We think you will be impressed with how much there is to see and do on Mount Desert Island.
For a detailed lists of some of our favorite activities, click on the headings below.
For additional or more specific information about the park and surrounding areas,
try our "Search Acadia" search engine (above on the left).
To learn about special events on the island,
And, for even more ideas on what to do and see,
take a look at Our Acadia.
- See the Park
No matter how you plan to enjoy the Park, one can get a wonderful overview of Acadia by driving (or for the more adventurous, biking) the Loop Road. Borrow a map, guide book, or CD from us and travel the route. Once you have done the Loop Road, you are ready for other adventures. Cycling and hiking trails run throughout the park, or if you prefer, you can take a carriage ride to explore the interior of Acadia.
- Explore by Water
Most of Acadia is located on Mount Desert Island. This means there are abundant opportunities to get out on the water, from going on a Whale Watch with lots of other passengers to renting a kayak and paddling around all by yourself. Sailing, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, or taking a quiet nature cruise on the R.L. Gott are all wonderful possibilities for exploring the beauty of nature.
- Visit a Museum, Go to a Play
Theaters, museums, art classes, historical societies, and art galleries are all part of the make-up of Mt. Desert Island. If you are looking for a cultural experience, you can find it here.
- Enjoy Nature
Mt. Desert Island is home to some lovely gardens:
The Wild Gardens of Acadia are right in the Park,
and two other gardens are open to the public as well.
For birders, Mt. Desert Island is on the Maine Birding Trail and this area offers many birding hot spots.
For stargazers, Acadia National Park has some of the last naturally dark skies on the East Coast.
Or, enjoy nature in your own way by learning to rock climb or even by playing a round of golf in a glorious natural setting.