• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.

    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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  • Temporary Road Closure

    A section of the Western Mtn Road in Southwest Harbor will be closed until 8/18 while park crews replace a culvert with a new fish-friendly open bottom culvert. For more information and a map visit our Getting Around Page. More »

  • 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.

 
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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.

 
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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.
 
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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.

 
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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?

The wide carriage road is lined by the spring foliage of birch trees.

Acadia National Park's carriage road system, built by John D. Rockefeller Jr., has been called “the finest example of broken stone roads designed for horse-drawn vehicles still extant in America.” Today, you can hike or bike 45 miles of these scenic carriage roads in the park.