Acadia National Park: Facts & Information

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Acadia National Park is located in Bar Harbor, Maine.

It was established as a national park in 1919, originally named “Lafayette National Park.” It was renamed to its present day name, “Acadia National Park,” in 1929.

The park boasts over 47,000 acres of land to explore, with the majority, 30,300, of its allotted acres residing on Mount Desert Island.

In addition to its incredible landmass, the park also contains over 40 different mammalian wildlife species with many more marine species within the water surrounding the park.

Many of the trails in Acadia park are closed during the summer months as they serve as nesting grounds for the endangered Peregrine Falcon.

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Activities & Things to Do in Acadia National Park

For the Kids:

Junior Ranger Program:From mid-May to mid-October kids of all ages can participate in the junior ranger program to learn more about Acadia national park. Kids will complete fun, family friendly activities, participate in ranger-led education programs, and they can even take the junior ranger pledge to earn a signed certificate and an embroidered patch. These make for wonderful keepsakes.

Ranger-Narrated Boat Cruise: Cruises vary from 2 hours to 4.5 hours and give you and your kids the opportunity to search for wildlife such as seals, porpoises, and various birdlife. These cruises are a great way to explore the islands and learn about the maritime history of Acadia National Park.

For Big Kids and Adults:

List of activites to do in Acadia National Park:

  • Climbing
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Bicycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Tidepooling
  • & various winter activities!

For more detailed information about all the activites you and your family can participate in together in Acadia National Park please visit: Acadia National Park Service Activities

Weather in Acadia National Park

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Variable; 14-35 F (-10-2 C)
Please wear appropriate winter clothing for whichever activities you are performing.

In the Spring:

Foggy; 30-70 F (-1-21 C)

We recommend wearing light-colored clothing, long sleeve shirts, and long pants for protection. Make sure to wear enough layers to stay warm if its cold, but can be easily shed to stay cool.

Daytime: 45-90 F (7-32 C)
Ocean temperature: 50-60 F (10-16 C)
Lake temperatures: 55-70 F (13-21 C)

Variable weather; 30-70 F (-1-21 C)
Again, make sure to wear enough layers to stay warm if it’s cold, but can be easily shed to stay cool.

Please be extra careful in the Winter and Spring months as Nor’easters are very dangerous by causing massive waves and heavy rains.

Map of Acadia National Park

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