Bar Harbor often becomes a favorite vacation destination of many visitors, featuring excellent facilities for a family recreation and adventure. No day of a Bar Harbor vacation is to be boring or tiresome, since there is a wide array of things to do and see that an incredible environment offers to both: Bar Harbor residents and visitors. The only disadvantage of the Bar Harbor vacation is that no visitor wants to leave the area and many prolong their vacation terms to enjoy more Bar Harbor surroundings and activities.
It is interesting to note that Bar Harbor was once a major resort town for rich American families, such as the Rockefellers and Astors. A fire of 1947 destroyed a large part of the town, including the mansions of these families, though the rich, famous and wealthy still prefer a Bar Harbor vacation to many other options available.
The first facility to visit on your Bar Harbor vacation is the Wild Gardens of Acadia in the Acadia National Park. The Gardens reflect all typical habitats, found on the Mount Dessert Island. Nine separate display areas feature three hundred native species. The garden is open year round and there is no entrance fee required. The Acadia National Park is not only the area to take a fine stroll and enjoy spectacular views; it is designed as a recreational area, featuring all facilities, implied for the eco-tourism and entertainment available day and night. Daily there is a wonderful blend of activities, containing whale watching, hiking, biking, kayaking, museums, galleries, music and shopping, while at nights there are theaters, nightclubs and other entertainment facilities.
Many attractions and cultural sites of the Acadia National Park are of enormous popularity among Bar Harbor vacationers. This is the Abbe Museum, dedicated to an appreciation and understanding of the Native Americans of Maine with ten thousand years of culture, represented in fifty thousand objects of art. The Oceanarium is an educational center, where you can learn about the ocean, marshes and their inhabitants. The other points of interest are Sieur de Monts Spring, the Wendall Gilley Museum, William A. Bracken Gallery and Judy Taylor Studio & Gallery.
Many visitors, once being on a Bar Harbor vacation, consider that there is no better way to see everything in the Acadia National Park and the surrounding communities than by bicycle. Bikes are available for both: rental and sale. Camping is also one of major and favorite things to do in Bar Harbor.
Sailing and cruising along the coast of Bar Harbor and the Mount Dessert Island allows travelers to enjoy the town from different perspectives, as well as to see one of the most unique visual experiences, available on the East Coast with the most amazing views of mountains of the Acadia National Park. The sailing tours are available by boats, ferries, coastal schooners and onboard larger ships.
Many elegant and cozy inns, hotels and oceanside resorts present an ideal accommodation for your Bar Harbor vacation. The Holiday Inn Ellsworth offers its visitors a luxurious stay with the most advanced facilities and amenities. Along with major comforts in all rooms, the inn provides a free high speed wireless internet access in all guest rooms, meetings rooms and recreational areas, a new lobby business center with a twenty four-hour internet access, fax, copy and print capabilities, a 25 X 50 ft indoor pool, a Jacuzzi, a dry sauna, a fitness room and two indoor tennis courts on site. The primary advantage of this full-service holiday inn is that it is located a few minutes from the beautiful Acadia National Park.