Things To Do

You can kick back and take in all the wonder of the island, or get pumped up and go on adventures. We recommend both.

Around town

  • Explore Bar Harbor’s history and get to know the lay of the land with a walking tour, indicated by signs titled Museum in the Streets. 
  • Check into a museum or gallery. Bar Harbor’s museums are small and focused. You can learn about Bar Harbor’s “Gilded Age,” the island’s Native American heritage, the Gulf of Maine’s unique ecosystems and species, and the natural wonder of Acadia National Park. Galleries include contemporary artists, Maine artists, and historic works.
  • For the culturally inclined, Bar Harbor offers two celebrated music festivals offering everything from string orchestras, through chamber music, to jazz. As for Bar Harbor nightlife, bars and clubs host a range of bands and solo artists that complete the musical mix. Improvisational comedy theater is available as well. 
  • Bar Harbor shopping is another relaxing pastime.
  • Our shops are varied and enticing.
  • Check our calendar for art shows on the green, weekly band concerts, farmer’s markets, and other Bar Harbor and Island events.

By Land or Sea

Explore the area under your own steam, or let experienced islanders show you their environment. 
  • Biking: Acadia National Park has routes for both the novice and experienced cyclist along the 55 miles of carriage trails that lace through it, and road biking includes the Cadillac Mountain Challenge. 
  • Rock climbing: Strap on a harness and let one of our guiding companies show you the best spots to learn or polish your climbing; you will see the island from a whole new angle!
  • Tour time: For a different view, hop a bus or trolley tour and let someone else worry about driving for an hour or two. Local companies are experts in the wildlife and the history of the area.
  • Whale-watching and boat tours: Enjoy one of the many whale-watching trips leaving from Bar Harbor, a sunset cruise, a naturalist-led ride among the islands, an old-fashioned sail, or even a trip on a lobster boat.
  • Hiking and walking: There is the Shore Path trail,  a meadow walk,  mountain climbs, and paths along streams and lakes.
  • Kayak: Paddle on your own or in the company of Registered Maine Guides and explore Mount Desert Island’s dramatic coastline in search of seals, seabirds and an intimate a connection with the ocean.
Bar Harbor offers a whole slew of answers to the couch potato blues and the stress of work. Do as much or as little as you wish, or even have someone else do the work for you! Whatever you end up doing, novice or old hand, chances are you’ll want to do it again and again, and again. . .
 
BAR HARBOR INN & SPA
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BAR HARBOR INN & SPA

Bar Harbors premier oceanfront hotel and luxury spa. Great in-town convenience. Superior First Class by Official Hotel Guide. Voted one the top 500 hotels in the World by Travel & Leisure 2008 and 2009. Elegant rooms/suites; king/queen beds, premium bedding; waterfront balconies. Special Value Packages with lodging, meals, activities. Superior hotel amenities from complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, luxury robes and wireless internet, to homemade cookies on arrival. Fine dining, Reading Room Restaurant; Casual dining, Terrace Grille. Delicious cuisine, attentive service, breathtaking ocean views.

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Mainely-Maine Gift Shop

MAINELY-MAINE has been on the BAH HA BA Road in gawgiss Trenton, Maine for 25 years. people from “away” say “it’s the fun place to shop”. We think so and will try to make your day fun. Theyah’s nothing like the gifts, souvenirs and crafts heah. It’s not like shopping, it’s an advencha!! Even a sale room for bargain hunters. You can find lobster traps, buoys, buoy bells, lighthouses (small and collectible), 2 feet to 5 ft lighthouses, chimes, flags, whirligigs, tees, sweatshirts, sweaters, maple syrup, blueberry jam,Minnetonka moccasins, Maine tourmaline, and wicked good HOMEMADE FUDGE.

QUIETSIDE CRUISES
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QUIETSIDE CRUISES

Take a scenic cruise on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island departing from Southwest Harbor. Enjoy a personalized lobster fishing demonstration aboard the Elizabeth T. We limit the number of passengers to 21. Explore Somes Sound Fjord, view the 1839 Bear Island Lighthouse and watch seals and porpoise in their natural habitat. Visit the quaint fishing village of Cranberry Island where you can hike, shop at local artist galleries or simply enjoy lunch at the dock restaurant. Join us for friendly service, spectactular scenery, excellent wildlife and a relaxing family excursion.

The Kimball Shop
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The Kimball Shop

Retail sales: Fine tabletop, linens (table & bath), gourmet kitchen appliances & gadgets, bath & home products, stationery & picture frames, toys, and lamps & shades. Also feature women's clothing in The Kimball Shop Boutique

SEAL COVE AUTO MUSEUM
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SEAL COVE AUTO MUSEUM

Open May 1 through October 31, 7 days, 10-5. At the Seal Cove Auto Museum you will find a wide variety of antique autos and motorcycles, from an 1899 DeDion Bouton to a 1924 Mercer, with special emphasis on cars from the Brass Era" (1895-1917). Antique car enthusiasts as well as those who simply enjoy history and cars from the past will delight in the beauty mystery and romance of this unique collection."

DOWNEAST FRIENDSHIP SLOOP CHARTERS
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DOWNEAST FRIENDSHIP SLOOP CHARTERS

Join Captain Karl for a sail aboard the 1899 Friendship Sloop Alice E. Originally used for lobster fishing on the Maine coast, Alice is the oldest Friendship Sloop still sailing. Now she offers the best day-sailing on the island. Half day charters include an appetizer and soft drinks as we explore Somes Sound Fjord, Bear Island Lighthouse and the Cranberry Islands. See and learn about seals, porpoise and osprey from the quiet sloop with only six passengers on each sail. Enjoy excellent service and a spectacular sailing experience and help us celebrate our 10th year in business!

THE NATURALIST'S NOTEBOOK
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THE NATURALIST'S NOTEBOOK

Named a Best of New England destination by Yankee magazine in May of 2013 and one of the 50 Things to Do in Maine This Summer by the Bangor Daily News, The Naturalist's Notebook combines nature, science, arts and the frontier of knowledge in fun, engaging installations and activities. The original Notebook exploratorium in Seal Harbor offers three floors of interaction, shopping and learning for all ages. Smaller Naturalist's Notebook Annex spaces have opened on Main St. in Northeast Harbor and (as of Aug. 1) on the town green Bar Harbor. Open 10-5 every day from late June to late October in Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day through late October in Bar Harbor.The Notebook is just a short drive from Bar Harbor or Northeast Harbor. It's a great rainy-day (or sunny day) place for families or anyone who's even slightly curious about the world and the universe.

ABBE MUSEUM - MAINE INDIAN HERITAGE
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ABBE MUSEUM - MAINE INDIAN HERITAGE

The most fascinating journey in Bar Harbor begins at the Abbe Museum! Discover the story of the first people of Maine through exhibitions and programs that span 10,000 years of history, art and archaeology. Learn about the Native people of Maine today and enjoy their songs and stories, arts and crafts. Visit the Museum Shop for high quality gifts crafted by Maine Native people. Downtown museum: open year round with reduced winter hours. Historic Abbe at Sieur de Monts Spring: open May-October. Admission charged.

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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MOUNT DESERT ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Promotes the study and understanding of the people and history of Mount Desert Island and of history's relevance today. We celebrate the lives of the people, their traditions and the events that have shaped and continue to shape island history.

ACADIA MOUNTAIN GUIDES CLIMBING SCHOOL
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ACADIA MOUNTAIN GUIDES CLIMBING SCHOOL

My daughter and I went rock climbing for the first time!
After completing several climbs our guide took us on an adventure hike and climb.
We couldn't have asked for a more customized experience. Acadia Mountain Guides is the best!"
Acadia Mountain Guides offers personalized rock climbing on the spectacular shores of Acadia.
Half and full day sessions for individuals, families or groups of all ages and skills.
Equipment provided. Since our inception in 1993, AMG has continually set new standards for local guides and has had the distinction of always being accredited and backed by the highest levels of certification.
We are Maine's only full service, year round school. Founder Jon Tierney is one of 80 guides in the US to achieve the coveted international IFMGA award signifying the pinnacle of achievement for guides.
Accredited by both the AMGA and PCIA. 
 

MANSELL BOAT RENTAL COMPANY, INC.
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MANSELL BOAT RENTAL COMPANY, INC.

There is nothing quite like slipping silently through the waves with the wind across the face. The only thing you hear is the splashing waves on the sides of the hull, the flutter of the canvas sail stretched by the wind, and the seagulls overhead. Sailboats, Powerboats, Captain Services.

ISLAND CRUISES
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ISLAND CRUISES

Named Yankee Magazine's Best Island Tour in New England Cruises is a family owned business in our 22nd year. We focus on

BAR HARBOR WHALE WATCH CO.
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BAR HARBOR WHALE WATCH CO.

Come with us and see the largest animals on earth - Humpbacks, Finbacks, Right; also porpoise, dolphins, sharks, and tuna. We visit a puffin seabird-nesting wildlife refuge island and also encounter a great diversity of offshore seabirds. All tours are fully narrated by professional naturalists who are available to answer all your questions. We are Maine's largest boating tour company and offer lighthouse, lobster and seal, nature, and park tours. Conveniently located next to the downtown pier. Trips run daily May - October.

NORTHWOODS OUTFITTERS
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NORTHWOODS OUTFITTERS

Northwoods Outfitters- Maine_Ñés premiere Outfitter and Guide Service location for over 100 years! Located in the mountains on beautiful Moosehead Lake, Northwoods Outfitters offers professionally guided wilderness trips for Moose Watching, Whitewater Rafting, Waterfall Hikes, Canoe and Kayak Trips and ATV Rentals. Half day and full day Trips available and Lodging and transportation packages can be arranged. Call today and Experience the Tradition! Rates Starting at $39.95pp

NORTHEAST GUIDE SERVICE
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NORTHEAST GUIDE SERVICE

Northeast Guide Service is the closest rafting and moose tour company to Acadia and the Bar Harbor region. We provide personalized whitewater rafting, moose safari and wildlife tours in Maine. We offer half and full day trips in rafting, kayaking, moose tours, canoeing and waterfall hikes. Give us a call to reserve your spot today! 888-484-3317

COASTAL KAYAKING TOURS
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COASTAL KAYAKING TOURS

We specialize in small groups (12 people per tour) and personalized service, featuring the island's most experienced guide staff. Glide among the islands of Frenchman Bay, seeing seals, porpoises, bald eagles and other wildlife. Trips from 2-and-a-half hours to 3 days. Paddle with us and see why Coastal Kayaking Tours, with 24 years experience, is New England's premier sea kayaking outfitter. Have fun with our superb guides! No experience necessary. Located in downtown Bar Harbor, across from the post office. Open every day at 8am.

YOGA @ CATTITUDE
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YOGA @ CATTITUDE

Our studio is a haven for peaceful relaxation-right in the center of downtown Bar Harbor. Yoga at Cattitude offers an incredible array of yoga styles. Whether you are looking for vigorous vinyasa or restful restorative, we have the class for you. Please check the website for the latest schedule, class descriptions and teacher bios. Air-conditioned studio. Open year-round.

ACADIA OUTFITTERS
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ACADIA OUTFITTERS

Bar Harbor's Outdoor Activity Center including: Scooter Rentals Bicycle Rentals Sea Kayak Rentals and Guided Tours

TREE OF LIFE DAY SPA
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TREE OF LIFE DAY SPA

Lounge in a soft robe and sip tea while you bathe in the afterglow of one of the best spa treatments you have ever received. We offer couples massage; organic facials; deep tissue, hot stone, Swedish & sports massage, organic sugar scrubs; soothing, air conditioned atmosphere. Spa packages, Spa boutique, and gift certificates available. Open year round.

ACADIA & BAR HARBOR TOURS
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ACADIA & BAR HARBOR TOURS

Bar Harbor and Acadia's premier sightseer: 2 1/2 hours of the best sights, sounds & stories available with 3 - 15 minute stops in Acadia National Park. Tour includes Bar Harbor, Cadillac Mtn., Park Loop Rd., Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, etc. 50 yrs. of informing & entertaining satisfied customers. Reservations recom. Tours daily 10 & 2. MC/Visa accepted. Open May - Oct. Write to PO Box 603, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 for brochure.

OCEANARIUM & LOBSTER HATCHERY
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OCEANARIUM & LOBSTER HATCHERY

Enjoy an up-close experience with marine life. At the oceanarium at 1351 Route 3 take a guided tour of a salt marsh and the Maine Lobster Museum. At the working lobster hatchery we take you on a fascinating tour to see mother lobsters & baby lobsters & the hatchery process. We also feature a hands on Discovery Pool with lots of local sea life to learn about, have fun and get wet! Group discounts and tours.

ACADIA BIKE
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ACADIA BIKE

Acadia Bike features the largest bicycle rental fleet in New England, so you're sure to get the bike you want. Enjoy Acadia's natural wonders as you pedal the car-free carriage roads or Park Loop Road. Our bikes - new each year, most with front suspension - are meticulously maintained and custom-fitted to ensure you'll have a great ride. All sizes, plus tandems, trailers & kids' bikes. Low rates, with discount for advance reservations. Located in downtown Bar Harbor, across from the post office. Open daily at 8am.

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Acadia Stand Up Paddleboarding

The premier and only destination for stand up paddle boarding on Mount Desert Island and all of Downeast Maine. Acadia SUP offers lessons, tours, rentals, and SUP yoga classes on both area lakes and calm ocean areas. Small groups no larger than 6 people and the ability to book privately ensure plenty of personalized attention. All necessary equipment (including wetsuits for the ocean) is provided. Acadia SUP also has a wide selection of paddle boards, accessories, and beach lifestyle items for sale from our retail shop. Open May - Oct. View our real time availability and make your reservation through our fast and easy online booking system. Come discover why stand up paddling is the fastest growing water sport in the world.

HARBOR HOUSE COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER
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HARBOR HOUSE COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER

Harbor House is a community house. We pull together to serve young, old and in-between -- and we take pride in and draw sustenance from our solidarity and commitment to bringing the joys of Mount Desert Island life to everyone. Every Harbor House program and activity springs from our common ideas, ideals and individual contributions. Boys and girls, young and old, Harbor House welcomes all. With six key program areas and a roster of more than 60 health, fitness, educational, sports, community-based and youth-focused classes and activities, Harbor House serves every age group and every economic level -- and, has done so for forty-three years and counting.

ACADIA BIRCHES KNIGHTS INN & GOLF COURSE
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ACADIA BIRCHES KNIGHTS INN & GOLF COURSE

Acadia Birches Motel and Golf Course is conveniently located in Ellsworth Maine and is at the crossroads for Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor Maine, Schoodic Peninsula in Winter Harbor Maine, Hollywood Slots in Bangor, Deer Isle, Maine Maritime in Castine, Maine and all of Down east Maine.

ATLANTIC BREWING COMPANY
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ATLANTIC BREWING COMPANY

Located 10 minutes from downtown Bar Harbor, off Route 3. Come see how Bar Harbor's #1 local beers, wines and sodas are produced. Free tastings from 10am to 5pm every day. Free Tours @ 2, 3 & 4pm daily. On site gift shop and tasting room, plus the Knox Road Grille Restaurant (open 11:30-8pm) and the famous Dougie Douglas Mainely Meat barbeque. Special Events & group functions are welcome.

Additional Resources

ACADIA AIR TOURS

Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport & Harbor Place (on the pier)
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 667-7627

ACADIA AUDIO TOURS CD or TAPE

PO Box 422
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3864

ACADIA IMAGES

www.AcadiaImages.com
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 276-5746

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

20 McFarland Hill Drive
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-3338

ACADIA REPERTORY THEATRE

1154 Main Street
Somesville, ME 04660
(207) 244-7260

ACADIA VACATION PLANNER

n/a
n/a, MA 099999
000-0000

ACADIAN SIGHTSEEING & NATURE CRUISES

119 Eden St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 801-2300

AMBROSIA COOKING SCHOOL

19 Rodick Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-4523

AQUATERRA ADVENTURES

1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-0007

At Your Service Taxi and Tours

We pick you up
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-9222

ATLANTIC CLIMBING SCHOOL

PO Box 514, 67 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-2521

BAKER ISLAND ACADIA NATIONAL PARK TOUR

1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-2386

BAR HARBOR BICYCLE SHOP

141 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-3886

BAR HARBOR CELLARS

854 State Highway 3
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-2337

BAR HARBOR FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

Newport Drive
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
244-9107

BAR HARBOR FISHING TRIPS

Bar Harbor Inn Pier
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-4585

BAR HARBOR GOLF COURSE

51 Jordan River Road
Trenton, ME 04605
(207) 667-7505

BAR HARBOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY

33 Ledgelawn Ave.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-0000

BAR HARBOR JAZZ FESTIVAL

35 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-5829

BAR HARBOR MUSIC FESTIVAL

59 Cottage St., Rodick Bldg.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(212) 222-1026

BAR HARBOR TOWN BAND

Village Green Gazebo
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

BAR HARBOR YACHT CLUB

P O BOX 568
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

BEAL AND BUNKER INC. - FERRY

P O BOX 33
Cranberry Isles, ME 04679
(207) 244-3575

CAMP BEECH CLIFF

PO Box 381
264 Beech Hill Road
Mount Desert, ME 04660
(207) 244-0365

CARRIAGES OF ACADIA

Wildwood Stables
in Acadia National Park
Seal Harbor, ME 04675
(877) 276-3622

CASTINE KAYAK ADVENTURES

17 Sea Street
Castine, ME 04421
(207) 866-3506

COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS

Barters Island Road
Boothbay, ME 04537
(207) 633-4333

College of the Atlantic's FAMILY NATURE CAMP

Located at College of the Atlantic
105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(800) 597-9500

CUSTOM CRUISES & CRANBERRY ISLES WATER TAXI


Islesford, ME 04609
244-5724

DIVER ED'S DIVE-IN THEATER

College of the Atlantic
105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-DIVE (3483)

DOWN EAST NATURE TOURS

P.O. Box 521
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-8128

DOWNEAST SAILING ADVENTURES

PO Box 902
Bar Harbor, ME 04610

DOWNEAST SCENIC RAILROAD

8 Railroad Siding Road
Hancock, ME 04640
(866) 449-RAIL (7245)

DOWNEAST WINDJAMMER CRUISES

Bar Harbor Inn Pier
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-4585

EDEN SPA

90 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-3348

EGGEMOGGIN GUIDE SERVICE

358 Christy Hill Road
Sedgwick, ME 04676
(207) 359-2746

HANCOCK POINT KAYAK TOURS

58 Point Rd
PO Box 53
Hancock, ME 04640
(207) 422-6854

HANNAFORD'S GROCERY

86 Cottage St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-3621

IMPROVACADIA

15 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-2503

ISLAND BIKE RENTAL

One Main Street
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662
(207) 276-5611

KEBO VALLEY GOLF CLUB

100 Eagle Lake Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-3000

LIGHTHOUSE AND NATIONAL PARK TOUR

Sailing daily from Harborplace, 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-2386

LITTLE SISTER'S CREATIVE YOUTH STUDIO

47 Rodick Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 801-4010

LOBSTER FISHING AND SEAL WATCHING

1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-2386

LULU LOBSTER BOAT RIDE

Harborside Hotel & Marina
55 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 963-2341

MAINE COAST ACUPUNCTURE & HERBAL MEDICINE

194 Main Street, Suite 203, Ellsworth
50 Greely Avenue
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 812-8747

MAINE COAST BICYCLE TOURS

48 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-0050

Maine Foodie Tours

PO Box 1905
Portland, ME 04104
(207) 233-7485

MAINE STATE SEA KAYAK, INC.

254 Main Street
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
(207) 244-9500

MASAKO QUEEN-Fishing Excursions

Beals Lobster Pier
Clark Point Road
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
(207) 244-5385

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND MARATHON

PO Box 117
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662
(207) 288-9828

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND SKATEPARK ASSOCIATION


Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3541

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND YMCA

21 Park Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-3511

NATIONAL PARK CANOE & KAYAK RENTAL

145 Pretty Marsh Road
Somesville
Mt. Desert, ME 04660
(207) 244-5854

NATIONAL PARK SEA KAYAK TOURS

39 Cottage Street (Nxt to Criterion Movie Theatre)
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-0342

NEW ENGLAND OUTDOOR CENTER

30 Twin Pines Road
Millinocket, ME 04462
(207) 723-5438

PIRATE'S COVE ADVENTURE GOLF

Route 3, Box 368
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-2133

REEL PIZZA CINERAMA

33 Kennebec Place
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3828

SCENIC FLIGHTS OF ACADIA

Route 3
Hancock County / Bar Harbor Airport
Trenton, ME 04605
(207) 667-6527

SEA PRINCESS CRUISES

Town Pier
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662
(207) 276-5352

SEA VENTURE CUSTOM BOAT TOURS

29 DeGregoire Park
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-3355

THE GREAT MAINE LUMBERJACK SHOW

127 Bar Harbor Road
Ellsworth, ME 04605
(207) 667-0067

THE NATURAL HISTORY CENTER

6 Firefly Lane
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
266-9461

THE SPA at the BAR HARBOR CLUB

111 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-5251

TOUR ACADIA

106 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 460-4431

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, College of Natural Sciences

University of Maine Campus
5782 WINSLOW HALL, ROOM 2
Orono, ME 04469
(207) 581-3206

WENDELL GILLEY MUSEUM

4 Herrick Road
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
(207) 244-7555

WILD ACADIA FUN PARK

233 Bar Harbor Road
Trenton, ME 04605
(207) 667-3573

WINDSOR CHAIRMAKERS

2596 Atlantic Highway, Route 1
Lincolnville, ME 04849