Maine is known for its natural beauty, and the Greater Bangor area is no exception. Located on the banks of the Penobscot River amid handsome forests and rolling farmlands, Bangor entices residents and visitors alike to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

Spurred by the popularity of the American Folk Festival, Bangor’s waterfront was recently revitalized and walkers love to stroll along its scenic banks, have a picnic lunch, or just enjoy the view.

There are also many parks where you can stretch your legs or simply grab a bench to catch up on some reading. Cascade Park, a longtime favorite, features a regal fountain, inviting picnic tables, benches and even a waterfall. The park is a pleasant place for outdoor gatherings and an amazing backdrop for any wedding.

Are you a bird watcher? – A good place to take a bird or nature walk is the Field Pond Audubon Center in Holden. There are smooth manicured trails, and in the spring and early summer, red-winged blackbirds and bluebirds sing as bitterns hide in the marsh. Maine Audubon has another sanctuary off Essex Street in Bangor, the West Penjajawoc Grasslands, that features a beautiful green field with mowed paths that are easy to walk, and where you can often find bobolinks in the spring and early summer. Hirundo Wildlife Refuge and Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge are two sanctuaries that are home to over 200 different bird species and 45 species of mammals.

The Bangor City Forest (Roland Perry’s City Forest) is home to hundreds of wild animals, including deer, moose, bears, turkeys, beavers and rabbits. Walk, hike or bike the nine miles of groomed trails on over 680 acres of land at the forest, as well as four miles of access roads. There you may find yourself admiring a doe and her fawns or marveling at the vibrant autumn colors of changing trees. Nearby, the Orono Bog Boardwalk adds an educational slant to a delightful walk.

Treasure hunting taken to a whole new level. Scour the Greater Bangor area in search for hidden geocaches and travel-bugs using your GPS device or smartphone. There are almost 2,000 caches within the Greater Bangor region. Unfamiliar with Geocaching? A great place to start learning more about the modern day treasure hunt is at www.Geocaching.com. The rules to finding a cache are simple: if the cache contains a treasure, you may take it but must replace it with something of equal or greater value. Be sure to log your find on www.Geocaching.com. Always remember to return your found cache to the EXACT location you found it and watch out for geo-muggles!

If you’re a winter enthusiast, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation. Visitors are able to cross-country ski, snowshoe or just take a long winter walk. Families often choose to spend a day skiing, snowboarding and tubing at a local ski mountain.

Can’t wait to hit the course every spring? The Greater Bangor area has some of the best golfing opportunities available. Love to pamper yourself? If a manicure, mud bath or facial are more to your liking, pamper yourself at a local spa. You can also find places to get a massage, acupuncture and more!

Enjoying the Greater Bangor Region could not be easier! From dogsledding adventures to a leisurely, educational stroll through the Orono Bog Boardwalk, Bangor is centrally located and has everything you need to make your visit the best it can be!