- 30 mins from the city of Ellsworth via Route 3.
- 45 mins - 1 hour from Bangor, Maine, depending on traffic. Take I-395 and Route 1A to Ellsworth. From Ellsworth continue on Route 3 to Bar Harbor.
- 3.5 hours from Portland, Maine. Take I-95 to exit 182, I-395 and follow the directions from Bangor. Alternatively, take I-95 to Route 3, exit 113, just north of Augusta, and follow Route 3 east to Belfast, and then to Ellsworth and Bar Harbor.
- 5 hours from Boston, Massachusetts
- 7 hours from Burlington, Vermont. Take I-89 South to Montpelier, get on Route 2 West and follow until Newport, Maine. Get on I-95 North and take exit 185 to the "Acadia Region". Follow the signs along Route 1 to Bar Harbor.
- 7 hours from Quebec, Canada
The Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport is somewhat of a misnomer, actually located in Trenton on the outskirts of Ellsworth, on the mainland adjacent to Mount Desert Island. There is scheduled air service to Boston. During the summer there is free bus service between the airport and Bar Harbor, which takes about 45 minutes,depending on the amount of traffic. Taxi service and rental cars are also available.
Depending on the time of year you find yourself in town, and your intended goals, your visit may necessitate different modes of transportation. With many of the nearly 3 million annual visitors arriving in the summer months, getting around town by motor vehicle is a bad idea. Bar Harbor is much, much quieter between October and April.
- Use the Island Explorer buses to get around the island. They are sponsored by L.L. Bean and an eco-friendly option.
- Driving a large truck or SUV is ill-advised, as parking in Bar Harbor is not suited to such vehicles. On the bright side, bringing less stuff requires befriending of locals, improvisation, and overall a more fun Maine experience.
- The central area of Bar Harbor is quite small and easily explored by foot. This includes the shopping and eating establishments on Main St. and Cottage St., as well as the activities at the town pier.
- Bicycles can be rented in town and may be put on the front of the buses.
- Bar Harbor Historical Society, 33 Ledgelawn Ave, ☎ . , Open M-Sa 1-4PM, June–October, open by appointment in the winter. Closed Sundays and holidays. Free admission.
- Abbe Museum, 26 Mount Desert St, ☎ . Open to school groups and programs by appointment in the winter, shop and galleries open for the public May 25.
- Village Green. Right in the heart of town, the well-groomed park is a great place to take a break from walking, shopping, etc. Toss a frisbee, enjoy your ice cream, read a book, or just take a nap. The gazebo hosts the town band every Monday and Thursday night.
- The Wild Gardens of Acadia
- Sieur de Monts Spring Nature Center
- Current Cruise Ship Schedule.
- Asticou Azalea Gardens, Northeast Harbor, Maine. It provides visitors with a stunning backdrop of trees and flowering plants that reflect its designer’s love of Japanese gardens and local plant life. Though only open part of the year, it is a peaceful and tranquil place where local wildlife add to the ambiance that make this garden a must see local on the Maine coastline.
Those seeking real adventure on a budget in Bar Harbor may find the bar and restaurant prices cost-prohibitive, but the Hannaford Supermarket on Cottage Street offers no end of inexpensive food and drink including liquor. In general, Bar Harbor is more interesting from 9PM-5AM during the summertime, when the crowds are thinner and the air cooler, although be advised that the Police Department never sleeps.
- Kebo Valley Golf Course, State Highway 233 ("Eagle Lake Road"), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pro Shop: +1 207 288-3000, Club House: Phone: +1 207 288-5000, email:, Superintendent: +1 207 288-5000. Challenge yourself at the 8th oldest golf course in America. 6,131 yards, par 70.
- Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, ☎ . Route 3, Open mid-April through October, 11AM-9PM every day. Two 18-hole courses, Original and Blackbeard's Challenge. Both courses $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for children. 36-hole adventure: $12/adults, $11/children. Ice cream window right across the street to celebrate.
- Criterion Theater, 35 Cottage St, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Enjoy a film or live performance at this beautiful, historic Art-Deco theater. 88 balcony seats, 781 downstairs.
- Reel Pizza Cinerama, 3 Kennebec Pl, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Take your pick of comfy seating and gourmet pizzas, beer and wine, in front of one of two screens. Tickets $6 for adults and children. Disability accommodations.
- The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.. Cruise Frenchman's Bay and get up close and personal with whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea birds and more.
- Mount Desert Oceanarium and Lobster Hatchery, 3829 Route 3, ☎ .
- Diver Ed's Dive-In Theater, Dive-In Theater is a family friendly 2-hour interactive marine life boat cruise, Phone: +1 207 288-DIVE (3483), .
- Schooner Margaret Todd, Office located at 27 Main St., Tickets: Phone: +1 207 288-4585 or +1 207 288-2373  Sail through Frenchman's Bay on this beautiful, 151-foot, four-masted schooner and see the sun set over the harbor. Follow the shore path to the right of the town pier to the dock directly in front of the Bar Harbor Inn. (You'll see the boat before you get that close). Sails at 10AM (morning sail), 2PM (afternoon sail), and 6:30PM (sunset sail). Tickets are Adult: $37.50, Seniors 65+: $35.00, Children 6-11: $27.50, Todders 2-5: $5.00, Infants under 2: free Tickets also available on-line.
- Acadia Sailing Company, ☎ . Reservations & Rates: Enjoy an intimate 2 or 3 hour sail with a native captain on a 25-foot Crosby Catboat built in 1915. 6 passenger maximum & nice dogs sail free. Trips depart from the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center dock (119 Eden St) daily.
The following is a list of walks and hikes around the village of Bar Harbor. For a complete list of mountains on the island, please see the list on the Mount Desert Island page.
- Cadillac Mtn. 1,530 ft.
- North Ridge Trail
- South Ridge Trail
- Dorr Mtn. 1,270 ft.
- Champlain Mtn. 1,058 ft.
- Bear Brook Trail
- The Precipice Trail - One of the most difficult hikes on the island, iron rungs and ladders help you make the steep ascent. This trail is closed at times due to nesting peregrine falcons, which can be viewed from the parking area.
- The Beehive 540 ft. - A short but steep hike up this mountain rewards you with some great views of Sand Beach, Great Head, Frenchman's Bay, and Champlain Mtn.
- Iron rungs and ladders
- Gorham Mtn. 525 ft.
- The Shorepath - A relaxing stroll along the oceanfront, beginning at the town pier.
- Ocean Trail - An easy walk along the dramatic, rocky coastline Maine is known for. See Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Otter Cliffs.
- Bar Island - This trail is accessible only at low tide.
- Carraige Roads - Accessible by Eagle Lake
- Great Head Trail
Tips for hiking in Bar Harbor
- Avoid driving and use the free Island Explorer buses. These stop at most trail heads, and afford an ideal means of taking hikes from one point to another without spotting cars.
- Bring and drink at least one liter of water per person and use sun protection. The nearby mountains and shoreline afford little protection from the sun.
- Dress in layers. Even on the hottest summer days the mountains and shoreline can be windy and cool.
- Stay on the 160 km/100 miles of trails and 80km/50 miles of carriage roads.
Here's how to explore Bar Harbor by canoe or kayak. For a complete list of ponds and lakes on the island, please see the list on the Mount Desert Island page.
- Coastal Kayaking Tours, toll-free: , e-mail: email@example.com.
- National Park Sea Kayak Tours, 39 Cottage St, toll-free: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations are suggested for these ecological tours, which cruise the quieter western side of Mount Desert Island.
- Ardea EcoExpeditions Tours, 34 Hackmatack Rd, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Gouldsboro, ME 04607. World class learning adventures and outdoor instruction led by Master Maine Guides who are trained naturalists with extensive experience as environmental educators. We use curriculum based instruction so participants connect more fully with the natural world and develop lifelong outdoor skills.
- Aquaterra Adventures, 1 West St, ☎ . Bar Harbor, ME 04609. They offer several types of tours and instruction led by the best licensed Maine guides. They provide you with all of the equipment that you will need on the trip and have their own dock located right behind the shop so there is no need to shuttle anywhere or lug equipment.
- Acadia Park Kayak Tours, ☎ . Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Offering sunrise, day, sunset, night, and private tours. They offer ecological tours of the coastal islands of Frenchman's bay the body of water off the shores of Bar Harbor. They limit their group sizes to the maximum of six people per group which is half or less than half the maximum group size set by any other outfitters on Mount Desert Island and most other outfitters in the state. They place a special emphasis on using eco-friendly business practices.
- Lulu Lobster Boat Ride, 55 West St, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Bar Harbor, ME. The only lobster boat and seal watch tour in Bar Harbor hosted on a traditional Downeast-style lobster boat. After fourteen successful seasons delighting passengers in the Hancock area and Bar Harbor, Lulu sails out of downtown Bar Harbor. The Harborside Hotel & Marina is Lulu’s base of operations. Lulu takes you on a two hour tour offering the most exclusive, personal and unique cruise in Bar Harbor.
- Sea Princess Scenic Nature Cruises, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. A Maine Coast tradition since 1968. Take a scenic nature cruise from Northeast Harbor (20 minute drive from Bar Harbor). View Bear Island Lighthouse, Osprey, Eagles, Harbor Porpoise, Harbor Seals, visit the Cranberry Islands and the Islesford Historical Museum, and cruise into majestic Somes Sound Fjord.
- Acadia Air Tours. Offers scenic flights with both gliders and old-fashioned biplanes that allow you to see Acadia National Park from a unique perspective.
- Sherman's Books and Stationary, 56 Main St, ☎ . For books and postcards. Open year round.
- Bark Harbor, 200 Main St, ☎ .
- Get Clocked, 119 Main St, ☎ .
- Acadia Bike, 48 Cottage St, toll-free: .
- Cadillac Mountain Sports, 26 Cottage St, ☎ . Open daily 10AM-5:30PM.
Clothing and apparel
- Cadillac's Patagonia, 39 Cottage St, ☎ . Open daily 11:30AM-5PM.
- Cadillac's The North Face, 23 Cottage St, ☎ . Open daily 11:30AM-5PM.
- Cadillac's Nike, 29 Cottage St, ☎ . Open daily 11:30AM-5PM.
- Cool as a Moose, 118 Main St, ☎ .
- Geddy's Down Under, 19 Main St. Entrance to the right of the restaurant entrance, by the license plates.
- Village Emporium, 14 Cottage St, ☎ .
- Eden Rising, 39 Cottage St, ☎ .
- Celtic Rainbow Gifts, 56 West St (down by the waterfront, near the Harborside Hotel), ☎ . Offers jewelry, clothing, music, and other gifts from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.
- Mache Bistro, 135 Cottage St, ☎ . French food with a local flair from acclaimed chef Kyle Yarborough, formerly of Havana. An intimate setting and perfect portions make this a must-do on any Bar Harbor trip. Open year round.
- Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes, ☎ .
- Cafe This Way, 1/2 Mt. Desert St, ☎ . 14. Known locally for a great place for a Sunday hangover brunch.
- EPI's Pizza, 8 Cottage St, ☎ . Pizza, subs, calzones, soups sandwiches and salads. Two arcade games and a pinball machine in the back. A busy place in the summer, but the wait in line is worth it.
- Freddie's Route 66, 21 Cottage St, ☎ .
- Galyn's Restaurant and Galley Lounge, 17 Main St, ☎ . Open daily, March to November. lunch served 11:30-2:30, dinner 4-10PM. Head to the Galley Lounge for happy hour between 4-6 each afternoon. Reservations are accepted.
- Geddy's, 19 Main St, ☎ . Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, all year-round. Burgers, steaks, grilled chicken, seafood, and gourmet pizza all provided by cisco systems. Have fun pointing out all of the fake Mount Desert Island memorabilia on the walls while you enjoy the great food and service.
- Havana, 318 Main St, ☎ . "American fine dining with a latin flair".
- Jordan's Restaurant, 80 Cottage St, ☎ .
- Michelle's Fine Dining, 194 Main St, ☎ .
- Poor Boy's Gourmet Restaurant, 300 Main St, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pancho Villa's Tex-Mex Restaurant, 116 Cottage St, ☎ .
- Rosalie's, For some of the best pizza in town. A seat upstairs at the windows gives a nice view down to Cottage St.
- Rupununi - An American Bar and Grill, 119 Main St, ☎ .
- The Parkside Restaurant, 185 Main St, ☎ .
- The Pier Restaurant, 55 West St, ☎ .
- The Quarterdeck, 1 Main St, ☎ .
- Mache Bistro, 135 Cottage St, ☎ .
- Town Hill Bistro, 1317 state highway 102, ☎ .
- Mama DiMatteo's, 34 Kennebec St, ☎ .
- Gringo's, 30 Rodick St, ☎ .
- Pancho Villa's, 116 Cottage St, ☎ .
- Not Quite the Corner Deli, 65 Main St, ☎ .
- Michelle's Brown Bag Cafe, 164 Main St, ☎ .
- Mount Desert Island Ice Cream, ☎ . Right next to the Village Green, serving the best homemade ice cream in Bar Harbor if not the region.
- Ben & Bills Chocolate Emporium, 164 Main St, ☎ . Ben & Bills may have long lines in the summer. Known for their lobster ice cream and hand made chocolate.
- CJ's Big Dipper, 150 Main St, ☎ . The big dipper refers to CJ's "Magic Wand," which he dips in each batch of ice cream.
- Morning Glory Bakery, 39 Rodick St, ☎ . Open year round. Free wireless internet. Coffee, Pastries, Quiches, Sandwiches and Soups. Eat in or take out.
- Trailhead Cafe, 37 Cottage St, ☎ . Not only the best coffee but the best place to enjoy a coffee in Bar Harbor.
- Opera House Internet Cafe, 27 Cottage St, ☎ . Open May–October. Offering Fee based Internet Access (wired and wireless), Coffee & Pastry, Come in and Go Online or simply hang out and play Scrabble, Chess, Checkers or many other games.
- Cafe This Way, 14 Mount Desert St, ☎ .
- Rupununi: An American Bar and Grill, 119 Main St, ☎ . Crowded with young partiers during summer evenings. Friendly crowd and great bartenders.
- Lompoc Cafe and Brew Pub, 36 Rodick St, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.
- Carmen Verandah's, 119 Main St, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Little Anthony's Sports Bar and Pizzaria, 131 Cottage St, ☎ .
- Fish House Grill, e-mail: FHGBHME@aol.com. May–October: +1 207 288-3070, October–May: +1 941-458-2607.
- The Thirsty Whale Tavern, 40 Cottage St, ☎ . Open year round.
There are three breweries within Bar Harbor town limits, and a year-round population of only about 3,000. This is perhaps the most breweries per capita in the US.
- Bar Harbor Brewing Company, 135 Otter Creek Dr, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.
- Atlantic Brewing Company, 15 Knox Rd, ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Maine Coast Brewing Co., 102 Eden St, ☎ .
Room rates in Bar Harbor vary drastically with time of year and also with category of accommodation.
- The Acadia Hotel, 20 Mount Desert St, ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: email@example.com. Open April 6 thru October 28. $59 early May-$149 August.
- Acadia Inn, 98 Eden St, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: +1 207 288-8424, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Rt. 3). Open April 7 thru November 11. $69 early May-$179 August.
- Atlantic Eyrie Lodge, 6 Norman Rd, ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: email@example.com. Open May 19 thru October 15. $62 mid-May to mid-June; $202 July and August. Cheapest rooms are on 1st and 2nd floors, more expensive for corner rooms (two big windows), rooms on upper floors, and those with kitchens.
- Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: +1 207 288-8402, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open year-round. $92 Jan.-mid May; $203 July - Labor Day. All rooms ocean view. Room categories from least expensive: Oceanview, kitchenette, deluxe, superior.
- Bar Harbor Grand Hotel, 269 Main St, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: +1 207 288-8548, e-mail: email@example.com. Open Apr 14 - Nov 11. $75 mid-April - mid-May; $195 July and August.
- Bar Harbor Inn, Newport Dr, ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Mar 24 - Nov 26. There are two restaurants at the Inn, the Reading Room Restaurant and the Terrace Grille. $79 Apr - Jun; $369 Jul and Aug.
- Bar Harbor Motel, 100 Eden St, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: +1 207 288-3598, e-mail: email@example.com. Open May 11 - Oct 21. $60 May; $128 July and August.
- Bar Harbor Regency, 123 Eden St, ☎ , toll-free: .
- Bayview Hotel, 111 Eden St, toll-free: .
- Edgewater Motel and Cottages, Box 566 Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 (200 yards off of route 3), toll-free: . Nestled on the shore of Salisbury Cove, The Edgewater offers cozy cottages, suites and motel rooms all overlooking the ocean. Located just 2.5 miles from the entrance to Acadia National Park, and 5 miles from downtown Bar Harbor, these quiet, private accommodations are the perfect spot for your Maine vacation.
- Harborside Hotel and Marina, 55 West St, ☎ , toll-free: .
- Highbrook Motel, 94 Eden St, toll-free: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Robbins Motel, 396 State Highway 3, ☎ , toll-free: . All rooms one low price for one or two people. May–June $32, July–August $58, September–October $42.
- The Town Motel, 12 Atlantic Ave, ☎ , toll-free: . Family-owned for 35+ years, in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor and on a quiet street; Spring $68-120, Summer $120-185, Fall $92-150.
- Quimby House Inn, 109 Cottage St, ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: email@example.com.
Bed & breakfasts/Guest houses
- Acacia House Inn, 6 High St, ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-out: 11AM. Charming home with nine guestrooms run by the former owners of the Morning Glory Bakery. Breakfast is included in the price and is made from locally sourced ingredients and prepared to order. Open year round.
- Balance Rock Inn Bed and Breakfast, 21 Albert Meadow, ☎ .
- Inn at Bay Ledge Bed & Breakfast, 50 Sand Point Rd (turn left on Sand Point Road (you will see the Bay Ledge sign) and continue 3 miles), ☎ . Atop an 80 foot cliff, amidst towering pines and overlooking Frenchman Bay, sits the Inn at Bay Ledge. The Inn at Bay Ledge has twelve units: eight rooms in the main lodge; three hillside cottages; and a private summer cottage on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The Inn at Bay Ledge is locally referred to as the Eden of New England. $165-$475.
- Moseley Cottage, 12 Atlantic Ave, ☎ , toll-free: .
- Bar Harbor Campground, ☎ . 409 Route 3 Salisbury Cove.
- Blackwoods Campground, ☎ . Year round operation by National Park Service, 306 sites, no hookups. $20.
- Hadley's Point Campground, 33 Hadley Point Rd, ☎ . Grassy and wooded sites with hookups, pool, hot showers, etc.
- Mount Desert Narrows Camping Resort, 1219 State Hwy 3, ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: email@example.com.
- While Maine has relatively low crime rates compared to the rest of the United States, Bar Harbor is rather different during tourist season. Locking of one's car is advised, although car theft is almost unheard of.
- It is unsafe to venture out onto Maine's coastal waters without having the necessary equipment and experience. This is true of kayaking, canoeing, sailing or any other kind of boating. The water is cold and hypothermia can set in in a short amount of time. Dense fog often rolls in very quickly as well as the occasional storm. If you are determined to go out on your own to do so without every single passenger wearing a PFD and/or without having a compass and knowing how to use it and/or without understanding how to navigate safely around other boats and water hazards is not only foolish but could result in serious fines from the Coast Guard or a Marine Patrol officer. There are numerous companies on Mount Desert Island and else where that offer guided sea kayak, sailing, and power boat tours.