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In Orono, Maine, you can search the cosmos, climb the walls, enjoy top collegiate athletics, explore a Maine bog, learn about Maine’s Native peoples and enjoy classical music and performances. How’s this possible in a small Maine town? Much of the thanks can go to Orono’s biggest resident, the University of Maine. The flagship campus of the state’s university system has museums, parks, sporting activities and other fun stuff available not only to the college community, but to visitors, too.
Things to Do in Orono
The University of Maine Black Bears field some terrific teams each year. If you stop by at the right time, you can watch Orono’s teams defend the school in basketball, hockey, softball and other sports. Check the Black Bear’s website for information on game schedules and tickets.
If you’re interested in doing your own sports, stop by the Maine Bound Adventure Center on the college campus. The center offers indoor climbing and bouldering and gear rental.
Time to get out? Stroll the Orono Bog Boardwalk. This mile-long boardwalk snakes through a Maine bog, allowing you to enjoy all the plants and animals that live inside. For more outdoor exploration, check out Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in the nearby town of Milford. The refuge has trails and is known for its birdwatching.
You can shop in Orono for products from Maine companies. Drop into Shaw & Tenney, which since 1858 has been hand-making classic maritime gear like canoe and kayak paddles. And check out Byer of Maine’s Factory Store for outdoor gear and furniture.
Orono has a good crop of cultural hubs, too. There’s the Page Farm and Home Museum, which highlights the history of local Maine farming; the Emera Astronomy Center, with a planetarium and observatory; the Collins Center for the Arts, the university’s main performing-arts venue; and the Hudson Museum, which explores world cultures, particularly those of Native Americans. Those interested in Native culture should also travel to nearby Indian Island and visit The Penobscot Nation Museum.
Where to Stay in Orono
Restaurants in Orono
Hungry? Some Orono, Maine restaurants to consider include the Black Bear Brewing Co., Pat’s Pizza, The Family Dog, Woodman’s Bar and Grill and these suggestions. Also check out the list of regional businesses below.