Local Area Attractions Near Bangor / Holden KOA Holiday
Bangor Holden KOA is centrally located and is just 6 miles from Bangor and 45 minutes from Bar Harbor, so if you are coming to this area to see a concert at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion or looking to explore Acadia National Park, then we are the campground for you. Enjoy your day hiking up Cadillac Mountain or strolling through the seaside village of Bar Harbor, with all the shops and restaurants that they have to offer, and then come back to the campground to relax around the pool or enjoy some s'mores around your campfire. . There are many other wonderful day trips to be easily planned using Bangor Holden KOA as your base camp. Spend the day at Baxter State Park, Mount Katahdin, or try your luck at spotting a moose up in the Moosehead Lake Region. Bangor Holden KOA is a great stopping point for your trip to Maine and offers a place to park your rig and take day trips to see all that Maine has to offer. If this area isn't your final destination, and you are heading up to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island, then your journey north will be taking you right past our front door, so why not consider staying the night with us.
Bar Harbor is one of those places everyone should visit in their lifetime. It is the heartbeat of Mount Desert Island and just 45 minutes from our campground. Enjoy your day wandering through the many unique shops and be sure to leave time for a delicious lunch or dinner at one of this village's many restaurants. Bar Harbor is the stepping stone to a wide variety of sailing trips that will take you out to sea to watch for whales, puffins and other wildlife. There are a number of lighthouses, just off shore, that can be seen from these tours as well. If you still have time, Acadia National Park is just a short drive away and has something for everyone, from the avid mountain climber to those of you looking to take a leisurely stroll along a beach or through a forest.
Cole Land Transportation Museum
The Cole Land Transportation Museum, located about 10 minutes away in Bangor, is a wonderful adventure for both kids and adults. Enjoy the preserved displays and learn about some of the historical land transportation vehicles that Maine has had, through the years. This museum also shares with its visitors an extensive U.S. Military display.
405 Perry Road
Bangor, ME 04401
Fort Knox, Maine's largest historic fort, features stunning military architecture and granite craftsmanship. Constructed between 1844 and 1864 by master craftsmen and never fully completed, this is an unaltered example of a large mid-19th century granite coastal fortification. It is also New England's finest unmodified specimen of military architecture of the period.
The fort was strategically located on the narrows of the Penobscot River to protect the river valley from naval attack. Although it never saw combat, Fort Knox was garrisoned during the Civil and Spanish American Wars.
Fort Knox bears the distinction of being Maine's first granite fort. About 500 troops from Connecticut were stationed here during the Spanish-American War. They lived outside the main fort structure in large tents. Today, visitors can stroll the grounds of this great fort and learn about the rich history of the troops who served to protect American interests during the 1800s.
740 Fort Knox Road
Prospect, ME 04981
One of the best things about Maine is the diversity of its small towns, from fishing ports to great spots along our rivers and ponds. Belfast is one of these villages and it is only a 45 minute ride from our campground. Enjoy the beautiful, scenic drive and arrive in Belfast to a view that makes you feel like you are stepping into a postcard. Stroll along Main Street, wandering in and out of some of the lovely shops, and then wander down to the waterfront and enjoy a meal overlooking Belfast Harbor.
Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
Darling's Waterfront Pavilion is a local concert venue, in Bangor, that is only 6 miles from the campground. In the past, they have had many big names play there including Elton John, Luke Bryan, Ozzie Osborne, Rod Stewart, The Dixie Chicks, and Phish. We typically book quickly for concert dates, so make your reservations soon so you won't be disappointed.
1 Railroad Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Moosehead Lake Region
When visiting Moosehead Lake Region, you will find yourself immersed in one of the most scenic areas of Maine. Moosehead Lake is the largest lake in Maine and is the backdrop for the town of Piscataquis, where you can browse through the quaint shops, enjoy a delicious meal, or venture out on one of the many wildlife excursions that this area has to offer. When planning this day trip, be sure to stay for dusk, when you will have the best chance of seeing a beautiful moose.
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park is only a 45 minute drive from the campground, and is one of the 10 most visited National Parks in the United States. Acadia is a 47,000 acre Atlantic Coast recreation area located primarily on Mount Desert Island, so whether you want to drive Loop Road and enjoy the natural beauty from the comfort of your car, or hike up Cadillac Mountain, to enjoy the highest point along the North Eastern Atlantic Seaboard, or just take a leisurely stroll along the shores of Jordan's Pond, this beautiful park has something to amaze everyone. Spend a few hours, a whole day or even a full week and you will always wish that you had more time to enjoy all the natural wonders that this Park has to offer.
Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Observatory
Located right next to Fort Knox, the Penobscot Narrows Observatory is a not to be missed experience. This attraction is the tallest public bridge observatory in the United States and is taller than the Statue of Liberty. Take the elevator up inside the tower and enjoy the breathtaking views up and down the Penobscot River. From this amazing vantage point, you can see the quaint sea side town of Bucksport, Fort Knox, Penobscot Bay and the beautiful Maine countryside and mountains.
740 Fort Knox Rd
Prospect, ME 04981
Blue Hill / Castine / Stonington
If you are looking for a nice day trip to Maine's shoreline, then this area is a beautiful direction in which to head. Blue Hill, Castine and Stonington are typical New England towns each with their own charm. While stopping in Blue Hill, be sure to sample the ice cream from the florist shop, and when you get to Castine, find your adventuresome spirit and seek out the hidden path behind the lighthouse. The journey along this trail is beautiful and the reward at the bottom, is one of the most breathtaking areas in this part of Maine. Be sure to leave yourself some time to just sit and enjoy the beauty that is surrounding you. As you move along with your journey, you will come across Stonington, which is a quaint seaside village that has been built around the lobster trade. This trip makes for a relaxing and scenic adventure and is located within an easy drive from our campground.
Whale Watching, Puffin, Lobster, or Nature Cruise
You can explore beautiful natural and historical sights with a variety of cruises available through Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company! Go to their website and book your cruise of your choice.
Bass Harbor is located on Mount Desert Island, just past Southwest Harbor, and is part of Acadia National Park. Bass Harbor Lighthouse sits at the edge of the parking area, but if you walk just beyond the lighthouse, you can enjoy a short trail walk that will take you down to the rocky shore of the harbor. This is beautiful spot to sit and relax on the rocks, while watching the waves gently rolling in.