Things to do in Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park
Set sail on the sea chasing whales or sail around Bar Harbor’s Frenchman’s Bay chasing sunsets on a 4-masted schooner. Play golf on one of the oldest courses in the US. Take a hike up a mountain and be rewarded with an endless view of the ocean. Shop ‘til you drop in one of many galleries and unique shops in downtown Bar Harbor, or dine in one of the area’s more than 50 restaurants offering everything from rustic lobster pounds to elegant 5-star quality fine dining. At night, sit on the third-floor deck, wrapped in a comfortable sweater, and look at the stars while enjoying the sounds of nearby Frenchman’s Bay. In July and August, you can catch a concert by the Town Band in the gazebo in the Village Green. Look for your innkeeper in the trumpet section.
The list of vacation attractions and leisure time activities is endless.
Be in the heart of Acadia National Park, the crown jewel of Maine, and hike on one of the 120 miles of trails to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the tallest on the Eastern Seaboard. Be the first in the US to see the sun rise that day, or bike on more than 50 miles of carriage roads built at the turn of the century by John D. Rockefeller and dedicated to bikers, horseback riders walkers, and snowmobiles.
Aysgarth Station Bed & Breakfast is located a short distance from Acadia National Park, and it is ideally situated in downtown historic Bar Harbor allowing you easy access to enjoy the island’s offerings. Whale watching, deep sea fishing boats, scenic daytime and sunset cruises, puffin and dolphin cruises, kayaking, sailing, hiking, canoeing, biking, rock climbing, picnicking, walks along ocean beaches and lakes.
In town, there is an Art Deco theater, quaint craft, art, antique, and many gift shops. The waterfront bustles with fishing boats and is a frequent cruise ship port.
Summer starts after Memorial Day and seems to last longer every year. The Island Explorer free shuttle service is just 2 blocks away from Aysgarth Station Bed & Breakfast, and the shuttles run from around June 21st to right after Columbus day. These shuttles are the best way to get around the park during the peak season.
Fall is the most spectacular season of the year. Luminous shades of red, orange, yellow, and brown replace the greens of summer as crowds dwindle and everything on the island becomes a little less hurried. Activity in Bar Harbor continues through October with less rush than the summer months.
Winter finds a lovely quiet town, cold and parking! Bring skis, skates, snowshoes, snowmobile, or take a drive around the island viewing all of its natural beauty in winter. Schoodic is especially lovely in the snow. If it snows, crews groom the carriage roads for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
Spring is often called “mud season” in Maine. It may be messy, but you’ll beat the crowds.
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