Bar harbor Maine Vacations & Activities

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Acadia National Park is a favorite spot for adventure sports or more family friendly activities. From hiking, biking, boating, fishing and swimming, or just nature and wildlife sight seeing, to educational museums, tours and activities, concerts on the village green and special park programs, there is something for everyone during the summer months.

Visitors to Bar Harbor and surrounding Island towns can enjoy shopping, scenic views, and a cornucopia of other activities.

Hulls Cove Visitor Center

The Hulls Cove Visitor Center is the first stop you should make to plan your visit in Acadia National Park. Browse park related publications, check the schedule of free activities, events and enjoy museum quality exhibits and presentations. Acadia National Park has many marked paths that are appropriate for all levels of hiking and family friendly trails offering scenic ocean views.

Carriage Roads

There are also 55 miles of carriage roads on the Island which can be walked, biked or even explored by horse and/or carriage. The island has numerous fresh water lakes and public marinas for ocean access where visitors can go boating, fishing, kayaking or canoeing.

Hiking

Historians, nature lovers, and hikers of all levels, seeking multiple sights within a short distance of each other, will find enjoyment here. Some Trails are more like rock climbing than hiking so it is best to plan your hike route in advance. Take advantage of the friendly and knowledgeable park rangers at the information centers to help with planning.

Schoodic Peninsula

When visiting Acadia don’t forget the Schoodic Peninsula. Encompassing 2366 acres, it is the only portion of Acadia National Park on the mainland. Perfect for Bicycling, Hiking, Picnicking. Frazer Point picnic area, located at the beginning of the ocean drive, has tables, fire rings, restrooms, drinking water, and a dock. Those bicycling can take advantage of the bike racks on the Island Explorer bus.

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Other Summer Activities Resources

Mount Desert Island Marathon

Known as one of the most scenic marathons in the U.S. the Mount Desert Island Marathon is an annual event that takes place in Maine.

Blue Hill Rifle and Pistol Club

The Blue Hill Rifle and Pistol Club organizes events and activities for community members interested in trap, gong, cowboy action, and cowboy fast draw shooting.