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Boat trip - Somes sound or Lighthouses or Acadia NP?

washington dc
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Boat trip - Somes sound or Lighthouses or Acadia NP?

We are planning a short boat trip when visiting Acadia beginning of September.

Confused because there seem to be so many options -

Interested in seeing the iconic craggy coastline and nice scenery that may not be visible from roadside or hikes -

1. Should we take a trip from NE harbor or bar harbor? Looking at the map, it appears that bar harbor boat trip to somes sound will cover acadia np coastline as well a somes sound but on calling them, found that it does not pass near the coastline.

2. the lighthouse tour does not seem to visit the lighthouses just go by the islands - would it still be a memorable experience?

3. are there any good boat tours that may not have been reviewed on TA?

4. how scenic are the various ferry options to the islands - cranberry or baker etc?

thanks

Bar Harbor, Maine
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1. Re: Boat trip - Somes sound or Lighthouses or Acadia NP?

It seems very odd to me that anyone would tell you they don't "pass near the coastline" on any boat trip between Bar Harbor and Somes Sound. Where else would they go? Frenchman Bay isn't all that wide. I'm sure the boat does stay well off the shore because all those rocks and the likely winds make it dangerous. But they are certainly within sight and camera distance.

Yes, the lighthouse tour would be worth it. It would be impossible for an excursion boat to land on the tiny islands where some of the lighthouses are located. But you certainly get a good look at them, along with all the other scenery.

The mailboat/ferry to the Cranberry Islands is rather scenic but you don't get the commentary. There is no ferry to Baker Island. No one really lives there. Acadia National Park does sponsor a tour to Baker Island and it is very nice. When I took it, the Park Ranger ran a continuing commentary out of Northeast Harbor. We were landed in groups with a smaller boat on Baker Island, walked to the lighthouse, given the history of the island, and then given some free time there before boating back.

Any trip out on the water is going to give you a view of the rocky Maine shore.

washington dc
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2. Re: Boat trip - Somes sound or Lighthouses or Acadia NP?

Thanks Most likely the person at tour company was trying to sell me both their nature cruise and Somes sound cruise.

Would the lighthouse cruise cover the Maine coastline and also give some lighthouse photo op?

Since the baker island cruise is out of NE harbor would that be less crowded than Bar harbor cruises?

Do we need to worry about crowds sep 3-6?

We did not want to purchase the tickets right yet. We have 3 full days in Acadia and thought we could do the boat trip depending on weather.

Thanks again

Bar Harbor, Maine
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3. Re: Boat trip - Somes sound or Lighthouses or Acadia NP?

You can afford to wait until a day or two before to book tickets. September 3-6 shouldn't be too crowded. However, on September 4th one of the big cruise ships will be in Bar Harbor. Might be better to plan your boat trip for the 5th, if the weather cooperates.

I don't see how the lighthouse cruise could possibly NOT give you photo ops of both the coastline and the lighthouses. That would be the very purpose of it.

4. Re: Boat trip - Somes sound or Lighthouses or Acadia NP?

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