Surrounded by Acadia National Park and located along Maine's majestic coastline, Bar Harbor welcomes nearly three million visitors and cruise passengers each. Here you'll find plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities, diverse cultural attractions, and the best clam chowder, blueberry pie, and lobster you can eat.
Elite Airways flies in and out of the Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport (BHB), which is located in the Town of Trenton on Route #3. The airport offers free parking for outbound passengers, as well as shuttle service and on-site car rental service for inbound passengers.
On Fridays and Sundays, Elite Airways offers non-stop jet service between Bar Harbor and and New York/Newark, with connecting service to Vero Beach, FL. Click here to check availability or make a reservation.
Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport is located at 115 Caruso Drive in Trenton Maine, right off of Route #3. The airport is conveniently located halfway between Ellsworth and Bar Harbor with free airport parking and shuttle services. Click here for airport website.
Whether you prefer to kayak, go bird-watching, or spend the day exploring Acadia National Park, you've come to the right place. Bar Harbor is home to the largest portion of the Acadia National Park, including the beautiful Cadillac Mountain. With beaches and foothills, shopping and walking tours, there is something here for everyone. Click here for more information.
Bar Harbor is situated near Acadia National Park which comprises the coast of Mount Desert Island. Here you have the chance to walk, hike, or bike through the 55 miles of carriage tails that run through the area while reveling in the breathtaking views of the park. Biking enthusiasts looking for adventure can even try the Cadillac Mountain Challenge! Those who want more hands-on fun can try rock-climbing up the side of the mountain, either polishing skills or simply taking in the views.
For visitors that prefer a view from the sea, there are many whale-watching trips that leave from Bar Harbor, as well as a sunset cruise, an old-fashioned sail, or a trip on a lobster boat. You can also spend the day kayaking through Mount Desert Island's dramatic coastline. For a different view, allow someone else to guide your tour. Experts lead bus and trolley tours that explore the wildlife and history of the area like the Wild Gardens of Acadia which features over 200 different species of planes, tress, and shrubs indigenous to Bar Harbor.
Bar Harbor is home to rich culture and heritage. You'll have the chance to enjoy all of it with a walking tour entitled, Museum in the Street. For a more guided journey, check out one of the area's museums or galleries. The Abbe Museum, for example, sits open year-round in the center of town. There you can learn about the island's rich Native American history, the Gulf of Maine's unique array of species, and collection of esteemed art works.
For the music-lover, Bar Harbor offers multiple renowned music festivals. String orchestras, chamber music, and jazz are all celebrated on the island. As for the nightlife, Bar Harbor boasts clubs and bars that host eclectic bands and solo artists, as well as improvisational comedy theatre. When you're ready to wind-down, the island's shops are an enticing and relaxing pastime. Allow yourself to be tempted by the handcrafted items that made Maine famous - tourmaline jewelry, maple syrup, and other treasures made by the locals.
It's been said, if the locals aren't talking about the weather, they're talking about the food. And Bar Harbor has the best of it in New England. Succulent cold-water Maine lobster is often one of the key draws to the area - it's hard to find fresher seafood anywhere. From family friendly seafood to upscale farm-to-table culinary delights, the island has a culinary experience for everyone.
Not sure which one to try first? Start at the Looking Glass Restaurant, as it was voted 'Best Breakfast with a View' in all Maine by Yankee Magazine. For lunch, stop in at Route 66 Restaurant and try the burger so good it was named after a mountain - the Cadillac Burger is known to satisfy any appetite. To end the day, be sure to enjoy a lobster dinner at any one of our fine seafood locations - Stewman's Lobster Pound, Acadia Lobster Bakes, or West Street Cafe. After dinner, don't forget to stop in for cocktails at one of the local bars! There is something for every craving in Bar Harbor.