Things to Do in Acadia National Park with Kids

THE 10 BEST Acadia National Park Things to Do with Kids

Things to Do in Acadia National Park with Kids

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  • LacrosseTraveller
    Tucson, AZ287 contributions
    If there is one place you can visit in the Park I would suggest Cadillac Mountain. From here you can view all of the scattered islands and coastline. On a beautiful day we spent about a half hour at top for all the photos you can imagine.
    Written November 14, 2022
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  • VacationAdam
    Springfield, OH137 contributions
    This loop takes you around to some amazing views and interesting points along the park. You can see so much of it especially if you buy the self guided driving tour..
    Written October 10, 2022
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  • chimayred
    Durham, NH2,278 contributions
    Beautiful. Safe and historic.
    We rented ebikes from bar harbor bicycle shop (first time on ebikes) and did 30 miles over four hours. Fantastic experience. Map was good and trails were easy to follow.
    Oh and we went in mid November and it was about 40 degrees.
    Written November 17, 2022
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  • Kristin
    4 contributions
    saw some loons, enjoyed the hike, beautiful scenery, little dicey on the rocks and boards, but not strenuous
    Written November 24, 2022
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  • Travel80
    Tyler, TX426 contributions
    Upon the advice of aFriend who lives in Bar Harbor, we parked our car at the Otter Cliffs Parking lot and hiked down from Otter Cliffs to Thunder Hole and then on to Sand Beach. We took the Acadia NP Shuttle Bus back (the uphill road) to the Otter Cliffs parking lot. Great Hike and so way to spend 2 to 3 hours!!
    Written October 26, 2022
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  • Wilson Miller
    San Diego, CA21 contributions
    Gorham Mountain is not among Acadia's most strenuous trails, but it's a wonderful warm up. Great views, and interesting terrain (especially on the Cadillac Cliffs split). Beware that arriving early may be advisable, as parking can be a challenge. For more experienced hikers, Gorham can also be combined with an ascent of the Beehive and/or a hike up the South Ridge of Champlain Mountain, which has wonderful views and passes the Bowl, an excellent place for a mid-day swim.
    Written September 24, 2022
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  • Christina B
    Louisiana2,574 contributions
    Weather was cloudy but still a nice stop. Beautiful views of the coast line & ocean. It’s only a short walk down. There’s parking closer to the path down the incline.
    Written October 17, 2022
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  • Kristin
    4 contributions
    We did miss the actual bubble rock and had to retrace footsteps, follow the blue paint marks, gorgeous views of the valley and Jordan Pond
    Written November 24, 2022
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  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, MA31,901 contributions
    Fabulous views in perfect weather... as always... Keep in mind that at the end of May the counter clockwise path was closed and this path is easier to follow. However the clockwise path is equally gorgeous, just a little trickier to descend than to ascend in two spots.

    If you want a manageable and short hike with great rewards, Great Head Trail is for you - the views of the ocean, the beach and the islands are stunning.

    If you arrive at Sand Beach around 5PM, finding a parking spot is very possible and the hike will not take more than 90 minutes.
    Written June 18, 2022
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  • Carrie D.
    Cleveland, OH1,783 contributions
    The Hulls Cove Visitor Center was a must stop for us, as we collect the National Park Passport Stamps and they have one...and then we got there and realized that there were 52 steps you had to climb to get to the Visitor Center. Everyone else in my group was too exhausted from a day of touring & hiking around the park, so I made the climb to get all of our stamps.

    The staff were very helpful at the information desk. I was able to buy my new national park annual pass there, as ours was about to expire. The gift shop is tiny--don't plan to buy many souvenirs at the Visitor Center--there are much nicer gift shops throughout the park.
    Written August 7, 2022
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  • kikelly22
    Saint Paul, MN82 contributions
    This was a gorgeous spot! All around it as well. It was crowded and really hard to find a place to park! We saw thunder hole, however only heard a gurgle. It was definitely worth the stop anyway. Gorgeous landscape.
    Written October 28, 2022
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  • JBH
    364 contributions
    This is a cobbled beach. We enjoyed climbing and taking in the views during low tide. Not very busy at all. Easy parking and nice view. You must take steps down to the beach.
    Written July 26, 2022
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  • Michele P
    Middletown, NY349 contributions
    Spent the day driving the loop and stoping at the various points along the mostly one-way road. Each area was unique and beautiful. There are small pull offs to admire the scenery, walking paths and of course lots of hiking! There were restrooms open at some of the areas although some things were closed this late in the season. Take the ride to the top of Cadillac mountain...and sit and enjoy the view.
    Written October 29, 2020
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  • discoverturtle
    Acton, MA32 contributions
    Beautiful views and swimming. Loons thankfully are protected nearby. Picnic, relax, swim, and lovely views.
    Written October 4, 2021
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  • WYSWYG
    New Jersey106 contributions
    small garden but very educational. you get to know the nature of the landscape of the island such as type of trees, bushes, flowers, moss, lichen, and frogs.
    Written July 31, 2022
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