With gas prices on the rise, you may be thinking about putting those summer road trips on hold. If that’s the case you can save your pennies by enjoying these FREE attractions right here in Bangor.
When this snow is finally gone for good, kick off your spring travels with a trip to the Bangor Waterfront Park. There are walking paths along the river to take in the views, picnic areas and plenty of open space for the kids and pets to run around, to take in some sun, or toss a Frisbee around.
The Orono Bog Boardwalk is another great destination in Bangor, as one of the National Natural Landmarks. For the public’s safety, the boardwalk is open from the first of May through late November, but that still gives you plenty of sunny summery days to adventure out on the more than nine miles of trails through the Bangor City Forest. And these 680 acres of natural Maine woods and wildlife are yours to enjoy, for free!
For a more cultural and educational experience, set your gps destination to the University of Maine, Orono campus where the Hudson Museum is open to the public six days a week. The museum features two permanent exhibitions, the World Cultures Gallery and the Maine Indian Gallery, along with the Merritt Gallery which displays temporary exhibitions and the Minsky Culture Lab for interactive activities. Enjoy all of the artifacts and history the museum has to offer at absolutely no cost.
While you’re at UMaine be sure you check out the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium. The Jordan Observatory has free telescope viewing hours open to the public on clear Friday and Saturday evenings from 8 to 10pm, (they suggest you call ahead to confirm that the facility will be open that night). The observatory provides the unique opportunity to take in views of the moon, planets, and other deep space objects. If you’re interested in seeing more the Planetarium puts on public star shows for just $3 per person.