Places to Visit in Bar Harbor Maine

Bar Harbor Maine is a lovely little town located nearby the stunning Acadia National Park which is one of the best places to see the fall foliage in New England.

Places to Visit in Bar Harbor Maine

Bar Harbor maybe one of the smallest towns in Maine but it’s definitely one of the top places to visit on the east coast to enjoy a relaxing vacation and enjoy authentic downeast baked lobster.

Besides browsing the charming boutique shops, checking out the local restaurants and enjoying fun water activities like whale watching tours and boat cruises, Bar Harbor also boast many interesting places to visit such as:

Bar Harbor Whale Museum

The Bar Harbor Whale Museum is one of the few attractions in Bar Harbor Maine that won’t cost you anything. Besides learning interesting facts about whales, you’ll be able to see and touch whale skeletons and check out old whaling tools like harpoons.

Bar Island

Bar Island is one of the four small offshore islands located off the north coast of the town and one of the most popular places to visit in Bar Harbor Maine because you can walk to the island during low tide. You normally have couple of hours to make to and fro, and once there you’ll be treated to wonderful picturesque views of the bay.

Abbe Museum

Abbe Museum is located right opposite Meeting House Cemetery, and it’s easily one of the top places to visit in Bar Harbor Maine, especially if you're a history buff.

The Abbe Museum isn't just a great place to learn about Bar Harbor’s history and the Abenaki tribe who inhabited this area, but also an interesting place to see cool Abenaki artefacts like woven baskets and beautiful quilts.

Even if you’re not a history buff, you’ll definitely find the Abbe Museum a pleasant attraction where the entire family can spend a coupe of hours.

Bar Harbor Historical Society

The Historical Society is another of the free attractions in Bar Harbor and one of the best places to visit in Bar Harbor to learn about the town’s past and history.

The Historical Society Museum boasts interesting artifacts such as old photographs, period clothing and, even,  a milk bottle collection.

George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History

The George B. Dorr Museum is located on the actual campus of College of the Atlantic and it’s another great place to visit in Bar Harbor if you’re looking for educational things to do.

The George B. Dorr Museum not only has cool art exhibits produced by students but also offers educational programs to everyone such as workshops on whales and birds.

Mount Desert Oceanarium

Mount Desert Oceanarium is located in Hulls Cove, around 6 minutes drive from the campus of College of the Atlantic, and it is, without a doubt, one of the top places to visit in Bar Harbor with the family, as you'll be able to check out cool areas such as the lobster hatchery where you'll learn about the life cycle of lobsters.

Agamont Park

Agamont Park is one of the many green areas in the town of Bar Harbor and it’s also one of the best places in Bar Harbor town where you can enjoy a picnic and marvel at the beautiful flower, while soaking in the lovely views of the bay.

Thunder Hole

Thunder Hole is located along the coast of Acadia National Park; around 10 minutes drive south of Bar Harbor Maine.

Thunder Hole is probably one of the best places along Mount Desert Island’s coast line where you can soak in breathtaking ocean views and truly experience the roar of waves rolling into the rocks.

Hulls Cove Visitor Center

Hulls Cove Visitor Center is another of the places to visit in Bar Harbor Maine and it’s located just a short drive from the town, near Mount Desert Oceanarium. Even if you’re not planning to explore Acadia National Park, Hulls Cove Visitor Center offers family-oriented activities like ranger talks and hikes, as well as evening activities.

Eden Farmer’s Market

If you’re visiting Bar Harbor over a weekend, you’ll be glad to know that the town holds a farmer’s market on the YMCA parking lot every Sunday between 9am and 12pm, though only during the warm months.

If you’re visiting Bar Harbor in the off-season the farmer’s market will be held on Saturday at the Bar Harbor Cellar Winery at Sweet Pea Farm.

Bar Harbor Brewing Co

If you’re a fan of beer or wine, another of the places to visit in Bar Harbor Maine is the Brewing Company, located across Village Green Park. The Brewing Company offers tours of their brewing cellars as well as a tasting room where you can try out their hand crafted beer.

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