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Lobster Shack in Bar Harbor

Lobster Shack in Bar Harbor

Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.

Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.

A Humpback whale breaches in mid-air off of the coast of Maine.

A Humpback whale breaches in mid-air off of the coast of Maine.

Acadia National Park Coastline

Acadia National Park Coastline

Bubble Rock, A Glacial Erratic Boulder Precariously Perched Atop A Mountain At Acadia National Park.

Bubble Rock, A Glacial Erratic Boulder Precariously Perched Atop A Mountain At Acadia National Park.

Bridge crossing a rocky stream in Acadia National Park.

Bridge crossing a rocky stream in Acadia National Park.

This pretty footbridge is one of the most photographed in Somesville.

This pretty footbridge is one of the most photographed in Somesville.

Gorgeous aerial view of a stunning resort in Acadia.

Gorgeous aerial view of a stunning resort in Acadia.

Beautiful lake view from Acadia National Park

Beautiful lake view from Acadia National Park

Cormorant hunting in Acadia National Park.

Cormorant hunting in Acadia National Park.

Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park

Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park

A young porcupine gazes from a tree in Acadia National Park.

A young porcupine gazes from a tree in Acadia National Park.

A sea gull rests atop granite ledges overlooking Frenchman Bay.

A sea gull rests atop granite ledges overlooking Frenchman Bay.

Autumn Sunrise overlooking Jordon Pond from North Bubble.

Autumn Sunrise overlooking Jordon Pond from North Bubble.

Colorful stream in Acadia National Park.

Colorful stream in Acadia National Park.

Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.

Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.

Lobster boats laying at anchor near Southwest Harbor and Acadia National Park in Maine.

Lobster boats laying at anchor near Southwest Harbor and Acadia National Park in Maine.

Aerial View of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.

Aerial View of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.

The Cobblestone Bridge (Built in 1917) in Acadia National Park.

The Cobblestone Bridge (Built in 1917) in Acadia National Park.

View from Acadia National Park

View from Acadia National Park

Bass Harbor Lighthouse

Bass Harbor Lighthouse

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Places to Visit from Acadia National Park

From the lively town of Bar Harbor to the quieter streets of Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor, you’ll find plenty of places near Acadia National Park to grab a bite to eat, hunt for regional antiques, and browse the work of the area’s artists and craftspeople.

To learn more about the area’s cultural history, you can visit the Abbe Museum at Sieur de Monts Spring in the park. Founded in 1927 by Dr. Robert Abbe, the museum's collection illuminates the past 10,000 years of the area's history with carefully preserved artifacts from the area’s early inhabitants.

You can learn more about the area's attractions at the park’s main visitor center, located at the beginning of the Park Loop Road off Route 3 near Hull’s Cove. You can also sign up for ranger-led activities and get recommendations from staff members on places to visit.

Your choices include:

  • Park Loop Road: You'll find plenty of places to stop and enjoy the view along this 27-mile road.
  • Cadillac Mountain: On clear a morning, you can join the early risers who gather at the top of the mountain to see the sun rise—before anyone else in the nation.
  • Sand Beach: You can brave a swim in the 50-degree ocean water or relax on the sand.
  • Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds: Both of these national park campgrounds are a 10-minute walk from the ocean.
  • Thunder Hole: If you catch this natural spectacle at the right point in the tide, you’ll quickly appreciate its name. Check with park information for best viewing times—and be sure to observe barriers and warnings.
  • Bass Harbor Lighthouse: You can join the many photographers who have taken pictures of this lighthouse. Built in 1858, it sits 58 feet above high water.
  • Otter Cliffs: You can view the Atlantic from atop these 110-foot-tall pink granite cliffs.
  • Jordan Pond: This inland pond is best viewed from the famous Jordan Pond House, known as much for its popovers as for its spectacular views. You can reach the pond by hiking or biking along the carriage trails or by driving along the park road.
  • Pretty Marsh: You can stroll around this moss-covered marsh, punctuated by towering firs, and have a picnic at one of the tables.

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