Experience the beauty and serenity of Acadia National Park! It really is a treasure in our own backyard.
This adventure can be done in a day trip from Ocean Point Inn. Leave early in the morning and you can get to the Hulls Cove Visitor Center in Bar Harbor in approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes via Rte. 1. Save gas & help the environment by parking your car at the visitor center while leaving the driving to the Island Explorer FREE Shuttles to get wherever you want to go! To enter the park with your vehicle and/or on the shuttle (although I was never asked for my pass when on the shuttle) you will need a Park Pass, that can be purchased at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center. You will need to drive up to the summit of Cadillac Mt. since the shuttles do not take that route, but it’s an easy 17 minute, 7 mile drive from the Visitor’s Center. The views are spectacular and well worth it!
Once you’ve been to the top, return your car to the Visitor Center and hop aboard the shuttle to the Village Green where you can pick up a shuttle that travels the Loop Road. Be sure to pick up the FREE shuttle guide to see all the routes. Shuttles run from every 20-30 minutes early in the day to every 15 minutes at the peak times and are sponsored by LL Bean. You can hop on & off, explore at your leisure, walk the paths or pick up another shuttle to get to your next stop. This way you can spend as much or as little time at each attraction depending on your family’s needs without worrying about a parking space. The park is well maintained and there are restroom facilities at nearly every stop. I love the #3 Shuttle Route. It starts at the Village Green in the center of Bar Harbor and makes stops at the Sieur de Monts Wild Gardens of Acadia, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs and back to the Wild Gardens before returning to Village Green.
You can walk around town and pick up the #2 Eden Street shuttle that runs until 10 p.m. and will take you back to the Hulls Cove Visitor Center. A fun thing to do in town is to check out Bar Island at low tide. You can walk to the island over a sandbar or even drive a car on it. Keep an eye on the tides though as you can easily get stuck until the next low tide if you aren’t careful!
You will be back at Ocean Point in time to hop in the hot tub and tell all your new friends about your great day!