What To Do in Acadia National Park, Maine

We had finally reached it! Maine! The most northern state on the east coast!

We pulled into Acadia National Park in the middle of summer, and the weather was perfect! Our campground was just across the street from the rough and rocky cliffs that tumbled into the cold, northeastern ocean. There are two official National Park campgrounds, one 5 miles south of Bar Harbor, and the other being a quieter campground on the south side of the island. We decided to stay as long as we could up here, so we did both campgrounds. In total, we spent 4 weeks in Acadia. In those 4 weeks, we learned quite a bit about Bar Harbor and the area. Here are some of tips for Acadia….

 

First, the free shuttle bus is a fantastic way to get around! It takes you basically anywhere on the island. No need to drive your car within the tourist season chaos. It’s as busy and crowded as New York City during the summer!

Bar Harbor (Ba-Haba), sits right next to the park. The town is made up of cute Bed & Breakfasts, restaurants, a little grocery store, candy shops, and local art galleries. They also love moose house decor and blueberries. Blueberries are in everything here.

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Their wood work is also impeccable 

And, lobster, of course. The seafood? Pretty awesome! If you drive to the west side of the island, you’ll run into plenty of lobster catchers and you’ll probably be able to buy lobster straight from them. Take it home, boil it, and yum!

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Here are some MUST SEE things in Acadia:

  • Cadillac Mountain. I suggest driving up to this magnificent overlook at sunrise. It’s less crowded, more peaceful. You can see everything from that spot. (The picture at the top of this post was from that sunrise)
  • Thunder Hole. This spot it fun! Thunder Hole is famous for its bursts of wave water splashing into the air, making a thunderclap sound within its alcove. You will get splashed on, be prepared.
  • Bar Island. A must do! At low tide, you can walk across the sand bar and onto the little island. You will be able to see tons of starfish and sea urchins. You can go for a hike around the island, swim, or even fish. You can kick off your shoes and roam!
  • Jordan Pond. It’s more of a local place, but a beauty. You can bring your dog and let them run around, or just explore around the lake. We went there several times during our stay.

 

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The weather is very moody here as well. It can range from hot and humid to cold and rainy. So bring summer clothes, but also jeans, a sweater, and a coat.

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Boats everywhere!

For more information about Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, here are some links:

Official Acadia NP website

To reserve your next adventure…  We stayed at Seawall and Blackwoods campgrounds.

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~Breanna

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