Things to do in Bar Harbor

Our most recommended things to do in Bar Harbor

Acadia National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

1. Acadia National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

Take this self-guided driving tour, immersing yourself in the stunning fall colors and rich history of Maine, beginning at downtown Bar Harbor. Discover La Rochelle, a Gilded Age mansion, and learn about the raging fire that gave rise to today’s vibrant autumn foliage. Start by downloading the tour app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Enter Acadia National Park at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and begin the drive around Park Loop Road. Along the way, discover the Great Meadow, Sieur de Mons, and Bar Harbor’s history. Pause at Beaver Lake and Jackson Labs to learn about Acadia’s wildlife before continuing on to Egg Rock Overlook and the Precipice Trail. Take a detour at Schooner Head, pausing at the Ocean Path Trailhead if you want to explore the path on foot. Continue along to Sand Beach, Old Soaker, Thunder Hole, Monument Cove, Otter Cliffs, and Hunters Beach. Pause at Jordan Pond for delicious popovers and jam or simply to enjoy the view. Continue past Bubble Pond and Eagle Lake, and finally begin driving up to the top of Acadia’s most famous peak: Cadillac Mountain. Your tour ends there, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beautiful vistas atop the mountain.

Bar Harbor: Historic Self-Guided Audio Guide Tour

2. Bar Harbor: Historic Self-Guided Audio Guide Tour

Explore Bar Harbor with your app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Enjoy animated videos that allow you to see snapshots from different centuries and interior rooms that you otherwise would not be able to see. Begin your tour at Bar Harbor Pier and hear about Bar Harbor’s early days as a fishing town and its transformation during the Gilded Age. Cross a bridge to the untouched Bar Island. Enter the West Street Historic District, with its Gilded Age homes. At the Abbe Museum, find a collection dedicated to the Native Wabanaki of the region. Stroll down Main Street, loaded with shops, restaurants, and cafes. Head to the waterfront Shore Path and encounter a strange landmark left in Bar Harbor during the Ice Age. See the personal tennis court-turned-public park which serves as an example of how Bar Harbor has transformed since the Gilded Age. See the Bar Harbor Inn, established in 1887. Your tour concludes just beyond the inn, right where you began.

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What people are saying about Bar Harbor

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 60 reviews

Highly recommend this tour! You can stop wherever you want and spend as much time as you want in each location. We stopped early on and climbed Mt. Dorr. So glad we did. The spots the busses stopped were super crowded.

Affordable guide to highlights of the park. We were able to drive the park, listening to the audio tour and then go back to areas we wanted to explore in further detail. Informative and easy to use!

We found the Application to be easy to use, enjoyed the information that was presented by the narrator and liked how the map helped us navigate through the park.

great experience, had a nice time walking around Bar Harbor and learning from your guide.

Great tour! Gave us some info and showed off some of the best spots