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  • Bar Harbor and nearby Downeast Maine offer much in the way of outdoor and cultural pursuits. The region is dominated by Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island with its almost inexhaustible offering of enticing nature-themed activities including cycling, hiking, walking, kayaking and boating and, in the winter, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and snow shoeing. Culture is also prominent in this area as reflected in the delightful, quality concert, stage and artistic presentations to be found at the Eastport Arts Center and the Tides Institute and Museum of Art (both in Eastport). Nearby, the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor is quickly developing a strong reputation for its enjoyable live performances. The Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick, meanwhile, continues to set the standard for premier summer music productions that win acclaim from travelers and locals alike. Other points of interest include the Owls Head Transportation Museum with its extensive collection of antique planes and automobiles; the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor which features compelling exhibits about regional aquatic life; and the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum which honors one of the Civil War's almost forgotten heroes. No matter what your interests, you'll never have a lack of interesting things to do in northern and midcoast Maine.

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    Acadia National Park

    109 Cottage St

    Acadia National Park is a place of breathtaking beauty and grace which should be a must see destination for visitors to Bar Harbor... read more

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    Acadia National Park cycling

    109 Cottage Street

    Of all the destinations in the U.S. National Park System, Acadia National Park is one of the most bike friendly, with enough paved roads to satisfy any dedicated cyclist... read more

    Roosevelt Campobello International Park

    459 Rte. 774
    Welshpool NB (in Canada)

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    Maine Maritime Museum

    243 Washington Street

    This maritime museum offers one of the most comprehensive series of exhibitions dedicated to Maine's rich ship building legacy... read more

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    Legacy of the Arts

    2 Cottage Street

    The Legacy of the Arts showcases Bar Harbor's rich artistic and cultural offerings... read more

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    Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

    Barters Island Road

    The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens combines the shoreline beauty of Boothbay with premier horticultural expertise that amounts to a must-see for locals and tourists alike... read more

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    Wendell Gilley Museum

    4 Herrick Road

    The Wendell Gilley Museum features the works of one of the world's most celebrated master bird carvers... read more

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    Bar Harbor Historical Society

    33 Ledgelawn Avenue

    Learn about Bar Harbor's storied past at the Bar Harbor Historical Society... read more

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    Bar Harbor Whale Museum

    52 West Street

    The Bar Harbor Whale Museum features colorful, well-researched exhibits about life in the Gulf of Maine... read more

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    1351 Maine 3

    The Mount Desert Island Oceanarium introduces youngsters and families to Bar Harbor's unique ecological character... read more

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    Criterion Theatre

    35 Cottage Street

    The Criterion Theatre and Arts Center offers premier arts and cultural presentations for the Bar Harbor community... read more

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    Vaughan Woods State Park

    Situated on upland overlooking the scenic Salmon Falls River, Vaughan Woods State Park provides a touch of backwoods serenity within easy reach of Maine Beaches vacationers... read more

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    The Theater At Monmouth

    796 Main Street

    The Theater at Monmouth is among Maine's few professional theater companies offering a wide range of productions... read more

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    Margaret Chase Smith Library

    56 Norridgewock Avenue

    The Margaret Chase Smith Library and Museum chronicles the compelling history of one of America's most beloved and accomplished national leaders... read more

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    Vaughan Woods State Park

    28 Oldfields Road

    Situated on upland overlooking the scenic Salmon Falls River, Vaughan Woods State Park provides a touch of backwoods serenity within easy reach of Maine Beaches vacationers... read more

    Lake St. George State Park

    278 Belfast Augusta Road

    Lake St. George State Park offers a bit of outdoors fun for everyone - from water sports to hiking and camping... read more

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    West Quoddy Head Light & Quoddy Head State Park

    Bar Harbor Hemporium

    116 Main St


    25 Federal St

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