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Land Bridge to Bar Island

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Address: 1 Bridge St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1425
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Great little experience

We went twice with our kids. Can get caught up in a storm or rain pretty easily. You can drive down the street and onto the sand to park if it's not to crowded. Kids loved turning... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went twice with our kids. Can get caught up in a storm or rain pretty easily. You can drive down the street and onto the sand to park if it's not to crowded. Kids loved turning over the rocks to look for small crabs. Probably found 20 of them.

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Thank Derek L
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What? Looking over the water to an island, we couldn't believe that it would be possible to walk to that island later in the afternoon, but we did! Didn't know that's the reason for the name 'Bar' Harbor. So cool!

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Thank Happygrandmere
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

To get to walk across a sand bar to an island is not something you normally get to do often. It is only during the 90 mins before & after low tide that you can make this walk out to Bar Island. The is a short but rocky trail to hike with views of Bar Harbor. A definite must is... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Be certain to check the high and low tides because you want to return to Bar Harbor! Drive or walk!!

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West Chester, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a fun activity if you like nature and hiking. It's an easy walk to the smaller island across the sand bridge during low tide. There is a trail to walk if you want to go to the high point and get a view of Bar Harbor.

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fourth trip to Bar Harbor over the years but the first time that we timed it right to cross the land bridge to Bar Island. We're probably a little more cautious than some folks, but never wanted to take a chance on getting stranded on Bar Island and not be able to get back to Bar Harbor proper. Lots of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Perhaps #1 spot for kids :-) [] Check out the tide schedule!! [] Parking spots are limited, very popular trail. Don't park under water ;-) [] Entrance near Bridge St & West St. [] Lots of sea creatures, check out the photos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

While in Bar Harbor, make sure to walk on over to Bar Island at low tide, when the sand bar is a strip of land. You can get the tide charts online or in the Acadia Weekly magazine available at hotels. Just make sure you return before the water rises and covers the sand, otherwise you will be stuck on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We walked across in about 10 minutes, saw shells and starfish. Its mind blowing to think that just a few hours before, and again a few hours after, that it would be all under water. Very cool thing to experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We got lucky ...tide was out & we had the time to walk out to the Island. A wonderful experience...locals & tourists enjoying the day☆ Beautiful Bar Harbor♡

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