Exploring Acadia's Tidepools
A variety of marine animals and colorful algae species become exposed on the rocky shores of Acadia at low tide. They live on the costal rocks and in tidepools, which are depressions in the rocks that trap seawater.
Exploring these protected resources of Acadia provides an opportunity to peek through a window to the sea. To ensure the health of our resources and the safety of visitors, please show respect and follow the guidelines laid out below to minimize impact. We need your help to keep our coastal wildlife protected.
Know When to Go
The opportunity to tidepool occurs between the window of time 1.5 hours before to 1.5 hours after low tide. It is best to start tidepooling before low tide and to leave as the tide is rising.
Before you head out to the intertidal zone on your own, check the tide chart for your location:
Protect the Marine Life
Remember these marine animals are not indestructible. Our careless handling and footsteps can do damage that the changing tides cannot. Keep in mind these tips for your safety and for the protection of marine life.
Home Sweet Home
Low and Slow
Eyes on the Sea
Keep Kids Close
“Sea” a Whole New World
Last updated: September 1, 2020