"By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea" that's where you'll be when you visit Acadia National Park. When you plan a vacation in close proximity to the ocean, the list of items to bring will be somewhat different from those vacations you take inland. The climate in Acadia even during the warmer months can be cooler than you might expect and you should go prepared for ocean spray and mist.
Although the middle of summer can provide hot days along the eastern seaboard even in Acadia National Park, the evenings can be quite cool. Because of the weather, the majority of visitors to Acadia travel there during the summer months, or during the fall when the foliage provides an incredible pallet of oranges, reds, crimsons, and golds.
What you take with you is often times determined by the time of year you travel and the activities that you enjoy when you are on vacation. In Acadia, you can enjoy naturalist-guided walks and talks, biking, fishing, carriage rides, boat cruises, hiking, kayaking, cross-country skiing and ice fishing.
One item that you will need on this vacation is a good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots. Nearly 120 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads vein the park and the best way to immerse yourself in nature is to walk along the trails or bicycle along the carriage roads. Don't forget warm clothes for winter activities and cooler clothes for summer fun.
Wherever you go or whatever you plan to do in the Park, remember that the weather can change quickly without notice so it is best to bring everything that you will need in case the clouds roll in. Always remember to bring sufficient water as any activity – even in cold weather – can dehydrate you.