Bar Harbor, Maine is Mount Desert Island's largest community and the home to 1,532-foot Cadillac Mountain—part of neighboring Acadia National Park. You can use Bar Harbor as your home base to explore the park's loop road and historic carriage roads, or to go hiking or rock climbing on Cadillac Mountain.
Things to Do in Bar Harbor, Maine
In Bar Harbor itself, there is a wide variety of things to do – you can play golf at a course just outside the park, or go boating or fishing along the town's coastline. You and your family can visit a nature camp, an oceanarium, a zoo or a lumberjack show. You can also sample local craft beers on a brewery tour or shop at a number of boutiques for works made by Maine artists. With so many Bar Harbor activities available, you can customize your own vacation.
Walking Through Maine History
Bar Harbor, ME was New England’s premier summer resort in the 19th century. It was home to the largest hotel in North America and to Millionaires’ Row, a line of summer estates built for America’s richest and most powerful families—including the Rockefellers, the Fords and the Vanderbilts. While many of these estates burned down in a 1947 fire, you can still see some of these homes by walking along West Street. You can also learn more about Bar Harbor's past by visiting the Abbe Museum (which showcases the Wabanaki Indians), the Dorr Museum of Natural History, or the Bar Harbor Historical Society Museum. Walking through Bar Harbor today provides a historical experience.