Things to do in Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor, Maine has been a destination resort for over 150 years. Although summer is its most popular season, the area is a magnificent place throughout the year. There's a wide variety of outdoor activities for all levels of visitors to enjoy. Set sail on a schooner, cruise the harbor on one of the many nature tours, pull a lobster trap or two, see whales, bald eagles, and ospreys, rock climb Otter Cliffs, bike, hike, or kayak. Not feeling active? There are museums, galleries, concerts in the park, and plenty of shops with Maine-made gifts and crafts.

Mount Desert Island—find the deep and clear ocean, sand and cobblestone beaches, forests old and new, pure mountain lakes, bald granite cliffs and mountaintops, and oceanside communities with beautiful harbors.

Our crown jewel is Acadia National Park, with its green waters of the Gulf of Maine and its glacial cliffs and mountains. Hike and bike throughout the park. Take a horsedrawn carriage ride or a narrated tour. But whatever you do, be sure to enjoy the morning sunrises and the evening sunsets, the lustrous, thick rolling fog, lush, aromatic pine forests, profusions of wildflowers, rich starry nights, and silent mountains.

Things to do in Bar Harbor, Maine

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Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
The bible of Bar Harbor activities.
Downeast Nature Tours
Downeast Nature Tours
Learn about the flora and fauna of MDI on a personalized birdwatching or nature tour adventure.
Eden’s Farmer’s Market
Eden’s Farmer’s Market
Yes, you can get fabulous cheeses and veggies for a picnic, but this place is hopping on Sunday mornings. Just go and watch the bustle.
Local Tide Table
Local Tide Table
Because it's a short stroll to Bar Island if it's low tide, and a cold swim back if it isn't.
Rainy Day Activities in Bar Harbor
Rainy Day Activities in Bar Harbor
Yes, you can get fabulous cheeses and veggies for a picnic, but this place is hopping on Sunday mornings. Just go and watch the bustle.
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park
A little preplanning helps if you want a boat trip, or a ranger event requiring reservations.
Island Explorer
Island Explorer
The free, ecological and fun way to get around the island.
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Bar Harbor, Maine has been a destination resort for over 150 years. Although summer is its most popular season, the area is a magnificent place throughout the year. There's a wide variety of outdoor activities for all levels of visitors to enjoy. Set sail on a schooner, cruise the harbor on one of the many nature tours, pull a lobster trap or two, see whales, bald eagles, and ospreys, rock climb Otter Cliffs, bike, hike, or kayak. Not feeling active? There are museums, galleries, concerts in the park, and plenty of shops with Maine-made gifts and crafts.

Mount Desert Island—find the deep and clear ocean, sand and cobblestone beaches, forests old and new, pure mountain lakes, bald granite cliffs and mountaintops, and oceanside communities with beautiful harbors.

Our crown jewel is Acadia National Park, with its green waters of the Gulf of Maine and its glacial cliffs and mountains. Hike and bike throughout the park. Take a horsedrawn carriage ride or a narrated tour. But whatever you do, be sure to enjoy the morning sunrises and the evening sunsets, the lustrous, thick rolling fog, lush, aromatic pine forests, profusions of wildflowers, rich starry nights, and silent mountains.