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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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This small island within eyeshot of the Shore Path is celebrated by travelers and locals alike for its unique accessibility. At low tide, the water recedes far enough to expose the bay's floor, creating a temporary walkable pathway from Bar Harbor to Bar Island. It's a pretty spectacular sight when it occurs, and being able to walk directly across the bay is an experience that doesn't come around often. If you happen to be around when this phenomenon occurs, know that time is limited. According to Bar Harbor local government, you've got up to two hours before low tide and two hours after low tide to access the sandbar. Keep in mind that the terrain will be different depending on the time you go. Once you reach Bar Island, you'll find a trail that leads to the top of the island's summit, which affords lovely views of Bar Harbor and the mountains that back it, including Acadia National Park's Cadillac Mountain.  

Recent visitors who traversed the sandbar found the land bridge to be an incredible experience and highly recommended all future travelers take part in this natural phenomenon. Many loved the views, though they did note that the terrain is very rocky, muddy and wet, so consider bringing waterproof shoes. Visitors also warned to be mindful of the time, because if you don't, you could get stranded on the island and have to call a water taxi to pick you up. Low tide varies by day, so check NOAA before visiting Bar Island's land bridge. There is no fee to enter Bar Island. For more information, visit the Bar Harbor government's website.

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#1 Acadia National Park

Just a stone's throw from Bar Harbor lies Acadia National Park. A big reason visitors come to Bar Harbor in the first place is that the town is the gateway to this national park. Acadia encompasses more than 47,000 acres of land, including beautiful coastline, enchanting forests and the tallest mountain on the North Atlantic seaboard, Cadillac Mountain. If you ascend to the top of the mountain from October to early March, you'll be the first in the country to see the sun rise. This is just one of the many sights that make Acadia truly magical. Other mesmerizing must-visit spots include Schoodic Point, best known for its crashing surf, Sand Beach, one of the few beaches in the greater Bar Harbor region, and the Wild Gardens of Acadia, to name a few. 

Recent visitors were in awe of Acadia National Park. Many were happy with the varied scenery and many hiking trails available, with a handful of travelers recommending a visit to Cadillac Mountain during sunrise or sunset. Biking on the park's Carriage Roads was also considered a must-do activity as well as the serene Jordan Pond. However, past travelers did share one common complaint: Parking can be a challenge, so keep that in mind and plan your visit for off-peak times to avoid the heaviest crowds. 

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