18 Free Things to do in Bar Harbor Maine

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Maine has always been one of the top places we have loved to visit. We’re talking beautiful coastline, endless parks, and so much to do, it’s crazy. Never underestimate the number of free things to do in Bar Harbor, Maine!


18 Free Things to do in Bar Harbor Maine

I loved visiting Maine. It has been a bucket list item for so long. I made it a point to also visit Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor Maine as well. A few areas of the park are free to visit but others you will need a day pass for.  

If you have you National Park Pass as we mention in our Must-Have Memberships for Full-Time Travelers then the park is free to you. 


Mount Desert Island Bass Harbor Lighthouse

Mount Desert IslandOne of the best places to visit in Bar Harbor is Mount Desert Island. This is one of the largest islands on the east side of the United States. This is also home to the famous Bass Harbor Lighthouse. 

Ocean TrailImagine a walking trail like Ocean Trail. This walking trail will take you past the most beautiful scenery in Bar Harbor. There are so many pretty stops to make along the way, make sure you take lots of pictures.

Related: 39 Must-See Things to do in Maine

Somes Sound This is another natural piece of land and body of water that you need to see while you’re close to Bar Harbor Maine. It’s one of those places that you can’t describe, but you do need to see in person.


Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park I know you have heard us talk about Acadia National Park. This national park is hands down one of the best ones to visit in the country. Clean water and air, along with a high rocky headland to enjoy, you can’t go wrong with visiting this park.

Make sure to have your kids get their Junior Ranger Badges while visiting the national park too!

Village Green – This is the perfect place to stop and get information on the trails and location of Acadia National Park. It’s a cute little building that will help you get the info you need to be most productive while visiting.


Related: 31 Free Things to do in Portland Maine


Hulls Cove Visitor Center – As you can see, we love visiting places like Hulls Cove Visitor Center. It’s such a fun place to relax, but also enjoy a piece of history and grab important information.

Visitor centers are also free, which means it’s a great place to stop and regroup, especially when you’re traveling with a large group of people.


Acadia National Park Free Thigns to do in Bar Harbor Maine

Schoodic Peninsula – This is the second, lesser-known part of Acadia National Park because it's across the bay from the main area that holds Cadilac Mountain. The drive around the Peninsula is so beautiful you don't want to miss it!  

Flying Mountain Hiking TrailThis is a trailhead worth checking out in Acadia National Park. Spend the day hiking the land and enjoying Maine’s finest features.


Related: The 15 Best Things to do in Portland Maine with Kids


Beech Cliff LoopThe Beech Cliff Loop is a favorite place to visit and hike of all who visit Bar Harbor, Maine. Totally worth checking out.


Bar Harbor Maine

Frenchman BayFrenchmen Bay was named after the famous French Explorer Samuel de Champlain who once chartered this area. You won’t see anything more beautiful than this bay. Take some time to see a sunset or sunrise here, you won’t regret it.

Bar Harbor Cellars Winery – Stop by and get some free sample and enjoy the property which includes several water features made from wine barrels. 


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Precipice Trail – Another amazing hike you don't want to miss. It is only a mile-long trail but this one is only for experienced hikers as it's a bit dangerous!


Downtown Bar Harbor

Walk Downtown – Downtown Bar Harbor is right on the water and has that perfect fishing seaside town vibe. There are so many cute shops to take in and you never know when you might find a free sample! 

Free Outdoor Movies – Take in the free outdoor movies and free popcorn at Agamont Park at the Seaside Cinema. 


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Atlantic Brewing Company – Get a free tour and sampling of their different brews. 


Carriage Road

Carriage Roads  These are the roads through Acadia National Park that the old horse and carriages used to take. They are now a walking and bike path, no cars allowed. 

Agamont Park – This park is beautifully landscaped and had some great water features and it the perfect place to sit and watch the boats go in and out of the harbor. 

Take a Self Guided Tour – You can walk some of the historic sites in Bar Harbor as you follow the Museum in the Streets markers. There are currently 29 stops. 


Did I miss any of the free things to do in Bar Habor Maine? Let me know in the comments below! 

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