Things to Do in Bar Harbor, Maine

Things to Do in Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor, Maine, is a resort town on the coast of Mount Desert Island. Rich in wildlife, this island is home to walking, hiking and bicycling trails as well as opportunities to enjoy the sea, whether you're fishing from a canoe or kayaking with friends. The amenities and resources in Bar Harbor are designed for the adventure traveler.

Oceanside Hiking

There are several miles of hiking trails in Acadia National Park, the first national park east of the Mississippi River. The Ocean Path runs three miles along seaside cliffs, and at one point the "Thunder Hole" is visible. When the waves kick up at this inlet, water spouts up to 40 feet high with a deafening roar. Ocean Path runs between Sand Beach and Otter Cliff, both of which are visible from the lookout point at Thunder Hole. Pick up a map of hiking trails at the Acadia National Park Visitor Center.

Acadia National Park
P.O. Box 177
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
(207) 288-3338


Bar Harbor has more than 43 miles of carriage roads for bicycling in addition to the Acadia Park trails. There are bicycle rental facilities in town. Acadia Bike has the largest fleet of rental bikes in New England and offers mountain bikes, cruisers, trail bikes, road bikes and hybrids, tandem bikes and even baby trailers, kid bikes, helmets and surreys. Bar Harbor Bike Shop is centrally located and provides rental bikes as well as baby backpacks and car racks. In the National Park, there are rangers on bikes and a volunteer bike patrol. Both rental houses have services for flat tires and other mishaps.

Acadia Bike
48 Cottage St.
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
(207) 288-9605 or (800) 526-8615

Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop
141 Cottage St.
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
(207) 288-3886

Sea Kayaking

Bar Harbor offers several levels of sea kayaking and canoeing experiences. Whether you rent a kayak and go it alone, or go on a group excursion, you're sure to see plenty of wildlife. Birds of prey, ocean creatures and breathtaking plant life surround the waterways of Bar Harbor.

National Park Canoe Rental
145 Pretty Marsh Rd.
Somesville Mt. Desert, Maine 04660
(207) 244-5854

National Park Sea Kayak Tours
39 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
(207) 288-0342

Aquaterra Adventures
1 West St.
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
(207) 288-0007

Coastal Kayaking Tours
48 Cottage St.
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
(207) 288-9605

Article Written By Lisa Russell

Lisa Russell has been a freelance writer since 1998. She's been published in "Rethinking Everything Magazine," "Playdate" and "Home Educator's Family Times." She has a professional background in education, cosmetology and the restaurant industry. Russell studied early childhood education at Antelope Valley College, and is pursuing a degree in law.

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