Courtesy of Shutterstock.com/traxlergirlYou have to see it to believe it!The scenery in Acadia is some of the best you will ever seeGorgeous Views Everywhere!Sunrise over the pierView of Frenchmans Bay from the Shore PathSand Beach, Acadia Nat'l ParkNear Otter Point looking towards Great Head

Families will love:

  • Acadia National Park
  • Stunning scenery
  • Outdoor fun aplenty

Bar Harbor is located in northern Maine, on the east side of Mount Desert Island and is surrounded by Acadia National Park on all sides. Families looking for stunning scenery and lots of outdoor activities will love a vacation here. Puffin watching, anyone? Although technically an island, you can drive your car onto Mount Desert Island, via the Trenton Bridge. Bar Harbor ... more
Bar Harbor is located in northern Maine, on the east side of Mount Desert Island and is surrounded by Acadia National Park on all sides. Families looking for stunning scenery and lots of outdoor activities will love a vacation here. Puffin watching, anyone? Although technically an island, you can drive your car onto Mount Desert Island, via the Trenton Bridge. Bar Harbor is just secluded enough, while still offering plenty to do for families. Visit Agamont Park and the Village Green, hike the shore path, or just give the kids a bucket and let them roam.

The name Bar Harbor comes from the large sand bar that appears at low tide, and it's the perfect place for children to poke around for little ocean critters. There is a cool little oceanarium and lobster hatchery where kids can see real lobster babies, dress up like seals and play with wind-up boats.

The 41,000-acre Acadia National Park is as stunning as it is vast, and encompasses much of Mount Desert Island. Exploring it with kids may seem like a monumental task; but a good map is all you need. Take the kids on the auto loop, which is a convenient and scenic way to introduce you to the area. The park is covered with hiking trails and carriage roads, so you may want to take along or rent bikes. The best beaches for families are Acadia's Sand Beach (brr, the water here is cold!) and the freshwater beach at Echo Lake. Because Acadia is a national park, kids can participate in the Junior Ranger Program, which provides kids 18 and under with a booklet to complete a series of activities throughout the park. When they complete them, they earn a Junior Ranger patch.

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