Things to Do in Mount Desert Island
Located on Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine, Bar Harbor was one of 19th century New England’s most popular summer resorts and remains a much-loved tourist destination today. The beautiful Acadia National Park is on Bar Harbor’s doorstep offering over 50 square miles of mountains, lakes and coastline perfect for hiking, biking and camping and plenty of boats offer fishing trips and nature-spotting tours out of the town harbor, while after a hard day exploring the rugged island community, visitors can relax at the lively bars and seafood restaurants that populate Bar Harbor’s bustling downtown.
There are many fun things to do in Mount Desert Island; however, the following activities and restaurants are some of our most favorite nearby things to do!
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Package 1) Lighthouse-Harbor Cruise
Boat departs from our main dock.
Call Paul 669-0096 or 244-0024 for reservations.
|Lighthouse / Harbor Cruise is designed for a more intimate experience with the coast of Mount Desert Island. You will see Bass Harbor Head & Bear Island light, as well as Somes Sound, Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor, numerous islands and wildlife. Snacks and refreshments provided on a comfortable seaworthy 23 foot boat with a US Coast guard certified Captain. We can cruise at a comfortable speed covering ground quickly to see the sights, or slowly to enjoy the moment. Boat is equipped with back rests, bathroom, Radar, GPS and all safety equipment.
Duration: 1 – 6 Hours (will be customized to your preference).
Package 2) Dinner Cruise
Round Trip up to 4 people: $160 Total
(Islesford dock is open June 26 to Sept 5)
Boat departs from our main dock.
Call Paul 669-0096 or 244-0024 for details and reservations.
This excursion is at the discretion of the captain due to weather conditions.
|The Dinner Cruise is a rare opportunity to dine at restaurants which are only accessible by boat.
The Islesford Dock on Cranberry Island is the epitome of causal island ambiance with amazing views of Mount Desert Island. Above average food quality with a non pretentious atmosphere (Duration 30 minutes 1 way, sunset cruise back)
Thurstons Lobster Pound is a great restaurant tucked away in Bernard. Although you can access it by car, the opportunity to cruise past Seawall, & Bass Harbor Head Light and not worry about parking is worth the trip! (Weather permitting). (Duration 45 minutes 1 way)
We will arrange reservations and provide Cheese, wine/ champagne for the voyage to either restaurant. Be sure to bring your camera and warm clothing!
Package 3) Custom Excursion
Boat departs from our main dock.
Call Paul 669-0096 or 244-0024 for details & reservations
|Our Custom excursion is designed to let you pick from the endless options of things to see. From a cruise of Somes Sound (1 hr), to a complete circumnavigation of MDI (4 hrs), cruise to Bar Harbor for lunch, or a nature / photography cruise of our local wild life / picturesque coast line. This cruise will include light snacks and refreshments, and rates go by the hour.
Our boat is comfortable, seaworthy, and our captain is intimately familiar with our coastal waters and most opportune times to see the best sights!
Boat departs from our main dock.
Call Paul 669-0096 or 244-0024 for details & reservations
|Our 2013, 23′ Tidewater with 250 horsepower engine was designed for offshore fishing. With a large beam, high sides, bow flare, and 105 gallon fuel capacity we can cruise all day in the most seaworthy, smooth and comfortable dry riding boat. Overstuffed cushions with back rests are found in the wrap around bow seating (for 6) with a hors d’oeuvres table in the middle for complimentary snacks & drinks, or your own picnic lunch.
The boats navigation includes a Global Positioning System, chart plotter, and Radar with compass and VHF radio. All US Coast Guard safety equipment is on board as well.
A private porta-potty is located on board accessed through a door on the port side console. The Captain’s ultimate goal is to show you the sights from a perspective few people have seen, in the safest manner possible.
|McKays Public House
Excellent upscale food, atmosphere & reasonable prices
|Stewmans Lobster Pound
Our favorite seafood restaurant in Bar Harbor! Dine over the water and watch boats come and go. Located beside the Whale Watch dock on the waterfront.
|Thurston’s Lobster Pound
You can arrive by boat or car. Thurstons offers a great variety of seafood as well as the best blueberry pie around. Here you also dine over the water and watch lobster boats come and go in busy Bass Harbor. Recently renovated – this restaurant is a must see while on MDI.
|Deep Sea Fishing
Leaving from the Town Dock in Southwest Harbor. Typical fish caught: Cod, halibut, mackerel, etc. Fun experience for all ages. Be sure to bring warm clothes.
|Great Maine Lumberjack Show
Showing in Trenton located just before you get to the Island. Aimed primarily towards the kids, however fun for all ages, and very educational.
|Kebo Valley Golf Course
Located in Bar Harbor. Kebo is the 8th oldest club in the country! Great mountain views, and a nice course just on the outskirts of town.
|Lobster Boat Tours|
|Sea Kayak Tours|
Leaves from bar Harbor.
One of the most amazing experiences you could have while on Mount Desert Island. They have a ‘guarantee’d whale sighting’ policy.
|Wild Acadia Fun Park
Water slides, go carts, mini golf and a rope obstacle course.
|Acadia National Park
One of the most beautiful and most visited parks in the United States. Many hiking trails, beaches (salt & fresh),
Mountains, Harbors and scenic drives.
Our private Harbor tour will give you a perspective of Acadia National Park which few have seen.
|Acadia Air Tours Biplane rides|
Located in Northeast Harbor, this is our favorite art gallery to visit. No trip to MDI is complete without stopping to see contemporary-traditional art sourced locally here in Maine.
10:04 04 Sep 18
My family and I deeply enjoyed our August 2018 week at Chambers Oceanfront Cottages. We stayed in Sounderosa. The cottage was super clean, kitchen stocked with all needed items including a lobster steaming/boiling pot. This three bedroom, two bath place had ample room for the 4 of us. It’s decor and appliances are somewhat retro and vintage. Which has its charm. The views of Somes Sound, the birds, evening visits of resident local deer, the fireplace, all met or exceeded our expectations. And what a personable family who owns and manages. Paul even pre-stacked our fridge with 4 delicious pound and a half lobsters. Then we bought 12 more directly from his and his grandfathers catch right at the dock down the hill. We hired Paul to take us round trip to Little Cranberry island for dinner. Paul answer all questions and offers tips via text super quick. This family is generous and understands true old fashioned service! All around we had a dreamy week on Mount Desert Island and Acadia. Highly recommend!!!!!read more
14:06 02 Sep 18
A perfect location with stunning views and a peaceful atmosphere. The house was fully equipped with everything you could possibly need for your vacation. The hosts were easy and welcoming. We had an amazing time. Thank you!read more
08:36 24 Aug 18
Exceptionally friendly and welcoming owners who couldn't do enough to help (from offering to stock the fridge in anticipation of a late night arrival with a small child, to taking the time to talk to and show said small child how to catch lobsters).Beautiful and peaceful location.Perfectly appointed cottage with superb view and wonderful deck overlooking Somes Sound.Cannot recommend strongly enough.read more
11:36 04 Aug 18
Loved every minute of our stay at "Hillside". Hearing the loons calling, and watching boats, while enjoying coffee on the deck each morning. So cool to see deer( 2 adults and 3 fawns)almost every day right next to the cottage. And a wonderful feast of lobster purchased right on the dock for a fraction of the cost elsewhere. The property is super clean and well maintained. Truly a hidden gem on MDI. Will be back!!read more
14:20 03 Aug 18
Love,love, love this place. Clean, comfy and charming.
12:19 22 Jun 18
Wonderful location, water front with chairs on floating dock. Rock Point cottage. Comfortable cottage despite cold and rain. Great hospitality from Paul and Ashlee. We didn’t want to leave after our 2 week rental!read more
03:00 18 Jun 18
Highly recommend the Sounderosa property, great view on the bay from the deck, everything we need, including free firewood for our stay. Paul even had the fireplace ready to go, I just had to light it. Our name was on the door, and Paul called, and texted us when the property was ready, which was earlier than expected, we were still in Boston.read more
02:19 06 Jun 18
I recently spent a week at Rockpoint with my friends and we had a great time. The house was very clean and clearly well cared for. It was stocked with just about anything we needed (firewood, linens, paper towels, soap, etc.) All you need to bring are clothes and food.The location of the cottage couldn't have been better. Nothing on the island is more than a 15-20 minute drive (including Bar Harbor and Acadia), but you feel totally secluded and have amazing views of Somes Sound.I highly recommend Chambers Oceanfront Cottages. It was a great escape from reality and I hope to be back soon.read more
14:52 31 May 18
Incredible views, well maintained property, and nice people. Couldn't have asked for more.
14:55 16 Oct 17
We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place. We come year after year; Paul and Ashlee obviously love this place too. They take such good care of the cottages, which are well-equipped. All you need to bring is the food you’ll consume during your stay (along with spices, of course). All else is provided for a lovely and relaxing vacation.read more
19:32 15 Oct 17
This is the second year in a row we have stayed at the Chambers Oceanfront Cottages. It is a wonderful, peaceful place to stay and the cottages are well-equipped and extremely comfortable! The owner, Paul, is very accommodating and helpful, the view is beautiful, and the lobster is delicious! I wouldn't choose any other place!read more
21:01 08 Sep 17
What a fabulous place to spend a week! Quiet, beautiful water views, and a clean and well-equipped cottage. Very happy to discover this place on my first trip to Acadia.read more
20:44 30 Aug 17
I almost hesitate to reveal how wonderful these cottages are since they are heavily booked by those lucky enough to have stayed there. The Grindles are responsive and helpful. Topside was comfortable and well-equipped, and we wish we could have extended our week there to a month. Beautiful view from the wide deck across Somes Sound to the mountains fronting Cadillac, 5 minutes to Acadia Mountain trails, 10 minutes to SW Harbor, but quiet, private and peaceful woodsy setting. Can't wait to return next summer.read more
12:41 20 Aug 17
Just a perfect place to vacation. Close to all that Acadia has to offer but on the quiet side of the island. Views of somes sound spectacular from the cottage and the cottage was so well stocked with everything and anything you might need. Hosts were extremely responsive to any questions. And having access to 3 docks right on the sound made our stay extra specialread more
14:05 07 Aug 17
We had a wonderful time staying at Top Side July 2017. The cottage is very clean and comfortable. Paul & Ashlee are pleasant and professional. Our kids loved going on a boat ride with Paul who gives a fun and educational tour of Somes Sound. My favorite part of Top Side is the breathtaking view from the patio! You have a slightly elevated, unobstructed view of Somes Sound while the rest of the cottage is surrounded by trees. This gives you complete privacy away from the other cottages. The patio has very comfortable furniture to sit and enjoy your peaceful sanctuary.read more
12:06 31 Jul 17
We rented the Sea Breeze cottage and were very pleased with this. Every thing was clean, the location as excellent (Ok, in Acadia, nothing seems very far away). Cottage owners were wonderful and friendly and even went out of their way to get us fresh lobsters on Thursday. View from the dock was wonderful. I would highly recommend this and would stay there again in a minute.read more
01:56 28 Jun 17
Nice water view; very clean and well-maintained; spacious for a family of 4; all the amenities you need. Plus the bonus of being on MDI close to Acadia!read more
21:15 27 Jun 17
We just returned from an amazing week at Sounderosa Cottage. Paul and Ashlee are fantastic hosts. We have been staying at the Chambers Oceanfront Cottages for over 30 years and always appreciate how well equipped and clean they are, not to mention how well stocked they are with wood for the fireplace. Over the past few years, there have been several attractive updates to the cottage, including the new flooring in the living area. Most of all we always enjoy the gorgeous view and the peacefulness and privacy of the location. This year, Paul took us on a cruise of Somes Sound in his boat and filled us in on some of the history as well as answering all of the questions which our family posed. It was our first time to cruise the Sound and was a special treat - Paul even provided snacks and drinks. Our grandchildren challenged the adults to a rowboat race down at the dock and enjoyed hunting for mussels and shells. It is so convenient to be able to walk down the hill to the dock and purchase lobsters for dinner. We always enjoy our lobster dinners at the picnic table on the cottage deck. The list of things we love about the cottages goes on and on. We cannot imagine staying any other place on Mt. Desert.read more
13:44 15 Jun 17
We just returned from a week at the Sea Breeze cottage, and it was a wonderful experience. The cottage was clean, comfortable, well decorated, and had everything we needed right down to linens, towels and a well equipped kitchen (including all supplies needed to cook our own lobsters). Paul and Ashley were incredibly welcoming and attentive (don't miss the chance to by some lobsters right from Paul's dock) and bent over backwards to make sure that we had a great trip. We had some special requests to help us stay with a young toddler, and they went well above and beyond to accommodate. The views of the sound are breathtaking, and the location is convenient to Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor. Highly recommended and we will be back!read more
10:22 04 Jun 17
Amazing views from Topside Cottage! This is our first time in Maine. Pleasantly surprised by the rental. Cottage is spacious, clean, and well equipped. It has a home away from home feel. There are three docks on property to fish, swim, or launch from. Very quiet and serene. Nearby markets and lobster roll stands. Wildlife abounds.read more
15:01 06 Nov 16
What a wounderful cottage!! My wife and I spent our 25th wedding anniversary at Crow's Nest. The cottage was beautiful, well equipped and the views of Some's Sound and Sargent Mountain were exceptional. The hosts were gracious and easily accessable if needed. Fresh lobster off the boat was caught hours before and delicious! We are already planning our trip for next year and another delightful stay at Chamber's Oceanfront Cottages!read more