Bar Harbor activities and recreation near acadia

Activities / Recreation

The Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor region has a variety of things to do during the day as well as late into the evening. Explore areas away from Bar Harbor such as Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Bass Harbor, Ellsworth, Blue Hill and even the Schoodic Peninsula. There is a wonderful and exciting blend of entertainment and recreation type activities as varied as the terrain such as whale watching, kayaking, hiking, biking, museums, galleries, nightly entertainment, music, theater, shopping, and more.

Downeast Windjammer Cruises

207-288-4585 or 207-546-2927
Cranberry Cove Ferry: 207-244-5882
Open: Varies

Margaret Todd - Join us aboard the only 4-masted schooner working in New England. Three, 1.5 - 2 hour trips daily, sailing among the islands of Frenchman Bay.
Bar Harbor/Winter Harbor Ferry - Four passenger service trips daily. Visit Schoodic Point, the “other side” of Acadia National Park.
4-Hour Fishing - Come and fish Frenchman Bay. Bait and tackle provided. Great fun for the whole family!
Cranberry Cove Ferry - Four to six trips daily providing passenger service between Southwest Harbor/Manset and the Cranberry Isles. Buy tickets onboard.


Scenic Flights of Acadia

On Route 3 at the Bar Harbor Airport
112 Caruso Dr., Trenton, ME 04605
(207) 667-6527 or Email
Open: 7 Days/wk - Year-Round!

Experience the Island the Best Way - See it from above! Climb aboard a Cessna 172 aircraft with an experienced Commercial Pilot, who will point out sights you can only view from above. Gain a unique perspective of Bar Harbor, Coastal Lighthouses, Acadia National Park, Cadillac Mountain, Somes Sound and more. Choose from one of our five popular flights, or custom tailor your own, with prices starting at $49 per person. Reservations are not required, with the exception of our unforgettable Sunset Flights and ‘off-season’ flights. Gift Certificates are available.


Mansell Boat Rentals

391 Main Street, Box 1102, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
Pier Location: 135 Shore Road, Manset, ME 04679
(207) 244-5625 or Email
Open: Seasonal

Located next to the Hinckley Yacht Yard on the Shore Road in Manset in Southwest Harbor, Maine, Mansell Boat Rentals offers sailboat and powerboat rentals for the Mount Desert Island area. Choose from several types of sailboats and powerboats. Sailing lessons are also available.


Island Cruises - “Best Island Tour in New England”

12 Little Island Way, Bass Harbor, ME 04653
(207) 244-5785 or Email

Named “Best Island Tour in New England” by Yankee Magazine, Island Cruises is a family owned business in its 22nd year. We focus on quality and creating an experience that is the highlight for many visitors. Join our Lunch Cruise to Frenchboro, a 120 year old island fishing village, or for our Afternoon Nature Cruise. Both trips feature wildlife that will simply astound you, coupled with an award winning narrative of the history and culture of the island communities of Blue Hill Bay and the Maine lobster fishery. We always haul a few lobster traps. See how they work and what's been caught.


Coastal Kayaking Tours

48 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
(207) 288-9605 or Email

We are MDI's premier outfitter and the favorite choice of people who want to go sea kayaking. We feature small group tours (six boats or less) and personalized service with a professional and fun-loving guide staff that's second to none. We've been leading sea kayak tours for 30 years, longer than anyone else in New England. Tours are on both the east and west sides of MDI with a variety of routes around Bar Harbor. We have a great record of seeing harbor seals, porpoises, bald eagles, osprey and other wildlife.


Tour Acadia

P.O. Box 426, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 460-4431 or Email

We offer tours for small groups, anywhere from 1-12 people, with a variety of vehicles to meet any need. In addition to our regular menu of tours, we're always happy to design something especially for you, depending on how long you want to tour and what you want to see. It's simple: you decide how deeply you want to immerse yourself in the beauty of Acadia and Mount Desert Island, and we'll put together a program that's right for you.


Manset Yacht Service - Powerboat Rentals

113 Shore Road, Manset, Southwest Harbor, ME 04609-0681
(207) 244-4040 or Email

Cruising the waters surrounding Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park is one of life's simple pleasures. Located south of Somes Sound, the only natural fjard along the east coast, one can head out and explore. Established in 1989, Manset Yacht Service - Powerboat operation, offers a large rental fleet of 'ANGLER' brand fiberglass powerboats powered by Yamaha. They are the finest quality available - clean, safe, dependable, U.S. Coast Guard certified and attractive.


Acadian Boat Tours

Summer Sailing Location:
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, 119 Eden St., Bar Harbor
(207) 801-2300 or Email

Acadian Boat Tours offers Frenchman Bay sightseeing/nature cruises, family-friendly fishing trips (3 & 4 hours), puffin/lighthouse tours and fall spectacular Somes Sound Fjord tour. Our boats are comfortable and fully USCG licensed, equipped with indoor and outdoor seating, galley service, and restrooms. You will find us on the outskirts of downtown Bar Harbor, where we offer FREE ONSITE PARKING. The Acadian boat is pet friendly.


Eagle Mountain Guide Service

Acadia & Downeast Region
(207) 537-5282 or Email
Reservations Recommended!

Eagle Mountain offers family & individual fishing trips specializing in Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout and Landlocked Salmon. EMGS provides great freshwater fishing, lake boating trips and sunset cruises. Bring your swim suits as this crystal clear spring fed lake is great for swimming and snorkeling. All a short distance from Acadia National Park & Bar Harbor. All fishing tackle provided. Trips are exclusive to your group only. Half day & Full day trips available.


At Your Service Taxi & Tours

Bar Harbor & Acadia Region
(207) 288-9222 • Tours at (207) 288-9229 • Email

A locally operated taxi and tour service in Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park since 1999. We will welcome you to our island with safe, courteous, uniformed, professional drivers who have an extensive knowledge of the area. Our driver-guides create unique narrated tours tailored to your time and interests. Ride in comfort in your own private van that stops when and where you want for as long as you want. We are always open and accept all major credit cards.


North Country Rivers

Gadabout Gaddis Airport
Bingham, Maine 04920
1-800-348-8871

Discover Maine White Water Rafting on the Penobscot, Kennebec and Dead Rivers. All equipment provided. No experience necessary. Daily trips from April through October. In addition, we offer ATV Tours (May-Nov), Moose Safaris (May-Sept), Kayaking (May-Sept), Snowmobile Tours (Jan-March), RV and Tent Camping (Apr-Nov), Cabins (Year Round) and Restaurant.


Acadia Park Kayak Tours

Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
(207) 266-1689 or Email

Kayak with an eco-friendly outfitter who teaches environmental education and donates a portion of tour fees to conservation! Our 12 person groups are the lowest priced in the area and we are the only outfitter to offer smaller 6 person groups. We offer sunrise, daytime, sunset, nighttime stargazing, and private tours. Private tours can accomodate children as young as five. We see a variety of wildlife and most of our tours have the opportunity to stop on and explore an uninhabited coastal island. Beginners are welcome and all equipment is provided. We are a Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide service.


Mount Desert Island Marathon

PO Box 117, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662
(207) 276-4226 or Email

The Mount Desert Island Marathon was founded in 2002 and is quickly becoming one of the United State's premier destination marathons! Beginning in downtown Bar Harbor and finishing in the fishing village of Southwest Harbor, the footrace is open to runners and walkers alike featuring the beauty of Acadia National Park and expert coordination from a dedicated and professional race committee. It is USATF certified course and a Boston Marathon qualifier.

The 2014 event is scheduled for Sunday, October 19. Photos by ASI.


Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.

1 West St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-2386 or 1-888-WHALES-4 or Email
Open: Seasonal

Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. offers many adventurous boating tours on the Gulf of Maine. Featuring several distinct whale watching, sightseeing, light house and nature trips sailing daily throughout the summer season. Enjoy a fantastic experience you will never forget.


Atlantic Climbing School

67 Main Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
For information: Email
Rated #1 activity in Bar Harbor by Tripadvisor!

For 19 years Atlantic Climbing School has offered world-class rock climbing courses in Acadia. Half day and full day courses available for individuals, couples, families and groups of all ages and ability levels. All equipment provided, no experience needed. Accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association.


National Park Canoe & Kayak Rental

145 Pretty Marsh Road, Mount Desert, Maine
(207) 244-5854 or Email

Located on the north end of beautiful 4 mile Great Long Pond • Loons, eagles, ducks, osprey, and even pileated woodpeckers add to the experience. Canoes in 3 lengths, solo kayaks, tandem kayaks, and paddle boards, we can deliver to you or car-top on-site. Provide all paddling gear plus instruction and a pre-trip briefing.


Northeast Whitewater - Rafting & Moose Tours

142 Moosehead Lake Rd., P.O. Box 1623, Greenville, ME 04441
Call 888-484-3317 or Email

Northeast Whitewater is the closest rafting and moose tour company to Acadia and the Bar Harbor region. We provide personalized half and full day trips in whitewater rafting, moose tours, kayaking, canoeing and waterfall hikes. Reserve your spot today! Call 888-484-3317


Acadia's Mainely Ours - Outdoor Fun Rentals

From MDI to Ellsworth to Schoodic Areas
View Schoodic Map at page top
(207) 565-1009, (207) 469-8872 or Email

Enjoy our Outdoor Fun Rentals! We Deliver to waterways in the Downeast Acadia region. Our 5 seater Paddleboat rental is on George's Pond in Franklin, Maine. There's a diving board in the middle of the lake for swimming and lake fun! Give us a call or drop a line anytime.


Fandango

Find the Treasure on Mount Desert Island!

Somewhere on Mount Desert Island, Maine, a golden key is hidden. The location of the key can be found by reading through FANDANGO and uncovering the clues concealed in the pages of the book. Be the first person to solve the riddle and locate the key and a treasure worth over $10,000 will be yours!


Moscow Magic & Comedy Show

Tickets: $15 per person
The Hall at 82 Otter Creek Dr., Otter Creek
Wed., Thurs., Fri. & Sat.
(207) 217-8880 or Email

The Moscow Magic & Comedy Show is a Family Friendly experience starring Master Magician Victor Zenko and featuring incredible illusions, comedy, juggling, ventriloquism and adventurous audience participation. Its laughter and amazement for the whole family! Michael Miclon of The Early Evening Show says, “The accent is Russian but the show is out of this world!”

Bars, Clubs, Taverns:

Carmen Verandah

119 Main St., Bar Harbor
207-288-2886

Right in the heart of Bar Harbor on the second floor of Rupununi's. We have live music & dancing, pool, darts, an excellent menu, and a beautiful verandah overlooking the Village Green. Open 7 days a week from April through November.

Lompoc Cafe & Brewpub

36 Rodick St., Bar Harbor
207-288-9392

Provides an eclectic menu along with a full bar featuring fine microbrewed ales, scotches and brandies from around the world. On weekends hear live jazz, blues, original rock and local acts. Located in Bar Harbor on 36 Rodick Street off West Street.

Paddy's

50 West St., Bar Harbor
207-801-3786

Join us in a spectacular waterfront setting as we pay tribute to Ireland's rich and celebrated pub culture - a culture of hearty food and drink, good music, warm hospitality, and friendly banter. Slainte! Cheers!

Rupununi Restaurant

119 Main St., Bar Harbor
207-288-2886

Great Maine Seafood, pasta, steak and hard-to-get cigars. We have the best selection of single malt scotch, microbrews and wine in Bar Harbor. We also have live entertainment with no cover charge.


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Bike Rentals:

Acadia Bike

48 Cottage St., Bar Harbor
800-526-8615

There is hardly any better way to see Acadia National Park and the surrounding communities than by bicycle. We have the largest fleet of rental bikes in New England and are conveniently located at 48 Cottage Street in the heart of Bar Harbor. We also have a variety of high-quality used bikes for sale.

Bar Harbor Bycycle Shop

141 Cottage St., Bar Harbor
207-288-3886

We have been serving the year round needs of the recreational and sports biker on Mount Desert Island since 1978. Visitors may rent or buy a variety of quality bikes from children's tricycles to high performance off-road or racing bikes. Conveniently located at 141 Cottage Street in Bar Harbor.

Biking in Acadia

Mount Desert Island
Park Information

The Park has about 45 miles of suitable road surfaces comprised of Carriage Roads and portions of paved vehicle roadways. Carriage Roads wind through the heart of the park and have crushed rock surfaces. Some are on private land and closed to bicycles. The 27 mile long Park Loop Road is the primary road connecting Park locations with the surrounding villages of MDI.

Maine Coast Bicycle Tours

48 Cottage St., Bar Harbor
207-288-0050

If you're looking for the perfect luxury bicycling trip, you've found it with Maine Coast Bicycle Tours. Our trips offer gorgeous biking routes; the finest hotels; restaurants that are renowned for their cuisine; and the ambience of Bar Harbor, gateway to Acadia National Park.


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Boat Rentals:

Acadia Outfitters

106 Cottage St., Bar Harbor
207-288-8118

We are the first choice for people wanting to experience all the outdoor fun that Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park have to offer. We have scooters, bicycles, sea kayaks - both rentals and guided tours. Choose your pleasure!

Mansell Boat Rentals

Pier: 135 Shore Rd., Manset
207-244-5625

Located next to the Hinckley Yacht Yard on the Shore Road in Manset in Southwest Harbo, Mansell Boat Rentals offers sailboat and powerboat rentals for the Mount Desert Island area. Choose from several types of sailboats and powerboats. Sailing lessons are also available.

Manset Yacht Service

113 Shore Rd., Manset
207-244-4040

Established in 1989, Manset Yacht Service - Powerboat operation, offers a large rental fleet of 'ANGLER' brand fiberglass powerboats powered by Yamaha. All rentals are the highest quality available and are clean, safe, dependable, U.S. Coast Guard certified and attractive.

Mount Desert Island Map

Island Ports of Call
For Reference

Depending on where you are staying while on Mount Desert Island, or where you want to boat or sail, you may want to choose either Bar Harbor, or Manset in Southwest Harbor as your boat rental location.


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Entertainment/Theater:

Atlantic Brewing Company

15 Knox Rd., Bar Harbor
207-288-2337

Offers a free tour of their brewhouse in Town Hill, Maine, where you may taste their award winning ales in the Tasting Room. The Estate Brewery is designed with the age old beer gardens of Germany and England in mind.

Diver Ed Underwater VideoTours

146 Gilbert Farm Rd., Bar Harbor
207-288-3483

Experience Maine's only underwater sightseeing trip direct from the bottom of the sea! You remain dry on the boat as divers go down with a video camera which you watch on a screen. Then, divers bring their catch directly to you on the boat to answer questions.

Great Maine Lumberjack Show

127 Bar Harbor Rd., Trenton
207-667-0067

As seen on ESPN and MTV's Real World, The Great Maine Lumberjack Show, located in Trenton, Maine, provides family edu-tainment about the famous lumberjacks of the Maine woods.

Improv Acadia

15 Cottage St., Bar Harbor
207-288-2503

ImprovAcadia is a great thing to do at night in Bar Harbor. Creating spontaneous comedy inspired by audience suggestions, our professional improvisers from Chicago are sure to make you laugh! We have a full bar, snacks, and desserts. Located at 15 Cottage Street on 2nd floor.

Moscow Magic & Comedy

Otter Creek Hall
June - Aug

This is a Family Friendly experience starring Master Magician Victor Zenko featuring incredible illusions, comedy, juggling, ventriloquism and adventurous audience participation. Its laughter and amazement for the whole family!

Oceanarium, The

1351 Route 3, Bar Harbor
207-288-5005

Learn about the ocean, marshes, and their inhabitants. See lobsters and have their life cycle explained at the Lobster Hatchery and the Lobster Museum. Open mid-May through late October 9 AM to 5 PM daily except Sundays.

Oli's Trolly

1 West St., Bar Harbor
207-288-9899

This is a great way to see the sites of Acadia National Park when you want to leave the driving to someone else. There are 1 and 2 1/2 hour tours available depending upon the season so check with the web site.

Reel Pizza Cinerama

33 Kennebec Place-Bar Harbor
207-288-3811

Movies in Bar Harbor: Now celebrating 19 full years of uncommonly good cinema, food and community in Downeast Maine. We are located next to the Village Green in Bar Harbor.


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Event Planning:

Katherine's Event Planning

Various Locations
Contact Us via Email

Complete Maine Wedding Planning from the State's Most Experienced Wedding Coordinator • Katherine is a fifth-generation Mainer with ten years wedding planning experience who has the background and know-how to make your dreams a reality.


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Galleries & Museums:

Abbe Museum

Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor
207-288-3519

Dedicated to an appreciation and understanding of the Native Americans of Maine with a permanent collection of more than 50,000 objects representing 10,000 years of culture.

George B. Dorr Museum

105 Eden St., Bar Harbor
207-288-5395

Housed in the original headquarters of Acadia National Park on the College of the Atlantic campus, the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History investigates, interpretes, and displays the natural world of Acadia and Maine.

Great Harbor Maritime Museum

124 Main St. Northeast Harbor
207-276-5262

Located at the old fire station in Northeast Harbor, the museum exhibits copies of historic photographs that show aspects of maritime history relating to the Mount Desert Island area with a focus on boat design, boat building, and the impact it has had on the communities.

Judy Taylor Studio & Gallery

1517 Tremont Rd., Seal Cove
207-244-5545

Judy Taylor studio and gallery is a working studio and teaching atelier with works ranging from landscapes and townscapes of coastal and interior Maine to more classical renderings in oil of the figure and portrait. She was an Acadia National Park artist-in-residence.

Seal Cove Auto Museum

1414 Tremont Rd., Seal Cove
207-244-9242

This auto museum houses the best brass era car collection in the USA and includes over 60 beautiful and rare automobiles and motorcycles. Open May 1 through October 31, Seven days per week from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wendell Gilley Museum

4 Herrick Rd, Southwest Harbor
207-244-7555

This gallery museum is a major showcase for the bird carvings of one of the 3 world renown pioneers of the art form - Wendell Gilley. Located in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

William A. Bracken Gallery

Salisbury Cove, Bar Harbor
207-288-9560

Both a member of the American Watercolor Society and the New England Watercolor Society, William A. Bracken's paintings depict the local surroundings and have been included in regional and national juried exhibitions.

Woodlawn Museum

Route 172, Ellsworth
207-667-8671

Also called the Colonel Black House, this historical property with period furniture is a must see in the Ellsworth area. Originally built between 1824 and 1827, you feel like you have stepped back in time.


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Guides & Mountain Climbing:

Atlantic Climbing School

67 Main St., Bar Harbor
207-288-2521

ACS has been guiding rock climbing courses in Acadia since 1984. Half-day and full-day courses are available for all ages and abilities; all equipment is provided. Low guide-to-client ratios • Owned by Jeff Butterfield, author of Acadia: A Climber's Guide

Eagle Mountain Guide Service

48 Bunker Dr., Otis
207-537-5282

Fantastic fresh water fishing action fish for World Class Smallmouth Bass, Salmon and Lake Trout • May through August the fishing really heats up. This spring fed lake produces some of the best trophy bass fishing available anywhere.

North Country Rivers

36 Main St., Bingham
1-800-348-8871

Guided Rafting (Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers), ATV Tours and Moose Safaris offered daily (Apr-Oct). Guided trips run daily, all equipment provided, no experience necessary. Call today to book your Maine Outdoor Adventure with North Country Rivers.

Northeast Whitewater

Greenville, Maine
207-695-0151

Northeast Guide Service is the closest rafting and moose tour company to Acadia and the Bar Harbor region. We provide personalized half and full day trips in whitewater rafting, moose tours, kayaking, canoeing and waterfall hikes in North Central Maine.


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Sailing:

Downeast Sailing Adventures

Eagle Lake Rd., Bar Harbor
207-288-2216

Experience Maine on Acadia’s Quiet Side as we sail among the Cranberry Islands and Somes Sound. Enjoy the breathtaking vistas of Acadia National Park, unspoiled by cruise ships and resort hotels. Sit back and relax as we sail past lighthouses, lobstermen, and cliffside mansions that make this world-class cruising area unique.

Downeast Windjammer Cruises

Margaret Todd: 207-288-4585
Cranberry Ferry: 207-244-5882

Join us aboard the Margaret S. Todd, the only 4-masted schooner working in New England. Three, 1.5 to 2 hour trips daily, sailing among the islands of Frenchman Bay. We also have the Bar Harbor/Winter Harbor Ferry and the Cranberry Cove Ferry providing passenger service between Southwest Harbor/Manset and the Cranberry Isles.

Mansell Boat Rentals

Pier: 135 Shore Rd., Manset
207-244-5625

Located next to the Hinckley Yacht Yard on the Shore Road in Manset in Southwest Harbo, Mansell Boat Rentals offers sailboat and powerboat rentals for the Mount Desert Island area. Choose from several types of sailboats and powerboats. Sailing lessons are also available.

Sail Acadia

2 Locations on MDI
207-266-5210

We offer private charters and shared sails in some of the world’s best sailing grounds. Cruises depart several times each day from Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor, just 15 – 20 minutes from Bar Harbor.


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Scooters:

Acadia Outfitters

106 Cottage St., Bar Harbor
207-288-8118 or Email

We are the first choice for people wanting to experience all the outdoor fun that Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park have to offer. We have scooters, bicycles, sea kayaks - both rentals and guided tours. Choose your pleasure!

Taxi Services:

At Your Service Taxi

Bar Harbor, Maine
207-288-9222

A locally operated taxi and tour service in Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park since 1999. We will welcome you to our island with safe, courteous, uniformed, professional drivers who have an extensive knowledge of the area. We are always open and accept all major credit cards.


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Whale Watching:

Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company

1 West St., Bar Harbor
207-288-2386 or Email

Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. offers many adventurous boating tours on the Gulf of Maine. Featuring several distinct whale watching, sightseeing, light house and nature trips sailing daily throughout the summer season.


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White Water Rafting:

North Country Rivers

Various Locations
1-800-348-8871

White Water Rafting on the Penobscot, Kennebec and Dead Rivers. All equipment provided. No experience necessary. Daily trips April - October. In addition, we offer ATV Tours (May-Nov), Moose Safaris (May-Sept), Kayaking (May-Sept), Snowmobile Tours (Jan-March), RV and Tent Camping (Apr-Nov), Cabins (Year Round.)


Northeast Whitewater - Rafting & Moose Tours

142 Moosehead Lake Rd., Greenville, ME 04441
Call 888-484-3317 or Email

Northeast Whitewater is the closest rafting and moose tour company to Acadia and the Bar Harbor region. We provide personalized half and full day trips in whitewater rafting, moose tours, kayaking, canoeing and waterfall hikes. Reserve your spot today! Call 888-484-3317


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There is SO MUCH here to discover!

Greg A. Hartford, photographer, author, publisherIf you have made it all the way down here on the Activities, Recreation, and Entertainment page of AcadiaMagic.com, you have done well. Congratulations! There are so many things to do while visiting Bar Harbor, Acadia national Park, and the surrounding villages that it is truly a daunting task to review everything. Besides what is on this page, keep in mind that there are hundreds of places within the Park itself that you can discover here, and explore later, firsthand with family and friends. The maps will give you a good idea of what there is in the area. Have fun!