Fees & Passes

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From May through October, all Acadia National Park visitors are required to have a park entrance pass.

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Wilcox, a visitor from Brooklyn NY.  Used with permission.

Vehicle steering wheel and dashboard with a park entrance pass on display
Buy, print, and display your entrance pass on your dashboard before you get here.

Photo by Joseph Philipson, Friends of Acadia

From May through October, all Acadia National Park visitors are required to have a park entrance pass. All vehicles must display a park entrance pass clearly visible through the windshield.

Display & Dash

We encourage all visitors to either bring one of the valid passes shown on this page below or buy and print one of the four passes available online before you arrive at the park. This allows you to drive directly to a trailhead or parking area and display your pass from your vehicle.

The entire variety of park passes are available for purchase in person at the park. Please review all pass options and eligiblity below.

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Acadia Goes Mobile: Buy Your Entrance Pass Online

Before you visit, make sure your phone or tablet is fully equipped with two official apps designed by and for Acadia. Swipe through location details, check real-time availability, and reserve a campsite right from your phone or tablet. Buy a Cadillac Summit Vehicle Reservation, then download or screen capture your confirmation code to display at the check station.


Entrance Fees

To enter Acadia National Park, you must purchase and display a weekly, annual, or lifetime pass.

Private Vehicle: $30

Valid for seven days

Admits private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants.
If the vehicle pass is purchased, no other pass is necessary.

Motorcycle: $25

Valid for seven days
Admits one or two passengers on a private, non-commercial motorcycle.

Per Person: $15

Valid for seven days
Admits one individual with no car (bicyclist, hiker, pedestrian). Youth 15 and under are admitted free of charge.

Acadia Annual Pass: $55

Valid for 12 months from purchase month. This pass provides access to Acadia National Park only. This pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle.


The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

Good for entrance to all federal recreation lands, including Acadia National Park.

Interagency Annual Pass: $80

Valid for 12 months from purchase month.

Annual Senior Pass: $20

This is an annual pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or older.

Lifetime Senior Pass: $80

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.

Interagency Annual - Military Pass: $0

This is a free pass for active duty U.S. military personnel and their dependents, with valid documentation (CAC Card or DD Form 1173).

Access Pass: $0

Valid for life. This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.

Interagency Annual Volunteer Pass: $0

This pass is for volunteers acquiring 250 service hours on a cumulative basis. Learn about volunteer opportunities at Acadia.

Every Kid Outdoors 4th Grade Pass: Printed Voucher Required

This is a free pass for U.S. 4th grade students. Please visit www.everykidoutdoors.gov for instructions on how to obtain the voucher required to exchange for the pass. This pass is valid for 12 months beginning September of the year the student begins 4th grade and valid until the following August.

Free Entrance for U.S. Military Veterans with Identification

Free entry is available to veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, and are able to present one of the following forms of identification when entering a national park:

Free Entrance for Gold Star Families with Voucher

Free entry is available to Gold Star Families, who are next of kin of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost his or her life in a “qualifying situation,” such as a war, an international terrorist attack, or a military operation outside of the United States while serving with the U.S. Armed Forces.Qualifying families must download a voucher to fill out before arriving at the park.

Learn more about free entrance for Gold Star families

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Buy Then Print Your Pass Online

Whether you’re planning a single visit or coming back to Acadia National Park multiple times a year, enjoy the convenience of purchasing then printing your pass before you arrive. This allows you to head directly to a trailhead or parking lot and leave the printed pass on your dashboard.

Learn more about your pass options, find the right pass for you, and buy then print your pass online.


Where Can I Buy A Pass?

  • Hulls Cove Visitor Center

  • Sand Beach Entrance Station

  • Blackwoods Campground

  • Schoodic Woods Campground

  • Seawall Campground

You can also purchase certain types of passes at third-party sellers. These locations are not operated by the National Park Service.

  • Cadillac Mountain Gift Shop
  • Jordan Pond Gift Shop
  • Acadia Regional Chamber of Commerce at Thompson Island
  • Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Cottage Street
  • Southwest Harbor/Tremont Chamber of Commerce
  • Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce

Non-Commercial Organized Group Fees

Organized groups such as scouts, rotary clubs, youth groups, churches, reunions, etc. that do not qualify for an Educational Fee Waiver are charged as follows.

  • $30 per vehicle: Non-commercial vehicles with 15 or less capacity.
  • $15 per person: Non-commercial vehicles with 16 or greater capacity. Youth 15 and under are admitted free of charge.

Commercial Organized Group Fees

Are you operating a business that provides leisure or recreational services while in the park? If so, it is considered a commercial group and you are required to have a Commercial Use Authorization.

A commercial group is defined as consisting of one or more persons traveling on an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold for leisure or recreational purposes by an organization that realizes financial gain through the provisions of the service. Learn more about what is required by visiting our Do Business With Us page.


Fee Free Days in 2021

Combine great scenery and history with great savings and visit a national park for free on one of these six fee free days in 2021:

* – Entrance fees in Acadia are collected from May through October.

How Your Fees Help the Park

The fees you pay when visiting Acadia make a difference. Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, Acadia keeps 80 percent of all fees collected and uses that money to improve visitor services and fund critical deferred maintenance projects in the park such as:

  • Maintain and rehabilitate park carriage roads and hiking trails
  • Maintain and repair campgrounds, buildings, and picnic areas
  • Maintain and repair paved roads and parking areas
  • Improve park accessibility for people with disabilities
  • Operate and maintain the Island Explorer bus service
  • Provide lifeguards at Sand Beach and Echo Lake Beach
  • Provide unique interpretive programs
  • Support and maintain museum exhibits
Find out more by visiting our Your Fees at Work page.

Last updated: September 2, 2021

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