Walking, Step-On & Tours Available in Bangor

Lace up your shoes, board your bus, and get ready to be entertained by the unique sights and sounds of Bangor!

Devil’s Half-Acre Tour – Public Walking Tour

Explore the wicked side of Bangor on this short walking tour! Discover the area of vice and violence that came to be known as the Devil’s Half-Acre, where despite Maine’s 1851 Prohibitory Law, saloons and drinking establishments thrived in Bangor alongside brothels and overcrowded tenements.  Hear the stories of Madams, prostitutes, wild Irishmen, lumbermen and sailors as well as the beleaguered police and reformers who tried to clean up the town. No members of the Bangor Temperance Society of the National Purity Association allowed! Recommended for adults only.

Tours leave the Bangor Waterfront Harbormaster’s parking lot (GPS address of 64 Front Street, Bangor) at 7:00 p.m. $10/adult; $5/under 12; Under 5 is free; Bangor Museum and History Center members are free.

Hilly terrain may be encountered, tours are rain or shine, walking tours are about 3/4 to 1 mile long. 

This is a walking tour, guides are available for private groups.  Contact for pricing.
Group reservations must be purchased in advance. 

Ghostly Bangor Tour – Public Walking Tour

Prepare for the paranormal! Follow a winding path through haunted Bangor and stop at several sites to hear tales of reported ghostly activity on this special tour. You may even see a spectre or two who will tell their tales of tragedy and explain why the haunting still occurs. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, one this is for certain – some former residents of Bangor are still around attending to unfinished business from their corporeal lives. Trapped here either by their own will or by circumstance, these spirits have something to say to the living. Bring a friend or come alone….if you dare! 

Tours leave from the Thomas A. Hill House (GPS address of 159 Union Street, Bangor) at 7:00 p.m. $10/adult; $5/under 12; Under 5 is free; Bangor Museum and History Center members are $8.

Hilly terrain may be encountered, tours are rain or shine, walking tours are about 3/4 to 1 mile long. 

This is a walking tour, guides are available for private groups.  Contact for pricing.
Group reservations must be purchased in advance.


Mt. Hope Cemetery Tour – Public Walking Tour

Take a tour of the second oldest Garden Cemetery in the country and meet some of the locals! Walk along the trails through a space created for both the living and the dead and hear tales about some of Bangor’s more famous people. Hear stories about the wealthy lumber barons, Vice President Hannibal Hamlin, and Joseph Junen (the first murder in 1791) among many others.

This tour meets at the Mt Hope Superintendent's Office at 1048 State Street, Bangor. $10/adult; $5/under 12; Under 5 is free; Bangor Museum and History Center members are free.

Hilly terrain may be encountered, tours are rain or shine, walking tours are about 3/4 to 1 mile long.  There are no restrooms on site.

This is a walking tour, guides are available for private groups.  Contact for pricing.
Group reservations must be purchased in advance.

Mt. Hope Cemetery Twilight Tour – Public Walking Tour

Take an unusual tour of the second oldest Garden Cemetery in the country and meet some of the lesser known residents. See the sights you would not get to see on any given day and hear stories of the lost, forgotten, and murdered in Bangor’s history. Walk among the faint trails of the Public Grounds area, see the gravesite of Bangor’s first murder victim, and listen to tales of the city’s unwanted and unknown found in Stranger’s Row.  Recommended for ages 12 and up.

This tour meets at the Mt Hope Superintendent's Office at 1048 State Street, Bangor. $10/adult; $5/under 12; Under 5 is free; Bangor Museum and History Center members are free.

Hilly terrain may be encountered, tours are rain or shine, walking tours are about 3/4 to 1 mile long.  There are no restrooms on site.

This is a walking tour, guides are available for private groups.  Contact for pricing.
Group reservations must be purchased in advance.

Tommyknockers and More Tour – Public Bus Tour

A Stephen King Literary Tour

This tour is the world’s only literary tour focused on the famed author’s Bangor.  Come explore the sights and sounds that inspired many of King’s works. Stephen King fans, Bangor residents and out-of-state tourists will love this unique and informative tour of Bangor, Maine…The Queen City. Bangor is home to the world renowned author Stephen King and his many books reference numerous Bangor landmarks and locations. The tour consists of a narrated 1 ˝ hour drive through the city, or the fictional city of Derry in “It”, and features numerous spots in Bangor that have direct connections to parts of King’s writings.
      Tour participants will indulge in the inspirations of Stephen King’s writings as well as the rich history of Bangor, Maine. They will experience how Stephen King summed up his thoughts on childhood and monsters through his experiences specific to the city of Bangor. Many more sites are visited on this tour including some of the generous donations given by the King’s over the past years and some of Bangor’s most historical sites.

Tours leave the Bangor Waterfront Harbormaster’s parking lot (GPS address of 64 Front Street, Bangor) at 2:00 p.m. $20/ticket – advance purchase only.

Step-on services available for group motor coach tours.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
All bus tours are approximately 1 1/2 hours long.

Best of Bangor Tour – Private Step-On Guided Tour

Take the ride of a lifetime with the Best of Bangor bus tour! See the sights and learn about the Queen City in this hour and half tour that will take you through 178 years of trials, tribulation, and triumph; from her incorporation in 1834 to the Great Fire of 1911, through her time as the lumbering capital of the world, and beyond. Visitors will get to see the areas that made the city a link in world economics and hear tales of her famous firsts such as railroads, spruce gum, and brownies as well as see stately architecture created by the grand wealth of lumber barons and kingpins of society.

$20/ticket – advance purchase only – please contact us at 207-947-5205.

Step-on services available for group motor coach tours.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
All bus tours are approximately 1 1/2 hours long.

Monument Tour – Private Step-On Guide Bus Tour

See the unusual and the memorable in this hour and a half long bus tour, which takes visitors from the heart of the city to the outskirts and back again.  Hear the surprising stories of how Bangor’s monuments were created and who they were created for.  Monuments will include the River Drivers, Paul Bunyan, a record breaking race horse, military men and women, War commemoration, Hannibal Hamlin, Joshua Chamberlain, and abolitionists as well as the Underground Railroad. Sometimes sad, sometimes patriotic, sometimes outrageous but always enlightening after hearing these stories you will never see Bangor’s history and her residents the same way again.

$20/ticket – advance purchase only – please contact us at 207-947-5205. 

Step-on services available as well as group tours.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
All bus tours are approximately 1 1/2 hours long.

Ghostly Bangor – Private Step-On Guide Bus Tour

Prepare for the paranormal!  Follow a winding path through haunted Bangor and stop at several sites to hear tales of ghostly activity on this special hour and a half bus tour. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, one thing is for certain - some former residents of Bangor are still around, trapped here either by their own will or circumstance and have something to say to the living.  Bring a friend or come alone...if you dare!

This tour meets at the Waterfront parking lot near the Harbor Master's Office at 64 Front Street.

$20 per person – advance purchase only – please contact us at 207-947-5205. 

Step-on services available as well as group tours.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
All bus tours are approximately 1 1/2 hours long.

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