Bar Harbor Holidays

Bar Harbor is the largest town on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Originally built up by wealthy families searching for a secluded summer destination, the town is now a bustling tourist center, at least in season. Located on the north eastern shore of the island, Bar Harbor backs up against beautiful Acadia National Park, one of the most visited ... Read more
national park in the United States and the first founded east of the Mississippi. Packed with boutique shops and seafood restaurants, Bar Harbor is an idyllic summer town nestled between lush woods and sparkling sea. Highlights include Reel Pizza, a unique movie theatre full of couches and old furniture instead of chairs, and multiple leisure and nature cruise options.

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Things to see and do in Bar Harbor

  • Sand Beach
    9.726 reviews
    Outdoors, Beaches and Watersports, Beach
    Popular withFamiliesOutdoorsy
  • Thunder Hole
    9.427 reviews
    Outdoors, Beaches and Watersports, Scenic Lookout, Park
    Popular withOutdoorsyAdventure
  • Pirate's Cove Miniature Golf
    9.813 reviews
    Golf, Theme Park
    Popular withFamiliesAdventure
  • Thuya Garden
    9.713 reviews
    Outdoors, Garden, Park
    Popular withGreenFamilies

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Top Bar Harbor restaurants

  • Side Street cafe
    9.423 reviews
    ££££
    American, Burgers
    Popular withFoodiesFamilies
  • Cafe This Way
    9.421 reviews
    ££££
    American, Breakfast & Brunch
    Popular withFoodiesBusiness
  • 2Cats Bar Harbor
    9.316 reviews
    ££££
    American, Breakfast & Brunch
    Popular withFoodiesWellness
  • Reel Pizza Cinerama
    9.515 reviews
    ££££
    Pizza
    Popular withFoodiesFamilies
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London

Very crowded even with the road construction this season but we were able to find parking at 8.30am on a Saturday. Easily walkable with lots of quirky shops.

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San Francisco
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Super cute town in Maine. During low tide walk out to the sand bar. When you're hungry, grab a lobster roll and wash it down with some blueberry ale. This is a charming town, albeit touristy, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Los Angeles

An absolutely wonderful small town that shouldn't be missed. There are so many great cafes, restaurants and shops. The people are wonderful too!

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Woodstock

The town just outside of Acadia National Park and good for refueling, food, and many a cute and touristy shop when you're done with you're hiking.

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Bangor

Nice for shopping for tee shirts and gifts to bring home. Walk the shoreline path that starts at the Bar Harbor Inn along the shore. You can turn right on any path to end up back on Main Street. We like the restaurant on the dock next to the pier parking lot (across from Bar harbor inn). The food is very reasonable cost and we are always pleased.

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Portland

Beauty, entertainment, relaxation, adventurous hiking, international appeal. Plan a long day there and you can cover a lot of ground in 10-12 hours.

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New York City

It’s no surprise that this town on Mount Desert Island scored well for its parks—namely, Acadia National Park, where you can witness the first American sunrise of the day, every day, from Cadillac Mountain. Afterward, indulge in a crustacean-rich breakfast at the Lazy Lobster, by way of lobster omelettes or lobster Benedict. Bar Harbor also ranked highly for its sense of history: you can check out the Native American artifacts at the Abbe Museum, which is the only museum in Maine affiliated with the Smithsonian.

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Sunnyside

First place to see the sunrise in the continental United States each morning from Cadalac Mountain in Arcadia National Park.

It's a cute, quaint town with a charming main street full of antique shops and boutiques.

I went in November and it was cold and the town was shut down for the season, so go during the spring or summer!

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Bedford

Bar Harbor is such charming, pristine, and vibrant area. The vast scale is almost overwhelming, but so beautiful. Plenty of great shopping and dining options as well!

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Lakewood

Great seaside town for tourists. Nearby Acadia National Park makes for a wonderful family destination.

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