There is a nice little day picnic area on the left or eastern side of Thompson Island just before you cross onto Mount Desert Island. My family often purchased cooked Maine lobster and steamed clams in Trenton, then drove the short distance to this spot to eat, relax, and play games before continuing on to the main part of Acadia National Park. The picnic area is right on the coast and has a large grassy area for recreation. It is open from 6:00 AM until dark during seasonal months. These hours may be changed by National Park Service without notice so before planning special functions, please verify with Park Headquarters. (View Thompson Island picnic area photos)
On the other side of the island from the picnic area is the National Park's Thompson Island Information Center. Both areas have bathroom facilities.
The Acadia National Park Visitor Center is located in Hulls Cove. During normal season months, this is the best location to get information you need regarding the Park. It also has a gift shop for a variety of purchases. For Park information during the winter months, visit the Park Headquarters on Highway 233 near Eagle Lake, just 3 miles west of Bar Harbor.
Weddings in Acadia National Park: Visit the weddings section for information about having a wedding ceremony within Acadia National Park or elsewhere on MDI or nearby villages and towns.
Acadia National Park Headquarters: (207) 288-3338
Thompson Island Picnic Area GPS: Latitude 44.426906; Longtitude -68.364621
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