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Orono is home to the University of Maine, and has a thriving downtown district, as well as lots of outdoor recreation to offer visitors. This small town of 10,000 (including students) is located just north of Bangor on the banks of the Penobscot River, near Davis and Chemo ponds. Orono has over 200 acres of greenspace within the city limits with trails for hiking, jogging, biking and cross-country skiing. Nearby Stillwater and Penobscot Rivers offer fishing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking opportunities. There are public tennis, basketball and ice skating facilities, and the Penobscot Valley Country Club has a challenging and beautiful 18-hole golf course. The University offers cultural events and entertainment at the Maine Center for the Arts, shows at the Planetarium, as well as many art shows and exhibits. The Hudson Museum, located in the Maine Center for the Arts, has one of the best Prehispanic Mexican and Central American displays in the United States. The museum features several traveling exhibits yearly, and contains over 8000 archaeological artifacts, including Precolumbian ceramics, lithics and gold and artifacts from Central America. Orono is an ideal base for those interested in the Bangor area, and it is just one hour to the Bar Harbor area and the North Maine Woods.

Surrounding areas: Bangor, Maine (7.7 mi), Lucerne-In-Maine, Maine (13.5 mi), Beech Hill Pond, Maine (17.5 mi), Green Lake, Maine (18.8 mi), Orland, Maine (22.2 mi), Bucksport, Maine (22.6 mi), Ellsworth, Maine (23.9 mi)

Orono Vacation Rentals

Orono Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Black Bear Inn4 Godfrey DrOrono, ME (207) 866-7120
Link View Motel377 Main StOrono, ME (207) 866-7020
Comfort Inn Bangor750 Hogan RdBangor, ME4.9 mi.(207) 942-7899
Bangor Motor Inn701 Hogan RdBangor, ME5.0 mi.(207) 947-0355
Hampton Inn10 Bangor Mall BlvdBangor, ME5.1 mi.(207) 990-4400
Colony Motel649 N Main StBrewer, ME6.5 mi.(207) 989-6275
The Charles Inn20 Broad StBangor, ME7.8 mi.(207) 992-2820
Cozy Inn440 Wilson StBrewer, ME8.2 mi.(207) 989-0084
Best Inn570 Main StBangor, ME8.8 mi.(207) 942-0566
Four Points Hotel By Sheraton308 Godfrey BlvdBangor, ME8.8 mi.(207) 947-6721
Days Inn250 Odlin RdBangor, ME9.4 mi.(207) 942-8272
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Banger300 Odlin RdBangor, ME9.5 mi.(207) 990-0001
Howard Johnson336 Odlin RdBangor, ME9.6 mi.(207) 942-5251
Ramada Inn Bangor375 Odlin RdBangor, ME9.8 mi.(207) 947-6961
Holiday Inn404 Odlin RdBangor, ME9.9 mi.(207) 947-0101
Motel 61100 Hammond StBangor, ME9.9 mi.(207) 947-6921
Super 8 Motel462 Odlin RdBangor, ME10.1 mi.(207) 945-5681
Best Western White House Inn155 Littlefield AveBangor, ME12.3 mi.(207) 862-3737
Best Western Jed Prouty Inn64 MainBucksport, ME22.6 mi.(207) 464-3113
Comfort Inn130 High StEllsworth, ME27.3 mi.(207) 667-1345
Holiday Inn-ellsworth-acadia NTL Park215 High StEllsworth, ME27.4 mi.(207) 667-9341
Colonial Travelodge321 High StEllsworth, ME27.8 mi.(207) 667-5548

Orono Weather & Climate

Maine enjoys four distinct seasons. In the Penobscot Valley region, near the city of Bangor, there is plenty of clear, sunny weather in summer, with nights cool enough to provide a welcome relief from the warm days. Brisk, sunny days and cool nights in September prepare for what is the favorite season for many in Maine - the spectacular colors of fall. Temperatures continue to cool through October and November, with wintry weather returning around Thanksgiving. Cold weather settles in around the Penobscot Valley around Thanksgiving. January and February are generally the heart of winter. Below zero temperatures are possible, but infrequent and usually do not last for any long period of time. Temperatures begin to increase in March, with a corresponding increase in humidity. The Bangor area receives approximately 85 inches of snow a year, most of it occurring in eight to ten measurable storms per year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 27°F 8°F 3.52 in. 38°F
February 30°F 11°F 2.37 in. 36°F
March 40°F 21°F 3.26 in. 38°F
April 52°F 32°F 3.21 in. 43°F
May 65°F 41°F 3.34 in. 49°F
June 74°F 50°F 3.56 in. 55°F
July 80°F 56°F 3.37 in. 59°F
August 77°F 54°F 3.24 in. 62°F
September 67°F 45°F 3.84 in. 57°F
October 54°F 35°F 3.40 in. 54°F
November 42°F 28°F 3.53 in. 52°F
December 32°F 15°F 3.63 in. 44°F

Orono Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Bangor International airport (BGR) located about 9 miles southwest of Orono in Bangor, Maine, the Hancock County Bar Harbor airport (BHB) located approximately 33 miles south of Orono in Bar Harbor, Maine, the Waterville Robert Lafleur airport (WVL) located roughly 55 miles west of Orono in Waterville, Maine, the Knox County Regional airport (RKD) located around 61 miles southwest of Orono in Rockland, Maine, and finally the Augusta State airport (AUG) located about 67 miles southwest of Orono in Augusta, Maine.

Orono Attractions

Water Parks
Odyssey Water ParkTrentonME34.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Penobscot Valley Country ClubOronoME 
Hidden Meadows Golf CourseOld TownME3.2 mi.
Hermon Meadow Golf Club & Training CenterBangorME7.7 mi.
Bangor Municipal Golf CourseBangorME9.3 mi.
Felt Brook Golf CenterHoldenME9.6 mi.
Pine Hill Golf ClubBrewerME10.1 mi.
Kenduskeag Valley Golf ClubKenduskeagME12.8 mi.
Lucerne Hills Golf ClubEast HoldenME13.2 mi.
Hampden Country ClubHampdenME16.1 mi.
Bucksport Golf ClubBucksportME20.9 mi.
Todd Valley Golf ClubCharlestonME22.4 mi.
White Birches Country ClubEllsworthME23.9 mi.
Green Valley Golf CourseWest EnfieldME24.3 mi.
Orchard View Golf CourseNewportME29.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME50.8 mi.
Big SquawGreenvilleME59.7 mi.
Sugarloaf USAKingfieldME72.7 mi.
Black MountainRumfordME95.2 mi.
SaddlebackRangeleyME96.6 mi.
Mount AbramLocke MillsME105.4 mi.
Sunday RiverBethelME109.5 mi.
Shawnee PeakBridgtonME116.0 mi.
State Parks
Fort Point State ParkME30.4 mi. 
Moose Point State ParkME34.3 mi. 
Lamoine State ParkME35.6 mi. 
Peaks-Kenny State ParkME37.7 mi. 
L.C. Bates MuseumHinckleyME49.2 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Farnsworth Art MuseumRocklandME58.4 mi.(Art)

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