2-Day Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor Tour from Boston
This 2-day tour to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine is a great overnight getaway from Boston! Enjoy roundtrip transportation, spectacular views in the National Park, and fresh lobster and blueberries in Bar Harbor. A quick stop at the Portland Head Light on your return to Boston caps off a fun, relaxing trip through New England!
Your tour will depart from Boston in the early morning as you begin your drive up to Acadia National Park in Maine (entrance fee not included). The park is considered the smallest National Park in the US, but features stunning views in all seasons! Your first stop inside is beautiful Sand Beach, tucked away between two walls of solid pink granite. To the south, the beach is open to the sea with spectacular views ideal for pictures.
Continuing your tour you'll drive up to Cadillac Mountain and stop at Thunder Hole, where you may have the chance to experience its thunderous sound. Atop the pink granite Cadillac Mountain, you'll be able to take in the sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Frenchman Bay. Cadillac Mountain is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and one of the first places in the United States to see the sunrise.
Your next stop will be Jordan Pond, which is recognized by the distinctive shape of the two mountains- the “Bubbles”. The water in the pond is extremely clear and, when it's calm, you can see the rocks on the bottom of the pond and enjoy the mirrored reflection of the “Bubbles”. Your first day ends after Jordan Pond with a relaxing stay in your local hotel accommodation.
The next morning, you'll depart from your hotel for Bar Harbor. There, you have the option to take a cruise (ticket fee not included) to learn about the local wildlife like harbor seals, bald eagles, and sea ducks. During the cruise, your captain and staff will speak about Maine lobster and the long tradition of lobstering in the area. At lunchtime, you are free to seek your own lunch and enjoy steamed Maine lobster, lobster ice cream, blueberry ice cream, blueberry pie or even some blueberry beer- classic staples of Maine!
After enjoying lunch in Bar Harbor, your group will begin the drive back to Boston. On the way, you'll make a stop in Portland Head Light. Here, you can partake in an optional visit to the historic lighthouse located in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. First lit in 1791, making it the oldest lighthouse in the state. Portions of the building, which is located in Fort Williams Park, serve as a maritime museum. (admission fee not included) . Afterwards, the tour will complete its final leg and return your group to Boston.
- Reservations are REQUIRED for all bookings
- Book Your Package On-Line and Receive Your Confirmation
- Departure point: Harrison Ave, Boston (off Kneeland St.)
- Duration: 2 days (Approx.)
- Departure Time: 7:00 AM
- Return Details: 8 pm at 81 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111
- Overnight accommodation
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Food and drinks
- Optional cruise in Bar Harbor
- Entrance fees to Acadia National Park and Portland Head Light
What To Bring
- Confirmation Voucher (printed or mobile)
- Any required or suggested items listed on your confirmation email.
- A Smile!
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
I loved this tour. Acadia is a special place and the bus tour was outstanding.
no clear meeting place
Guide was indecisive, inexperienced and had a tantrum and threatened to quit and walk off the tour, she never apologized. A shouting match broke out on the bus. She argued with our bus driver often. She was rude to me personally. The hotel we had to stay at was very cheap.
Tour guide was not as educated on points of interest as I felt she should be. Acadia National Park was beautiful and the 2 hr boat excursion in Bar Harbor was superb!! Bar Harbor is beautiful. Would love to go back and spend a few nights there.
The trip was very disappointing. The park itself is absolutely beautiful and we made several stops there to see the key highlights of the park. There was a driver and tour guide on the bus. The driver was excellent and very friendly. The tour guide was friendly, but that's about it.
I received a call from the tour guide the day before the trip and was told that I would need to bring an extra 65. She said this was for optional excursions, park entrance fees, etc. The optional excursions turned out to be a stop at a lighthouse and a cruise on a boat into Acadia National Park-both good. I received a 18 credit with her because I had booked through Cool Destinations.com and as such, her service charge was included in my booking.
The tour guide herself was a disappointment. She did not know basic facts about the park such as how large the park is and had very limited knowledge about the area and park's history, wildlife or plant life and kept referring us to the park's information boards. She spoke so infrequently that the driver said he should have brought a DVD or something to watch on our way back to Boston. She spoke little English and her pronunciation had some issues with it she kept referring to our bus as green when it was grey. The tour guide stated that because it was a busy weekend, out hotel would not be in Bar Harbor itself and we had to drive an hour to get to the hotel. The substituted hotel was actually nice, but it wasn't what I was expecting. Because this added an hour to the second day's itinerary, we did not stop in Salem as advertised and the tour guide rushed us to get back to Boston. She almost had the driver drive straight from Bar Harbor to Boston until she finally realized she needed to use the bathroom a lot of us were mad she did not factor in more stops and several of the more mature people on the trip complained about the lack of stops.
Unfortunately, with a tour like this, I have to ask myself if I would have been better off just renting a car and driving myself. The answer in this case is yes. I was hoping for a lot more than what I got. A tour guide should have at least some basic knowledge and enthusiasm for what we are seeing. With my tour guide, it felt like she was mailing it in.
Great Tour, Cadillac Mountain was our favorite and also Sand Beach. The boat tour of Bar harbor was good too. Too bas we werent able to taste the lobster of Maine.
our tour guide Dan was an amiable fellow and was considerate. Hope we could have him as guide for our next tour.
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