40 Kebo Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone: (207) 288-5403
Fax: (207) 288-5473
Although many types of wildlife abound within Acadia National Park, nothing quite matches the majesty of the humpback whales that inhabit the Atlantic waters just off the Maine coast. Seabirds, seals and many other species thrive in the area as well; kids in particular will be enthralled. Bar Harbor has many tour operators that offer whale watching trips, sometimes in conjunction with sightseeing and historical tours. Cruises normally run from late May to mid-October. Prices vary greatly according to the vessel and the tour selected.
Acadia National Park is one of the oldest parks on the eastern banks of the Mississippi River. This verdant landscape majorly comprises of the Mount Desert Island as well as several other islands and the Schoodic Peninsula. Its diverse terrain of mountains, lakes and forest is home to over 40 species of wildlife. Explore the great outdoors by sailing along its coast or with a hiking trail to the top for picturesque views.
This charming museum located on Little Cranberry Island, provides a welcome respite from the hordes of visitors flocking to more central attractions within Acadia National Park. Boats leave from Northeast Harbor, stopping on Little Cranberry Island from the middle of June until October 1; the National Park itself runs some, while others combine the Museum with nature cruises and other tours. Children will enjoy learning the history of the small island through viewing dolls, model ships, antique tools and other artifacts. Admission is free.