The snow is melting and summer will be here before we know it. It’s time to start planning your next vacation, so how about going somewhere different this time around? Consider a summer vacation to Mount Desert Island Maine, a glacier-formed island in the Atlantic Ocean off the northern coast of Maine. It’s the largest island off the coast of Maine and the 6th largest island in the contiguous United States. Tim Robbins, David Rockefeller, Susan Sarandon and Martha Stewart are current, notable summer residents.
There are four towns on Mount Desert Island--Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Tremont, and Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor is considered one of the best places to visit in Maine and New England. It’s famous for romance and adventure. A stonewall-lined and tree-covered road will lead you to the village where you will be in awe of the rockbound coast and granite cliffs. But it’s not just about the scenery. There’s plenty to do in the area for all interests. Here are a couple recommendations.
National Park Sea Kayak Tours
You can see harbor seals, osprey, porpoise, eagles and more during these kayak tours. Each tour includes a brief stop on a beach/island. For just $48 per person, you’ll receive all your equipment, van transportation and instruction. The tours run daily.
Oceanarium & Lobster Hatchery
This is where you can get up-close and personal with marine life, watching mother and baby lobsters during the hatching process. There’s a hands-on Discovery Pool and plenty of sea life to talk about. Click here to learn more.
Diver Ed’s Dive-in Theater Boat Cruise
If slimy sea critters are up your alley, there’s no better way to view them than in their natural habitat. You can have fun during this educational experience at Diver Ed’s Dive-in Theater.
Dorr Museum of Natural History at College of the Atlantic
Take a whale watching tour then view whale-related exhibits at the museum. It’s fun for everyone!
Acadian Sightseeing and Nature Cruises
These cruises, which last two hours, are offered daily. You’ll observe eagles, porpoises, seals, and sea birds, and talk about some amazing views! There are restrooms and snacks available on board. Atlantic Brewing Company Find out how Bar Harbor’s No. 1 local beers, wines and sodas are produced. Free tastings are offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. There are also tours offered at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. for free. Don’t forget to stop by the onsite gift shop and tasting room!
Atlantic Climbing School
This has been rated the No. 1 activity in Bar Harbor! That’s according to TripAdvisor. It was also named BEST OF MAINE 2009 by Down East Magazine. Atlantic Climbing School has been offering world-class rock climbing courses in Acadia National Park for 18 years, and they specialize in first time climbers! This should get your started on your visit to Mount Desert Island Maine, but be sure to check out our Select Registry properties in the area as you plan your visit. The Inn at Bay Ledge, Yellow House, Manor House Inn, and the Inn at Ullikana are great options for places to relax and unwind during your stay in Bar Harbor! Click here to learn more about Select Registry!