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Bar Harbor Adventures to Do and See

Location: Bar Harbor, ME

Scroll through this Adventure page to get a glimpse of what this one-of-a-kind New England destination has to offer.

Pre-Conference Whale Watch Tour: Climb aboard The Friendship V. Built in 1996, it is the largest and most luxurious whale watcher in Maine and provides the most educational and enjoyable aquatic sighting experience available.

Pre-Conference Somes Lighthouse Tour: Somes sound is a famous and spectacular fjord-like sound with mountains, waterfalls, and cliffs. On this tour you we visit Somes Sound and see Egg Rock, Winter Harbor, Baker Island and Bear Island Lights.

DownEast Lobster Bake: With whole Maine lobster to steamed Maine clams, prime rib, and New England clam chowder, this will be a don't miss. Yum and lots of fun!

Bar Harbor - CRNA Cyclists-Biking in Acadia National Park

Location: Bar Harbor, ME
Phone Number: https://www.acad
Website: https://www.acadiabike.com/

Join CRNA cyclists enjoying the miles of traffic-free carriage roads throughout Acadia National park. There will be a group ride for CRNAs on Wednesday afternoon and no rider will be left behind. Details will be announced at the symposium.

Acadia National Park and the surrounding Maine communities offer a truly spectacular setting for the bicycling enthusiast or professional alike.

The Park has approximately 45 miles of suitable road surfaces comprised of the famous Carriage Roads (financed and directed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., between 1913 and 1940) and portions of paved motor vehicle roadways. Carriage Roads wind through the heart of the park and have crushed rock surfaces.

Bike Rentals
Acadia Bike & Canoe: 48 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor - (207) 288-9605
Bar Harbor Bicycle 141 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor – (207) 288-3886
Southwest Cycle: Main Street, Southwest Harbor - (207) 244-5856

Bar Harbor - Pre-Conference Whale Watch Tour

Location: Bar Harbor, ME
Phone Number: (207) 288-2386

REGISTER EARLY, SPACES ARE LIMITED - Registration due September 16!
Register directly with Encore using the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Registration Form, which can also be found as a PDF download on the Bar Harbor Overview page.

The Friendship V, built in 1996, is the largest, fastest, and most luxurious whale watcher in Maine, and provides the most educational and enjoyable aquatic sighting experience available. The vessel features three outside decks, two fully heated cabins, cushioned seating, dining tables, and a well-stocked galley offering a wide variety of hot and cold foods prepared fresh onboard.

Onboard, your professional naturalist will describe the behavior and habits of available species, which typically include Finbacks, Humpbacks, and Minke whales, pilot whales, dolphin, basking sharks, Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and various wildlife indigenous to the area.

DRESS WARMLY: wear layers with sweater, jacket, cap and gloves.
You may wish to wear rubber-soled shoes and bring sunscreen and sunglasses.

ALL ADULT PASSENGERS ARE REQUIRED TO SHOW A PHOTO ID TO BOARD!

For more information and photos visit Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.
Admission: $50/adults, $30/youth (age 6-14). $9/children (age 5 and under)
Address: 1 West Street Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Bar Harbor - Oceanarium and Lobster Hatchery

Location: Bar Harbor, ME
Phone Number: (207) 288-5005
Website: http://theoceanarium.com/oceankudos.html

This is the real thing ... these people and the lobster fishermen in the area are actually raising little lobsters to release in local waters - they have turned loose hundreds of thousands.

You get a chance to see the whole operation, plus they have the Maine Lobster Museum right there, too. The Museum has games to play while you learn.

Address: 1351 State Route 3, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Bar Harbor - Lobster Bake Tradition

Location: Bar Harbor, ME
Phone Number: (207) 288-4148
Website: http://www.poorboysgourmet.com/

IT'S AN ENCORE TRADITION - October 3

Feast on a delicious Lobster Bake at Poor Boy's Gourmet restaurant; a local favorite for over 30 years.

Registration due by September 16th
Register directly with Encore using the Lobster Bake Registration Form also provided as a PDF download on Bar Harbor Overview page.

Lobster Bake Location:
Poor Boys Gourmet Restaurant
Address: 300 Main St.
Cash Bar Opens at 5:00 pm
Lobster Bake Begins at 5:30 pm

The whole experience!

1 1/4 lb. Steamed Lobster - 2 lb. Steamed Lobster or Baked Stuffed Lobster ($48)
A half ladle of New England Clam Chowder
Cold Slaw
Local Mussels
Buttered Sweet Corn
Red Skinned Potatoes

Included with all dinners: Homemade Maine Blueberry Pie with Homemade Whipped Cream & Iced Tea Cocktails, Beer & Wine Available for Purchase

Alternatives to steamed lobster:

1 ¼ Baked Stuffed Lobster Maine Lobster ($52)
(Seafood Stuffing: Shrimp, Scallops, Crab, Baked Golden Brown)
Char-Grilled 14 oz. Prime Rib, Au Jus, Jumbo Asparagus, Mashed Potatoes ($48)
Half Roasted Crispy Herb Chicken, Jumbo Asparagus, Mashed Potatoes ($48)

*Prices include tax and gratuity

*Children under 12 may order from the 'house' children's menu

Bar Harbor - 2018 Pre-Conference Whale Watch Tour

Location: Bar Harbor, ME
Phone Number: (207) 288-2386

To take advantage of the whale watch opportunity, it is recommended that you schedule an early hotel arrival, Saturday, October 13th, as at this time of year there is one only one scheduled departure per day which is at 12 Noon.

SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
Departure from dock: 12 Noon
Duration: Approximately 3-3.5 hours
Address: 1 West Street Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Reservations: (207) 288-2386
PRICING
ALL ADULT PASSENGERS ARE REQUIRED TO SHOW A PHOTO ID TO BOARD!

The Friendship V, built in 1996, is the largest, fastest, and most luxurious whale watcher in Maine, and provides the most educational and enjoyable aquatic sighting experience available. The vessel features three outside decks, two fully heated cabins, cushioned seating, dining tables, and a well-stocked galley offering a wide variety of hot and cold foods prepared fresh on board.

On board, your professional naturalist will describe the behavior and habits of available species, which typically include Finbacks, Humpbacks, and Minke whales, pilot whales, dolphin, basking sharks, Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and various wildlife indigenous to the area. For more information and photos visit Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.

DRESS WARMLY: wear layers with sweater, jacket, cap and gloves.
You may wish to wear rubber-soled shoes and bring sunscreen and sunglasses.

Bar Harbor - Somes Sound Light Tour Pre-Conference Tour

Location: Bar Harbor
Phone Number: (207) 288-2386
Website: http://www.barharborwhales.com/whale-watching-tours/lighthouse-and-national-park-tour/

Somes Sound Light Tour (Fall) Sept 4 – end of October

SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
Departure from the dock: 9:00 a.m.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Address: 1 West Street Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Reservations: (207) 288-2386
PRICING
ALL ADULT PASSENGERS ARE REQUIRED TO SHOW A PHOTO ID TO BOARD!

Somes Sound is a famous and spectacular fjord-like sound with mountains, waterfalls, and cliffs. On this tour, you will visit Somes Sound and see Egg Rock, Winter Harbor, Baker Island, and Bear Island Lights. We also take in all the park highlights and extra mansions. This trip has excellent narration and offers ample time at each light for excellent photography. All the park highlights and mansions with extra mansions. This trip has excellent narration and offers ample time at each light for excellent photography.

Begins: 9:30 a.m. Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Bar Harbor - "Sea Stars to Starry Nights... the gift of STARS in Acadia"

Location: Bar Harbor, ME
Phone Number: (207) 288-9428

“Sea Stars to Starry Nights …the gift of STARS in Acadia”
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Description: Paper artist Sherry Rasmussen of ART on West Gallery will teach traditionally folded stars and “wet folded origami,” a technique developed by Japanese master Akira Yoshizawa, at a workshop October 4 from 4 pm to 5:30 pm at the Studio Upstairs of Art of West.

First, participants will learn how to fold a square so that with a single cut you will create a pentagon. The pentagon will be folded into a traditional five-point star. The stars can be used for everything from ornaments to earrings to package embellishment. After making a number of stars from traditional paper, you will use a watercolor paper to “wet fold” stars that are more abstract than traditional folding.

The workshop is suitable for ages 12 and up.
Due to space constraints, the number is limited to 10 people. There is a minimum of 5 people to hold the class.

Address: ART on West ...at the Studio Upstairs 78 West Street, under the ART sign Bar Harbor.
Cost:The event is $10.
Contact:Call Sherry at 207-288-9428 to make your reservation or stop by ART on West.

Bar Harbor - Lobster Bake Tradition 2018

Location: Bar Harbor, ME

IT'S AN ENCORE TRADITION - The whole experience!

DATE: Monday, October 16
LOCATION: TBA
PRICING: TBA

1 1/4 lb. Steamed Lobster - 2 lb. Steamed Lobster or Baked Stuffed Lobster
A half ladle of New England Clam Chowder
Cold Slaw
Local Mussels
Buttered Sweet Corn
Red Skinned Potatoes Homemade Maine Blueberry Pie with Homemade Whipped Cream
Iced Tea
Cocktails, Beer & Wine Available for Purchase

Alternatives to steamed lobster: TBA

Bar Harbor - Tour Acadia National Park with Ranger-Led Programs

Location: Bar Harbor, ME
Website: http://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm

Learn more about Acadia National Park by joining a park ranger on a walk, campfire program, hike, boat cruise, or one of the many other programs offered from mid-May to mid-October.

Some programs require advanced reservations. See program descriptions for more information. Most programs are free. A number of programs are wheelchair accessible; check with park staff for accessibility.

Bar Harbor - Weathervanes and Cupolas

Location: Bar Harbor, ME
Phone Number: (800) 255-5025

This privately owned venue is located in Trenton, Maine, not too far from Bar Harbor, and not to be missed! If you have been looking for unique weathervanes or cupolas with superior workmanship and beauty… This is a Must See and Do!

See the ART of weathervane making at its best! We encourage all our attendees to visit this wonderful New England Farm House showroom featuring the finest!

Directions: Look for the New England Farm House with the large three geese weathervane on the barn. They are located on the left side of the road going to Acadia National Park. As you are leaving the Bar Harbor area, they are located on the right.

Address: 852 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME

Bar Harbor - Historic Greens: Champion Golf Course

Location: Bar Harbor, ME
Phone Number: (207) 288-3000
Website: http://www.kebovalleyclub.com/

Meet the challenge of Kebo! Surrounded by the mountains of Acadia National Park, Kebo Valley has been enticing golfers from all over the world for more than 100 years.

This picturesque course, just minutes from downtown Bar Harbor, is meticulously groomed to recapture the original greens plan and consistently ranks among America's best public golf courses.

Address: 136 Eagle Lake Road Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

Bar Harbor - Coastal Kayaking Tours

Location: Bar Harbor, ME
Phone Number: (800) 526-8615
Website: http://www.acadiafun.com/

The waters of Mount Desert Island are ideally suited to travel and exploration by sea kayak. With miles of protected coastline and many offshore islands, the paddling opportunities are endless. Explore the surf-laced beaches and glacier-carved shoreline of coastal islands. Enjoy a close-up view of porpoises, seals, shore birds, an occasional whale, and Acadia's varied plant life.

Address: 48 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor - Biking in Acadia National Park

Location: Bar Harbor, ME

Acadia National Park and the surrounding Maine communities offer a truly spectacular setting for the bicycling enthusiast or professional alike.

The Park has approximately 45 miles of suitable road surfaces comprised of the famous Carriage Roads (financed and directed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., between 1913 and 1940) and portions of paved motor vehicle roadways. Carriage Roads wind through the heart of the park and have crushed rock surfaces.

Bike Rentals

Acadia Bike & Canoe: 48 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor - (207) 288-9605

Southwest Cycle: Main Street, Southwest Harbor - (207) 244-5856

Bar Harbor - All Fired Up!

Location: Bar Harbor, ME
Phone Number: (207) 288-3130

Create-Your-Own-Art studio. All ages will enjoy making souvenirs and vacation memories. Relax and create your own personal gifts for Christmas right here in Bar Harbor, Maine! Create a keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.

Bar Harbor - Rock Climbing in Acadia National Park

Location: Bar Harbor, ME
Phone Number: (207) 288-2521
Website: http://www.climbacadia.com/

The sea cliffs of Acadia National Park offer some of the most stunning rock climbing found anywhere in the U.S. - and it's all just minutes away from downtown Bar Harbor.

Regardless of your experience level - whether you're a first-time climber or advanced - there's a course for everyone. Choose from half-day (morning or afternoon) or full day courses to fit your seminar schedule.

All equipment is provided (climbing shoes, harness, and helmet).

Address: 67 Main Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor Nature Tour

Location: Bar Harbor

Nature Tour

Hop aboard The Acadian for a cruise in the protected waters of Frenchman Bay. From the shear granite cliffs of Schooner Head to the smooth rock beaches behind Ironbound Island, you'll see a rugged maritime landscape etched by glaciers and battered by sea & wind. Yet, despite the harsh environment, seals still haul out on the ledges of Flanders Bay to warm up and raise their pups. Eagles still build nests along the shores of the Porcupine Islands and porpoises still surface unexpectedly in the bay for a few breaths of air. See magnificent summer homes, Egg Rock Lighthouse, and wonderful views of Acadia National Park.

Daily 10am & 1:30pm

Reservations: Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. @ (207) 288-2386 or visit www.barharborwhales.com

Bar Harbor - Historic Lighthouse Tour

Location: Bar Harbor, ME
Phone Number: (207) 288-2386
Website: http://www.barharborwhales.com/lighthouses.php

Climb aboard the Bay King III and visit five offshore island lighthouses. Learn about Maine's legendary lighthouses and the brave men and women who maintained them.

Along the way, you will have an opportunity to see some of Acadia National Park's most scenic highlights. This trip is fully narrated and offers ample time for the many excellent photo opportunities.

Address: 1 West St., Bar Harbor, ME