There are two sections of Acadia National Park. The largest portion is on Mount Desert Island and includes some of the surrounding islands. The rest of the Park is located at Schoodic Peninsula on the mainland. You can see the two sections of the Park on below on the maps below.
This site will provide you with a list of towns near Acadia National Park. Click a marker on the map to learn more.
Go to this site to view towns on Schoodic Peninsula.
Mount Desert Island
On Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor tends to be the hub. Very busy in the summer and several cruise ships stop in the harbor. Their Chamber of Commerence site will give you an idea of what’s available; also included are a list of activities taking place in Bar Harbor this year.
These two sites also have links to all kinds of activities—see them at:
And here’s a list of things that kids might like to do, both in the Park or around the area.
The Town of Bar Harbor at Dusk
Twenty or so small islands also surround the Park, the largest being Swans Island. This site will tell you all about the island which can only be reached by ferry.
And this site will tell you of the many things you can do there.
The area surrounding the mainland section of Acadia National Park consists of several small villages.
This site will tell you about the largest of them, Gouldsboro.
And here is a map showing the towns of the area:
The town of Gouldsboro maintains a “photo gallery”, you can see it at this site:
Winter Harbor is a small fishing village that becomes very active in the summer months. Find out more:
Last year, Yankee Magazine did a photo piece on Winter Harbor. Read on for more information:
And you can take a virtual tour of both Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor here:
Corea is also a fishing village with a great water views. See what is going on there:
This site has some great photos of Corea.
Or for a virtual tour of Corea including it’s harbor and beaches, go to:
Just a little note about the Library’s next Acadia National Park Centennial Program. On June 23 at 6 pm, George Barrett will present an “All Aboard” program. You will be taken on a historical “journey” of the Bar Harbor Express and the Green Mountain Cog Railway which ran up the slope of Cadillac Mountain! George is a railroad historian and he will detail the history of the railroads in the Mt. Desert area and how they interacted with other forms of transportation that affected the development of Acadia National Park. See our event calendar:
Also wanted to fill you in on another event that is taking place in the local area. The Acadia Choral Society is presenting a program on June 4 entitled “Acadia Sings!’. The event takes place at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Ellsworth and there is a suggested $15 donation. See their site at: