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traveling with 2 month old to Acadia reccomendations

NJ
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traveling with 2 month old to Acadia reccomendations

My husband and I are planning a trip to Acadia National Park towards the end of May. Our daughter will be 8 weeks old when we go on the trip so we are looking for activities that are "infant friendly". We will drive from Boston to Bar Harbor and stay there for a few days.

Could anyone recommend hikes that we could do at Acadia NP with our daughter in a carrier? We are also looking for other attractions in the vicinity we could do with a baby. Any recommendations of places we could visit on the way to and from Boston?

Thanks,

Gail

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1. Re: traveling with 2 month old to Acadia reccomendations

There are a number that I think would fit your needs.

Gorham Mountain offers great views, a fiarly moderate climb, and a few options for coming back down. Combine that with a return via the Ocean Path for an enjoyable loop.

Great Head (just across Newport Cove from Gorham) is do-able with an infant carrier, I think. There are one or two very limitedt areas where some hand/arm effort is necessary, but with two of you, that shouldn't be a problem.

Jesup Path takes you through Great Meadow and to Sieur de Monts (nature center and wild garden) and the Tarn. You can make a loop by returning via Strath-Eden path which runs along the foot of Kebo Mountain.

On the south side of MDI there are two short, low-impact trails---Wonderland and Ship Harbor---that I enjoy.

And then there are the carriage roads---some 45 miles of them---that are reserved for biking and walking.

One piece of advice---bring along insect netting for the little one---depending on the location, black flies can be a problem in the spring.

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2. Re: traveling with 2 month old to Acadia reccomendations

If it's not cold and rainy, get out on the water, say on the mail boat to the Cranberry Isles. A terrific way to see Acadia is from the water, and the mailboat to Little Cranberry is a good choice. Get off on Little Cranberry, walk around, eat lunch at the General Store, catch the next mail boat back. The mailboat should be partially enclosed so even if it's windy and wee bit cold, the little one should be protected. http://www.cranberryisles.com/ferry.html#b&b

There are Carters and Oshkosh outlets at Freeport if the little one is a shopaholic. :)

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3. Re: traveling with 2 month old to Acadia reccomendations

Thank you for your time - great ideas!

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4. Re: traveling with 2 month old to Acadia reccomendations

One more hike to consider in the hike around Jordan Pond. It is mostly flat land, and should be very pretty with foliage popping out all over.

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5. Re: traveling with 2 month old to Acadia reccomendations

We took a hike today that might interest you. We started from Jordan Pond House and took the Asticou Trail to the second crossing of the carriage road. Then we turned right and after a short walk on the carriage road, picked up the Amphitheatre Trail at the Little Harbor Brook Bridge. We hiked that up to Amphitheatre Bridge. It is not a long, nor a particularly strenuous hike. It does involve six stream crossings (all very shallow water and lots of stepping stones), so you have to pay attention to the cairns and the blue trail markings. From Amphitheatre Bridge (the only curved bridge in the carriage road system) we walked back via the carriage road to Jordan Pond House. The loop took us about 2.5 hours, including stops for photography, water, and snacks.

The Amphithreatre area was one of the favorite areas of George Dorr---often regarded as the father of Acadia National Park. It is a beautiful and peaceful area.