A single lighthouse stands on Mount Desert Island: Bass Harbor Head Light. Located at the southwestern reach of Acadia National Park in Bass Harbor, the light guards the southern entrance of Blue Hill Bay and warns against Bass Harbor Bar. The light is still fully operational, signaling an occulting red four seconds—three red flashes, one second of darkness.
Built in 1858, the lighthouse sits high atop a rugged granite shoreline, making it one of the most scenic in New England. Today, the US Coast Guard mans the station, listed on the National Historic Register. Visitors may tour the grounds at Bass Harbor Head, but not the lighthouse itself.
Five other nearby lighthouses with island settings from Blue Hill Bay to Frenchman Bay signal mariners with flashing lights and fog blasts to keep them safe in foul weather. Two of them—the Mount Desert Rock Light and the Great Duck Island Light—are owned by the College of the Atlantic, where students study whales and nesting seabirds. The other three are Bear Island Light, Egg Rock Light, and Isle au Haut Light.
The oldest light in the area, Baker Island Light (1828), along with Winter Harbor Light, have been replaced with lighted offshore buoys.
All these great old lighthouses can be viewed and photographed on boat tours that reveal their incredible and storied histories.
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Considered Bar Harbor's best tour! Let the fast 90 ft. jet powered catamaran Bay King III whisk you away. Visit five beautiful island lighthouses and a historic life saving station - with ample time at each for photographs. Cruise among Acadia's coastal islands and crown jewels; Otter Cliffs, Sand Beach, Champlain Mountain, and Thunder Hole. Enjoy fun-filled and fascinating stories from our onboard historian; learn of French explorers, the founder of Acadia Õ± Mr. George Dorr, and all about Maine's legendary lighthouses, light keepers, ghosts and much more. Discover Bar Harbor's golden age as we view mansions along ÕÎmillionaires rowÕå; the Ford, Rockefeller, High Seas and Pulitzer Estates; and the spectacular coastal mansions owned by Dick Wolf (Southerly) and Martha Stewart (Skylands). Truly A must see tour!
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Discover. Explore. Learn. Join an Acadia National Park ranger on this amazing island adventure. Leave Bar Harbor and travel by boat nine miles to this uninhabited park island and land by launch. Visit the historic Gilley family farmstead dating back to 1806 and the famous Baker Island Lighthouse - first built in 1828. Explore the fascinating dance floor rock formation and while there eat lunch on the ocean. On the return, take in spectacular coastal park scenery. Throughout the trip we look for and identify birds, porpoise, and seals. Leaves from Harborplace, Tours on Tues., Wed., Fri., & Sat. at 8:45am. June 12th – Sept. 16th.
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Acadian Boat Tours offers a must-do variety of cruises through the spring, summer and fall seasons!
See puffins in the spring or go on a Sightseeing/Nature cruise, Fishing / Sightseeing in the summer and the Somes Sound Fjord in the fall. All season - something for everyone!