A common belief is that finding Bar Harbor Things to Do is a challenge unless you enjoy the truly rugged pastimes. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Bar Harbor offers several activities for people from all walks of life. For those that enjoy a simple day out sightseeing as well as taking a step back in time BBonline recommends the beautiful Bar Harbor Lighthouse Tours.
Dice Head Lighthouse
Castine, ME 04421
Located at the mouth of the Penobscot River and approximately 40 miles from the city of Bar Harbor, BBonline recommends the Dice head lighthouse. The Dice Head Lighthouse represents a step back in time into Maine’s maritime past. The lighthouse is owned and maintained by the town of Castine that currently supports less than 600 year round residents. The town was originally a French trading post later taken over by the British when Captain John Smith came to our shores. The lighthouse is meticulously cared for and will not disappoint its visitors. The lighthouse station was established in 1828 with the present lighthouse being erected the following year. The lighthouse use was discontinued in 1935 but relighted in 2008. Although owned by the town there are people, resident in the lighthouse quarters making access limited to the public. However a view from outside is well worth the trip from Bar Harbor.
Eagle Island Lighthouse
Deer Island, ME 04650
Although not open to the public BBonline recommends a view of the Eagle Island Lighthouse. Although tourists and other members of the public cannot enter the lighthouse or the living quarters, the lighthouse is viewable by boat. The lighthouse features a 30 foot tower and fog horn. The station was established in 1839 with the lighthouse tower being constructed the same year. The lighthouse was automated in 1959 and still remains an active US Coast Guard aid to navigation. For those wanting a good view of the Eagle Island Lighthouse BBonline recommends the Eagle Island Mail Boat Cruise. This 2 hour ride will take you past the lighthouse as well as many other point of interest in the area. They operate Mid-June to Mid-September with the first tour going out at 8.30 am. Eagle Island Lighthouse is also within 30 minutes driving distance to most of Bar Harbor’s Inns and Bar Harbor’s Bed and Breakfasts.
West Quoddy Headlight
For those that fancy a drive out of Bar Harbor for the day BBonline recommends the West Quoddy Headlight. This is a fabulous lighthouse that can boast of being the easternmost point in the United States. The West Quoddy Headlight is open to the public and offers a museum and visitor’s center in the keeper’s house. The lighthouse and museum are open from Memorial Day to mid-October, daily 10 am to 4 pm. The lighthouse flashes every 15 seconds with the fog horn sounding every 30 seconds. The lighthouse is still operation to the US coastguard for navigational purposes.