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  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

    Precipice Cliff, Valley Cove, and Jordan Cliff areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »

  • Cultural Connections programs rescheduled for 7/16/2014 due to weather

    Ash Log Pounding demo will take place today 11 am-3 pm at the Abbe Museum downtown (26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor). The Burnurwurbskek Singers have been rescheduled to perform on Cadillac Summit next Wed, July 23 at 11 am.

  • Trail Closure: Gorge Path weekdays, 7 am - 4 pm

    The section of the Gorge Path between the Hemlock Path intersection and the A. Murray Young Trail intersection is closed until rehabilitation work is completed. The closure will be in effect Mondays through Fridays only, from 7 am to 4 pm.

For Kids

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Junior Ranger Program


Mid-May through mid-October, kids of all ages can take part in the Junior Ranger Program to learn about Acadia. Complete fun activities, participate in ranger-led programs, and take the junior ranger pledge to earn a signed certificate and an embroidered patch. Click here for more information on the Junior Ranger program.

Tour Boat

Take a Ranger-Narrated Boat Cruise


Four different park-ranger narrated boat cruises are offered during the season. Touch real sea life brought up from the ocean floor; search for seals, porpoises, and bird life; and explore island life and maritime history. Cruises vary from 2 hours to 4.5 hours.


Visit the Nature Center

Hands-on exhibits to help you uncover the secretes behind how the park manages its plants and animals. What kinds of birds are found in the park? In which habitat can you find snakes or frogs? Visit the Nature Center at Sieur de Monts Spring to find out.

Play in the Sand


Sand Beach is one of only two sandy ocean beaches on Mount Desert Island. If the water there is too cold for you, only 55 F (13 C) at best, try Echo Lake Beach on Route 102 north of Southwest Harbor.


Go for a Hike or Bike Ride


The park has 125 miles (201 km) of easy to strenuous trails for hiking and 45 miles (72 km) of winding carriage roads for walking or biking.

Childrens' Bill of Rights

Children's Bill of Rights
Videocast - Windows (3.36 MB)
Duration - 1 minutes 23 seconds

What are 10 easy and fun things every child should experience at Acadia? Watch this short video to find out!

Did You Know?

A girl stands along the stone steps of the Kurt Diederich Path in this historic image taken around 1920.

Acadia National Park contains more than 120 miles of historic hiking trails. Many of these trails were established by local village improvement societies in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today many of the historic features, such as stonework, are still visible.