Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island offer some of Maine's most scenic vistas you'll find, but that's just the beginning. If you are feeling athletic you can scale the Precipice, kayak in Frenchman Bay, golf at Kebo Valley, hike the trails of Acadia or bike up Cadillac Mountain.
For those of you who like to learn and experience history you can visit a museum, tour the island lighthouses, browse our art galleries, or observe lobsters and their babies at the hatchery.
If you want to get back to nature you can head out on a whale watch, leaf peep along the Park Loop Road, check out the puffins and other seabirds, touch a sea cucumber or a moon snail.
How about spending the day on the water and setting sail across Blue Hill Bay, bait your hook for some deep-sea fishing, see the great mansions from the water, or haul in a lobster trap.
Maybe you want to be spoiled a bit. You can spend a day at the spa, charter a sloop for a sunset cruise, or taste samples at a local brewery or winery.
You can enjoy some of the local nightlife by taking in a movie, attending a concert or show, or enjoying a nightcap overlooking beautiful Frenchman Bay.
If you just want to relax you can spend time on the Village Green, head for the beach, do lunch, shop and shop some more, take a picnic to the park, sit and watch the harbor life, or go out for dinner and drinks.
So there you have it—all kinds of activities for you and the entire family, and we haven't yet scratched the surface. There's so much more to do!
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Located 10 minutes from downtown Bar Harbor, off Route 3. Come see how Bar Harbor's #1 local beers, wines and sodas are produced. Free tastings from 10am to 5pm every day. Free Tours @ 2, 3 & 4pm daily. On site gift shop and tasting room, plus the Knox Road Grille Restaurant (open 11:30-8pm) and the famous Dougie Douglas Mainely Meat barbeque. Special Events & group functions are welcome.
Come with us and see the largest animals on earth - Humpbacks, Finbacks, Right; also porpoise, dolphins, sharks, and tuna. We visit a puffin seabird-nesting wildlife refuge island and also encounter a great diversity of offshore seabirds. All tours are fully narrated by professional naturalists who are available to answer all your questions. We are Maine's largest boating tour company and offer lighthouse, lobster and seal, nature, and park tours. Conveniently located next to the downtown pier. Trips run daily May - October.
We specialize in small groups (12 people per tour) and personalized service, featuring the island's most experienced guide staff. Glide among the islands of Frenchman Bay, seeing seals, porpoises, bald eagles and other wildlife. Trips from 2-and-a-half hours to 3 days. Paddle with us and see why Coastal Kayaking Tours, with 24 years experience, is New England's premier sea kayaking outfitter. Have fun with our superb guides! No experience necessary. Located in downtown Bar Harbor, across from the post office. Open every day at 8am.
Dorr to Door lobster and seafood – A family run business specializing in mail order lobster and seafood year round! Now offering traditional Downeast Lobster Bakes, outside on Bar Island, Sunday afternoons. We also have a weekly/monthly cottage on the water for rent. Call for details!
19 CLARK POINT ROAD, Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679
Join Captain Karl for a sail aboard the 1899 Friendship Sloop Alice E. Originally used for lobster fishing on the Maine coast, Alice is the oldest Friendship Sloop still sailing. Now she offers the best day-sailing on the island. Half day charters include an appetizer and soft drinks as we explore Somes Sound Fjord, Bear Island Lighthouse and the Cranberry Islands. See and learn about seals, porpoise and osprey from the quiet sloop with only six passengers on each sail. Enjoy excellent service and a spectacular sailing experience and help us celebrate our 10th year in business!
PO Box 836, , 329 Main Street Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679
Harbor House is a community house. We pull together to serve young, old and in-between -- and we take pride in and draw sustenance from our solidarity and commitment to bringing the joys of Mount Desert Island life to everyone.
Every Harbor House program and activity springs from our common ideas, ideals and individual contributions. Boys and girls, young and old, Harbor House welcomes all.
With six key program areas and a roster of more than 60 health, fitness, educational, sports, community-based and youth-focused classes and activities, Harbor House serves every age group and every economic level -- and, has done so for forty-three years and counting.
Named Yankee Magazine's "Best Island Tour in New England," Island
Cruises is a family owned business in our 22nd year. We focus on
quality and creating an experience that many people say is the
highlight of their visit to Maine, making us the local favorite that
annual visitors never miss. Join us for our Lunch Cruise to
Frenchboro, a 120 year old island fishing village, one of the last on
the coast, or our Afternoon Nature Cruise. Both trips feature
wildlife that will simply astound you, coupled with an award winning,
interactive narrative of the history and current culture of the island
communities of Blue Hill Bay and the Maine lobster fishery. We always
haul a few lobster traps, see how they work and what's been caught.
MAINELY-MAINE has been on the BAH HA BA Road in gawgiss Trenton, Maine for 25 years. people from “away” say “it’s the fun place to shop”. We think so and will try to make your day fun. Theyah’s nothing like the gifts, souvenirs and crafts heah. It’s not like shopping, it’s an advencha!! Even a sale room for bargain hunters. You can find lobster traps, buoys, buoy bells, lighthouses (small and collectible), 2 feet to 5 ft lighthouses, chimes, flags, whirligigs, tees, sweatshirts, sweaters, maple syrup, blueberry jam,Minnetonka moccasins, Maine tourmaline, and wicked good HOMEMADE FUDGE.
There is nothing quite like slipping silently through the waves with the wind across the face. The only thing you hear is the splashing waves on the sides of the hull, the flutter of the canvas sail stretched by the wind, and the seagulls overhead. Sailboats, Powerboats, Captain Services.
PO Box 653, , 373 Sound Drive Mount Desert, Maine 04660
The Mount Desert Island Historical Society works to keep, discover, and celebrate the history of Mount Desert Island. The society is a center for research and education and presents exhibits at the Old School House and Museum on Sound Drive in Mount Desert and at the Somesville Museum and Gardens in Somesville.
142 Moosehead Lake Road, , P O Box 1623 Greenville, Maine 04441
Northeast Guide Service is the closest rafting and moose tour company to Acadia and the Bar Harbor region. We provide personalized whitewater rafting, moose safari and wildlife tours in Maine. We offer half and full day trips in rafting, kayaking, moose tours, canoeing and waterfall hikes. Give us a call to reserve your spot today! 888-484-3317
Northwoods Outfitters- Maine’s premiere Outfitter and Guide Service location for over 100 years! Located in the mountains on beautiful Moosehead Lake, Northwoods Outfitters offers professionally guided wilderness trips for Moose Watching, Whitewater Rafting, Waterfall Hikes, Canoe and Kayak Trips and ATV Rentals. Half day and full day Trips available and Lodging and transportation packages can be arranged. Call today and Experience the Tradition!
Rates Starting at $39.95pp
Enjoy an up-close experience with marine life. At the oceanarium at 1351 Route 3 take a guided tour of a salt marsh and the Maine Lobster Museum. At the working lobster hatchery we take you on a fascinating tour to see mother lobsters & baby lobsters & the hatchery process. We also feature a hands on Discovery Pool with lots of local sea life to learn about, have fun and get wet! Group discounts and tours.
168 CLARK POINT ROAD, , PO BOX 1533 Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679
Take a scenic cruise on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island departing from Southwest Harbor. Enjoy a personalized lobster fishing demonstration aboard the Elizabeth T. We limit the number of passengers to 21. Explore Somes Sound Fjord, view the 1839 Bear Island Lighthouse and watch seals and porpoise in their natural habitat. Visit the quaint fishing village of Cranberry Island where you can hike, shop at local artist galleries or simply enjoy lunch at the dock restaurant. Join us for friendly service, spectactular scenery, excellent wildlife and a relaxing family excursion.
Pretty Marsh Road/1414 Tremont Road, Seal Cove, Maine 04674
Open May 1 through October 31, 7 days, 10-5. At the Seal Cove Auto Museum you will find a wide variety of antique autos and motorcycles, from an 1899 DeDion Bouton to a 1924 Mercer, with special emphasis on cars from the "Brass Era" (1895-1917). Antique car enthusiasts as well as those who simply enjoy history and cars from the past will delight in the beauty, mystery and romance of this unique collection.
What does The Man Store sell? Stuff for MEN! Premium hand-rolled cigars; Maine microbrewed beer; BBQ items (from sauces to spatulas); Bar accessories (including cool glassware); fun Man Cave art (including a Man Cave sign); sports related items (from stickers and car flags to 3D stadiums, caps, mugs, and ties); quality tees and caps from Old Guys Rule and Life Is Crap; even I'm The Man (for men) and Man In Training (for, well, men in training!) tees! Check us out on FACEBOOK, our website, or come in and visit us-we'd love to meet you!
Named a Best of New England destination by Yankee magazine in May of 2013 and one of the 50 Things to Do in Maine This Summer by the Bangor Daily News, The Naturalist's Notebook combines nature, science, arts and the frontier of knowledge in fun, engaging installations and activities. The original Notebook exploratorium in Seal Harbor offers three floors of interaction, shopping and learning for all ages. Smaller Naturalist's Notebook Annex spaces have opened on Main St. in Northeast Harbor and (as of Aug. 1) on the town green Bar Harbor. Open 10-5 every day from late June to late October in Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day through late October in Bar Harbor.The Notebook is just a short drive from Bar Harbor or Northeast Harbor. It's a great rainy-day (or sunny day) place for families or anyone who's even slightly curious about the world and the universe.
53 Main Street, Bayside Landing, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Our studio is a haven for peaceful relaxation-right in the center of downtown Bar Harbor. Yoga at Cattitude offers an incredible array of yoga styles. Whether you are looking for vigorous vinyasa or restful restorative, we have the class for you. Please check the website for the latest schedule, class descriptions and teacher bios. Air-conditioned studio. Open year-round.
26 Mount Desert Street, , P.O. Box 286 Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
The most fascinating journey in Bar Harbor begins at the Abbe Museum! Discover the story of the first people of Maine through exhibitions and programs that span 10,000 years of history, art and archaeology. Learn about the Native people of Maine today and enjoy their songs and stories, arts and crafts. Visit the Museum Shop for high quality gifts crafted by Maine Native people. Downtown museum: open year round with reduced winter hours. Historic Abbe at Sieur de Monts Spring: open May-October. Admission charged.
Acadia Bike features the largest bicycle rental fleet in New England, so you're sure to get the bike you want. Enjoy Acadia's natural wonders as you pedal the car-free carriage roads or Park Loop Road. Our bikes - new each year, most with front suspension - are meticulously maintained and custom-fitted to ensure you'll have a great ride. All sizes, plus tandems, trailers & kids' bikes. Low rates, with discount for advance reservations. Located in downtown Bar Harbor, across from the post office. Open daily at 8am.
228 Main St., Bar Harbor, ME, , Mail: P.O. 121, Orono, ME 04473 Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
My daughter and I went rock climbing for the first time! After completing several climbs our guide took us on an adventure hike and climb. We couldn't have asked for a more customized experience. Acadia Mountain Guides is the best!" Acadia Mountain Guides offers personalized rock climbing on the spectacular shores of Acadia. Half and full day sessions for individuals, families or groups of all ages and skills. Equipment provided. Since our inception in 1993, AMG has continually set new standards for local guides and has had the distinction of always being accredited and backed by the highest levels of certification. We are Maine's only full service, year round school. Founder Jon Tierney is one of 80 guides in the US to achieve the coveted international IFMGA award signifying the pinnacle of achievement for guides. Accredited by both the AMGA and PCIA.
. Family climbing experiences
. Rock climbing lessons for all ages and abilities
. Guided rock and ice climbs
. Guided hikes in Acadia National Park
. Senior Climbs - designed especially for those who think they are "too old" to climb