One of the most popular things to do in Bar Harbor is visit Acadia National Park, the second most visited national park in the United States and home to the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Known for its scenic hiking and biking trails as well as exceptional bird watching, fishing and boating opportunities, guests can wander through the park's spectacular carriage roads and meadows, go for a summer swim at one of the park's two beaches, or even go horseback riding.
There are also several guided tours of the park available for those who would rather let someone else do the driving. Conveniently, one of the most popular bus and carriage tours, Oli’s Trolley, picks up riders directly in front of the Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina. For guests looking to explore coastal Maine by sea, you will also find a variety of historical and wildlife boating tours around Mt. Desert Island, Frenchman's Bay and Somes Sound.
Biking in Acadia National Park, Maine
With 45 miles of auto-free carriage roads for you and your family to explore, biking in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine is a favorite activity among visitors and locals alike. There are several area bike shops with rentals available, so there’s no need to pack your own bicycle. Additionally, the Island Explorer is a complimentary, propane-powered shuttle that can take you and your bike into the park. Carriage road maps can be found on the Acadia National Park website
Hiking Trails in Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park, Maine features over 120 miles of scenic hiking trails for visitors of all skill levels. From easy shore paths along the coastline to strenuous mountain trails for avid hikers, you are sure to discover trails everyone in your party can enjoy. While the hiking trails in Acadia are extremely scenic, they are also fairly short. The average one-way length is approximately one mile, with trails totaling two or more miles being extremely rare. This affords guests the opportunity to try a variety of trails and trail types during their visit.
Harborside guests looking for a more challenging experience should note that many of Acadia's hiking trails intersect with each other, forming a complex network that allows avid hikers to create loops over large areas of the island. The trails in Acadia are well marked, but successfully combining trails will require a good map, which can be purchased at numerous locations around Mount Desert Island.