Downtown Bar Harbor#5 in Best Things To Do in Bar Harbor
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Considering Bar Harbor's small size, chances are you'll be hanging out in downtown Bar Harbor pretty often. And that certainly isn't a bad thing. Main Street and the thoroughfares surrounding it are downright charming thanks to the bevy of colorful, clapboard storefronts that house local restaurants and shops. Unique outlets combined with the Bar Harbor's proximity to the water and the darling city parks that dot the area make for a romantic atmosphere.
Start your tour of Bar Harbor at Agamont Park, where you can kick back and enjoy the views of Bar Island and Frenchman Bay. Then stroll down Main Street, where you'll find a variety of restaurants that serve local lobster (Galyn's and Stewman's Lobster Pound are two favorites) and plenty of blueberry-infused dishes (blueberries are the state's official fruit). One of the most popular stops is Mount Desert Island Ice Cream, which is favored by locals and visitors alike for its fresh ingredients and inventive flavors like fresh basil and chocolate pretzel toffee.
When you're ready to digest after your food tour of Main Street, park it in the lovely Village Green, complete with a cute gazebo and lined with old-fashioned light posts. Recent visitors described this centrally located park as the perfect place to relax. Or, if inclement weather has you searching for an indoor activity, check the calendar to see if there are any performances happening at the historic 1932 Criterion Theatre, which regularly screens movies and hosts performers, such as David Crosby.
From Main Street, you can venture to Acadia National Park and the scenic Shore Path. The natural attractions throughout downtown Bar Harbor don't require an entry fee and have no set hours. However, businesses operate their own hours, so be sure to check before you venture to any restaurant, bar or shop before you visit.
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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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