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Thunder Hole

Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Fun & Interesting Spot

My husband loved visiting Thunder Hole. Watching the water boom and swirl was fun, with gorgeous... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Baltimore, MD
See this at LOW tide.

Thunder hole is an incredible site that should be seen at LOW tide. Check with the park rangers for... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Stamford, Connecticut
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“high tide” (235 reviews)
“on the rocks” (57 reviews)
“rough seas” (8 reviews)
Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Reviewed yesterday

My husband loved visiting Thunder Hole. Watching the water boom and swirl was fun, with gorgeous views all around. Parking is high above the actual Thunder Hole, so be prepared to climb steps.

Thank minx6469
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Thunder hole is an incredible site that should be seen at LOW tide. Check with the park rangers for the tidal schedules. If you go at high tide, you will not have the same experience as the hole will be covered up by the tides....More

Reviewed yesterday

The best time to go to Thunder Hole is when a storm is coming. The waters get rough and you get the full experience. Otherwise, if the water is calm, there's no "thunder".

Thank ddallas1969
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Glad we took the time to walk from Sand Beach to Thunder Hole (could have driven but it is only .7 miles each way). Got there at the right time and had the added bonus of a local that was willing to chat for a...More

Thank Cory D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We spent awhile here just looking around this pond. It has a trail you can take that goes all the way around . We went probably a quarter of the way. Such a view you couldn't see anywhere else . Spectacular

Thank patricia M
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was a little busy but worth visiting. The sounds of the ocean braking on the rocks are worth it. Stop by the gift shop and get a snack and a blueberry soda pop and enjoy the views!

Thank Mayte B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It's so interesting to see what water can do to solid rock. I love to watch crashing waves anywhere so this a particularly fascinating sight and sound experience for me.

Thank peglegdebs
Reviewed 5 days ago

Went to thunder hole twice but never hit it at the right time. Plenty of parking and if taking the loop you should stop just don't get high hopes. Has to be timed right but stop if in the area.

Thank Steven S
Reviewed 6 days ago

Don't cheat yourself! You've got to see and hear Thunder Hole. It's fantastic! You can park across the street in the lot and then walk over. There are stairs for easy access. Given the right waves you'll hear the thunder! It's on the way to...More

Thank jeffpdavid
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Waves crash most spectacularly when tide is higher and when storms or wind roil the sea. Crowds will be intense in season at these times making it hard even to stand at good viewing spots.

Thank Jim R
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July 9, 2016|
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Response from carefreeatsea | Reviewed this property |
We took a cab (maybe $20. for 4ppl) to Acadia National Park and took a carriage ride $36.pp. It was excellent and informative. Got on to there bus (right there) and did the park loop and saw Thunder Hole and a lot of... More
Joe R
May 27, 2015|
Response from Liz M | Reviewed this property |
People have brought their dogs on leashes here. Keep your dog's temperament in mind. The crowds at the peak viewing times (which will include children) may be difficult to navigate. If you want to check the tidepools... More