Especially if you’re new to the area, making your first stop the Hulls Cover Visitor Center would be a wise way to get an overview ofall the things you’re likely to see and do on your trip to Bar Harbor.The visitor center is part of the national park and includes a huge scale model showing its key points, roads, and most popular attractions. There are rangers at the center who’ll be able to answer your questions, and there’s a short introductory movie that provides an in-depth overview of the park. You can sign up for guided tours at the center as well.

Jordan’s Pond House

According to locals, Jordan’s Pond House Restaurant has been serving up quality food for over a century.

It’s the only full-service restaurant inside Acadia National Park, and the building in which it resides was once a farmhouse built in the early 1800s. The charming and historic restaurant sits next to a picturesque pond and serves lunch and dinner. It’s also a popular afternoon stop-off for weary explorers in need a bit of sustenance after a long day, so plan on a crowd, especially if you’ll be visiting during the peak tourist season – which lasts from May to September.