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Acadia National Park Bar Harbor

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Acadia National Park
567 Eagle Lake Road
Route 233
Bar Harbor
ME
04609
Tel: 207 288 3338

Directions

Acadia National Park is located along the rugged, rocky coast of \"Downeast\" Maine. Most of the park is located on Mount Desert Island, which is accessible by vehicle. The park is approximately six hours north of Boston. By Car From Boston take I-95 north to Augusta, Maine, then Route 3 east to Ellsworth and on to Mount Desert Island. For an alternate route, continue on I-95 north to Bangor, Maine, then take Route 1A east to Ellsworth. In Ellsworth, take Route 3 to Mount Desert Island. Hulls Cove Visitor Center (April 15-October 31) is located on Route 3 north of Bar Harbor. Park Headquarters is located on Route 233 (Eagle Lake Road), two miles west of Bar Harbor.

Where are we going today?

Did you know that Acadia National Park is the FIRST Eastern National Park? Pretty impressive! It was also created from land that was donated by early 20th century visionaries, so it's got an amazing history too! 

The park really is home to a huge range of plants and animals, as well as impressively, the tallest mountain on the US Atlantic Coast (kids, do you know what that is?)

If your family love nature, and the outdoors, then Acadia National Park is for you. The beautiful rugged coast is a great backdrop to hike the granite peaks, or perhaps bike the historic carriage roads. If you prefer the more relaxing family day out, then just do that - relax! It's your day! 

Want more outdoor fun, you can also head out onto the waters with some boating, or get those muscles flexed and try a spot of climbing! Have you heard of that new and exciting adventure of Geo-Caching? You can explore the park with GPS - great for kids and almost a treasure map game!

Fishing is a great sport for most families, or you can giddy-up on those horse-happy trails with some horseback riding.  Swimming is a popular activity too, as it tidepooling - where when the sea is away, those little creatures come out to play!

Think national parks are just for summer? Not at Acadia National Park! Enjoy the snow! Cross-Country skiing and snowshoeing are brilliant winter adventures for the family, as are those beautiful scenic winter drives.

Fishing in winter? You don't have to stop your favorite sport because of the ice - because there is ice-fishing too! And with Winter Camping, dog-sledding and snowmobiling, you certainly won't be short of adventure! 

A beautiful national park in New England which is very family friendly for your family day out! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$20 per vehicle for 7 days. $5 per person (without car) for 7 days
  • ChildrenSame as adult.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Opening hours vary for the visitor centers, museums and campgrounds

All year round!

Teachers corner

A beautiful outdoor classroom! There are professional development opportunities, so contact their education office for more details. .

I'm Hungry!

Jordan Pond House is the only dining facility in the national park, and it serves lunch tea and dinner from May to October..

Healthy Eating!

Why not bring a picnic and enjoy a family lunch! Then you can make sure it's as healthy and diet friendly for any allergies for you. .

Any Top Tips?

The national park is part of the Fee Free Days so check which holidays the fee is waived! .

Doing our bit

Keep the park clean! They do their best to protect the animals and nature, so try and help and do the same. .

Need a little extra help?

The park is striving to make it as accessible as possible! Check their accessibility guide for more information. .

More information

Pets must be kept on a leash less than 6ft, and should never be unattended. There are also some pet friendly areas. .

What people are saying?

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    Acadia is a must-see national park. In one park, there are beaches, hiking, biking trails, and a scenic drive circling the park. If Acadia didn't have enough to offer (and it does) Bar Harbor has many restaurants and touristy areas that are fun to explore. Worth a visit anytime between May and labor day.

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    I am very displeased with my experience at acadia national park. First I had to pay 20 bucks to get in...to a park? wtf! and the road to get around is so long and difficult to navigate. there aren't enough signs leading you in the right direction. i wanted to go to the Cadillac mountain trail head, but the lack of signs led me to the top of the mountain. it wasn't until after i hiked the entire trail that i actually found the ground level trail head. Also, these park rangers so desperately want you to pay for a campground that they harassed me while...Read More

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    Acadia is a very beautiful place. The best place to plan and start your day would be at the Park office, the ranchers there give you a map and help plan your trip. The Oceans trail is the most scenic hike, its a easy hike. The Ocean view hike starts from the sandy beach and goes through the Thunder hole and ends at Otter point. The trail is right next to the ocean. There is a very beautiful bubble rock beach on the way.

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    I Am A Local,And The Park Is AWESOME! Rated By Good Morning Amercia And USA Today As Top 10 Place To Vachtion In The USA!!!!!! People Come From All Over The USA,And Canada,Too! 150 Miles Of Hiking Trails And 45 Miles Of Carriage Roads! The Best Place To Vaction In The USA!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    The views are great and fun for any age with all the amazing scenery. Utter peace and quiet is achieved throughout the park which is hard to come by in today's world. Worth the drive from anywhere with must see views.

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by imma alien

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I am very displeased with my experience at acadia national park. First I had to pay 20 bucks to get in...to a park? wtf! and the road to get around is so long and difficult to navigate. there aren't enough signs leading you in the right direction. i wanted to go to the Cadillac mountain trail head, but the lack of signs led me to the top of the mountain. it wasn't until after i hiked the entire trail that i actually found the ground level trail head. Also, these park rangers so desperately want you to pay for a campground that they harassed me while I was sitting in the drivers seat of my car at 8 o clock! He accused me of trying to sleep in the vehicle when obviously I was wide awake simply enjoying the scenery. You would think after spending $20 bucks to get in, the museum would be free, but nope! everything costs. And the beach doesn't even have a shower. The water is ice cold and there's too many flies flying around. Horrible experience.

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