Things to Do in Bar Harbor
Enjoy the park, then come home to the Acadia Inn. From the moment you walk through our doors, you are certain to feel welcome. The Acadia Inn’s friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you make the most of your stay in Bar Harbor by providing you with plenty of information about things to do in Bar Harbor! Explore the island, enjoy the park, and then come home to the Acadia Inn.
Acadia National Park
Venturing outdoors will provide you with plenty of things to do in Bar Harbor. The Acadia Inn offers direct trail access to Acadia National Park, which has more than 45 miles of carriage roads ideal for hiking, biking, and enjoying
Maine’s beautiful natural landscape. The park’s scenic trails showcase dramatic ocean, lake and woodland views. Acadia National Park offers a wide variety of recreational activities for all ages and abilities. Need hike recommendations? Please visit us at the front desk and we’ll be happy to
provide you with more information.
Free Seasonal Bar Harbor Shuttle
With pickup and drop off directly at your door, the Island Explorer provides free transportation to hiking trails and carriage roads in Acadia National Park, island beaches, and in-town shops and restaurants in Bar Harbor, and will even transport your bike! If you have things to do in Bar Harbor, the shuttle system provides efficient and reliable service from mid June through Columbus Day.
Rainy Day Activities
Abbe Museum – Native Americans have lived in Maine for more than 12,000 years. They have traditions in songs, stories, fine basketry, and wood carving, which the Abbe Museum in downtown Bar Harbor features. Learn about the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Micmac and Maliseet tribes. The Abbe houses more than 50,000 objects spanning 10,000 years, including stone and bone tools and pottery, which were excavated during the Abbe’s archaeology field research.
National Park Tours – Hop on a bus for a 2 ½ hour fully narrated tour of Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor with a local naturalist who gives a thorough and sometimes humorous explanation of the history, wildlife, inhabitants, and scenery.
Atlantic Brewing/Bar Harbor Cellars – Home of the Bar Harbor Real Ale, Blueberry Ale and Old Soaker Root Beer. They offer daily tours and tastings and have a restaurant on site for a bite to eat afterward.
Park Loop Road – This scenic road is approximately 27 miles long and a must see for every visitor. Be sure to take your camera and allow enough time to stop and enjoy the views.
Artwaves Community Center – At ArtWaves art is for everyone. If you have never lifted a brush or if you make your living as a working artist; if you are a master at handwork or have never threaded a needle; if you have always wanted to discover your artistic gifts but were afraid to try – we have designed a course just for you. Offering 3 workshops per day 9:30am-Noon, 1pm – 4pm and 6pm – 9pm. Visit their online calendar at Artwavesmdi.org
Diver Ed – TWO-HOUR ADVENTURES DAILY AT 9:30AM • 1PM • 4:30PM SUNDAYS ONE SHOW AT 9:30AM (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) Your adventure begins after a short cruise to a dive location in Frenchman Bay. On the way out Diver Ed and Nori, the Newfoundland, will welcome you aboard. After setting anchor, Diver Ed and Mini-Ed don their dive gear. Diver Ed heads to the back of the boat where the kids get to push him overboard. As Diver Ed and Mini-Ed sink to the bottom of the sea, the boat turns into a theater with a giant LED TV. You can watch as Diver Ed and Mini-Ed interact with the creatures dwelling at the bottom of Frenchman Bay. Meanwhile, Captain Evil narrates topside. You can even hear Diver Ed talking while he is underwater. GREAT RAINY DAY ACTIVITY–FOG AND RAIN DO NOT AFFECT THE CRUISES! Cruises go out in almost any weather.
Acadia Visitor Center – The center has maps, guides, displays and a fifteen minute video to help you get to know the park and services offered by the Park Service. Rangers are helpful and available for questions.
Sieur de Monts Spring – Here you will find the wild gardens of Acadia National Park and the Acadia National Park Nature Center.
Let’s Go to the Movies – There are two movie theatres in Bar Harbor: Reel Pizza is a modern movie theater showing first run movies. They offer pizza, candy, popcorn, soda, coffee, and beer in a comfortable atmosphere. The Criterion is a glorious, well-preserved Art Deco style theatre, located in the heart of downtown, which originally opened in 1932 and has recently undergone a large renovation!
Acadia Repertory Theatre – Take in a show at the theatre in picturesque Somesville! The theater does adaptations of children’s classics every year.
Bar Island – Pull on your rain gear and head to Bar Island at low-tide. Children and adults will enjoy finding starfish, mussels, snails, sea urchins and other sea creations near the shore.
MDI YMCA – The local YMCA offers a family day pass for $16! The facility offers a swimming pool, basketball court, indoor track, and exercise equipment. The YMCA also offers a large variety of fitness classes.
Dorr Museum of Natural History – The Dorr Museum of Natural History at the College of the Atlantic offers excellent Maine wildlife exhibits. The museum is opened Tuesday through Saturday and entrance is by donation only.
Seal Cove Auto Museum – If you are interested in antique cars, this is the place for you! The museum offers mint condition cars dating back as early as the 1800s! Southwest Harbor is just on the other side of the island. While on the “Quiet Side” swing by Bass Harbor Lighthouse!
Relax with a Massage – If you’re looking for things to do in Bar Harbor, Maine, why not relax at the Bar Harbor Inn Spa on a rainy day? The Bar Harbor Inn Spa will certainly soothe those sore muscles from hiking, paddling, and exploring MDI. Stop by the front desk to make your appointment!
Ambrosia Cooking School – At Amborsia Cooking School, a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef will explain history and foods of Maine. You will learn techniques, food facts, and traditional recipes while tasting such favorites as lobster, blueberry muffins, chowder and popovers! Call for more information or to make a reservation: 207-288-4523.
Diver Ed’s Dive in Theatre – Take a boat ride out into Frenchman Bay with Diver Ed and his sidekick “Mini Ed,” who will dive down to the ocean floor with specially equipped video and sound equipment, allowing you to see and hear the ocean floor from the comfort of the covered deck.
Check out our extensive collection of Board Games available at the front desk!