For even the most adventurous visitors, guided tours serve as an excellent introduction to Acadia’s many attractions -- and a means to uncover the Park’s many hidden treasures. With countless options, guided tours are available to suit any visitor’s interests.
For lovers of history and culture, a guided stroll through Bar Harbor takes visitors past galleries, museums, restaurants and boutiques. Tour guides typically have plenty of local knowledge, and are happy to share their insights with historical anecdotes and recommendations for must-see attractions.
Within the Park, Rangers offer daily excursions for firsthand exploration. Visitors with specific interests – from birding and geology to aquaculture and botany – gain abundant local knowledge, while enjoying the sights, sounds and satisfaction of a walk in the woods.
Bus and trolley tours, which cover more ground, allow visitors to see the Park’s highlights, with regular stops at key sites. These tours are typically accompanied by fascinating narration, bringing travelers up to speed quickly – and comfortably.
In a few short hours, the area’s experienced tour operators provide a comprehensive look at features like Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and the breathtaking views from the top of Cadillac Mountain. As return visitors know, it’s both easier and safer to sightsee from the passenger’s seat.
For visitors with a taste for the sea, cruise operators and park service employees offer a range of boat tours in the waters around Mount Desert Island. Whether you’re watching for whales, trying to catch the big one, or simply looking for the opportunity to feel the waves and smell the salt air, there’s a cruise to whet your appetite.