Many people complain that there is nothing to do in Bangor, but I have found that this simply is not true. Here are my best inexpensive (even free) date ideas in Bangor! Keep your eyes peeled for later posts, about best restaurants, parks, etc.
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- River City Cinema offers free movies in the summer at Pickering Square.
- The Bangor Drive-In just re-opened in Hermon! They charge $27 per car and $20 per car on Tuesday's or for members of the military.
- There are several movie theaters in the area, but the cheapest one is Hollywood Cinemas. Regular admission is $5 before 6pm and $7 after 6pm. Tickets are $3 all day on Tuesdays.
- The Sound Stage Lounge in Hollywood Casino hosts live music for free! Shows are usually scheduled Friday-Sunday.
- Several bars and coffee houses also offer free music and karaoke! Some hot spots include Nocturnem Draft Haus, Paddy Murphy's, and the Orono Brewing Company.
- If you are a band geek, then you will love the Bangor Band. They offer free concerts on the waterfront during the summer.
- The Bangor Public Library also offers a free music series.
- Attend a free Cool Sounds Concert in West Market Square. Concerts are typically in July and August.
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- If you love horse-racing, the Bangor Raceway is free. You can find the schedule here.
- The Bangor Sports Arena has pool tables, bowling, mini-golf and an arcade. Check out this website for more details and individual pricing.
- Nine-pin bowling is a big deal in New England. Check out the Family Fun Bowling Center in Bangor or the Old Town Bowling Center.
- Ski or tube on the Hermon Hill. A full day of skiing is $27 per adult.
- The Emera Astronomy Center on the University of Maine Campus offers public shows. Tickets are $6 per person. The show schedule changes monthly.
- If you love planes, trains, and automobiles, the Cole Land Transportation Museum is for you. Tickets are $7 per person and $6 for AAA members.
- The Maine Air Museum is open only during the summer. Tickets are $3 per adult.
- The Hudson Museum on the University of Maine campus has free admission and has several neat collections, particularly Native American and Southeast Asian exhibits.
- There are many active historical societies in the area. The Bangor Historical Society houses the Thomas A. Hill House and Civil War Museum. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person. They also offer tours, including a "ghost tour" in October! The Brewer Historical Society is home to the Clewley Museum and the Hampden Historical Society meets at the Kinsley House Museum.
- Learn more about the Penobscot nation at the Penobscot Nation Museum. You must fill out a request form before you can visit the island.
- If you love forestry or are interested in learning more about Maine's logging history, visit the Maine Forest and Logging Museum at Leonard Mills in Bradley. Tickets are $3 per person. The Page Farm Museum on the University of Maine Campus is another great place for people interested in Maine farming history.
- Take a tour of the Thomas Hill Standpipe.
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- The University of Maine Arts Museum is free! Exhibits change about four times a year.
- State Street Wine Cellar offers free wine tastings twice a month in their store.
- Bangor Wine and Cheese has free wine and beer tastings every third Thursday of the month.
- Winterport Winery/Penobscot Brewing Company offers a flight of four wines or beers for $4.
- The Orono Brewing Company is open seven days a week! Paddles are $7 and include 5 tasters.