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First visit to Acadia

Madison, New Jersey
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First visit to Acadia

We are a family of 4 visiting Maine for first time. We want to see Acadia, plus whale watch cruise (or something similar), and go on a lobster boat tour. Don't know best locations or boats for these excursions. We are on a tight budget. Is it best to rent a cottage (if so, where...off beaten tract), or would it be best to stay in 2 different locations in a hotel or B&B, closer to our chosen activities. We will be there week of August 17-24. Thanks for any advise!

Central Maine
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21. Re: First visit to Acadia

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Saint Joseph...
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22. Re: First visit to Acadia

We have rented many cabins or homes every summer. Isleview in Trenton was one of the cheaper options. They have a cabin that's sleeps six with a full kitchen that we booked once for a whole week and one time we took their motel family unit that has 3 double beds.

Clearwater, Florida
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23. Re: First visit to Acadia

Theres lots to do for free in Acadia Natl Park. Lots of trails to hike of all difficulty, but mostly easier ones. Make sure you climb Cadillac MT. It's a fabulous hike and anyone can do it....I saw women in heels doing it (though probably easier and better in sturdy shoes). Camping in Blackstone is the best if you can get a reservation...you can walk from the campsites to the rocky coast and watch the sun rise and set, lobster boats pulling in traps, natural beauty beyond compare. A park map from the information center will give you all you need to enjoy all the time you have.

Central Maine
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24. Re: First visit to Acadia

marti -- Did you mean Blackwoods Campground? Not familiar with Blackstone....

Lakeville
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25. Re: First visit to Acadia

What are some good hikes at Schoodic Point and where can we access them? Thank you.

Central Maine
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26. Re: First visit to Acadia

The Schoodic Point peninsula is a geographically smaller area than the Mount Desert Island section of Acadia National Park and features one main headland, compared to the multiple mountains in the larger section of the Park. My understanding is that there are four hiking trails in the Schoodic section....with at least three of them leading to the same headland area (think the fourth is more a meadow walk). Have never hiked any of them personally but understand they all have trailheads along the one major road that loops through the Schoodic Park section.... those trailheads should have signs at the roadside.

Detroit, Michigan
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reviews: 2
27. Re: First visit to Acadia

I'm also planning a "first Ever" trip to Acadia at the end of July. I'm wondering how long to plan my stay--in order to cover Acadia, day trips to Kennebunc, Freeport, etc. Has anyone done a day trip to Halifax? Worth the trip??

Bar Harbor, Maine
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28. Re: First visit to Acadia

If by "day trip" you mean keeping your lodging in the Acadia area and driving to Halifax for the day, that's pretty much impossible. It's over a seven hour drive from Bar Harbor to Halifax. In case you were thinking there is a ferry, there is no ferry anymore from Maine to Nova Scotia.

Nor is a day trip to Kennebunk or Freeport really feasible from Bar Harbor. It is close to a four hour drive between those two towns and this is if you don't get bogged down by summer tourist traffic.

If you would like to visit Freeport, Portland, and Kennebunkport it would be better to plan on spending a night or two in that area before or after your time in Acadia. If you have a week's vacation, four nights in Acadia (giving you three full days to explore the area) and two nights along the southern coast of Maine would be best. Better to save Nova Scotia for a separate trip.

Detroit, Michigan
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29. Re: First visit to Acadia

thanks for the advice! it's hard to gauge drive times when just looking at a map ;-)

30. Re: First visit to Acadia

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