Staying in Searsport? Visit Acadia National Park

Visitors staying in nearby Searsport, Maine can take part in plenty of activities offered by the local Acadia National Park. Tourists from around the nation enjoy the plentiful hiking trails and the microcosm of plants provided by the environments located throughout the park. The park features a collection of summer and winter activities for visitors of all ages to engage the senses and learn through hands-on activities and guided tours.

Acadia National Park
Route 233 McFarland Hill
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3338
www.nps.gov

Outdoor Activities

If you are staying at a local Searsport Bed and Breakfast, you will enjoy the many outdoor activities that Acadia National Park provides for any sports and nature lover. The park offers an exciting Earth Cache program where owners of GPS systems search throughout the park for trinket prizes in hidden boxes. Sand Beach, located within Acadia National Park, is famous for it's over 55 degree C/130 degree F water, according to the National Park Service. Catch a glimpse of starfish and other sea life at the local tide pools in the park. Acadia even offers a variety for anglers with salt or fresh water fishing. Even visiting during the winter provides a wonderland of activities.

Scenic Driving

Scenic driving through the 27-mile park road in Acadia National Park gives visitors a treat full of coastal views and rock formations. Visitors staying in a nearby Searsport Inn can drive through the park along the coast and through the forest. Visitors can also travel the roads through the bus and carriage tours which offer a narrated guide through the park. Throughout the month of October, visitors to the Acadia National Park can see the changing leaves among the deciduous trees in the park. The red, yellow and orange shades light up the park with their changing leaves.

Visitor Centers

The park houses a few different visitor centers with the Hulls Cove Visitor Center being the primary location from mid-April through October. The center provides visitors a 15-minute program about the park and the ability to plan your visit with maps. The Park Headquarters serves as the winter visitor center for Acadia featuring public restrooms, a bookstore, and ranger contacts. The Thompson Island Information Center provides visitors with information about the local area of Mount Desert Island.

Islesford Historical Museum

Along the Cranberry Isles sits the Islesford Historical Museum on the little island. The museum tells the story of the island life with several objects from times past. Access the island through the tour boat with Acadia Park along with a narrated journey back in time while visiting the museum. Tours begin in May and run through September at the museum.

Sieur de Monts Spring Area

At the center of Acadia National Park sits the Sieur de Monts Spring area that includes the Nature Center, Abbe Museum and the Wild Gardens. The Nature Center provides the answer to any questions you have about the park. The hands-on exhibits excite kids of all ages while learning about the wildlife and fire in the park. The Abbe Museum takes you back through time while exploring the Native American history of Maine. With just under one acre, the Wild Gardens of Acadia shows visitors the varied plant environments of Mount Desert Island.