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Acadia National Park Tours

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Acadia National Park
Located on Maine's Mount Desert Island and known for its rugged coastal beauty, Acadia National Park is a gem of the New England outdoors with a coastline comprised of sheer cliffs and sandy beaches. Venture farther inland and you’ll find dense woodlands, vast lakes, and the tallest mountains on the Northeast coast. The park offers endless options for exploration—from catching the first sight of sunrise in the US on Cadillac Mountain to camping on the remote shores of Duck Harbor to hearing waves crashing in the park's famed Thunder Hole inlet.

The Basics
Acadia National Park contains more than 120 miles (193 kilometers) of historic hiking trails and 45 miles (72 kilometers) of bikeable carriage trails, making it popular among outdoor enthusiasts. Travelers can also go tidepooling, kayaking, or fishing on the coast or at the inland lakes. Visitor permits for private vehicles cost $25, while individuals arriving by bus or on foot must pay $12. All passes are valid for seven days. It’s possible to visit on an overnight tour of Maine from Boston or on a grand multi-day tour of America’s east coast.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Be prepared for traffic during summer’s peak visitation. Beat the crowds by arriving early and buying your visitor’s pass online, or booking a tour in advance.
  • The weather is constantly changing on the Maine coast, so be prepared with sunscreen and dress in layers so you can peel off gear when the sun is out.
  • The park allows pets so long as they are kept on a leash.

How to Get There
Acadia National Park is 264 miles (425 kilometers) north of Boston or about five hours away by road. Car rentals are available at Logan Airport, as well as Hancock County Airport (15 minutes from the park) and Bangor International Airport (one hour from the park). Parking can be tough during summer months, but you can leave your car where you’re staying and take Oli's Trolley or the fare-free Island Explorer bus into Acadia.

When to Get There
The park is open year-round, although it is most crowded in summer. In autumn, the trees blaze with color and fewer crowds make for ideal bird-watching and hiking conditions. When snow falls, some roads and facilities close, but the terrain is perfect for cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

Exploring Downtown Bar Harbor
Complete your visit with a stop (or overnight stay) in this seaside town, located adjacent to the park on the island’s northeast harbor and known as a gateway town to Acadia. Peruse specialty art shops and dine at Main Street restaurants for your fill of fresh seafood and local farm-grown produce. Most guided bus tours to Acadia include time in Bar Harbor with an expert tour guide.
Address: Maine, USA
Hours: Daily
Admission: $12 per person, $25 per private vehicle (includes passengers)
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Narrated Bus Tour of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park (Classic - 2.5 Hours)Nature and Wildlife

Narrated Bus Tour of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park (Classic - 2.5 Hours)

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Take a deep dive into Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, and Mt. Desert Island on this half-day bus tour. Since your transportation is provided, you can focus on the scenery and taking in the insightful narrative instead of driving and directions. Make three stops within the town of Bar Harbor and the National Park to witness firsthand the views and wildlife that make this island so special. Stops include Cadillac Mountain, Sieur de Monts Spring, and Thunder Hole.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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Premium Narrated Bus Tour of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park (3.5 Hours) Nature and Wildlife

Premium Narrated Bus Tour of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park (3.5 Hours)

Our Premium Narrated Bus Tour of Acadia National Park is an extended and enhanced version (3.5 hours) of our very popular Classic Tour. The Premium Tour takes place on a luxury Berkshire Coach with air conditioning, improved view-ability from the bus, as well as a smaller group setting (22 people or less). The additional tour time allows more flexibility, extra time a stops, and the possibility of additional stops within the park.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Acadia National Park hours of operation?
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Acadia National Park hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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