Bangor is a growing city with a small-town feel. The median home price is $149,700 and the cost-of-living is accessible, so most families live comfortably in safe neighborhoods surrounded by top-rated schools. Almost everything in the town center is within a 10-minute, traffic-free drive, allowing for less commuting headaches and more family time in the evenings.
Centrally located in one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country, Bangor is just a short drive from popular attractions like Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, and the northern Maine woods. Boston and Portland are popular weekend destinations, and Canada is a quick 4-hour drive through some of the most beautiful woods in America. With four-seasons of outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, hiking, and swimming, there is something for everyone all year long.
For entertainment and nightlife, Bangor and the surrounding communities are home to popular restaurants and microbreweries (thanks to the college community at the nearby University of Maine in Orono), as well as indoor and outdoor entertainment facilities. Throughout the year, the Cross Insurance Center, a 6,000-seat indoor facility, is the venue for traveling shows like Monster Truck Destruction, WWE Live, and Professional Bull Riding. And each summer, Waterfront Concerts hosts popular bands like Phish, the Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryant, Tool and more on a strip of waterfront alongside the Penobscot River that is home to food trucks, bars, and restaurants.
Looking for things to do in Bangor: Check out some of the local sites and event calendars below.
- Local Events Calendar
- Waterfront Concerts and the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
- Cross Insurance Center
- Hollywood Casino
- University of Maine Athletic Sports Schedule
- Husson Sports Schedule
- Downtown Bangor Social Calendar
- UMaine Collins Center for the Arts
- Penobscot Theater
- Queen City Cinema Club
Looking for something a little more outdoorsy?
- Acadia National Park
- Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
- Baxter State Park
- Sunday River
- Hermon Mountain
- Allagash Wilderness Waterway
- Moosehead Lake
- Bangor City Forest and Bog Walk
Popular Area Restaurants
Local Craft Breweries and Bars
- Black Bear Brewing
- Orono Brewing Company
- 2 Feet Brewing
- Sea Dog
- Marsh Island Brewing
Want to work here but need some short-term or temporary housing until you get settled? Check these options out.
- Furnished Apartments – B&L Properties Rentals
- ANM Properties
- Vacationland Inns
- Dunton House Inn
- Trulia – Apartment Rentals