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“Beautiful views and well-stocked center”

Acadia National Park's Hulls Cove Visitors Center
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Owner description: Center offering visitors an audio-visual presentation, maps, special events and the opportunity to talk to rangers.
Albany, New York
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful views and well-stocked center”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Compared to most National Park Visitors' Centers, this one was well-stocked and the staff was pleasant. We were there at the height of the tourist season (the first week in August) so it was crowded. Despite the crowds, everything seemed to be smooth. Nobody acted impatient with questions or concerns. The facilities were clean and the outside deck was pleasant for waiting.

Visited August 2013
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Towanda, Pennsylvania
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“A great tip for those with mobility issues”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

The park has a CD that you can put in your car CD player. There is a narrated tour of the park. You can go to each stop and hear a description of the area and what to see. I have trouble walking and climbing. This allowed me to see the scenery from the car. I was able to get out at stops and see the sights.The CD costs $20 and can be reused on later visits.

Visited August 2013
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Nassau County, NY
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“Helpful first stop for visitors to Acadia National Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

We purchased our 1-week vehicle pass ($20 - where can you get such a deal?) at the visitor's center. Then we asked specific questions of the park rangers who are very knowledgable and professional: the times of low tide (to see the tidepools at Otter Point) and to walk over the sand bar to Bar Island), the times of high tide (to experience the crashing waves at Thunder Hole), and the times of sunset (to view the sunset on Bluehill Overlook on Cadillac Mountain).
My daughter (10 years ) and I were so awed by the scenery in the 15-minute film at the Visitor's Center that we went back another day to see it again.

I should mention that you need to "hike" up 50 or so steps to get to the Visitor's Center. I was out of breath by the time I got to the top, but maybe I'm out of shape. My daughter did not think anything of it and rather enjoyed the climb.

Visited August 2013
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Titusville
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“A way to plan and save you time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

This center will help you plan your trip so that you can get the most out of your limited time in Arcadia. Pat of the park is one way so you don't want to back track and lose time, They will be helpful regarding the difficulty of all carriage trails and hiking. They have great maps and are very knowledgeable of the area. Hint: ask them about Wanderland, Bass Harbor Light, Schoodic Point,
and where to buy lobsters at the pound. These are little things that will make your visit that much richer.

Visited August 2013
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Springfield
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“Acadia Is Beautiful and Picturesque But Newfoundland is Spectacular!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

The Acadia National Park is beautiful, picturesque, and natural. There are enormous ancient rocks that you can climb on, right to the edge where the waves meet the rocks. There are also steep dangerous rocks that you can fall over and kill yourself on even more rocks which are surreptitiously hidden by water.

The Bar Harbor entrance which is the main entrance is busy. There is a huge parking lot which is free with plenty of room for cars, RVs, and motorcycles. There is also a busy visitor center with clean bathrooms, gift store, and an auditorium. There are crowds but people patiently queue up. The line also moves quickly.

Take the free bus instead of drive in your own car into the park. You cut down on pollution. It is also less stressful. The wait is not too bad and there are lots of things to see and do. You can admire the forest or enjoy listening to the polite crowds around you.

Many people from all over the world are there. We heard all kinds of languages and saw a big diversity of people from Germany, France (probably French Canadians), India, Australia, Japan, and the U. S. A. People waited excitedly in anticipation but were tired at the same time. Many had driven long distances.

The free bus takes you everywhere in the park. There are designated stops but the driver will pick up or stop as long as it was safe.


We preferred a different but quieter entrance to the Acadia National Park called Schoodic Point. Follow the coastal road rather than signs to Bar Harbor. It is not really a coastal road because you pass through more towns than coast. However, you are rewarded with fewer people, much less traffic, and silence at the park.

We walked on a 5 mile trail to and fro with nary a person in sight. It was quiet and peaceful. We hoped to see some wildlife but could not find even their tracks on the trail. The animals took the day off.

On the rocks, we had the entire place almost to ourselves where we sat and admired the waves hitting the rocks. We lingered. We were reluctant to leave. It was a better day than the Bar Harbor entrance day.

This is a worthwhile park to visit but you need several days to do the entire park. What we saw was only the tip of the iceberg. Rather than visiting the park in the summer, do it in the fall or spring or winter. The park will be lovelier because there will be fewer people around.

Now, after having said all those nice things about the Acadia National Park, I urge you, if you have the time and money, to go to Newfoundland, Canada instead. The topography is almost the same but Newfoundland takes your breath away. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. it is not spoilt by man.

What you see at Acadia is magnified 100 times over in Newfoundland. The clear water meets the mountains at every corner that you turn on the road. There is snow on the mountains in the summer. The scenery is wild and remote. There is moose!

There is no one around. You have the entire place to yourself. This is what I call a true natural setting. In fact, the Gros Morne National Park has been designated a World Heritage Site. In my mind, it is a gift from God.

In conclusion, visit the Acadia National Park. You won't regret it. But, if you have the time and money, explore Newfoundland instead. The beauty is unsurpassed.

Visited August 2013
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