Acadia National Park is a place of unmatched beauty and adventure, with a rocky coastline, cobalt blue waters, and views that extend for miles. There’s something for everyone during a scenic escape to New England from breathtaking hikes, and guided tours, to sights that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Start planning your perfect trip with our list of things to do in Acadia.
Hiking in Acadia National Park
Acadia is a hiker’s delight with 120-miles of trails offering challenge and reward in equal measure. With its rugged terrain and stunning vistas, hiking in Acadia is an experience unlike any other. Here are a few of our favorite trails to explore:
Trace the 2.5-mile coastline trail for one of the most thrilling hikes in the park. With its steep inclines, craggy cliff faces, iron rungs, and ladders, the Precipice Trail is not for the faint of heart, but it will offer you the most unforgettable ocean views and a sense of triumph.
Feel on top of the world on this 1.4-mile rung and ladder trail. Follow a steep ascent that requires some climbing that leads you to the summit of a towering hill, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and Sand Beach below.
Immerse yourself in incredible ocean vistas at every turn along this easy, 4-mile trail. The path winds along the rocky coast between Sand Beach and Otter Point, with spectacular views that will take your breath away.
Jordan Pond Path
Take a leisurely hike around the scenic Jordan Pond along this 2.2-mile trail into the heart of Acadia. The trail is easy and accessible, making it perfect for families or those seeking a more relaxed hiking experience.
For a truly unforgettable experience in Acadia, consider taking a guided tour. Our Under Canvas Adventures offers a variety of tours that allow you to see the park from a new perspective and deepen your connection to the surrounding nature. Here are a few of our favorite tours:
Our Under Canvas Adventures Ecology Tour will take you on a journey through the park’s diverse ecosystems, exploring the unique plants and animals that call Acadia home. You’ll learn about nature’s delicate balance and the important role humans play in preserving the natural world.
Lobster Roll Cruise
Treat yourself to a cruise along the coast where you’ll sample the freshest seafood Acadia has to offer. As you savor the flavors of local fare, you’ll take in the magnificent scenery from a secluded cove.
Oyster Aquaculture Tour
Discover the secrets of oyster farming and learn about the techniques and tools used to cultivate these delicacies, and taste them fresh from the farm.
Sunset Boat Cruise
End your day in Acadia with a breathtaking sunset boat cruise around Newbury Neck Peninsula. As the sun sets over the ocean, you’ll take in the stunning vistas and hear about the history and folklore that sets it apart.
Sightseeing in Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park is home to some of the most spectacular sights in the world. From towering mountains to pristine beaches, you won’t want to miss these must-see spots:
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
Built in 1858, Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is one of the most iconic and photographed lighthouses in Maine. Standing tall on a cliff overlooking the ocean, the lighthouse has been guiding ships to safety for over a century and captures the attention and imagination of visitors today.
From the 1,529-foot summit of Cadillac Mountain—the highest point on the Eastern Seaboard—you can be one of the first in the U.S. to see the sunrise. You’ll need to rise early, but you’ll be rewarded with uninterrupted views of the surrounding islands, ocean, and wilderness below. There’s an easy, 0.5-mile loop trail you can follow to gain different perspectives that is accessible from the Cadillac Summit parking lot.
Thunder Hole and Sand Beach
Known as Boulder Beach, this stunning location offers a unique experience unlike any other. As the waves crash into the rocks, the sound echoes through the caverns, creating a thunderous roar that is truly a sight to behold. Sand Beach is the perfect place to take a dip or relax in a picturesque setting.
Located on a peninsula, Schoodic Point boasts granite headlands, crashing surf, and a peaceful atmosphere. Many people bring chairs and a picnic to soak in the views and connect with nature.
Wander through the picturesque downtown with quaint shops and delicious seafood restaurants for a laid-back afternoon. And for a unique and unforgettable experience, be sure to go on a whale-watching tour where you can witness these beautiful creatures swim and play in the waters surrounding Mount Desert Island.
Acadia has something for everyone. So why wait? Plan your trip today and discover the magic of this magnificent park for yourself.