Spend a day -- or weekend -- in the beautiful city of Bangor while visiting your loved one at Maine Veterans’ Home in Bangor. There’s lots to do!
We often get asked for recommended places to go. Here is our list of 9 recommended sites to see indoors, outdoors and for the entire family.
9 Recommended Places to Visit While in Bangor
1. Cole Land Transportation Museum
At the Cole Land Transportation Museum, you’ll see a large collection of vehicles that shaped Maine’s land transportation. There are antique tractors and fire engines, motorcycles, bicycles, a railway caboose, and of course, snowplows.
The museum’s mission is to preserve and honor the pioneers whose cleared and reshaped the land, constructed highways and railway lines and kept the roads open even through severe winters.
The collection also includes a display of U.S. Military memorabilia. Make sure to ask about the veteran program, which provides Maine veterans who served during a time of combat a free Maine Maple Walking Stick as a token of appreciation for their service.
2. Maine Korean War Memorial
Located next to a tranquil pond in Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor, the Maine Korean War Memorial salutes all veterans of the first United Nations action since the end of World War II.
The names of 233 Maine men who died in Korea are engraved, with more casualty names added as they are uncovered. The Memorial provides visitors a quick history lesson about the Forgotten War and includes the inscribed poem, “Old Comrades,” by Korea Vet Thomas Lynn.
National, state and UN flags are flown nearby, along with the flags of the five American military services. The Victor¹s Walkway between the flags is paved with inscribed stones remembering veterans of all wars.
3. Mount Hope Garden Cemetery Walking Tour
Take a tour of the historical Mount Hope Garden Cemetery, one of the nation’s oldest garden cemeteries. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was established in 1834, concurrent with the incorporation of Bangor.
The cemetery was the preferred resting ground for the Bangor elite in the 19th and early 20th century. Admire the architecture and garden beauty while visiting the gravesites of U.S. Congressmen, a Vice President, other politicians and several Civil War generals.
4. Paul Bunyan Statue
One of Bangor’s claims to fame is being the birthplace of the lumber industry and legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan. Don’t miss seeing the largest statue of Paul Bunyan in the world. It stands 31 feet high on a stone pedestal in front of the Bangor Civic Center in Bass Park.
The statue was donated to Bangor in 1959 on Bangor's 125th anniversary by a New York-based builders group. It was designed by local artist J. Norman Martin, who was reportedly paid $137 for his efforts.
5. Stephen King Tours
For a spine-chilling experience, take a fun tour of places around Bangor where horror novelist Stephen King lived, worked, based many of his stories and even filmed a movie.
Through SK Tours of Maine, you can get a narrated tour of about 30 places such as The Barrens, The Standpipe and Birdbath written about in “It” and the cemetery where “Pet Sematary” was actually filmed. King still lives in Bangor today.
6. Maine Discovery Museum
The Maine Discovery Museum, located in downtown Bangor, is the largest children’s museum in Maine. Interactive exhibits for all ages explore the worlds of science, nature, geography, children’s literature, music, art and anatomy.
Recent exhibits include: “Artscape,” where children build a sculpture or use a harmonograph to create an original piece of art; “Dino Dig,” where children dig up and learn about fossils; and “TradeWinds,” where children are preparing an Italian meal or playing Brazilian drums to learn about other cultures. Many more exhibits are included.
7. Waterfront Pavilion
Take in a concert while in Bangor! Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion is an open air amphitheater inside Waterfront Park, a 58-acre public park on the banks of the historic Penobscot River.
The pavilion has hosted a variety of musical genres and stars, including Keith Urban, Def Leppard, B.B. King, REO Speedwagon, Stone Temple Pilots, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and more.
8. Penobscot River Walkway
Get some fresh air while taking a stroll along the scenic Penobscot River. The Penobscot River Walkway is a half-mile jaunt through Bangor's scenic Waterfront Park. The trail hugs the riverbank, and several events are held at the park year-round.
9. Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway
For an afternoon or evening out, check out the Bangor casino and harness racing track. There’s nearly 1,000 Vegas-style slots, table games, live entertainment and harness racing. Enjoy an endless buffet meal or a drink at the Hops House.
The casino also includes a hotel and offers various hotel packages.
Maine Veterans’ Homes is an independent nonprofit organization with six locations throughout Maine, each welcoming our honored veterans. Whether your loved one is in need of rehabilitative care, therapy services, long-term care or dementia care, we work with you to provide the exceptional care, compassion and support you are looking for.
We encourage families and veterans to visit any or all of our locations and get to know us. Contact Maine Veterans’ Homes online or call us at 800-278-9494.