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Acadian Nature Cruises

119 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-801-2300
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Ranked #9 of 51 activities in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Acadian Nature Cruises offers 4 distinct tours sailing from Bar Harbor, Maine. Our sightseeing / nature cruises sail along the shoreline of Frenchman... more » Owner description: Acadian Nature Cruises offers 4 distinct tours sailing from Bar Harbor, Maine. Our sightseeing / nature cruises sail along the shoreline of Frenchman Bay and see summer mansions, Egg Rock Lighthouse, highights of Acadia National Park as well as bald eagles, harbor porpoise, seals and other sights and wildlife. Trips are 2 hours long, pet friendly and sail at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 6:30pm (Sunset tour in July) or 6:00pm (Sunset tour in August)daily. Our other tours include: Puffins, Lighthouses & Seabirds tour, Family Friendly Fishing Trips, and our fall spectacular Somes Sound Fjord Harbors Tour. All tours leave from Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, 119 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME. We offer FREE ONSITE PARKING! A real plus in Bar Harbor! At the end of your tour, come visit the Sea Dawg Gift Shop at 47 West St. and pick up a souvenier! « less
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We looked on Trip Advisor for things to do while we were in Maine. We were wrapping up a six day trip up through New England and Quebec. Since we only had one day in Bar Harbor, we wanted to do something great. We were not disappointed. From the moment we got to the parking lot, we were well taken... More

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anselsgirl, Manager at Acadian Nature Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for your awesome feedback on our nature / sightseeing cruise! Wonderful advice on the 'colder on the water' thing - it is so deceiving when standing on shore and the temperature is quite warm to being on the ocean with breezes skimming over 55 degree water. We're so happy you enjoyed your tour with us and thank you... More

Holbrook, NY
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74 reviews 74 reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Last year we took the nature tour and enjoyed it. This year, we took the 4 hour afternoon tour again and it was great. This trip was earlier in the summer so we were able to see the puffins. This was something we really wanted to see. The two tours were very different venues. While the late summer tour last... More

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anselsgirl, Manager at Acadian Nature Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind feedback about our Islander Puffins / Lighthouses & Seabirds tour! We especially love having return customers - and we're so happy you enjoyed both trips with us. I hope your entire Bar Harbor experience was great! More

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11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Very nice experience - it was a bit rough, but that also made it more interesting. It is very peaceful scenery.

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Captain Gary F, Owner at Acadian Nature Cruises, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your trip with us - I hope your whole Bar Harbor stay was enjoyable! More

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We chose a sunset fishing trip over whale watching and other options. This was a great experience for our family of 5 (kids 6-10 years old). Everyone caught many polluck fish. The Captain and his team were amazing and helpful. A great learning experience and gave our kids confidence working with the hooks, holding the fish and reeling it in.... More

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Captain Gary F, Owner at Acadian Nature Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful comments on our fishing trips! We're so glad you and your family enjoyed your time with us - and hopefully the kids have vacation memories to talk about for a long time. Thank you again for taking time to write! More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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70 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Knowledgeable guides take you on a coastal tour of Frenchman's Bay and the Acadia National Park. Bald Eagles, seals, other bird life, geological trivia and history tidbits fill up the entertaining two hour sail.

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Captain Gary F, Owner at Acadian Nature Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words...we ALWAYS appreciate when passengers take time to offer comments. I hope your whole Bar Harbor stay was fabulous! More

Knoxville, Tennessee
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This excursion was included as part of a package deal we bought at The Bayview. We were so glad we did this tour...been to Bar Harbor before but saw things this time we had not seen before...different,view of Acadia, eagles, seals, dolphins, mansions, cliffs, islands, kayakers and more. A retired gentleman did the narration and he was superb. You can... More

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Captain Gary F, Owner at Acadian Nature Cruises, responded to this review

WOW what AWESOME feedback! Thank you for sharing your comments and we're so glad you enjoyed your trip with us on the Acadian! I hope your whole Bar Harbor vacation was one for the scrapbook! More

Bar Harbor, ME
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

This was our second time on the Acadian and even though it rained towards the end- it was a great trip! We reserved for the fireworks cruise which left the dock shortly before the show so that we could get a good spot in the harbor for viewing. It was nice to look into the village at the thousands of... More

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Captain Gary F, Owner at Acadian Nature Cruises, responded to this review

It was a crazy July 4th this year to say the least...so glad you were able to join us a second time! Thank you for your wonderful feedback and we look forward to having you with us again in the future. More

Locust Grove, Oklahoma
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We really enjoyed our Nature cruise. Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We passed by islands, lighthouses, seals, and eagles. One of the crew through some fish in the water and the eagles came swooping down close to the boat to retrieve them. What a thrill. The boat was well maintained and very comfortable. Weather permitting, sit on the... More

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Captain Gary F, Owner at Acadian Nature Cruises, responded to this review

We love hearing from our happy passengers! So glad you enjoyed your sightseeing / nature cruise with us and thank you for your kind words about our naturalists! (I always share with them) More

Georgetown, Kentucky
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We took the 10:00 boat ride on a chilly morning and had a wonderful time. There were two guides--one who narrated the tour and another who thoughtfully watched out for scenes that we would find interesting such as nesting eagles. Our narrating guide was very funny and kind. We highly recommend this tour!

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Captain Gary F, Owner at Acadian Nature Cruises, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your tour with us! Thank you for your wonderful comments - I always share with the crew! More

Chaska, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We took the cruise on a gorgeous summer morning. The island and ocean views were simply stunning throughout, and we saw harbor porpoises, harbor seals, bald eagles and cormorants, along with the ubiquitous gulls. The ride was very smooth and comfortable, and sights - whether scenery or animals - were pointed out to us in a timely and helpful manner.... More

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Captain Gary F, Owner at Acadian Nature Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind and honest feedback about our sightseeing / nature cruise. We are really glad you enjoyed the scenery & majority of narration. I do understand wanting more information about the formation of our area...there is so much information to pass on...it's sometimes difficult to know what way to go. I will definitely share your comments with... More

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