Looking for new ideas for a summer getaway?
Here are some tips for visiting the stunning Acadia National park in Maine. You can hike, bike, learn how to sail, attend a magic show, rock climb or explore marine life as a young naturalist. Acadia and the neighboring quaint towns have it all.
ON THE WAY
The drive from NYC to Acadia takes about 8 hours. You can make a stopover in Boston, MA or Portland, ME to make the trip more enjoyable. Portland has wonderful Victorian shipbuilders mansions, lovely waterfront, cobblestone streets and excellent museums. Great place to explore!
WHERE TO STAY
If you are not up for camping inside the park (two campgrounds are very popular and fill up quickly), you can stay in a picturesque Bar Harbor seaside resort nearby and make it your base. Buy entrance passes to the park and find out FREE days to visit here: https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/fees.htm
In the park you can hike 157 miles of trails! Bike for 57 miles or even go horseback riding from the stable nearby. Top trails recommended are Cadillac mountain, Park Loop road, Schoodic point and Jordan Pond.
4-Hour Fishing trip is great fun for the whole family at http://www.downeastwindjammer.com/
Cruise the area and see how Lobster traps work with https://bassharborcruises.com/
Rent a kayak and get an intimate view of Acadia. This company is eco-friendly, teaches environmental education and donates a portion of tour fees to conservation. Kids 5+. http://www.acadiaparkkayak.com/Home_Page.html
Whale watching with http://www.barharborwhales.com/
Outdoor rock climbing! If you are brave enough, you can even take a rock climbing course in Acadia. They work with all ages and ability levels provide equipment and are highly accredited. http://acadiaclimbing.com/
Moscow Clown show?! 9 minutes away from Acadia you can find a family friendly magic show. Illusions, comedy, juggling, ventriloquism and adventurous audience participation J http://www.moscowmagic.com/