Apr 19

Top 10 Things to See or Do in Acadia National Park

Until a few years ago I had no idea Acadia National Park even existed, all of my national park experience had been in the West.  As I have had the chance to travel more across the United States I have started to look for more of the less famous places and seek them out.  After learning more about Acadia National Park I have come to the conclusion that no great northeastern road trip would be complete without a visit there.   Hopefully our list of the Top 10 Things to see or do in Acadia National Park will at least make you consider going to Acadia National Park  and experience some the grandeur that is there giving you a life experience that will not be forgotten.

Top 10 Things to see or do in Acadia National Park

10. Visit Schoodic Point


The only part of Acadia National Park on the mainland and it has a six mile one-way loop road filled with scenic views.  There are also four hiking trails that traverse the area.

9.Cadillac Mountain

Sunrise at Cadillac Mountainvia

Cadillac Mountain is the highest point along the North Atlantic coast and a great place to view some of the first rays of light that hit the United States.  It also offers great views of the coastal and island landscape that is why Cadillac Mountain is one of the major destinations of the park especially in the busy summer months.

8. Jordan Pond

Jordan Pond, Acadia National Parkvia

Scenic setting as two mountains, the North and South Bubble Mountains, stand sentinel over Jordan Pond.  There is also shore trail that circumvents the pond and a restaurant with mouthwatering treats.

7. Bike the Carriage Roads

Bubble Pond bridge, Acadia National Parkvia

Thanks to John D. Rockefeller Jr. Acadia National Park has dozen of miles of roads for hikers, bikers, and horses. The carriage roads come complete with stone bridges that take its riders to a bygone age.

6. Tide Pooling

Tide Pool Creaturesvia

At low tide another side of Acadia National Park is out there to discover.  Tide pools along the shore teem with life, from marine animals to colorful algae tide pooling can be a great activity for families.

5. Sand Beach

Acadia (5 of 45)via

Very cold water, but hey… you are in Maine what do you expect?  Sand Beach is another popular destination in Acadia so if you want to miss the crowds go early or during the off-season but this beach with its spectacular scenery is a must see.

4. Visit Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor in the rainvia

Technically Bar Harbor is not a part of Acadia National Park, but a visit to the area would not be complete without a stopover to Bar Harbor.  This small town is a classic New England fishing village.

3. Cling to the Cliffs: Beehive and Precipice Trails


These two trails are not for everybody, but if you are physically fit and not afraid of heights then these two trails will give you the thrill and views of a lifetime.  Iron rungs in the side of the granite cliffs allow hikers to ascend the exposed steep cliff faces and narrow ledges.

2. The Park Road

Acadia National Parkvia

Acadia Park Road runs for 27 miles and begins at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and is the best way to get around the park as it connects Acadia National Park’s lakes, mountains, forests, and rocky cost.

1. Sea Kayak

Margaret Todd & kayak.via

Acadia National Park is great place to sea kayak and choosing to get out on the water will give you a chance to escape the crowds and experience a different side of Acadia National Park.

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We hope you enjoyed our list of the top 10 things to see or do in Acadia National Park. Let us know what you think of our list, is there anything that you think we left off or if you disagree with our top 10 sound off by leaving a comment. Please check out all of our top ten lists by clicking here. Happy Travels! For more information about Acadia National Park go to their website at http://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm


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  1. Beth

    Another must do activity is whale watching!

    1. Kenny and Karen

      Thanks for the idea. We hope to make it up to the New England one of these days.

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