Things You Should Not Miss
Much of what is available to do at Acadia has to do with how long your visit will be. You could spend more than a week in this national park.
1. For all. Stop at the Hull Cove Visitor Center and watch the 15 minute video about the park, then step on one of the many Island Explorer buses, free with your entrance fee, to start your exploration.2. Join a ranger for one of the many free walks, or take one of the many boat and bus tours for a fee. There are four different boat tours; Baker Island Cruise 4.5 hours, Dive-In Theater Boat Cruise, 3 hours, Frenchman Bay Cruise, 2 hours, and the Islesford Historical Cruise, 2.5 hours.
3. Take a drive along the Park Loop Road, 20 miles, and the road to Cadillac Mountain, 3.5 miles. The variety of views of the mountains, forests, and ocean are breathtaking.
4. For a step back in time, take a horse-drawn carriage tour around some of Roosevelt's 45 miles of carriage roads. Fee service.
What is There NowHulls Cove Visitor Center - Open April 15 to October 31. Although the park is open all year long, varoius museums, campgrounds, and most of the Park Loop Road are not. Check with the Part Headquarters for the visitor amenities available after October 31 through the beginning of April.
Park Headquarters - Open all year long and serves as the park winter visitor center.
Thompson Island Information Center - Mid-May to Mid-October.
Islesford Historical Museum - Open late June to September 30.
Sieur de Monts Nature Center - Open early May to early October.
There is no motel or hotel camping within Acadia National Park, although both are available in the towns of the area around the park. There are two large campgrounds; Blackwoods and Seawall, both wooded and within a ten minute walk of the ocean. There are also two smaller, limited spaces at Duck Harbor Campground and Wildwood Stables Campground (for visitors with stock animals).
Blackwoods Campground - 306 sites. Off Route 3 five miles southwest of Bar Harbor.
Acadia National Park Area LinksAcadia National Park
Friends of Acadia
Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Mount Desert Chamber of Commerce
Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce
Nearby AttractionsMaine Office of Tourism
St. Croix Island International Historic Site
Acadia Then and Now
|Baker Island Lightkeeper's House -
At Frenchman's Bay in 1933, the picture above shows the Light tower and
Lightkeeper's house on Baker Island, just east of the Cranberry Isles.
Although much of the focus of Acadia today has to do with its recreational wonders, the history of the area is replete with the stories of its Indian ancestors, the French versus British struggle for control of the territory, its seafaring and forest history, plus the recreation prospects begun in the late 1800s by many of the nation's richest citizens.
Hiking - Over 120 miles of historic hiking trails throughout the park. These trails stem from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Above photo, Visitors enjoy the view of Mount Desert Island from Baker Island. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.
Concession Bus Tours - These narrated bus tours offer hour and 2.5 hour tours of the park during the summer season (May to October). They are offered by the National Park Service as well as Oli's Trolley from downtown Bar Harbor.
Carriage Tours - From Wildwood Stables on the Park Loop Road, jump onto a horse drawn carriage from Carriages of Acadia and witness the park from the perspective of a bygone day.
Other Outdoor Activities - Biking, birdwatching, camping, boating, climbing, fishing, horseback riding, picnicking, driving tours.
Indoor Activities - From the exhibits of the visitor center to the Islesford Historical Center, Nature Center, and the Abbe Museum, learn the history of the Acadia region on those days when you need a change of pace from the many exterior pursuits.