Recommended Activities

Looking for ideas on how to make the most of your visit to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park?   We are here to help!  Below is a list of our favorite activities to help you plan your stay.  Click on any of the photos to be redirected to the activity website for more information.

 

Outdoor Activities

 

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Hiking in Acadia National Park

Please see the front desk during your stay to sign out our great Hiking Guide binder full of details about our favorite hikes ranging from easy to strenuous – there is something for everyone!  You can also view a PDF of the Hiking Guide by clicking here (link to PDF).

 

 

 
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National Park Sea Kayak Tours

National Park Sea Kayak is dedicated to providing its guests with quality Ecological Sea Kayak Tours on the “Western Side” of Acadia. National Park Sea Kayak is owned and operated by an Acadia/ Mount Desert Island native. Paddle with experienced professional Maine Sea Kayak Guides and discover why the remote “West Side” of Mount Desert Island is the preferred paddling area for viewing wildlife and experiencing that off-the-beaten-path feeling which many people seek out. 39 Cottage St, Bar Harbor. 800-347-0940 or www.acadiakayak.com.

 

 

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Acadia National Park Bus Tours

2 ½ – 3 hours of the best scenery and stories our area offers, featuring 3 stops inside Acadia National Park. There is more to Acadia than meets the eye! They’ll take you to the places you HAVE to see, all the while providing you with the stories behind the scenery. Stops include the top of Cadillac Mountain (highest point on the eastern seaboard), Thunder Hole (Oceanside Stop), and the Jordan Pond House OR Wild Gardens of Acadia. Offering 2 tours every day at 10 AM and 2 PM, rain or shine. 53 Main St, Bar Harbor. 207-288-0300 or www.acadiatours.com.

 

 

 

 

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Atlantic Climbing School

From beginner to experienced climbers, Atlantic Climbing School has an excursion for every ability.  Daily by appointment only.  67 Main St, Bar Harbor. 207-288-2521 or www.climbacadia.com.

 

 

 

 

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Acadia Bike

There’s no better way to experience Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island, Maine, than by bicycling on Acadia’s beautiful historic carriage roads. 45 miles of car-free, crushed stone riding trails constructed by John D. Rockefeller between 1913 and 1940 await you within Acadia National Park. Acadia Bike has the equipment and the expertise to make your biking adventure one you’ll remember for years to come. 48 Cottage St, Bar Harbor. 800-526-8615 or www.acadiabike.com.

 

 

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National Park Canoe & Kayak Rentals

– Rent a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard and enjoy the beauty of Long Pond in Acadia National Park. No experience necessary – excellent free instruction at all levels on all equipment. Pretty Marsh Road/Route 102, Mount Desert. 207-244-5854 or www.nationalparkcanoerental.com.

 

 

 

 

Boat Tours

 

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Acadian Nature Cruise

Take a two hour, fully narrated cruise of Frenchman Bay and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of coastal Maine, Acadia National Park, the islands of Frenchman Bay and the shoreline of Bar Harbor. Our Nature Cruises leave daily from the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel in search of eagles, porpoises, seals, and other interesting marine mammals and birds. We also feature views of timeless mansions, Egg Rock lighthouse and occasionally migrating birds that have ventured into Frenchman Bay. The Acadian has a snack bar, restrooms and a heated cabin. However, dress warmly. Please bring a warm jacket with you on all our cruises. Open from early May through October. 119 Eden St, Bar Harbor. 207-801-2300 or www.acadiannaturecruises.com.

 

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Diver Ed’s Dive-In Theatre

Diver Ed’s Dive In Theatre is a 2 or 2 ½ hour scenic boat ride out into Frenchman Bay in Acadia National Park, where Diver Ed & his sidekick “Mini Ed” dive down to the ocean floor with specially equipped video and sound equipment, allowing you to see and hear the ocean floor in real time from the comfort of the deck. At the end of the dive, Ed & Mini Ed return to the boat – and so do the creatures! Touch tanks allow you to observe, handle – and sometimes even kiss – these strange and mysterious beings before they are returned safely to the sea. You will be amazed at the colors, the textures and the variety of animal life beneath the waves. Open May-October. 105 Eden St, Bar Harbor. 207-288-3483 or www.divered.com.

 

 

 

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Downeast Windjammer Cruises

Join Downeast Windjammers for a sail among the islands of Frenchman’s Bay aboard one of their historic schooner vessels. The harbor cruise is approximately 2 hours long, and meanders around the Porcupine Islands, providing beautiful scenery and incomparable views of Mount Desert Island from the water. This relaxing cruise offers 3 sails per day: the 10 AM, 2 PM, and sunset. Departing from the pier directly in front of the Bar Harbor Inn. 207-288-4585 or www.downeastwindjammer.com.

 

 

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Lulu Lobster Boat Ride

During your cruise on Lulu, experience a sample of the life and work of the Maine lobsterman. Watch as Captain John demonstrates how lobster traps are hauled. The Captain describes all the parts of a lobster trap and how the lobsters (and many other sea creatures) find their way to the bait inside. Learn all about the anatomy and life cycle of the Maine lobster. For example, did you know that lobsters smell with their leg hairs? Enjoy Captain John’s entertaining and informative style as he explains things like lobster boxing. Don’t know what that is? Take the tour on Lulu and find out! 55 West St, Bar Harbor. 207-288-3136 or www.lululobsterboat.com.

 

 

Museums

 

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Abbe Museum

– Located in downtown Bar Harbor, see Maine’s Native American heritage come alive. Native Americans have lived in Maine for more than 12,000 years. They have traditions in songs, stories, fine basketry, and wood carving. Learn about the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Micmac and Maliseet tribes – all of which still live in Maine today. There are many culture exhibits that change on a weekly basis. The Abbe houses more than 50,000 objects spanning 10,000 years including stone and bone tools and pottery, which were excavated during the Abbe’s archaeology field research. Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM from May 1st – October 31st. 26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor. 207-288-3519 or www.abbemuseum.org.

 

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Bar Harbor Historical Society

– Explore the history of the town and surrounding area. Open from mid June to October, Monday-Friday, 1 PM – 4 PM. 33 Ledgelawn Ave, Bar Harbor. 207-288-0000 or www.barharborhistorical.org.

 

 

 

 

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Mount Desert Oceanarium

– The Oceanarium in Bar Harbor offers a Touch Tank and the Maine Lobster Museum exhibits crustaceans!  Live specimens from around the world including a presentation on the life of a lobster fisherman and how traps are built.  You can also take a guided tour of their very own Salt Marsh. Open mid-May to October, 9 AM – 5 PM (except Sundays). 1351 Route 3, Bar Harbor.  207-288-5005 or www.theoceanarium.com.

 

 

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Dorr Museum of Natural History

– The George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History investigates, interprets and displays the natural world of Maine. All exhibits are designed and produced by students at College of the Atlantic, and include a touch tank. The Museum is housed in the original headquarters of Acadia National Park, renovated and expanded to provide a unique site for exhibits, programs, and activities. The gift shop offers a wonderful selection of books, gifts, toys and jewelry for children and adults related to the natural sciences.  Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM. 105 Eden St, Bar Harbor.  207-288-5395 or www.coa.edu/dorr-museum.

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