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“Beautiful area and very peaceful place to watch the boats and water.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Frenchman Bay

Frenchman Bay
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Ranked #6 of 62 things to do in Bar Harbor
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“Beautiful area and very peaceful place to watch the boats and water.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

Peaceful and relaxing place to go and enjoy taking photos, going for a walk, or feeding seagulls. Really enjoyed watching the boats coming in and the peaceful terrain. Would go again. Nice walking path that isn't strenuous. Definitely recommend.

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Blue Hill, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Shore view trips”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Frenchmans Bay is a moderately large area along the west side of Mt Desert Island. Hard to rate as a unit, it offers a great opportunity to see this section of Mt Desert from the water. Sail on the four masted schooner, the Margaret Todd, rent kayaks or use other tour boats. Not highly expensive, there are many different tours available including sunset which is a winner. Kayaks or trailer mounted boats can be launched from the Inn side of the Bar Harbor Town pier from a concrete ramp.. Just the pier and small beach themselves are a delight to visit. Surrounded by local fisher boats, the Bar Harbor Inn and a nice park, this is downtown Bar Harbor at its' best. Don't miss this. The shore path begins here, exactly at the end of the pier. A free area and one of the best.

Visited August 2012
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Connecticut
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“Beautiful place for photos.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Absolutely gorgeous! We got some wonderful photos here. We thought it was lots of fun watching the huge cruise ships sail in (usually in the early morning) and then watching the Margarett Todd Sail Boat sail around. Definitely bring your camera!

Visited October 2012
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Lebanon, CT
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“Beautiful, island-studded bay.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Frenchman bay is located on the north to east side of Mt. Desert Island. The port of Bar Harbor is located here and the bay is quite large, extending well up and down the coast from the town. The porcupine islands and a few others dot the bay, with it's many smaller arms and coves. The best overall look of the bay is from the summit of Cadillac Mountain, located in Acadia National Park. From there the view of the Bay, islands, town and, usually one or two large cruise ships anchored off the Bar Harbor port can be plainly seen in a broad panorama. It is a magnificent sight.

Visited October 2012
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Rochester, New York
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“beautiful coastline”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

this area of the island is as beautiful as it comes, cruise shipd anchor off shore, some tour boats are also located here.

Visited October 2012
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