Recently, the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau in Bangor, Maine,, was kind enough to offer us tips on cheap travel ideas in Bangor, Maine. Expanding upon that, they just followed up by graciously providing some fantastic information on cheap Maine travel ideas ranging, geographically, from Augusta to the Canadian border! That’s quite a large area, and one definitely worth exploring during your Maine vacation. From the stunningly beautiful coastal Acadia National Park to pristine rural inland destinations like Moosehead, this is just-flat-out wonderful information — thanks to Kurstin Pomerleau and the fine folks at the Great Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau!
HIKING AND TRAILS
Ecotat Gardens and Arboretum, Hermon
The eighty-eight acres of land at Ecotat Gardens and Arboretum holds something fun for every season. Enjoy tours of the gardens which hold over 1,500 types of perennials in the spring and summer months, hike in the fall, and try out some cross-country skiing in the winter months.
Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden
Adventuring around the trails here you will enjoy going though fields, forest,
wetland, and lakeshore. The center always has public programs: Maine Audubon
Nature Store and even day camps for children.www.maineaudubon.org
Sunkhaze Meadows, Milford
When visiting this national wildlife refuge you will find countless things to do, no
matter the season: canoeing, hiking, bird watching, nature photography,hunting,
fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country Skiing and snowshoeing. Along with these
awesome outdoor activates you will be able to observe wildlife in its natural
habitat and learn about the environment.
Baxter State Park, Millinocket
Visit Baxter State Park and you’ve visited the home of the most northern point of
the Appalachian Trail. There is more than 200 miles of trails to hike along with
many beautiful waterfalls to enjoy.
Moosehead Lake, Moosehead
Spend some time relaxing on the largest lake eat of the Mississippi (contained
within one state). Enjoy the clam feeling along with wildlife you’re bound to see
when visiting. Moosehead Lake offers a wide verity of things to do, no matter the
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor
Visiting Acadia you will see the most breath taking views, be on the tallest mountain on the North Atlantic seaboard, hike peaks, bike carriage roads, and drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. On your way up to Cadillac Mountain you can stop off at many places; Thunder hole, Bubble Rock, along other stops to walk along the rocky coast line.
Maine Lighthouse Museum, Rockland
History lines the walls in the Maine Lighthouse Museum. While touring though the museum you will see the largest collection of Fresnel lighthouse lenses along with lighthouse artifacts, Coast Guard memorabilia and gorgeous pictures of the Maine coast line. www.mainelighthousemuseum.com
-$5 per adult, children free
Coastal Children’s Museum, Rockland
Explore though the Coastal Children’s Museum and learn all about Maine’s Coast! Many hands on learning activities will engage your child’s mind.
– Adults $5, Children under 2 free
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland
Spot by the Farnsworth Art Museum to view over 10,000 works from many of
America’s finest artists. They offer the nation’s second-largest collection of works by premier 20th century sculptor Louise Nevelson and many other beautiful pieces to awe at.
-Adults $12, Seniors & Students 17 & older $10, Children (under 16) free
Moosehead Marine Museum, Moosehead
When enjoying beautiful Moosehead Lake stop by here! See the star attraction, the Katahdin, a steamboat that was built in 1914 by Bath Iron Works Shipyard. The Moosehead Marine Museum also offers steamboat memorabilia and photographs of the Moosehead area thought out the years.
-Varies from $15 to $65
Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor
Visiting the Abbe Museum you’ll learn about Maine Native American heritage
though stimulating exhibitions (which are always changing), special events and
-Adults $6 and children $2.
Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head
This museum is lined with over 150 different aircraft, automobiles, motorcycles,
carriages, bicycles, and engines!
-Adults $10, seniors $8, and children free.
The Antique Snowmobile Museum, Millinocket
Visit The Antique Snowmobile Museum while you’re in Millinocket and see the
history of snowmobiles. The Museum has over twenty different snowmobiles dating back to 1943!
MEMORIAL PARKS AND STATUES
Fort Knox, Bucksport
Visit this historical spot, which was established in 1844, and explore the Fort and discover this important part of Maine History.
-Adults $3 and Children $1.
CULTURE AND ARTS
The Grand, Ellsworth
Enjoy the historical Grand Theater and their high-quality performances 330 days a year.
-$5 to $15 per person per showing
Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory, Bucksport
Take the one-minute elevator ride to see the 360-degree view from 437 feet above the Penobscot River; your breath will be taken away.
-Adults $5 and Children $1
Legacy of the Arts, Bar Harbor
Celebrate the rich history of Bar Harbor on June 19 though the 26. Enjoy live music, art exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, meeting local artist and historical tours. The full week is filled with different events and actives; Fathers Day Concert, 60th Annual Art Show Award and many more.
Bar Harbor Jazz Festival, Bar Harbor
Performances are held all over the area during the week of the Jazz Festivals. Enjoy the live music in outdoor Cafes, Criterion Theatre, local pubs, and restaurants.
Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival, Bar Harbor
During the weekend of August 12th though the 14th you can walk down Newport Drive and view art pieces for all kinds from local to international.
Summerfest, East Millinocket
Enjoy fireworks, a parade, public breakfast and supers along with street dances and live entertainment on July 8th though the 11th.
Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland
Enjoy a day by the water at the Lobster Festival! Eat delicious lobster, enjoy fine
arts, crafts vendors, all you can eat pancakes, professional and amateur cooking
contest and much more!
-$8 adults, and Children $2
Moose Watching, Moosehead
Head to one of the “local moose hangouts” and relax while keeping your eyes peeled for one. Chances are you’ll see one! In this area moose out-number people 3 to 1.