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Bar Harbor, Maine: Culinary Walking Tour with Tastings

1. Bar Harbor, Maine: Culinary Walking Tour with Tastings

Immerse yourself in Bar Harbor's culinary scene during this 3-hour guided walking tour. Savor an array of local flavors at various stops along the tour, while learning about the local history from your local guide. As you sample the fare at the various stops, the establishment owners will reveal the history behind their industry and what goes into making their specialties. This tour is a fairly short walk around the Village Green and the beautiful harbor, with plenty of food stops for lunch.

Acadia National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

2. Acadia National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

Take this self-guided driving tour, immersing yourself in the stunning fall colors and rich history of Maine, beginning at downtown Bar Harbor. Discover La Rochelle, a Gilded Age mansion, and learn about the raging fire that gave rise to today’s vibrant autumn foliage. Start by downloading the tour app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Enter Acadia National Park at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and begin the drive around Park Loop Road. Along the way, discover the Great Meadow, Sieur de Mons, and Bar Harbor’s history. Pause at Beaver Lake and Jackson Labs to learn about Acadia’s wildlife before continuing on to Egg Rock Overlook and the Precipice Trail. Take a detour at Schooner Head, pausing at the Ocean Path Trailhead if you want to explore the path on foot. Continue along to Sand Beach, Old Soaker, Thunder Hole, Monument Cove, Otter Cliffs, and Hunters Beach. Pause at Jordan Pond for delicious popovers and jam or simply to enjoy the view. Continue past Bubble Pond and Eagle Lake, and finally begin driving up to the top of Acadia’s most famous peak: Cadillac Mountain. Your tour ends there, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beautiful vistas atop the mountain.

Bar Harbor: Historical Guided Walking Tour

3. Bar Harbor: Historical Guided Walking Tour

Begin this 2-hour walking tour at the clock on the village green. Once here, enjoy a bottle of Maine spring water and meet your local tour guide.  Set off on your you of this fascinating, historic town. Your local, experienced guide will share highlights and secrets from the Gilded Age, as you wind your way through the village. Listen to stories of rum running, and tales of the town folk who influenced the development of Bar Harbor. Stroll along West Street, where the birth of tourism began in this beautiful coastal town and walk through the cemetery before visiting the civil war monument. You will hear tales of John D. Rockefeller, the Great Fire of 1947, and so much more. Return to the village green where you can tuck into a local dessert to finish up the tour.

Bar Harbor: Historic Self-Guided Audio Guide Tour

4. Bar Harbor: Historic Self-Guided Audio Guide Tour

Explore Bar Harbor with your app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Enjoy animated videos that allow you to see snapshots from different centuries and interior rooms that you otherwise would not be able to see. Begin your tour at Bar Harbor Pier and hear about Bar Harbor’s early days as a fishing town and its transformation during the Gilded Age. Cross a bridge to the untouched Bar Island. Enter the West Street Historic District, with its Gilded Age homes. At the Abbe Museum, find a collection dedicated to the Native Wabanaki of the region. Stroll down Main Street, loaded with shops, restaurants, and cafes. Head to the waterfront Shore Path and encounter a strange landmark left in Bar Harbor during the Ice Age. See the personal tennis court-turned-public park which serves as an example of how Bar Harbor has transformed since the Gilded Age. See the Bar Harbor Inn, established in 1887. Your tour concludes just beyond the inn, right where you began.

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What people are saying about Bar Harbor

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 26 reviews

We have driven the loop road many times before and used to have a book that we could read information at each stop. This was very entertaining. For some reason the sound came through the audio on the car so we would only have needed to register for one and bot two people.

Need to purchase a $6 pass to go up to the Cadillac Mountain overlook: we had to return the next day since they were all booked up when we went. Also: must buy a $30 pass for the park that is good for 7 days

Charlie was our guide and he was informative and really added his own personality to the tour. I was glad we had Charlie. It was a great tour for the price. Charlie has lots of Moxie!!!

Great tour that made it easy to get around the park and added many interesting historical facts along the way. Would definitely recommend for first timers.

Once I had cell service it worked well and was very easy to use. It knew were I andwas very informative along the way.