Maine is an amazing place for people of all ages – and there’s lots to do that everyone can enjoy together!
Families will have a blast at the Maine Discovery Museum, which is the largest children’s museum north of Boston. Watch your children’s faces light up as they explore interactive exhibits and take part in hands-on activities. Rotating exhibits invite you to explore the worlds of nature, geography, children’s literature, music, art, science and anatomy.
Public libraries in Bangor, Brewer, Orono and Old Town provide plenty of activities for children, like story hour and various craft projects. These are usually free events and a schedule can be found on the respective libraries’ websites.
Want some good, old-fashioned family fun? The Cole Land Transportation Museum is the place to see antique cars, planes and trains and learn about the transformation of military tanks and helicopters. If sports are more to your liking, take in a baseball game at Mansfield Stadium, a spectacular park built for youth baseball by famous author and Bangor native Stephen King.
Sports lovers can also visit the home of the UMaine Black Bears on the University of Maine’s Orono campus. While you’re there, stop and visit the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium, a fascinating place to learn about the stars and our galaxy.
Don’t forget that you can take your adventures outdoors! Rent a canoe or kayak and drop it into one of our many lakes and ponds, take a stroll along the Orono Bog Boardwalk, or ride bikes through the Bangor City Forest. See below for a link to area trail maps.
Experience the agricultural side of life with a visit to the farms at the University of Maine. Other local farms also welcome visitors, especially on Open Farm Day when people can visit, meet the animals, sample food like goat’s milk and venison and learn how a farm works.
The Greater Bangor Region is dotted with parks that both children and adults can enjoy – many have swings, slides and jungle gyms that will engage the kids for an afternoon. The Bangor State Fair, an annual event held in late July/early August, is one of the region’s greatest traditions where kids will love the carnival rides, snacking on corndogs and cotton candy, all while checking out the fascinating agricultural events that make the fair a truly cultural tradition and great family fun.