Things to do in Bar Harbor Maine
Relaxing and restorative, cultural and informative, or high energy activities—there are just so many choices. And all amidst stunning ocean and forested mountains. Do what you can, then plan another trip.
The Bar Harbor Manor
Bar Harbor Manor, located in the center of town, offers the ideal starting point to enjoy all the activities available in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. We have selected just a few activities to get you started. Once you arrive, our knowledgeable staff can provide additional activity information, brochures, maps and guide books, whatever you need to help make the most of your time.
Start here—driving or taking a tour around the island will give you a glimpse of all there is to see and do, plus help you get your bearings. The Park Loop Road, a spectacular 27-mile drive through Acadia National Park has incredible views of soaring cliffs, cobblestone beaches, granite mountains and lush forests. If you do little else, do this!
Watching whales, seals, eagles, and just being on the ocean is inspiring. Tour boats leave several times a day from the pier here in downtown Bar Harbor.
Acadia National Park has more than 50 miles of car-free carriage roads, perfect for getting up-close with all the natural beauty of this island. Bike right from Bar Harbor Manor into Acadia National Park—bicycle rentals are conveniently located just a few steps away.
Love to hike? You’ll love Acadia. More than 120 miles of hiking trails from meadow walks, to steep ascents where rungs and caution are advised. The Great Meadow Loop trail begins at Bar Harbor Manor’s doorstep.
You can’t get much closer to the water without getting wet—explore the coast with a seal’s eye view. Kayak from Bar Harbor and see porpoises and bald eagles, and feel the salt air and sun on your face.
Put your ears on! Classical to jazz, folk to rock, there are concerts all summer long. There are even free band concerts on the Village Green, just a short walk from Bar Harbor Manor.
Get into the swing of things and play a round or two of golf at one of New England’s premier championship golf courses. Kebo Valley Golf Club is a short pitch and putt from Bar Harbor Manor.
Bus and Trolley Tours
Sit back and just take it in, you don’t even need to drive. There are several bus and trolley tours that give you an overview of the island, and it’s a great way to learn about Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island.
Gift shops, galleries, crafts, and boutiques are all within walking distance. The village of Bar Harbor has fine made-in-Maine jewelry, crafts, and gifts, as well as colorful t-shirts for the grandkids.
Micro Brewery Tour
Museums and Oceanariums
There are several shows a day at Reel Pizza Cinema, where you can watch your film with a beer and pizza from the comfort of an over-stuffed sofa. And, yes, you can walk from Bar Harbor Manor.
Choose from more than 65 restaurants, all within walking distance of Bar Harbor Manor. Ethnic, foodie, casual, stylish—we can help you choose, and have a stack of menus in the parlor for you to check out.
Visit one of the nearby islands or a village across the bay—each has its own personality.
Ferries leave from Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Bass Harbor.
Deep Sea Fishing
Once a means of transportation, canoeing can be a means of fun. Rent and go out on your own, or in the company of a Maine Guide.
See seals, porpoises and bald eagles, and the breathtaking scenery of coastal Maine and Acadia National Park.
Take a guided walking tour through historic Bar Harbor with a not-so-prim Victorian lady or gentleman. When the tour goes right by the Bar Harbor Manor, you can add, “We stay here!” The town also has a self-guided walk with interpretive signs called Village in the Streets.
Sure, they are delicious to eat, but there is a lot that happens before that lobster lands on your plate. Board a traditional lobster boat, and you can even help haul up a trap.