A resort town since the 19th century, Bar Harbor is the artistic, culinary, and social center of Mount Desert Island. It also serves visitors to Acadia National Park with inns, motels, and restaurants. Around the turn of the last century the island was known as the summer haven of the very rich because of its cool breezes. The wealthy built lavish mansions throughout the island, many of which were destroyed in a huge fire that devastated the island in 1947, but many of those that survived have been converted into businesses. Shops are clustered along Main, Mount Desert, and Cottage streets. Take a stroll down West Street, a National Historic District, where you can see some fine old houses.The island and the surrounding Gulf of Maine are home to a great variety of wildlife: whales, seals, eagles, falcons, ospreys, and puffins (though not right offshore here), and forest dwellers such as deer, foxes, coyotes, and beavers.
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View more than 50,000 objects representing 10,000 years of culture and history of the Wabanaki tribes of Maine.
Avoid the crowds and de-stress at Asticou Azalea Garden. April brings cherry blossoms; June, azaleas; summer, water lilies; and fall, fiery foliage.
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Get the lay of the land (and the sea) from the air with Scenic Flights of Acadia. Children under 2 fly free. Try your hand at aerial photography.
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