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Things to do in Bar Harbor

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
National Park
“National park with trails, driving loops, ocean and mountains. Beautiful place. Plan ahead for seasonal crowds. Bar Harbor is fun to explore, also. If this is a day trip- head out early.”
  • 167 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
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“Do you want to experience where locals go see a movie and have some good pizza? Also a great place to visit if you're facing a rainy day.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Mountain
“Prime spot for incredible views of Frenchman’s Bay- fabulous drive up the mountain- hiking trails all around. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Casual, good food. Burgers, specialty sandwiches, cocktails, Lobster Mac and cheese. Back room is great for kids. Downtown Bar Harbor. You can get on the wait list at their website.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Museum
“Learn about our forbearers...the People of the Dawnland. A beautifully authentic museum filled with authentic Wabanaki bskertry, jewelry, books, music and history.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Jordan Pond House is a popular restaurant inside Acadia National Park, serving popovers and American fare. One can sit outdoors, with a view of Jordan Pond and "the Bubbles": mountains in the background that are popular for hiking.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bus Line
“Get a free ride and take your bike with you! Offered during the summer season. They are sponsored by Maine company LLBean.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
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“This is a special place with fabulous mojitos. The outside bar is a great treat for a casual meal. They often grill whatever they have on hand which is a treat.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Café
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“Sips is a great little place for a nice affordable meal. You may want to make a reservation.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Café
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“BAR HARBOR—My favorite place for brunch. Also has a great dinner menu. If you are traveling alone, dine at the bar. The bartenders are very friendly. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Wonderful restaurant and bar! Specialty is Lobster Risotto! James Gingerbread with Carmel Sauce is wonderful.”
  • 17 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great for a more formal meal. Some locally sourced options. There’s often live music on the weekends. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“The best steamers around and a wide variety of lobster choices. The seating has a view of the working waterfront in Southwest Harbor. Watch the lobster boats coming in at the end of the day as you eat your local seafood. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“They try real hard to find Whales for viewing. Sunfish typically come right up to the boat for viewing humans!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Beach
“ It is a little paradise on the island. You can go swimming as well as enjoy a walk on an ocean path. It is difficult to find parking at this place, please plan accordingly.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bakery
“Great for sandwich on the go. Coffee, bred, bakery. There is a nice garden in the back.”
  • 12 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Indie Cinema
“Do you want to experience where locals go see a movie and have some good pizza? Also a great place to visit if you're facing a rainy day.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Casual, good food. Burgers, specialty sandwiches, cocktails, Lobster Mac and cheese. Back room is great for kids. Downtown Bar Harbor. You can get on the wait list at their website.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Jordan Pond House is a popular restaurant inside Acadia National Park, serving popovers and American fare. One can sit outdoors, with a view of Jordan Pond and "the Bubbles": mountains in the background that are popular for hiking.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Café
“Sips is a great little place for a nice affordable meal. You may want to make a reservation.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“This is a special place with fabulous mojitos. The outside bar is a great treat for a casual meal. They often grill whatever they have on hand which is a treat.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Café
“BAR HARBOR—My favorite place for brunch. Also has a great dinner menu. If you are traveling alone, dine at the bar. The bartenders are very friendly. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Wonderful restaurant and bar! Specialty is Lobster Risotto! James Gingerbread with Carmel Sauce is wonderful.”
  • 17 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great for a more formal meal. Some locally sourced options. There’s often live music on the weekends. ”
  • 21 locals recommend

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