardening tools and other fine things.

    Web Address:
    http://www.snowandnealley.com/
    PO Box 876
    Bangor, ME 04402
    Toll Free 1-800-933-6642

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Bangor What to Pack

  • The Short List

    Dress for comfort...loose, casual and practical.-Jacket ,sweater, fleecewear..active-wear-Sneakers, Hiking Boots, sandels if going to the beach.-Shorts-Cotten tee shirts-It's ok to leave your cheese hats and big foam fingers at home. -Bug repellant (Avon "Skin-So-Soft "seems to work pretty well.)Or pick up some "Bens", which doesnt smell quite...

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  • Packing List

    In the spring, bring a windbreaker, sweat shirt, medium-weight pants, sneakers, short-sleeved shirts. In late March through mid-April, you should also bring boots just in case it snows, which it will time to time. In the summer, bring shorts, a light jacket, and other loose, comfortable, and casual clothing. Sunscreen is a must, as is insect...

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Bangor Off The Beaten Path

  • Home of a Famous Author

    Take a drive past the home of author Stephen King. Although the residents of Bangor are protective of his privacy, you might be able to find someone who will give you driving directions to his home.

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  • The Bog at Bangor City Forest

    The Bangor City Forest is north of Bangor off Stillwater Avenue on Tripp Drive. It has a very nice bog. I think the University of Maine helps maintain this area. The boardwalk is easy to walk and the interpretive signs help you understand what you are seeing. We visited in early June and found many of the plants in bloom.

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  • Visit Bangor City Forest

    The Bangor City Forest provides driving, walking, and x-country skiing trails. We visited the bog. It is easy to get to once you find the forest. Boardwalks and interpretive signs make it easy to walk through and understand. Many of the plants were in bloom when we visited.

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Bangor Sports & Outdoors

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    by Gilfeather Updated Feb 28, 2003

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    Bangor residents, Stephen and Tabitha King, donated the funds to build the Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium and it was completed and opened to this gratefull city in 1991.

    It is easily one of the best baseball fields in the State and a great place to take in a game.
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Bangor Favorites

  • Delorme Map Guide

    I suggest getting a Delorme Gazetter Guide. They run around $19.95 and are the most comprehensive map/guide around. Web Address:http://www.delorme.com/atlasgaz/

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  • Local Newsprint

    The "Bangor Daily" Newspaper can be purchased at most local stores and has lots of info on current activities. The weekend edition sometimes has inserts with event calenders as well.Random Admission:I was a "Sunriser" (newscarrier) as a kid, until I got myself into trouble collecting from my customers 3 weeks out. I was taking the cash and going...

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  • Encore on the Waterfront

    The concerts on the Penobscot river-front are a blast and walks down along the water are always enjoyable. For his encore, Arlo Guthrie performed "City of New Orleans", and a Bangor and Aroostook Railroad train with many boxes slowly passed the concert area 40 feet from the stage right on cue. Brilliant.Synchronicity or planned? I still don't know...

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