Bar Harbor Area ~ Things to Do

Acadia's 33,000 acres of woodland, mountains, lakes, and shore front surround Bar Harbor. More that 60 trails and mountains as high as 1500 feet offer activities ranging from gentle to strenuous. We have listed below just a few activities that await you.

We are blessed, in and around Bar Harbor, to have a wide array of events that take place indoors and out designed for evening and more casual interests. There are also sightseeing buses and coaches providing tours to almost the entire island.

Outdoor Activities

Strolling in Bar Harbor

Strolling in Bar Harbor

Walking is the best and easiest way to explore Old Bar Harbor. We will provide you with an historic map. There are group walking tours available as well.

Bar Harbor's Shore Path is an easy stroll with the most spectacular views. It begins just a five minute walk from Mira Monte.
Another popular stroll is available at low tide: walk to Bar Island - about 5 minutes to begin at the foot of Bridge Street. Ten minutes in another direction takes you to the beginning of the Village Connector Trails Beginning at the cemetery at the end of Kebo Street, this trails takes you across the Great Meadow to the base of Dorr Mountain and to the Wild Gardens of Acadia - a botanical collection of native Mt Desert Island plant, trees and shrubs. Here is where you will see bog plants such as the insect collecting Pitcher Plant. Without getting your feet wet. Bar Harbor has, since the 1840's been a famous summer resort.

The climate is near perfect for all types of activities. The cool ocean gives us sea breezes almost every night -cooling the air from a daytime temperature in the low 80's to mid 60's at night. While we offer air conditioning in the rooms, it is rarely needed. Mira Monte's quiet location allows you to open your windows and sleep with fresh sea air filling your lungs. You usually need a sweater if you're going out for an evening walk.

You will need warm clothing if you expect to go out on one of the many boat cruises available to you: whale watching, sailing, kayaking, nature cruises, puffin watching, and sightseeing cruises. Bring jeans, socks, a head scarf, and layers of shirts or sweaters plus gloves if you're from a warm climate. Bring a knapsack or tote bag so you can add layers or shed them as the temperature dictates. You need these because the ocean is 50 to 60 degrees and the wind and sea breezes are cold.


Hiking, Maine Style

Hiking, Maine Style

Trails range from rugged and challenging to gently sloping paths at the water's edge. ( I especially like the 2 mile walk from Sand Beach to Otter Point_ in the summer you can take a bus to Sand Beach-walk the trial and pick up a return bus at Otter Point).

In Southwest Harbor there are two great walks -
Wonderland -aptly named. The native pitch pine trees look like natural bonsai trees, they are stunted by lack of nutrients and shaped by a prevailing ocean wind. The ground covers are made up of arctic plants that are at their southern limit here on the island. The arctic plants survive here because of the cool summer nights; sharing the sun-warmed rocks are many southern plants that live here because we have mild winters. This short walk ends at the rocky shore - a trip filled with wonder, Another walk, very close by, is the Ship Harbor Trail which winds in a figure eight along the beautiful little harbor - so named because it was the sight of a tragic ship wreck many years ago. Today it is a peaceful, beautiful short walk.

Cultural Experiences in or near Bar Harbor.

The Arcady Music Festival

The Arcady Music Festival

The Arcady Music Festival that runs all summer Our 4th of July parade and fireworks exhibition Summer theater in both Bar Harbor and Somesville Bar Harbor Days with food & activities galore Many museums displaying our island's history Plenty of interesting shops and galleries await you Walking tours of historic buildings and homes Buggy rides on Acadia's carriage roads.

Contact us for Bar Harbor Maine lodging information:

Mira Monte Inn Bed and Breakfast
69 Mt Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Telephone: 207-288-4263 1-800-553-5109 Fax 207-288-3115

A Bar Harbor Bed and Breakfast Inn / B&B / Inn / Bar Harbor Lodging Accommodations