Located on Maine’s Atlantic Ocean coast, Bar Harbor is a great vacation destination for those looking for a less traditional shore vacation. More known for its scenery than beaches, Bar harbor, Maine boasts the small town feel, but with plenty of attractions for a week long stay. Also, known for its proximity to Acadia National Park, this quaint town offers many out door activities for the explorer in your family. Good food is also not hard to find as the town has a wide variety of restaurants with lobster and oysters being the local specialty!
Things to do in Bar Harbor, Maine
People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.
AAT offers aircraft rides, sightseeing tours and aerobatic flights for hire to the public in one of four different aircraft. We have both single passenger and two passenger biplane rides, one or two passenger glider flights, aerobatic fighter pilot flights (in an authentic WWII North American T-6 “Texan”) and scenic flights for up to four passengers in our Cessna 182 Skylane. No other aviation tour company in Maine offers you a better selection of aviation adventures to choose from.
Diver Ed’s Dive-In Theater is a two- or two-and-a-half-hour scenic boat ride out into Frenchman Bay in Acadia National Park, where Diver Ed & his sidekick “Mini Ed” dive down to the ocean floor with specially equipped video and sound equipment, allowing you to see and hear the ocean floor in real time from the comfort of the deck.
Places to stay in Bar Harbor, Maine
The Bar Harbor Inn is located on 8 acres of the rocky Maine coast with exquisite lawns and gardens and three unique guest room buildings: the Main Inn, the Oceanfront Lodge, and the Newport Building.
Each building offers its own distinctive features, with options of luxurious bay view suites, spectacular oceanfront rooms, as well as garden and grounds view rooms. Our harborside accommodations provide traditional hotel amenities, with exclusive access to our fitness room, outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi, a daily deluxe continental breakfast with spectacular seating overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Porcupine Islands.
The new Bar Harbor Grand Hotel in Bar Harbor, Maine recently opened as Bar Harbor’s replica of the historic Rodick House. Situated on Mount Desert Island, home to beautiful Acadia National Park, the hotel invites you to be their guest and enjoy “the most beautiful Island in America.” With its great downtown location, the Bar Harbor Grand Hotel offers first class amenities and personal service.
Down a winding drive, away from the hustle and bustle of town sits one of Bar Harbor, Maine’s hidden gems. Set apart by a leisurely stroll into the village, The Bayview offers tranquility and relaxation wrapped in gracious hospitality.
Relax and savor the salty ocean breezes, incredible sunrises and breathtaking sunsets from your room or private balcony. Lounge by our pool and enjoy the unsurpassed views of the Atlantic Ocean and Frenchman’s Bay.
Places to eat in Bar Harbor, Maine
Stewman’s Lobster Pounds are the only authentic oceanfront lobster pounds in Bar Harbor, Maine. Enjoy a Downeast lobster bake in a relaxed atmosphere at our two ocean-side lobster pounds. All of the traditional ingredients are here: Lobsters, steamers, mussels, clam chowder, corn on the cob, and fresh blueberry pie for dessert.
Rose Eden Lobster started as the Travelin’ Lobster. This year it is being operated from the same family, and will keep the same style and atmosphere. We offer live or cooked lobster, crab, mussels, and clams. We also have lobster dinners available that come with corn, and clams or mussels. We get our food locally, and from family. That is how we keep the prices as low as possible. We have sodas and water available, and the cafe and winery next door offer other food options, as well as wine tastings while you wait for your food.
Cafe This Way is tucked among the greenery that borders a small side street, providing a welcome reprieve from the hubbub of downtown Bar Harbor. Bookshelves line the walls, and quirky details like easy chairs and retro-themed tables create a cozy yet contemporary atmosphere that embodies the spirit of the three women who own the restaurant. One part hip coffee house and one part casual-gourmet, Cafe This Way serves eclectic offerings for breakfast and dinner seven days a week.