The Island Explorer- The Island Explorer is a free way to get around the island. Not only is it free and a clean propane-powered option to get around while you are here, Acadia Garden Cottage is right on it's route! It features eight bus routes linking the cottage with destinations on the island,
campgrounds, destinations in Acadia National Park and neighboring village centers, hiking trails, carriage roads, island beaches, and in-town shops and restaurants. Dates of operation are the end of June through Columbus Day.
phone number (207) 667-5796
Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce- Right in Bar Harbor on the corner of Cottage Street and Main is the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. This office is a wealth of information! They love to answer your questions and direct you to the activities and food you are looking for, as well as sharing activities that you may not be aware of. Stop by and pick up flyers and information for your vacation while you are a here.
phone number (207) 667-9080
Beautiful Carriage Roads- The carriage roads connect the various parts of Acadia National Park. They go through the green forest land as well as along the rugged coast and to the interior of the park. Travel these roads either by foot, bicycle, horse, or horse drawn carriage.
These roads were created with nature in mind which is apparent when you can see that majestic trees were yielded to and the curving of land was followed.
There are beautiful stone-faced bridges, 17 in all. This beautiful system of roads was the vision of its creator John D. Rockefeller.
Kayaking and Canoeing-
Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park offers some of the finest sea kayaking and canoeing in the nation. From novices to experts, the sea-kayaking opportunities in Bar Harbor will challenge all skill levels. Need lessons? Several area companies offer sea-kayak instruction and tours. If you bring your own canoe or sea-kayak the cottage has a lockable garage for stowing your gear. Take advantage of the many lakes and ponds offering some of the most scenic and relaxing trips. Don't have your own sea-kayak or canoe? Many companies offer rentals so you can be on the water in no time.
Hiking-Hiking trails cover Acadia National Park. One, Gorham Mountain, is only 525 feet high, but it offers beautiful ocean views and wild blueberries (in July and August) along the trail. The carriage roads also offer 45 miles of groomed, auto-free roads for you to explore as a family.
Acadia National Park contains over 120 miles of the most varied and beautiful hiking trails in the eastern United States. In addition, the Park maintains approximately 55 miles of gravel carriage roads for walking as well as bicycling, horseback or horse carriage riding, and cross-country skiing.