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“Amazing Natural Resource - Not to be missed!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Land Bridge to Bar Island

Land Bridge to Bar Island
1 Bridge Street, Bar Harbor, ME
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Ranked #9 of 61 things to do in Bar Harbor
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing Natural Resource - Not to be missed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The land bridge to Bar Island is a quick walk right in town, and one not be missed. Check the tide chart to see when the tide is out and you can walk to Bar Island, spotting tons of sea life all around you, left behind by the outgoing tide. But don't play it too close to the tide, it comes in quick and you don't want to get stranded.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Unique and Fun!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

We were so busy on our trip to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park that we almost didn't get a chance to walk the land bridge over to Bar Island. Fortunately, though, we timed it right on our last day in Bar Harbor and walked out there. A lot of fun and interesting to see Bar Harbor from a different vantage point. We weren't prepared, but next time, we will pack a picnic lunch and hike the trails on the island itself. Don't miss this!

Visited September 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fun thing to do, but not a scenic highlight”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Walking to Bar Island is unquestionably popular--it drew the biggest crowds anywhere on my visit. It's an easy, level, 20 minute walk, with views of the harbor all the way (the walk is over flat stones, not sand). It is broad enough to accommodate the crowds, But of course, the view is pretty much the same all the way, and pretty much the same view you get anywhere in Bar Harbor--and to my taste, not as strikingly beautiful as any of the high spots in Acadia. My own experience was not heightened at all by a group of motorcyclists who came through--not that they were in any way obnoxious, but you can get brushed to the side by motor traffic anywhere. Good place for an easy stroll, and maybe a sunset if the time is right, but many other spots on the island are much more beautiful.

Visited October 2013
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Mount Desert, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“A Highlight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

When the tide is low, you can walk to this island in ten minutes, take a twenty minute walk on the island and get great views back to Bar Harbor. Just pay attention to the water level and don't get caught on the island as you will have a six hour wait to get back!

Visited October 2013
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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We were amazed at the size of the bridge and that car could drive on it! We were glad we took the time to stop before we headed for home.

Visited October 2013
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