Discover the raw beauty of Acadia National Park and Maine’s rugged “Bold Coast” aboard the Schoodic Ferry. The Schoodic Ferry connects passengers, their bicycles, and leashed pets to the Mount Desert Island and Schoodic Peninsula sections of Acadia National Park in an experience that may become the highlight of your vacation. Relax as you cruise between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor, unconcerned about traffic or parking during your 45-minute ferry ride. Encounter a lobsterman hauling traps, greet a harbor porpoise surfing the waves, assist a working scientist in discovering more about the health of Frenchman Bay, or simply enjoy another new adventure in Acadia.
More than just a ride across the Bay, the Schoodic Ferry hosts scientists aboard most trips. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to watch and interact with working marine mammal researchers, pelagic bird researchers, fisheries researchers, water quality researchers and biological oceanographers as they study Frenchman Bay and its inhabitants at an ecosystem level. Occasionally, you may even get an opportunity to get your hands wet!