November 28, 2017
Contact: Christie Anastasia
BAR HARBOR, MAINE – Acadia Annual Passes will be on sale at half-price for $25 during most of the month of December. Information and orientation to Acadia National Park is available at the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center during the winter and spring season (2 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor). Passes must be obtained in person. No phone orders will be taken. On December 1, during Bar Harbor’s Midnight Madness event, passes will be available at the Village Green from 8 pm to midnight.
There are several locations to purchase your Acadia Annual Pass for half-price. Local Chambers of Commerce will be selling the half-price passes at Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor/Tremont (sold at Harbor House, Southwest Harbor). Local Town Offices will also be selling the half-price passes at Gouldsboro, Mount Desert, Tremont, and Winter Harbor. The Schoodic Institute, located at the Schoodic Education and Research Center will have passes for sale at the Rockefeller Hall Welcome Center. Please check individual hours of operation on websites or by calling ahead to ensure these independent businesses are open when you plan to visit. Please also be aware methods of payment may vary by business, some may only take cash while others may accept check or credit card. Also, note the Acadia National Park Headquarters contact station on Eagle Lake Road (Route 233) closed permanently on May 1, 2017 and will not be open for information, pass sales, or restrooms.
“Buying an Acadia Annual Passes for $25 is an excellent opportunity to experience the park throughout the entire year, as often as you can visit,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider.
Through the authority of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, the National Park Service retains 80 percent of the fees collected from annual pass sales to invest in critical improvements that directly benefit visitors at Acadia National Park, including maintaining and enhancing visitor facilities. Entrance pass revenues are essential for funding the operation of the Island Explorer bus system, which serves Acadia and its surrounding communities. The National Park Service uses the remaining 20 percent to benefit other sites in the National Park System.