• Why You Should Visit Bar Harbor & Acadia In The Spring: Eclipse, Tips, and More

    Why You Should Visit Bar Harbor & Acadia In The Spring: Eclipse, Tips, and More

    Why You Should Visit Bar Harbor & Acadia In The Spring: Eclipse, Tips, and More
    You know how it goes – On frigid days, spring can seem like a faraway dream, but then the clouds clear, the sun makes an appearance, and the promise of warmer days fills you with intense happiness. With spring just around the corner, now is the best time to plan your trip to Bar Harbor.

    A charming and peaceful time of year, spring is a great season to take advantage of Acadia’s popular trails and Bar Harbor’s shopping and restaurants, just as they begin to open their doors again. You’ll revel in memorable attractions, sunny afternoons, and the sights, smells, and sounds that is nature waking up from winter once again.

    Bar Harbor & Acadia Spring Weather & What to Pack
    Springtime in Bar Harbor and Acadia can mean crisp air, ample sunshine, and spring showers (and flowers). If that sounds like it runs the gamut, you may be right. Don’t forget to layer up as sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, and raincoats are your friends during these months. Temperatures can range from 30-70 °F (-1-21 °C). Throw a warm jacket in your pack when you head out – temperatures at mountain peaks can be notably different from Bar Harbor weather.

    Things to Do in Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park This Spring

    1. April 8: Witness the 2024 Solar Eclipse in Bar Harbor

    Experience the incredible spectacle of the 2024 Solar Eclipse in Bar Harbor on April 8! This celestial event promises a deep partial eclipse with an impressive magnitude of 97%. Whether you're a seasoned eclipse enthusiast or simply exploring the state, Bar Harbor is the perfect destination. Book a place to stay in advance, and don't forget to don your eclipse glasses for a safe view. While you’re here, be sure to adhere to safety guidelines — stick to paved roads and clearly marked trails. Stay updated on additional details through our social channels for an unforgettable eclipse adventure.

    2. Spring Hiking
    The ponds and lakes have thawed, the birds are chirping and sunlight is filtering through the trees. Immerse yourself in the springtime world of Acadia National Park with a hike. Whether you choose a nature walk along the wildflower-dotted fields of Jordan Pond Loop, or hike up the rocky path of Great Head Trail and do some birding, Acadia National Park’s lands offer endless beauty and peaceful spots to pause and reflect. Be sure to check the park’s current conditions page for the latest information on trail conditions and mud season closures.

    3. Rainy Day Exploring
    Spring showers? Enjoy it – there is plenty to do indoors in Bar Harbor. From cozy movie days to unique museum exploring, there’s no need to take a rain check.
    • Movie time? Upgrade your popcorn to pizza! Catch a movie while enjoying a specialty pie or build-your own pizza at Reel Pizza Cinerama.
    • Learn about the history of the Wabanaki Nations, the first settlers of Maine, and their present-day legacy at the Abbe Museum, the first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in Maine. (The Abbe Museum reopens for the 2024 season starting in May.)
    • Celebrate the work of Wendell Gilley by learning about the art of bird carving at the Wendell Gilley Museum. (Now through May 12, the Wendell Gilley Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays before returning to regular hours.)
    • From antique car enthusiasts to history buffs, the Seal Cove Auto Museum is a must-stop place to add to your itinerary. (Seal Cove Auto Museum is open by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays before returning to regular hours on May 1).
    • For those who crave physical activity despite the rain, indoor climbing gym Volta delivers with a variety of climbing walls and snack bar to boot.
    • Beginning in May 2024, experience a wine tasting at Bar Harbor Cellars - and don't skip out on the "chocolate room."
    4. Biking and Bike Rentals
    There’s nothing quite like the spring sunshine warming your cheeks as you ride your bike after a long winter. And while bikes are not permitted on hiking trails, you have the entire 27-mile Park Loop Road to enjoy, along with 45 miles of carriage roads (again, be sure to stay up to date on the current conditions of trails).

    Need a bike? We’ve got you covered. Rent an electric bike from Acadia Ebike Adventure or join Island Time E-bike for a guided tour – in either case, the motor will come in handy to get you up the steep hills, if needed. Those seeking a traditional bike can stop by Acadia Bike, re-opening in May 2024.

    5. Shopping
    Craving some Maine sweet treats? Or seeking a wearable memento from your trip, like an extra cozy sweatshirt or a replica 1950s Bar Harbor High School sweater? Bar Harbor has you covered. This is the time of year when things begin to open up again, so store hours vary. Be sure to check the store’s website or give them a call.

    6. Explore Mount Desert Island's Gardens
    Not far from the charm of Bar Harbor and expansive lands of Acadia are a couple of beautifully maintained gardens. Celebrate the return of spring with a trip to the Wild Gardens of Acadia, where you’ll bear witness to over 400 indigenous plant species across their serene landscapes. Or, head to the Asticou Azalea Garden (re-opening in May), to wander the paths of Japanese- inspired gardens and appreciate the fragrant blooms.

    Plan Your Spring Trip with The Visit Bar Harbor App!
    Our mobile app assists you with planning your dream trip to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Download it on the Apple Store and Google Play. Create your perfect Bar Harbor and Acadia itinerary, share it with others, and get turn-by-turn directions to your desired destination.