Bar Harbor, Maine

Nestled in Maine's Frenchman Bay on Mount Desert Island lies the quaint town of Bar Harbor. The wealthy have flocked to the area since the early 1900s, making it a fashionable summer resort filled with Newport-style "cottages," though many were razed in a catastrophic fire in 1947. As you approach the shore, gaze upon the many unique lighthouses still standing guard over 3,478 miles of Maine's coast. Bar Harbor is the gateway to Acadia National Park, established 1919 and one of the most visited national parks in America. A haven for nature lovers, its 35,000 acres are home to sea-scoured shores, forested mountains and rocky cliffs overlooking sparkling lakes. You can cycle, drive, hike or trot by horse-drawn carriage through the park's postcard-perfect scenery and along 27-mile Park Loop Road that ribbons around the island and wends its way up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. And you can't leave Maine's shores without feasting on a traditional "downeast" meal, a lobster bake with all the trimmings.

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Points of Interest

  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Thunder Hole
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Lobster Bake
  • Cranberry Islands
  • Lighthouses

More about Bar Harbor, Maine Points of Interest

  • Acadia National Park

    A cluster of islands encompassing over 47,000 acres of rugged shoreline, evergreen forests, and mountain summits. Acadia, once the summer home of America's mercantile aristocracy, today is an outdoor paradise for nature lovers.

  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road

    Meandering through Acadia, this magnificent scenic drive begins at Hulls Cove, loops around Mount Desert Island and wends its way up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain.

  • Cadillac Mountain

    Composed of pink granite and towering 1,532 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the tallest point along the eastern coast of the United States and offers awe-inspiring views of Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay, and the Cranberry Islands.

  • Thunder Hole

    This small inlet carved out of rocks is famous for its thunderous clap when seawater crashes in the air and water is forced out as high as 40 feet. Taking a photo? Prepare to get wet!

  • Victorian Bar Harbor

    Tucked on the east side of the island, this quaint village was once the playground of the rich and famous; many of the opulent mansions from the Gilded Age can be seen along Main Street.

  • Lobster Bake

    Plucked fresh from the coastal waters off Maine, lobster is the star and undisputed king of dinner. The locally dubbed "downeast" meal also includes corn on the cob, potatoes, and all the trimmings.

  • Cranberry Islands

    Named for the tart red berries that grow in nearby bogs, the islands are comprised of five islands, each with its own general store, post office, church, historical society, and school.

  • Lighthouses

    Illuminating Maine's rugged, sometimes treacherous coast, many of these stately and unique lighthouses still stand guard over 3,478 miles of the shoreline.

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Victorian Villages Of Mount Desert Island

2 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 2 0 0
  • Victorian Bar Harbor

Discover the exclusive Victorian neighborhoods of Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor with a little time to explore the charming shops there. Drive along Somes Sound, the only fjord on the east coast of North America.

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Historic Lighthouses & National Park Tour by Boat

2.75 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 6 2 0
  • Thunder Hole
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Cranberry Islands
  • Lighthouses
  • Acadia National Park

Discover some of Maine's most beautiful lighthouses on a jet-powered catamaran cruise through the craggy peninsulas, inlets and islands surrounding Acadia National Park. An on-board historian will provide commentary.

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Lulu Lobster Boat Ride

2.25 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 6 3 5
  • Acadia National Park
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Lighthouses

Learn what it takes to fish lobster in Maine with a cruise aboard a traditional Downeast lobster boat. Take in Egg Rock Lighthouse, Acadia National Park, and the Porcupine Islands.

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Sea Kayaking Frenchman Bay

2.5 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 8 8 0
  • Cadillac Mountain

Outdoor enthusiasts will thrill to discovering the natural beauty of Frenchman Bay and Bar Harbor's historic waterfront from the seat of a sea kayak.

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Acadia By Sea and Schoodic Peninsula

2.75 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 6 5 5
  • Acadia National Park
  • Lighthouses

Cruise the picturesque Frenchman Bay and take in awe-inspiring Acadia National Park and along Schoodic Peninsula, a dramatic stretch of granite coastline.

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Acadia National Park & Looking Glass Restaurant

3 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 1 0 5
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Thunder Hole

Designed for travelers who prefer a minimum amount of walking. Enjoy a leisurely drive along the coastline of Acadia National Park and the 27-mile Park Loop Road. Photo stop at Thunder Hole or Schooner Head. Refreshments at The Looking Glass Restaurant

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Acadia National Park & Cadillac Mountain

2.25 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 1 0 0
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Cranberry Islands
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain

Designed for travelers who prefer a minimum amount of walking. Enjoy a leisurely drive along the coastline of Acadia National Park and the 27-mile Park Loop Road. Take in the views from majestic Cadillac Mountain.

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Local Connections: Best of Both Worlds with Captain John

3 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 2 0 7
  • Thunder Hole
  • Acadia National Park

Enjoy a leisurely drive along the coastline of Acadia National Park and the 27-mile Park Loop Road. Photo stop at Thunder Hole. Delve into Take in a lobster fishing demonstration with a local fisherman.

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Acadia National Park Express: A Small Group Tour

2.5 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 1 1 0
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Thunder Hole

Step aboard an executive coach with only 14 guests, for maximum interaction with your experienced guide as you observe the wonders of Acadia National Park.

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Acadia National Park by Bicycle

2.5 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 4 5 0
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Acadia National Park

Pedal through the natural wonders of Acadia National Park on a 24-speed mountain bike as your guide recounts Mount Desert's colorful history and lore.

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Lobster Demonstration and Lobster Bake

2.75 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 6 5 0
  • Lobster Bake

Learn what it takes to fish lobster in Maine with a cruise aboard Bar Harbor's largest lobster passenger boat. Cruise the waters of Frenchman Bay, watch a lobster fishing demonstration. Includes a scrumptious lobster feast.

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Carriage Ride in Acadia National Park

3.5 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 1 4 0
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Acadia National Park

Climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage in Acadia National Park and travel around Day Mountain and across hand carved granite bridges built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

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Acadia National Park & Lobster Bake

3.5 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 1 1 5
  • Thunder Hole
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Lobster Bake

Enjoy a leisurely drive along the coastline of Acadia National Park and the 27-mile Park Loop Road. Includes a lobster lunch with all the trimmings.

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Bar Harbor Highlights & Lobster Bake

5.5 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 1 2 0
  • Cranberry Islands
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Thunder Hole
  • Victorian Bar Harbor
  • Lobster Bake

Enjoy a leisurely drive with multiple photo opportunities along the coastline of Acadia National Park and the 27-mile Park Loop Road. Includes a lobster lunch with all the trimmings.

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Acadia & Bass Harbor Lighthouse by Van

5 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 3 0 5
  • Acadia National Park
  • Thunder Hole
  • Lighthouses

Marvel at the beauty of Mount Desert Island. Enjoy a drive along the coastline of Acadia National Park and a portion of the 27-mile Park Loop Road. Multiple photo stops. Discover the Bass Harbor Lighthouse. Stroll the island's historic hamlets.

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Jewels of Acadia National Park

4 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 1 3 0
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Thunder Hole

Enjoy a leisurely drive along the coastline of Acadia National Park and the 27-mile Park Loop Road. Take in the views from majestic Cadillac Mountain. Photo stop at Thunder Hole. Savor popovers Jordan Pond House.

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The Ultimate Island Experience & Lunch: A Small Group Tour

4 hours | Bar Harbor | B H B - 1 3 5
  • Thunder Hole
  • Acadia National Park
  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road
  • Cadillac Mountain

Step into a luxury limo coach for a tour of Acadia National Park with photo stops at Cadillac Mountain and Thunder Hole on this small group experience. Savor a three course luncheon at one of Bar Harbor's fine restaurants.

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