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“Where Bar Harbor Gets It's Name”

Land Bridge to Bar Island
Ranked #8 of 75 things to do in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 30, 2012

What would a trip to Bar Harbor be without a journey down to the sand "bar" that gives the town it's name. For the unfamiliar, the sand bar is exposed at low tide. Over the next few hours when the tide comes in -- the bar eventually fills in with water from the ocean. You have to check the tide charts to know when to arrive if you would like to walk out on the bar and over to Bar Island. Once you get to the island there is a path to a trail that takes you up to the top of the isalnd where you get a great view of the town of Bar Harbor. Bring a camera because it is a great photo op. The trail involves a little bit of climbing but nothing too strenuous. However, you must keep your eye on the time and be sure to leave the island with enough time to walk back to the town and across the bar without having to swim!

3  Thank Carol
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Nice, give yourself plenty of time to get over to the island. Kinda overrated, but the bridge between the two lands was incredible, you just don't get that. I did not explore much, Paddy's restaurant was waiting for me.

2  Thank CarlsbadJohn_M
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

I had just finished radiation treatments and my stamina was not up to par. Making it over and back was a goal and we had a lovely day. Took our time, and enjoyed the beauty around us. Luckily there was a large fallen tree on Bar Island so we rested and made it back. A definite must do while you are in Bar Harbor.

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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Just something very unique to do while you are there. You never know what the tide can leave when it goes out!

Thank Bunny V
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

This was a fun hike, which would be even more fun with kids. Walking across the sand bar and seeing all the shells, sea weed and rocks was interesting. One of the best parts was watching the sea gulls pick up and then drop shells on the rocks to try and open them and then eat the contents. Very interesting. Once you get to Bar Island there is a quick hike up to the summit. Very nice and easy. A great thing to do if you have just an hour or so to spend. Check for low tide times to time your travels and to insure you don't get "caught" on the Island. And for goodness sake, don't park your car on the land bridge. Our boat guide told us there had been 5 cars caught up in the tide already this year.

1  Thank luv2fly77
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