Mt. Desert Island and 2 Other Day Trips from Dexter

After visiting all the popular attractions around Dexter, it is a good idea to visit the famous Mount Desert Island and other places. The state of Maine has many great places of interest, ranging from natural to historic sites, and you can have a wonderful day trip without having to travel far from your Dexter bed and breakfast. Here are a few attractions that you must visit while you are vacationing in Dexter.


1) Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor Road

Mount Desert, Maine 04660


With a total area of 108 square miles, Mount Desert Island is the largest island off the Maine coastline, and the second largest off the east coast of the United States. It has a population of only about 10,000 people, but it attracts more than 2 million visitors every year. The island is home to the Acadia National Park, a very popular destination among outdoor enthusiasts. You can do a wide range of outdoor activities in the park, such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, swimming, fishing, boating, bird-watching, wildlife viewing and others. Some of the main attractions of the park include the Cadillac Mountain, Park Loop Road, Sieur de Monts Spring Area, Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and Islesford Historical Museum. Other than the Acadia National Park, you can also visit a number of charming fishing towns and villages, where you can experience the tranquil lifestyle of the inhabitants of the island.


Mount Desert Island is situated about 80 miles southeast of your Dexter inn. You can get there by driving to the town of Ellsworth and then connecting to Bar Harbor Road. Bar Harbor Road will take you across Western Bay, into Mount Desert Island.


2) Fort Knox State Historic Site

711 Fort Knox Road

Prospect, Maine 04981

(207) 469-7719


If you want to learn about the history of Maine, the Fort Knox State Historic Site is an attraction that you should not fail to visit. Fort Knox is the largest historic fort in the state, and it is considered the finest unmodified example of New England military architecture in the 19th century. Construction of the fort began in 1844, but it was never fully completed. Fort Knox was used as a garrison during the Civil War and the Spanish-American War, but it did not see battle throughout its history. Before you start touring the fort, you can visit the Visitor and Education Center to find out more about its history. Other interesting features of the fort include the 24-pound flank defense howitzers, Battery A powder magazine and officers’ quarters. The Fort Knox State Historic Site is situated near the town of Prospect, which is about 50 miles southeast of Dexter.


3) Maine Discovery Museum

74 Main Street

Bangor, Maine 04401

(207) 262-7200


If you are vacationing with children, you should bring them to the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor. This museum is the largest children’s museum in Maine, and it provides exciting interactive learning for kids. It features 7 educational exhibits that can help to promote creativity and a sense of wonder among children, and these include a life-size model of a beaver dam, a 2-story tree house and a music department with instruments from many different cultures. To get to the museum, you have to drive about 35 miles southeast of Dexter.