Things to do on Mount Desert Island

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Whether your idea of relaxation is watching whales, strolling through a museum, climbing a mountain, or paddling a kayak, you can do it all in Southwest Harbor or nearby Acadia National Park. Our convenient location is less than a thirty-minute drive from dozens of activities and we’re proud to partner with some of the best tour guides and service providers on Mount Desert Island.


Though The Claremont is a sight to be seen in itself, it is surrounded by troves of natural beauty. From strolling through gardens or scaling cliffs around Acadia National Park to setting out to sea and exploring islands, there is truly something for everyone to see and do.

Acadia National Park


Bass Harbor Light

Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve

Wild Flower Gardens of Acadia


Mail Boat Ferry Service - Beal & Bunker


Cranberry Cove Ferry

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Maine State Ferry Service

Island Explorer – Acadia Free Shuttle

Bar Harbor Whale Watch

Deep Sea Fishing – Acadia Fishing Tours

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Island Cruises

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Scenic Nature Cruises – Sea Princess

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Water Taxi & Custom Cruises - The Delight

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Acadia National Park Tours

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Downeast Friendship Sloop Charters

Carriage Rides: Wildwood Stables

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Museums, Heritage, and Theater

Embrace the history and culture that Mount Desert Island has to offer with local plays, stunning art exhibits, and fascinating museums.

Criterion Theatre & Arts Center

Reel Pizza Cinerama

Acadia Repertory Theatre

Abbe Museum – Maine Indian Heritage

Seal Cove Auto Museum

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Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve

The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden

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Garland Farm: Beatrix Farrand Society

Sports and Rentals

Whether you want to spend a day on the fairway, the water, or on wheels, Southwest Harbor has got you covered. And don’t worry, the Botanica Spa will be waiting for you when you return home from your adventures.

Southwest Cycle

National Park Canoe Rental

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Maine State Sea Kayak

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Causeway Golf

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Kebo Valley Golf Club

Miniature Golf: Pirates Cove

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