• Social Distancing Tips and Tricks

  • Bar Harbor Maine Acadia National Park Social Distancing Tips
  • Bar Harbor

    Bar Harbor is committed to your safety as you enjoy your stay— to eat, shop, and play! Read on for some insider tips on how to keep it a socially-distanced Bar Harbor experience.

    • Dining Hacks

      • Switch up your hours! Sleep in and grab brunch like it’s the weekend even if it’s not, or be an early bird and enjoy lunch before noon, and dinner before 5 p.m. (Upside: That sets you up perfectly for a late evening snack of ice cream or blueberry pie!)

      • Reserve, Reserve: Wherever possible, make reservations for all of your meals. Then you can show up on time and avoid having to wait in any potential lines.

    • Shopping like a Pro

      • Connect: Call the shops you want to visit ahead of time and ask for tips on when the best time would be to shop. Or, request a time before or after their usual hours. It can’t hurt to ask!

      • Order Online: If you’re not able to visit during off hours, see if the shop offers online ordering for you to browse at your leisure. Plus: more room in your suitcase!

    • Smart Spaces

      • Park it: our public parks are great options for some R&R in a spacious setting

      • Athlete Style: whether for play, picnicking, or running about, our athletic fields are a great social-distancing option

    Want more Bar Harbor tips? Stop by the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center at 2 Cottage Street, or visit our website.



  • Acadia National Park

    Acadia National Park is regularly one of the top ten most-visited national parks in the U.S. It’s a good idea to plan ahead to help you have a fun and socially-distant trip!

    • Cadillac Mountain*: At sunrise and sunset, Cadillac Mountain Summit can be a busy place.

      • Switch Up the Schedule: Head up the summit road in the late morning or midafternoon to avoid those peak times; you’ll still get an amazing view!

      • Swap the Sun for Stars: After sunset is an especially good time to visit Cadillac Mountain Summit. You’ll feel so close to the Milky Way, you’ll want to reach out and grab the stars!

      • Sunrise/Sunset Alternatives: If the sunrise or sunset are a must-see for you, don’t dispair. We have some recommendations for alternative places to witness the spectacle:

        • Sunrise

          • Walk on the Shore Path in downtown Bar Harbor.

          • Find a safe place to park along Ocean Drive on the Park Loop Road.

          • Visit the Schooner Head Overlook where you’ll be standing just at the ocean’s edge.

    • Sunset:

      • Book a sunset nature cruise.

      • Visit the west, or “quiet” side of Mount Desert Island to take in the views of sunset.

      • Head over to Hadley Point beach and set up your blankets and chairs.

    • Sand Beach*:

      • Be early, or be late: Plan to arrive early to stake your place on the beach, or hit the sand later in the afternoon when many others have already called it a day.

    Looking for more information and tips about Acadia National Park? Stop at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and ask a Park Ranger for personalized suggestions to fit your interests, or visit Acadia National Park’s website.


    *Keep in Mind

    • From October 1-18, 2020, guests will need to make a reservation for their visit to Cadillac Mountain and the Sand Beach Entrance sections of the Park Loop Road. Learn more here: https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/vehicle_reservations.htm

    • Don’t get discouraged if your intended site is too crowded for your taste. Head to your plan B and try another time.


    We wish you a wonderful, fun and safe trip!