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NY to Bar Harbor w/8 and 12 year olds, how many days?

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NY to Bar Harbor w/8 and 12 year olds, how many days?

Planning a summer vacation towards the end of July. We are family of 4 with 8 and 12 year olds. Will probably stop midway to break up the trip. How many days should I plan to spend on Bar Harbor/Acadia?

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1. Re: NY to Bar Harbor w/8 and 12 year olds, how many days?

Five or six nights might be good. Mrsomes posted this to a similar question just yesterday:

"There is absolutely enough to do to keep busy. For your 9 year old I would hook up with one of the Jr Ranger programs that the park service offers. Kids love it. The ocean is cold for swimming although kids are a little more resilient than adults and may swim anyway. Echo Lake and Long Pond are lovely lakes and good to swim in as they are sandy and warm. There are places to dig in the sand. Sand Beach is the biggest beach but there are a few more on the island. The rocks can be terrific for kids. Go over to Wonderland at low tide and you'll see all sorts of life in the tide pools. Walk over to Bar Island at low tide. Very interesting stuff along the tide line for kids. There are loads of hikes and walks for all abilities. There are really good ice cream shops in Bar Harbor and if you're there during the summer 2 days a week they have concerts on the green which has always been a hit in my family. There is miniature golf out on Rt 3 as well as the Mt Desert Oceanarium. I think you'll find at the end of the week that you wished you had more time!"

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2. Re: NY to Bar Harbor w/8 and 12 year olds, how many days?

thanks much!

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3. Re: NY to Bar Harbor w/8 and 12 year olds, how many days?

Here's a list of 22 things to do with kids during a trip to Bar Harbor that includes many ideas good for 8 and 12 year olds:

www.ouracadia.com/kids-favorites.php?pg_id=20

In addition you might find the following article helpful in finding good places to eat with your kids:

ouracadia.com/blog/…

Hope these links are helpful to you!

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4. Re: NY to Bar Harbor w/8 and 12 year olds, how many days?

You might consider renting a house instead of staying in a hotel or motel. That way you don't have to eat out at every meal, and you might also get a washing machine/dryer to cut down on what you need to pack (and take home dirty).

Most houses are a week minimum, and run their rentals Saturday to Saturday.

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