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It is an area of North Coast that around 3,000 people call home.
Augusta, the state capital, is about 80 miles to the west of Bar Harbor, while Winter Harbor is 6 miles to the east.
Leave the grown-up world behind and be transported into a realm of enchantment at Birdsacre Sanctuary and Wild Acadia Fun Park. Want more? Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and Pirate's Cove Miniature Golf are also highly recommended by parents.
Come face-to-face with the creatures of the deep in the meticulously recreated marine environments at Mount Desert Island Oceanarium.
Wine fanatic or not, an afternoon of testing a variety of blends at the region's wineries won't go astray. If you are hoping to visit a few, consider adding the Blue Hill Wine Shop, the Bartlett Maine Estate Winery and the Catherine Hill Winery to the schedule. It doesn't matter where you start off. They are all excellent!
Spend an afternoon admiring the comprehensive catalogue of plant species displayed at the Asticou Azalea Garden. You can also go on a pleasant stroll through the Thuya Garden and the Newlin Gardens.
When it's time to take five, grab a bite to eat and make your way over to one of the leafy urban parks, such as Agamont Park or Grant Park. Village Green and the Garland Farm are two more excellent places to while away a lazy afternoon and catch up on some reading.
Discover a bit more about the Bar Harbor area with a visit to Hulls Cove Visitor Center and Acadia National Park's Visitors Center. You could also leaf through the flyers and maps at Thompson Island Information Center and Acadia National Park s Visitors Center.
Surrounded by shady trees and scrubby grass, Jordan Pond is a great escape for birdlife and travelers alike.
Leave your phone in the glove compartment and have a break from the stresses of the modern world at Cadillac Mountain and Indian Point. Ocean Path Trailhead and Ship Harbor Nature Trailhead are also popular among nature lovers.
For something on the educational side, spend the day browsing a couple of the local cultural establishments. The best ones are the Telephone Museum, the Maine Granite Industry Museum and the Wendell Gilley Museum.
The natural world offers more treasures than we could ever hope to see in one lifetime. Fortunately, institutions such as the Abbe Museum and the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History do the heavy lifting for us by putting them all in one location. The well-maintained objects and specimens of the College of the Atlantic Natural History Museum are equally worth a look.
An oasis for lovers of art, this area houses numerous spaces in which artists and designers can exhibit their work. Stop by the Blue Hill Bay Gallery and the Atlantic Art Glass for some great examples of what this creative destination has to offer. Afterwards, if you still have some energy left, finish up your day at the Chapter Two Art Gallery and the Island Artisans.
Take some time to enjoy the fascinating exhibits and examine the illuminating artifacts at the Bar Harbor Historical Society.
To learn more about the area's rich and fascinating past, make sure you visit its many historic monuments and buildings. Start your history lesson at Woodlawn Museum or the Downeast Scenic Railroad. More stories from the days of old await at Jonathan Fisher House and Ellsworth City Hall.
Fascinated by religion and spirituality? Immerse yourself in the quiet, contemplative atmosphere of St. Saviour's Church and Ellsworth Congregational Church.
Before you pack up your bags and head back home, ensure you see a few of the area's lesser-known attractions. The Grand Theatre and Bar Harbor Whale Watching are some worthwhile options. Also, think about visiting the Friend Memorial Public Library and the Jesup Memorial Library if your schedule allows.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Bar Harbor hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History and Newlin Gardens. Kebo Valley Golf Club and Shore Path are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in the heart of Bar Harbor, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Village Green and Abbe Museum. Jesup Memorial Library and St. Saviour's Church are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Bar Harbor, this resort is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Hulls Cove Visitor Center. Garland Farm and Newlin Gardens are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Ellsworth, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of L.L. Bean Shopping Outlet and Birdsacre Sanctuary. Downeast Scenic Railroad and Indian Point are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is steps away from Agamont Park, Shore Path and Bar Harbor Whale Watching. Bar Harbor Whale Museum and Village Green are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Salsbury Cove, this motel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Garland Farm and within 3 miles (5 km) of Mount Desert Island Oceanarium and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Hulls Cove Visitor Center and Acadia Repertory Theater are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Bar Harbor, this hotel is steps away from Newlin Gardens and George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History. Bar Harbor Whale Museum and Bar Harbor Whale Watching are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated in Hancock, this motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Birdsacre Sanctuary, L.L. Bean Shopping Outlet and Downeast Scenic Railroad. Atlantic Art Glass and Indian Point are also within 3 miles (5 km).