Bar Harbor Acadia National Park Excursion Reviews
I can see why Bar Harbor is so popular! Gorgeous scenery & delicious lobster rolls!
We did an Acadia National Park tour, and it was a good 2.5 hr tour for the money (only $30 pp). We had outstanding weather so we enjoyed all the park vistas. I would have liked more time at the top of Cadillac Mountain.
Again, I could definitely see myself coming back for a land vacation and being able to spend more time in Acadia National Park.
Acadia National Park by Bus Tour
Acadia National Park was gorgeous, but beware - the bus stops only once at the top of Cadillac mountain. Beautiful views from Cadillac Mountain, but chilly at the top, so layer up. I would take the carriage tour or rent a taxi for a few hours if I returned. Buses were not allowed to go inside the park, only around the perimeter road. Was disappointed that I wasn't given more opportunity to take pictures because the foliage was extraordinary. They should add another 20 minutes to the tour to allow for a few more photo stops.
We booked this tour because we had never been to Maine and wanted to visit Acadia National Park. The drive to Cadillac Mountain was spectacular. Fall colors were just ending, but we were able to see enough color to make the tour enjoyable. At the end of the tour, we were dropped off at at restaurant in town for a very tasty lobster bake. This was definitely the highlight of the day. The only negative about the tour was it did not take us to the top of Cadillac Mountain to get a view of the harbor and the surrounding countryside.
In Bar Harbor, tenders were used. The seas were calm and getting on and off the tenders was very easy. We took the Acadia Park and Lobster Bake tour. The colors have not started to change yet, but the park is still an awesome place. The lobster bake at the Bar Harbor Club was excellent.
Tour guide and driver wonderful. Told about the history of Bar Harbor (which is an island by the way) which was very interesting. The ride was 27 miles through Acadia Park and stopped at Cadillac Mountain for some photo ops. Saw some huge beaver dams. Would have been better if bus would have stopped a few times to see Thunder Hole and other things. Downtown was really cute, lots of shops and right near the dock. Best thing of excursion was the history!
Before the tour we walked the shore path. The trolley tour was very good with three stops the best being Cadillac Mountain. It was a clear Maine day so the view from the top was extensive. the whole park was beautiful. Back in town we walked about, shopped, ate a little lunch, and gawked at the scenery. It was a bit crowded.
We've been to Bar Harbor on a cruise 4 times and this was the tird time we have used Acadia Park Tours. They are a small family run company and their guides have always been great. And you still have time to walk the shore line trail on yiur own - less than a mile each way.
The tour to Acadia/Cadillac Mountain was a bit rushed, but we did have time to walk around the town and eat lunch afterwards. Bar Harbor is a gorgeous little town with gobs of touristy stores and a nice walkway along the waterfront.
This tour is advertised as strenuous, and once you actually get started, the first hill comes maybe 5 minutes in, is VERY strenuous -- several of our group got off their bikes and walked them up the hill. Another hill, not quite so steep, comes up shortly after that, a smaller number walked up that hill. Once past that, though, it's smooth sailing -- very easy riding. A restroom break at the halfway point, then going back, when you get to that very steep first hill it can be very dangerous going down because of a curve near the bottom of the hill -- you need to just coast and use the brakes to keep from going too fast. The trails are paved but have small amounts of gravel, so you need to not go too fast and not get too near the pavement edge, which almost always is next to a drainage ditch that you'll be in quickly if you are not paying attention. We had an accident at the very end of the ride, the trail opens out into the parking lot and it would be safer to have people dismount before the end of the trail and walk out to the parking lot, because people there are not watching for bikes coming off the trail. During the tour we stopped at a couple of spots, probably most impressive for me was at a pond that had been formed by a beaver dam that we got a close look at, along with the view of a beaver lodge -- it's surprising how large they can get.
You could pay the $30 fee as we did or take the Free hop on hop off bus provided. We felt that the fee was well worth the price.