DescriptionBar Harbor lies at the entrance to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. The beauty of sea, mountain, lake and forest have made this region well-known as a resort. By the turn of the 20th century Bar Harbor had become the summer playground for America's wealthy; millionaires J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer and John D. Rockefeller were among those who owned “cottages.”
However, newly instituted income taxes, World War I and the Great Depression nearly removed the leisure class from Bar Harbor by the 1930s. Many of the abandoned cottages, like their owners, succumbed to disaster and bad luck. Then a fire swept through Bar Harbor in 1947, ravaging 237 homes, including most of the estates, destroying more than 17,000 acres and leaving $23 million in charred ruins. The history of Bar Harbor can be seen in a collection of photographs and artifacts at the Bar Harbor Historical Society Museum , 33 Ledgelawn Ave.; phone (207) 288-0000.
A network of motor highways, carriage roads and mountain trails preserves the striking scenery for visitors. The Great Meadow Loop Trail connects downtown Bar Harbor with Acadia National Park.
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Whale-watching cruises, sailing charters and working lobster boat excursions depart from Bar Harbor May through October.
Jackson Laboratory, 1.5 miles south on SR 3, is a national genetics research center. Public walking tours are offered on select Thursday mornings in summer; reservations can be made online. For information phone (800) 474-9880.
Visitor InfoBar Harbor Chamber of Commerce / Acadia Welcome Center 1201 Bar Harbor Rd. TRENTON, ME 04605. Phone:(207)288-5103 or (800)288-5103
Things to SeeAbbe Museum Downtown
KayakingCoastal Kayaking Tours