Summer is the most popular time to visit Acadia National Park, but there is a long list of things to do here regardless of the season. It’s a good idea to start your visit at Hulls Cove Visitor Center. Open April 15 to Oct. 31, you can get the most current information on park activities and events. During the summer, a number of ranger-led programs for both kids and adults take place.
There are more than 120 miles of historic hiking trails in Acadia National Park. Visitors can also bike on 45 miles of carriage trails, go tidepooling, kayaking or fishing. In the autumn, fewer crowds make for great bird-watching and fall colors. When snow falls, some roads and facilities close, but cross-country skiers and folks who like to snow-shoe celebrate.
There’s a certain romance to wind-whipped lighthouses set out off a rocky coast, and the Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse in York Bay is arguably the most romantic of them all. Believed to be America’s most photographed lighthouse, the Cape Neddick Nubble even had its picture delivered all the way to space, when Voyager II in 1997 sent a photo fluttering out into space to represent the American Lighthouse. Today, Cape Neddick Nubble lighthouse is an iconic sight along Maine’s spectacular southern coast, and has warned passing ships of the nearby rocks since 1879. At Christmas time, the town of York lights the house itself with bright and festive lights, which shine in brilliant, stoic contrast to the inky black backdrop of night. In summer months, when coastal Maine is teeming with beachgoers, sailors, sightseers, and tourists, thousands flock to Sohier Park across the strait from the island, simply to photograph and experience in real life the iconic American spire.