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Land Bridge to Bar Island

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Address: 1 Bridge Street, Bar Harbor, ME
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Not many other places you can do this.... DO IT!

The day before we walked over, we launched our kayaks off this same spot. Doing so gave us a really interesting perspective on how cool this was. Haven't been to anywhere else... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The day before we walked over, we launched our kayaks off this same spot. Doing so gave us a really interesting perspective on how cool this was. Haven't been to anywhere else that offers you the ability to walk on the ocean floor to another island. Some people took their cars over... walking it was really nice. We didn't explore... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

A nice walk along the sand bar but beware not to go onto the island and then get stranded when the tide comes in

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Rochelle Park, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Scenery is so beautiful. Miss doing this our first trip to Bar Harbor We very happy we did it on this trip and will go back and explore it again.

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Breckenridge, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

It's kind of cool to be able to walk over to the island and see Bar Harbor from the other side. And there's a nice path to take to the summit. My knee was acting up so I couldn't make it to the top, but I went as far as I could, slowly, but was happy to be able to... More 

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Madison, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Just a short walk across the sandbar to Bar island. Really nice hike when you get there. Make sure you check the tide tables if you're going to stay long, since you'll be trapped at high tide.

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Greenville, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Bar Island is right off the coast of Mt Desert Island in Bar Harbor. At low tide, the surf recedes so far back that a land bridge is exposed. The hotel staff told us we had about a 2 hour window right at low tide in which we could safely cross, explore and get back. My hubby was concerned we... More 

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I'll stress on what all the other reviewers have said - know the tide schedule for that day!! If you get caught on the island at high tide, not a lot of folks are willing to rescue you and you may get stuck there for hours. Any inn keeper/tour guide/visitor center will be able to tell you when to go... More 

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Northborough, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Nothing that special here, but a nice alternative walk and very easy access from the center of town. It was extremely windy as we crossed the "sand bar" or land bridge, but the walk was still enjoyable and the hike to the top of Bar Island is easy. The view of the town is beautiful from here if beautiful.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Ok, so you've looked at it and didn't see anyone out there. Or there were a ton of people. Either way it is a 5 minute walk across and basically a sometimes submerged road. I saw 6 cars drive across. The hike to the summit is another 5 minutes!! Tops. What I'll do next time is bring a blanket and... More 

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Bangor, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Lots of people out performing the ritual of walking out to Bar Island while the tide has receded to expose the temporary causeway.... The cars driving it were a slight nuisance and one hopes they will get caught in the returning rising salt water.... ! Unique natural bridge twice a day!

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