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Scenic walks, strolling, shopping, windjammer cruises, dining on lobster, and of course Acadia National Park.


Special events are scheduled throughout the summer in Bar Harbor, and you should drop in at the information bureau on the town pier for a list of the latest ones.

The Bar Harbor Festival, with concerts and similar goings-on, is held in July and August, and during the summer months free band concerts take place each Monday and Thursday evening on the village green.

Acadia National Park

The rugged terrain of Mount Desert Island has attracted lovers of natural beauty for over a century: hikingand biking trails, campgrounds, swimming beaches, and the views from the summit of Cadillac Mountain. More...

A Harbor-View Walk

If you're willing to walk for 30 to 45 minutes, you can enjoy one of Bar Harbor's nicest little hikes. Follow Main Street (ME 3) south out of town, past the park on the right, and about a mile down the road (15 to 25 minutes' walk) is a pull-off spot for cars (capacity: four vehicles).

If you reach the Ocean Drive Motor Inn, you've gone too far.

Walk down the dirt road, closed by a chain, near the little metal sign marking the boundary of US government land, posted on a tree. It's less than a 10-minute walk to Rocky Harbor along the dirt road through the fragrant forests. When you come to a fork, bear left with the road (a path goes off straight).

When you reach the viewing point, you'll find a grassy clearing furnished with litter barrels for picnickers (no tables). If you've brought a picnic, you can share it with the gulls and ducks. It's secluded, beautiful, quiet, and in walking distance from town—a fine place.


Should you want to rent a bike for trips around town or into Acadia National Park, check with Bar Harbor Bike Shop at 141 Cottage Street (tel 207-288-3886), corner of Eden Street, ME 3 (Cottage Street is parallel to West Street but one block south of it, away from the water).


You can sail aboard Maine's only four-masted schooner, the 151-foot (46-meter) Margaret Todd on a 1.5- to 2-hour cruise from the Bar Harbor Inn Pier.

Mid-May through mid-October, the Margaret Todd sails three times a day at 10 am, 2 pm, and around sunset. Tickets are available at the pier or at the Margaret Todd ticket office at the Sea of Cotton Shop, 19 Cottage Street (tel 207-288-4585 or 207-546-2927).

—by Tom Brosnahan

Acadia National Park

National Park Tours

Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor Hotels

Bar Harbor Restaurants

Bar Harbor Transportation

About Bar Harbor

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Frenchman Bay from Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine

Frenchman Bay and Bar Harbor from Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park.

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