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Stay near Bar Harbor's top sights

Cadillac Mountain128 locals recommend
Hannaford Supermarket117 locals recommend
Side Street Cafe89 locals recommend
Bark Harbor83 locals recommend
Reel Pizza Cinerama75 locals recommend
Jordan Pond House Restaurant75 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Bar Harbor

  • Total rentals

    1.2K properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $30 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    60K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    730 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    370 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    20 properties have a pool

Your guide to Bar Harbor

All About Bar Harbor

For generations, New Englanders have retreated to this craggy stretch of Maine’s coast, where lobster boats bob in the misty harbors of Frenchman Bay, and miles of pristine wilderness make this corner of the United States feel just as untamed as ever. Mount Desert Island is home to one of the top 10 most-visited national parks in the country, and Bar Harbor is the gateway. More than three million visitors come through each year, many on their way to explore the wilds of Acadia National Park, others just to soak in the charm of New England village life, from Northeast Harbor to Southwest Harbor to Bass Harbor (are you sensing a theme?). Clearly, the water defines life in these parts, whether you’re planning a kayak or canoe trip around the Porcupine Islands, or a creamy lobster roll at a seaside eatery in Hulls Cove.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Bar Harbor

There are several glorious weeks between July and Labor Day when Mainers can finally swap their long johns for T-shirts, and naturally that’s the time when the state is flooded with visitors. Bar Harbor’s most popular locations are the most crowded in summer, when temperatures inch above 65 degrees Fahrenheit, peaking at around 73 degrees in mid-July. Fall is chillier, but you’re rewarded with sparser crowds and stunning foliage. By January, the mercury rarely gets above freezing, dipping to around 16 degrees overnight. These harsh winters and sublime summers mean that many Bar Harbor attractions are extremely seasonal. So if you’re planning to visit in the off-season, don’t expect much to be open — and definitely book a rental with a hot tub and fireplace.

Top things to do in Bar Harbor

Acadia National Park

With environments ranging from rocky beaches to forests to granite mountain peaks, this 47,000-acre recreational area feels like a country in and of itself. You can explore more than 150 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads on foot, by bike, or on horseback, while possibly crossing paths with a moose, bear, or other local wildlife. Get up early to trek 1,530 feet to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the North Atlantic seaboard, and you’ll be rewarded with views of the earliest sunrise in the United States (between October and March).

Abbe Museum

Stop in at this Smithsonian-affiliated museum to learn about the history and culture of Maine’s indigenous Wabanaki people. The museum maintains its original location inside the national park from June through September, and operates a second branch in downtown Bar Harbor that is open all year (except January).

Whale watching

The Gulf of Maine is a playground for several species of whale, including humpbacks, finbacks, and minkes. It’s possible to spot them from shore, or you could get up closer with a wildlife cruise. Expert-led excursions depart from the Bar Harbor pier daily from May to October.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Bar Harbor?

    The weather in Bar Harbor, Maine is generally moderate with temperatures ranging from 15°F (-9°C) in winter up to 70°F (21°C) in summer. Winters can come with snow, making it perfect for winter activities, while summers are usually mild and comfortable for outdoor adventures.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Bar Harbor?

    Visiting Acadia National Park, exploring Bar Harbor Historical Society Museum, and enjoying a nature cruise are popular activities in Bar Harbor. Whale watching is also an often recommended experience.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Bar Harbor?

    Bar Harbor is frequently visited from June to October, with the annual Fourth of July parade and fireworks attracting many visitors. Also, Acadia Night Sky Festival in September is an event often enjoyed by astronomy lovers.

  • What are the best places to stay in Bar Harbor?

    Popular areas to stay in Bar Harbor include downtown for easy access to shops and restaurants, the Village Green area for its proximity to local transport, or near Acadia National Park for nature enthusiasts.

  • What are the best places to visit in Bar Harbor?

    Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor Historical Society Museum, and the Shore Path are popular places to visit. The Abbe Museum, dedicated to Maine's Native American heritage, is another frequently suggested destination.

  • What are some hiking trails in Bar Harbor?

    Bar Harbor has a variety of hiking trails, notably the Precipice Trail and Jordan Pond Path in Acadia National Park. The Ship Harbor Nature Trail, 18 miles (29 km) from Bar Harbor, is also a great option.

  • What are some family activities to do in Bar Harbor?

    Families can explore the Abbe Museum to learn about Native American history, take a nature cruise around Frenchman Bay, or enjoy a day at the Village Green with picnic spots and a playground.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Bar Harbor?

    Day trips from Bar Harbor can include a visit to the Acadia National Park, just 3 miles (5 km) away, sailing or fishing in the Gulf of Maine, or exploring the neighboring towns like Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Bar Harbor?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 430 vacation rentals in Bar Harbor featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Bar Harbor?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Bar Harbor. Choose from more than 370 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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