What to do In Bar Harbor?

One of Maine’s Charming Coastal Towns

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A coastal town oozing sunshine and tradition, there are few more dependable summer respites than Bar Harbor. Located 4 hours by land from Boston, Bar Harbor is situated on the Mount Desert Island of the Gulf of Maine.

It has been a welcomed weekend getaway for hundreds of years for artists, scientists and writers. Now you can enjoy all this New England community has to offer on a Norwegian Cruise stop.

Create a day you’ll never forget from the variety of options here, that include the well-known highlights and the lesser known, pick your adventure.


Acadia National Park: Opened in 1919, the first National Park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia covers more than 35,000 acres and is home to the tallest mountain on the Atlantic Coast.

Abbe Museum: One of Maine’s first museums and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, more than 50,000 exhibits chart 10,000 years of Native American life here.

Nature: Whales feed off Bar Harbor’s coastline from mid-April and Maine’s ocean islands provide the only nesting sites for Atlantic puffins in the US. Several boat tours operate throughout the summer.

This is truly a choose your own adventure kind of city.


Reading Room: For some of the town’s best ocean views and an excellent dining experience, book ahead for breakfast or dinner in the Reading Room at Bar Harbor Inn.

Bluenose Inn: This year renowned pianist Bill Trowell plays his 18th season at the inn’s popular Great Room lounge with its cozy fireplace and hand-crafted cherry wood bar.

Jordan Pond House: While passing through Acadia National Park don’t miss this restaurant’s afternoon tea and popovers, a local institution and tradition since the 1890s.


Schoodic Peninsula: The only part of Acadia National Park on the mainland, the 440ft-long Schoodic Head a few miles east of Bar Harbor provides sweeping views of Mount Desert Island.

Cranberry Islands: Two of the five islands are open to the public and provide scenic solitude for hiking and biking trips and excursions, plus quaint local history museums.

Lulu’s Lobster Boat: Learn about Maine’s illustrious lobster industry on the only boat tour in Bar Harbor using a traditional Downeast-style lobster boat. Tours last two hours.


See: The Wild Gardens of Acadia where more than 300 plant species, organized into nine display areas, reflect the local habitats.

Eat: For a true taste of Maine visit Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound where the crustacean of your choice is prepared over wood-fired cookers.

Watch: Head to the 1,530ft-high Cadillac Mountain, the tallest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and the first place to see the sunrise in the US during the fall and winter.

This is truly a choose your own adventure kind of city.

From delightful fresh air to serene places to pause and reflect, you’ll be surprised this rugged coastal town hasn’t become a booming tourist metropolis and grateful that it’s hasn’t!