The Ultimate Guide to Camping in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park sits on Maine’s Mount Desert Island and covers about half of the island as well as part of the Schoodic Peninsula. The region is famous for its coastal zones and sunrises.

Camping is a favorite pastime of many people who visit Acadia National Park – which lets one jump on the crowds and start exploring the national park.

Here are some of the most important things you should know when you plan to camp in Acadia National Park.

Overview

Acadia National Park is a unique place where the forest and mountains meet the sea in a gripping way. Camping in Acadia National Park lets one see what Maine has to offer and embrace the free spirits of New England at the same time.

You need to make your recreational vehicle base camp at Acadia to scale the region at Otter Cliffs, fish for brook trout and bluefish, explore the historic carriage roads by horseback, bike or foot, bask in the first light in the region from the highest peak on the North Atlantic seaboard, and swim at the sand beach hidden in the rocky coastline.

Acadia National Park covers over 47,000 acres of land around Mt. Desert Island, Maine. It was declared a national monument in 1916.

The campgrounds in Acadia will have you covered whether you travel in an all-inclusive plush RV or just a basic RV to get you settled where you want to be.

There are dozens of camping sites in Acadia starting from three park-managed spots. When you claim a spot at Acadia, you are just steps away from the crashing waves of the Atlantic. Your RV will have a coveted place reserved in the Maine woods when you reserve your camping spot at Acadia National Park.

There are plenty of hobbies for every individual to choose from when camping in Acadia National Park. Whether you prefer hiking, horseback riding, climbing, cycling, swimming in the ocean, or fishing – Acadia has something for you.

You will also encounter wildlife from land and sea, explore more than half a dozen ecosystems within a single day, and experience great views of autumn colors – all just steps from your RV – when you camp in Acadia National Park.

Things to Know about Acadia National Park

  • Opening and closing of the camping sites may vary by season and camping is available from May to October.
  • The Blackwoods campground will be closed during the winter season for 2019 and 2020. Y
  • ou are requested to reserve your camping spot in advance because all grounds are full near capacity from mid-June through mid-October. Walk-in space is almost non-existent during such times.
  • If you plan to drive a long RV, you should note the bridge height and size limits on the roads. RVs in the campsites are limited to 35-feet.
  • Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators can be operated only from 8 am to 10 am and 4 pm to 8 pm. Most campsites allow up to 8 people with space for two RVs and two tents per campsite – unless you choose a walk-in site.
  • The campsite will have a picnic table. Campfires are usually limited to fire grates, and you shouldn’t bring in any firewood.
  • Double-check the fire regulations and make sure the fire is completely out before you go to bed.
  • Store all the food items in the RV. Don’t leave any scented items, food, and utensils out including toothbrushes, toothpaste, and chapstick. You should everything else other than what you need to sleep in the RV.
  • The campground had issues in the past with wildlife attracted to human food. That’s why you need to secure all items so that no wildlife can come to the area.

Getting to Acadia National Park

You can access Acadia National Park from I-95. The trip is about 4.5 hours from Boston, Massachusetts to Acadia, and a one-hour drive from Bangor, Maine to Acadia.

There are two options to fly to Acadia. You may fly into Bangor International Airport or Boston’s Logan International Airport and rent a car. There are flights from Boston to the Hancock County Airport. Hancock is just 10 miles away from Acadia.

You will find car rentals in Hancock during the summer season. Save money on renting out a car and use the Island Explorer Shuttle to get around the park.

Estimated Drive Times To Acadia National Park

  • Portland, Maine – 3 hours
  • Bangor, Maine – 1 hour
  • Boston, Massachusetts – 4.5 hours
  • Hartford, Connecticut – 5.75 hours
  • Providence, Rhode Island – 5.25 hours
  • New York City, New York – 7.5 hours
  • Burlington, Vermont – 6.5 hours

What is the Best Time to Camp in Acadia National Park?

You should be prepared for any eventuality when camping in Acadia National Park.

Campgrounds are no longer open during the harsh winters in the region. Springtime is foggy and cool while summer temperatures vary quickly. In fact, summer temperatures can be warm and sunny one minute and chilled and rainy the next minute. Fall is the season where crowds begin to subside and the autumn colors begin to flourish.

Camping During Spring

Springtime is the wettest season in Acadia National Park. It will be soggy and foggy, and the foliage will start to bloom during this season. Spring is also bug season, and one should keep this in mind when planning to camp during such a season. The campgrounds will be surrounded by water during this time and attract mosquitos.

Camping During Summer

The island will be covered in thick fog during summertime. Warmer temperatures will reach the 70s which is ideal for hanging around a campfire or for long hikes. Ocean temperatures can change quickly. You need to pack clothes to face every occasion when camping during summer.

Camping During Fall

September and October are the least crowded months of the year to camp in Acadia National Park. One can expect beautiful fall colors and cool weather during such times.

Cruise ships will dock at the Bar Harbor at the beginning of September and there will be a town full of people. But these people will be there only for a few hours. The campgrounds are less crowded during this season.

Campsites in Acadia National Park

Reservations Camping

Here are some of the best campsites in Acadia National Park where you need to make reservations.

Blackwoods Campground

It is located in Mount Desert Island, just a 10 minute walk to the Atlantic. Here, you will find large and private campsite where your rigs will be nestled into Maine woods. However, it is close to the must-see destinations in Acadia.

The campsites don’t have hookups so you will mostly be dry camping. However, there is a dump station, a water pump and bathrooms for you. There is also a convenience store and hot showers available half a mile away.

Blackwoods campground is suitable for RVs up to 35ft long. You should make reservations (whether site-specific) or general about 6 months in advance before the peak season from May to October.

Schoodic Woods Campground

If you want an authentic experience, this is one of the best campgrounds to consider in Acadia National Park. It is located in the mainland and offers a mix of a rugged coastline and dense woods to every camper, without the presence of traffic.

Every campsite is equipped with electricity for RV campers with some having water and can take rigs with a max height of 45ft. Here, you can access a dump station, bathrooms, portable water. If you need extra provisions, you can go to the nearest town, Winter Harbor.

Any vehicles that take more passengers can’t make the entire trip on the Schoodic Loop Road. Therefore, you should have plans to bike, hike or bring in a tow vehicle or a dinghy after settling.

Compared to the other campgrounds in the main area, this one doesn’t fill up very fast. However, you need reservations and should book as early as 6 months in advance.

Bangor / Holden KOA

It is a multiple award-winning campground which is both pet and family friendly.

It is located in a natural, wooded area. It is located close to the Acadia National Park, just about an hour away. Therefore, you can indulge in all the amenities available in the developed campground and get close to the action.

The campsites available in the campground provide cable, full hookups and Wi-Fi. Some of the campsites have furnished patios, terraces, fire rings and grills. There are also restrooms, laundry facilities, showers, pavilion, pool, camping kitchen and a general store featuring a bounce house, recreational facilities, groceries, dog walk, planned activities and tractor rides.

The campground also features a snack bar and you can order pizza to be delivered on site.

Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA

It is also a multiple award-winning campground found on the western side of the island.

You can enjoy the comfort of the developed campground and visit the Acadia National Park, using the free shuttle service available. The RV sites have cable, full hookups, Wi-Fis and some patios.

The campground is also equipped with numerous amenities. These include showers, restrooms, playground, laundry facilities, fun train, recreational facilities, planned activities, pavilion and a general store fully stocked with camping supplies and adult beverages. Some of the foods available on the campground include pie lady, fresh lobsters and pancake breakfasts.

Bar Harbor / Woodlands KOA

It is yet another award-winning campground found at the gates of Acadia National Park.

Here, you can enjoy the seasonal island shuttle so you don’t have to worry about any driving restrictions once you are inside the park.

The campsites feature full hookups, Wi-Fi, cable, laundry facilities, showers, restrooms, a pool, a jumping pillow, a playground, pavilion, recreational facilities, bike rentals, a Kamping Kitchen and a convenience store.

Other activities include a community campfire with free s’mores and numerous planned activities, themed weekend, celebrations and many more that you can enjoy with the entire family.

Any children who can find special rocks hidden away in the grounds can redeem them at the office to get treats.

Bucksport / Fort Knox KOA

The campground is in the backyard of the beautiful Acadia National Park. The entire site is full of nature and close to a few quaint coastal towns in Maine. By reserving your stay in this campground, you can enjoy the best Downeast experience.

The campground comes with spacious grounds, ice cream socials, weekly potlucks, themed weekends, kids’ crafts and nightly card games. The kids will also enjoy the playground and swimming pool.

It’s the best place to camp with your entire family. You can also enjoy easy pull-through RV sites to accommodate any camper with their rigs. Firewood and propane is available.

The campground is located a few minutes away from Penobscot Bay and Maine’s scenic coastline. It’s the best place to enjoy a vacation in Maine and enjoy the close proximity to Acadia National Park.

Seawall Campground

It is located about 20 miles away from the most popular areas in Acadia. It is also located on the western part of the Mount Desert Island. You can take a little farther away from the beaten path and enjoy the comfort and seclusion of this amazing campground. You can enjoy hot showers and a convenience store a short drive away.

However, the campsites don’t feature hookups but there is access to portable water, bathrooms and a dump station. You can bring your rig to the campground as long as it has a maximum length of 45ft and use it to explore the rugged side of the island.

Make your reservations at least 6 months in advance before the peak season from May to September.

First-come first-served

Here is a list of the parks in Acadia National Park that don’t require reservations.

Seawall Campground Walk-up

Here, you can bring your RV to the park into the deeper and wilder area of the park.

The Seawall Campground might only be accessible through a reservation but you can get a spot in this hidden away gem if you look at openings or cancellations after midday on any day between May and September.

You will need to source your own power but water, a dump stations and bathrooms are available.

Schoodic Woods Campground Walk-up

Getting to this campground is the best way to escape the hustle of the island and enjoy the park grounds. The spot is located an hour away from Acadia and it is a hidden gem worth the trip.

It is an RV friendly campground with power hookups and water. Just like the other campgrounds, it’s a reservation only option but you can check for cancellations after noon to get a chance to camp here.

Blackwoods Campground Walk-up

Here, you can enjoy being a few steps away from the ocean in your comfortable RV. During the peak season, you can enjoy the campground after making a reservation. However, you can gain access after noon, in the event of any cancellations or if the sites are not full.

The sites are dry but toilets, water and dump stations are available. You can access showers and the convenience a little further away.

The best time to get a spot in the camp would be the shoulder season from April to November. Of course, it is weather permitting and there are limited facilities. The campground is open throughout the year but from December to March, there is only hike-in primitive camping.

Alternate Camping

Finally, there are alternate camping options in the Acadia National Park which include:

Private Campgrounds

If you are making a spontaneous excursion into Acadia National Park and can’t camp inside, you can enjoy any of the private campgrounds close to the area. You can also use these campgrounds to enjoy the quirky coastal vibe.

In Bar Harbor, Trenton and Mount Desert Island, there are numerous accommodations for tourists of all kinds.

Duck Harbor Campground

Do you love a rustic outdoor experience? Well, you can do it at the Duck Harbor Campground.

Park your RV in Acadia or in town then go to the Isle au Haut, located 6 miles off the mainland. You will not find any vehicles in the area but after an hour long in the boat, you can visit the primitive campsites with wooden shelters. It’s a hidden gem you can’t afford to miss.

Popular Attractions

Cadillac Mountain

At 1,539 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain in the park. From the bald and round summit, you will be able to view a collection of pine-spiked islands, Frenchman Bay, and Bay Harbor. The trip up is busy in the fall and summer as a 3.5-mile road curve and winds its way to the summit where a paved pathway encircles it.

This is one of the areas where getting there early will not guarantee peace and quiet, as this popular area is well-known for fantastic sunrises. From the late part of fall through to the early spring, it is also the first spot to catch a glimpse of the sun. The sunsets are just as popular, while in the fall, this summit is also a great area to view hawks.

This roadway is open 24/7, and in mid-August, the summit is where you want to be to catch a sighting of meteors. It is possible to hike up this road, but it is very winding and narrow, while the experience is somewhat diminished due to the constant flow of traffic. 2 trails lead to the top from either south or north ridge. The South Ridge Trail is longer and begins from the Blackwoods Campground entrance. This trail involves a 3.5-mile hike that provides many great views along the way.

Bass Harbor Head Light

Bass Harbor Head is the only lighthouse on Mount Desert Island and is also the most scenically positioned in Maine. Off Rte 102A, starting from where Lighthouse Road ends, there is a walkway down wooden steps where you can view the lighthouse. This white structure is 26-foot high and standing on a rocky perch it sticks out from an expanse of fir trees.

It is not possible to actually view the lighthouse, as a local Coast Guard commander lives there, but from each trail, you can obtain the best views of Blue Hills Bay and the tower.

Abbe Museum at Sieur de Monts Spring and Wild Gardens of Acadia

The Wild Gardens of Acadia and the Abbe Museum at Sieur de Monts Spring displays an extensive collection of art and artifacts of the Wabanaki. This museum introduces visitors to Native Americans that resided in the area over the last 12,000 years.

The exhibits are focused on the history and culture through interactive displays and multimedia, along with many different objects. A large selection of this collection is on display at another location of this museum in Bar Harbor. At this location, there are amazing collections of contemporary and ancient Wabanaki art and artifacts along with basketry.

The Wild Gardens of Acadia at Sieur de Monts features stone and pine-needle paths that wind through a collection of smaller gardens. Each of these gardens is home to plants that are native to various types of local habitats. There are over 400 plant species represented in under just an acre of extremely well-planned gardens. This is also a great spot for bird lovers.

Schoodic Peninsula

On its own peninsula to the north of Mount Desert Island, the picturesque Schoodic Peninsula provides coastal cliffs along with landscapes in a setting that is quieter when compared to the park’s main parts. The road that tours this park is a 6-mile loop that leads past Raven’s Nest to the rocky Schoodic Point.

From here you can enjoy amazing views that overlook Mount Desert Island. There are panoramic views from Schoodic Head over the Mount Desert Mountains and the Bay of Fundy. RVs can only drive up to the Schoodic Woods Campground.

Island Explorer buses, in the months of summer travel to the area. These buses come with bicycles and there are various hiking trails to choose from. These include the moderate 3.2-mile Buck Cove Mountain Trail that starts in Schoodic Woods and leads to the top of Buck Cove Mountain and another trail up to the northern-face of Schoodic Head. There is also an easier half-mile Alder Trail that takes you through some of the best bird habitat areas. The entire peninsula is one of the favorites for bird watchers.

Thunder Hole

The chasm of Thunder Hole is the most exciting and dramatic areas in Acadia National Park. The chasm is a cave that has formed under the water. As the waves recede, it leaves behind an air space that enters the small cave. When the following wave crashes into this cleft, it forces the air out making a thunderous roaring sound.

The spray can shoot up to 40 feet when it is high tide. Thunder Hole is situated between Otter Cliffs and Great Head, along the most picturesque area of the Acadia Coast.

Baker Island

Off the Southeast shore from the entry point to Frenchman Bay, Baker Island forms a part of this National Park. You can access the island by a boat tour that is guided by one of the park rangers. The Baker Island 43-foot-high Lighthouse has replaced the original one that was erected in 1828 to caution the boats about the dangers of Cranberry Island shoals.

William Gilley was the first keeper, who moved with his relatives in 1812 to this uninhabited island. He cleared the area to build his farm. The lighthouse that stands today was erected in 1855 and then reinforced with bricks in 1905. You can still see what remains of Gilley’s farm, which stayed in his family for 123 years.

Beech Mountain Fire Tower

Everyone loves fire towers, and the historical types are even more intriguing. From the peak of Beech Mountain is a historical fire tower along with several trails that lead to this structure. The trails are mainly steep and do involve a level of scrambling or climbing, but once you get to the top the effort will be well worth it.

What You Need to Know About Hiking in Acadia

There are many hiking trails to choose from in Acadia. They range from strenuous to easy, and from long to short. You can also combine the trails which make for a tailored and unique adventure. A few of the most popular hikes include:

Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail

You can hike up the tallest mountain in Acadia in all the seasons except for winter for outstanding views across the park along with many sightings of the peregrine falcon. This trail starts at sea level, taking you to the top of the summit over 7 miles (with 1380 feet of elevation gain). Cedar grove forests, a charming pond, and rock-face steps await.

Ship Harbor Trail

This is one of the easier hikes and includes bird-watching and ocean views. The 1.8-mile forest journey includes a basic loop trail. This walk includes a few highlights of Acadia’s top wildlife: osprey, vibrant tidal pools, and Great Blue Heron. Pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic with family or friends by the headlands.

Jesup Path

If you have young children, you are slower, out-of-shape, or older or you do not enjoy strenuous hikes, this might be the most suitable Acadia introductory hike.

The route is a 2-mile out-and-back trail that takes you along a quaint boardwalk path into the forest before it opens out onto a meadow filled with wildlife. Located close to the visitor center, along with clearly marked informational displays, it is one of the best ways to end or start any of your Acadia outdoor excursions.

Champlain Mountain via South Ridge Trail

This is the second-highest peak in Acadia, which may make you assume that it is a people-packed and a popular trail. Yet it is far from that. There are a lot fewer hikers along this trail when compared to the other trails in this area.

Only 5-miles there and back the trail offers outstanding ocean views along with a sweeping panorama of the neighboring peaks. Rather use this trail on dry days as rain or moisture often makes footing a bit tricky.

Beehive Loop Trail

This is a trail for the adventure lovers. This is a fast-paced and short trail for athletic or well-conditioned hikers. You can expect to cling onto the iron-rungs that are drilled directly into the bedrock along with having to climb up boulders.

You do not need rock-climbing experience, but courage and strength are needed to climb the metal ladders along this rock route. It is a daring and short route ideal for people looking for excitement.

Ocean Path

This is an adventure-packed, short trail that provides you with many things to explore. The 2-mile coastal trail is popular, yet rugged, so expect to share the route with many hikers that are attracted to it.

Along the way, you will pass tidal pools, crashing waves, and then other popular sites such as Otter Cliff, Otter Point, and Sand Beach.

Gorham Mountain Trail

If you enjoy the longer hikes, this is the trail for you. Combine it with Beehive Loop or Ocean Path to add on the miles.

This is a winding trail through forest and rocky paths that leads you to a breathtaking view of the ocean. This busy and highly popular trail is one of the best ways to take in all that Mount Desert Island has to offer.

Beech Cliff Trail

This less-trafficked and thrilling trail offers light climbing and ladders that stretch across the western side of Mount Desert Island. This trail starts at Echo Lake and shortly into the hike you will reach the first section you will have to climb with a lot more to come.

If you feel like the climb is getting too much for you, there are other routes close to the trail without any ladders. The ladders can become hazardous and slippery when wet, so save the hike for one of the dry days.

Other Activities in Acadia National Park

Snowmobiling

There is enough road for everyone and also plenty of snow to go around in Acadia National Park. The park allows snowmobiling on most fire roads, the Cadillac Summit Road, and the Park Loop Road in winter because they are closed to car traffic during winter.

The park does not disappoint, especially if you want a little more speed during your winter explorations. Although the riding is gorgeous, you will haul in your own snowmobile behind the campervan because you might not find snowmobile rentals nearby.

Bicycling

Park’s Carriage Roads are closed to auto traffic. That is why many people choose to explore the park’s Carriage Roads, even though Park Loop Road is open to cyclists. Some sections of the roads, winding through the eastern half of the island, are more suitable for mountain bikes than racing bikes and these roads are lined with broken stone. Bikes are not permitted off of designated roads or on hiking trails.

To get more information, get a copy of a park map. You can get bicycle guides at a fee at Hulls Cove Visitor Center and rent a bicycle in Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor, and Bar Harbor.

Auto/Motorcycle

The 20-mile Acadia’s Park Loop Road, which is a two-lane thoroughfare, provides access to several of the attractions in the park because it passes through the eastern half of Mount Desert Island. The road is accessible from Stanley Brook, Sieur de Monts, Cadillac Mountain, and Hulls Cove entrances.

You can drive the loop in less than an hour, but so many visitors have found that it can take a half-day to take in everything because the scenic route has a lot to offer.

The BUS TOURS in Bar Harbor are narrated bus tours. You will learn about the park’s and the surrounding area’s natural and cultural history on these bus tours. The bus tours run May through October. You will stop in several popular park sights like Cadillac Mountain.

A three 15-minute stops are included in the 2.5-hour narrated bus tours, which the Acadia National Park Tours offers. One of the stops is on Cadillac Mountain.

Climbing

The last continental glaciation created small cliffs, so Acadia National Park offers several fine climbs on these cliffs. Three pitches is the size of the longest routes. Several cliffs are made up of solid coarse-grained pink granite.

Great Head and Otter Cliffs are better than the ones in the U.S. because they provide a remarkable setting for sea cliff climbing. You can find good bouldering near Blackwoods Campground, and along the ocean between Otter Cliffs and Sand Beach.

Fishing

There are both saltwater and freshwater fishing opportunities in Acadia National Park and its surrounding area.

The ponds and lakes have different species of freshwater game fish, such as largemouth and smallmouth bass, landlocked salmon, trout, and other species. Some of the ocean species are striped bass, bluefish, and mackerel.

A State of Maine fishing license, which the state law determines, is required for freshwater fishing. Fishing in the ocean does not require a license.

Picnicking

The park has several good spots for having a quick lunch, enjoying the view, and sitting down.

There are fireplaces and tables at picnic areas of the park at Thompson Island, Seawall, Pretty Marsh, Frazer Point (Schoodic), Fabbri, and Bear Brook. They do not accept reservations because they are first-come, first-served.

EarthCache Program

Are you hunting for a hunt? Then the EarthCache Program of Acadia National Park, which is a modern-day scavenger hunt, will keep you on your toes. The program gives clues for finding the most intriguing geological features of the park via GPS.

You need the park roads to complete the program, but these roads are open from April through November. You can take part in the program with the help of your campervan because parking is available at or near all geocaching locations.

To beat the crowds, head to the park in the fall. You will also get a chance to enjoy the remarkable autumn colors.

Things for Kids to Do while Camping in Acadia National Park

Wildlife Viewing

Once the long winter is over, Acadia National Park comes alive again in the spring as hundreds of animal species welcome the warmer weather. Marine invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals call Acadia home. You can see some of the critters if you are lucky.

Do not forget to pack your camera in your RV because turtles, moose, otters, bald eagles, and black bears make an occasional appearance. For your safety and the safety of the park animals, be sure to keep your distance.

Bird Watching

At Acadia, there are more than 300 bird species for birdwatchers to see throughout the year. You can only see the migration of the birds headed for the warmer climes in fall. The powerful birds of prey, passing through in numbers, is an exciting group to see. The annual HawkWatch of Acadia takes place at the top of Cadillac Mountain.

As a hardcore birder or a casual observer, you will get a closer-than-normal look at these unbelievable raptors. Local volunteers and rangers will help you spot and identify the different bird species, and they collect data, which helps them monitor the populations in the region.

Popovers and Tea at Jordan Pond House

When making the park rounds, even the most dedicated and the hardiest appreciate a stop for tea. Jordan Pond House is an only full-service restaurant at Acadia, and it has become a tradition to indulge in the legendary popovers.

Stopping here provides a unique and idyllic setting for a refined bite. Your trusty canine can join as you enjoy the tea either inside or out on the tea lawn.

It is tricky to find a parking spot. You can avoid the hassles by parking your RV at the visitor’s center or your campsite. Then, make your way in by a shuttle, carriage roads, or trails.

Attend a Ranger-Led Program

A lot of fun, interactive programs on different subjects, including constellations and birds of prey, are offered by the National Park Service.

Every kid agrees that it is cool that peregrines and owls eat their prey whole and then what has not been digested are regurgitated in pellets. Some of the ranger-led programs are cruises, hikes, and even simple drop-ins at fascinating places.

Learn About Lobsters

In Frenchman Bay off of Bar Harbor, your kids can look for harbor seals and learn about lobstering from Captain John on the Lulu Lobster Boat Tour. The Mount Desert Oceanarium’s lobster hatchery is an ideal rainy day activity, so visit it with your kids.

Sail on a Friendship Sloop

In the late 1800s, the graceful sloops were the hard-working lobstering boats. Today Downeast Friendship Sloop offers the loveliest ways to experience Mount Desert Island and the several islands surrounding it on one of their charters.

Go Sea Kayaking

If you are not athletic, you can still go on a short sea kayaking trip. An education and breathtaking beautiful tours on the Acadia National Park’s “quiet side” is offered by Maine State Kayak.

If your children want to share the experience with anyone, then know each child must be over 8 years and an adult must accompany the child. Also, the child needs to be 4 feet, 8 inches fall.

Take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Drive

Use a carriage road system to explore the Acadia National Park. The picturesque car-free roads go through spruce forests, along brooks, and wind up mountains.

Taking a horse-drawn carriage trip is one of the best ways of exploring these roads, especially from Wildwood Stables.

The sunset drive to Day Mountain is a favorite, so you can get spots by trying to book early enough.

Visit the Great Maine Lumberjack Show

It is easy to find something you will appreciate at The Great Maine Lumberjack Show even if you have held an ax, chopped firewood, and held a chainsaw.

The show is an actual real live demonstration of how logging competition used to look like in the Maine woods over 100 years ago. The host of the show is not a burly lumberjack, but Timber Tina.

Go Miniature Golfing at Pirate’s Cove

You can always make time for a couple of hours mini-golfing even if you have a lot of things to do or you have several places to visit. There are pirates them on the “award-winning” adventure gold of Harbor. You can putt your way under cascading waterfalls, over footbridges, and through caves.

Touch a Starfish

There is a good reason both kids and parents give the Dive-In Theatre great reviews. Diver Ed explores the bay by taking the plunge after the cruise in Frenchman’s Bay.

You will see the diver on a topside LCD screen, and the diver provides hands-on experience on the things he has found by surfacing with these things. Adults and kids will get a chance to hold the incredible creatures of the deep, such as scallops, crabs, sea cucumbers, and starfish.

Explore the Tidepools

Young lobsters, crabs, anemones, mussels, barnacles, and sea stars live in the intertidal zone and the withdrawing tide exposes them twice each day.

To open a whole new world for your children, then focused, quiet observation is required, which also helps provide a special experience that is a good alternative to some of the commercialized options.

Swim in Echo Lake

You can take a refreshing plunge after a hike on Acadia Mountain or Beech Mountain. You can relax in the sun on wide granite cliffs on the eastern shoreline or on the beach at the lake’s southern end.

Brian

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