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Address: Bass Harbor, West Tremont, ME
Activities: Hiking
Description: Take a local ferry to this small island, which makes a nice day or...
Take a local ferry to this small island, which makes a nice day or half-day destination.
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Solitude and beauty

My wife and I, had an over nite on Swans Island last July. We took our BMW touring motorcycle over on the ferry from Bass Harbor on weekday morning, checked in with Colleen, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 12, 2015
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Medford, Massachusetts
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Medford, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

My wife and I, had an over nite on Swans Island last July. We took our BMW touring motorcycle over on the ferry from Bass Harbor on weekday morning, checked in with Colleen, the owner of the Inn, who was working the ferry terminal at Bass Harbor, on the mainland, We went over to our room at her Harbor Watch,... More 

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Rochester, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

If you like ocean views, swimming in an abandoned quarry, exploring a superbly restored lighthouse, peering into wildly colored tidal pools on rocky shores, and bicycling on roller-coaster hills, put your bike on the ferry at Bass Harbor (on Mount Desert Island) and spend an idyllic day on Swans. Yes, you could see all these attractions on Swans using a... More 

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We are staying in Bass Harbor - the ferry to Swans Island is just down the road. It was an easy on and easy off the ferry trip for us but you do need a car. There is nothing to see or do from where the ferry comes in. The lighthouse was lovely, there was no one around at all... More 

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Albany, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It is hidden gem right next to very famous Acadia. It is not place for everyone, it’s more like acquired taste. If you enjoy nature and bit of loneliness to unwind and relax then this is place for you. There are few things to keep in mind about this place. 1) Bring your own supplies, there is only one shop... More 

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Hampden, Maine
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124 reviews 124 reviews
33 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Swans Island is a wonderful getaway. The lighthouse walk is beautiful, and the lighthouse has some great views. The character of the island is simply wonderful. I have been going for years, and love it!

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Bass Harbor, Maine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A car, bicycle, and people ferry leaves from Bass Harbor regularly for Swan's Island. It is a great place to get away from crowds and visit a real Maine Isand as it was a century ago and still is today in many ways. Swan's is a large island and transportaion is needed to visit picturesque small villages, an old lighthouse,... More 

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Hampden, Maine
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124 reviews 124 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Swans Island is a beautiful Maine Island. There are rock beaches and a nice sandy beach. Burnt Coat Harbor has incredible views from the light house.

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