Acadia/Bar Harbor with toddler

Old Feb 8th, 2020, 11:42 AM
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Acadia/Bar Harbor with toddler

Hi all,
I'm sure some iteration of this has been asked somewhere, but I kept finding primarily threads for families with older kids. My parents, my husband, my toddler and I will be staying just outside of Bar Harbor for the second week in June. I'm sure my parents will be off on their own here and there, but I anticipate a good number of family outings. I'm looking for ideas that are likely to be OK for a family with a toddler. I'd be happy to do 2-3 mild-moderate hikes (baby would be in a carrier) as long as I'm unlikely to run into blackfly nests on whatever trail we end up on. I really like Maine's rocky coast. Things to do/see? Whale-watching would be fun, but too boring for a toddler, so unfortunately that's out. Ocean kayaking would also be nice, but I don't think that's safe for a toddler. Some suggestions for non-nature-heavy would be welcome as well, as my mom isn't the outdoorsy type (while my husband and dad very much are). I should mention that my kid hates being in the car for long periods of time, so a half-day scenic drive is not going to be possible (although we're willing to drive to get somewhere we can explore for a while). I'd also be happy to hear a few suggestions for a fun date or two when my husband and I get to steal away without the toddler (day or evening).
Thank you!
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Old Feb 9th, 2020, 02:56 AM
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A friend lives in Bar Harbor and insists there's no black flies and she and her daughter hike a lot. Suggest you pick one or more gardens to visit and let your toddler lead the way. Google Acadia ME gardens. Take a sand pail/shovel and a couple of beach toys to the sand beach and just let your toddler dig. Take a picnic lunch and relax. We like to take bag chairs for picnic stops.
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Old Feb 9th, 2020, 01:01 PM
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Thanks! Hadn't thought about checking out gardens. I'll take a look!
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Old Feb 10th, 2020, 07:08 PM
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Not sure if your toddler is old enough to appreciate this, but my kids enjoyed learning how to make their own hand-churned ice cream at Udder Heaven. You and your husband might enjoy catching a show at ImprovAcadia in BarHarbor. And whether you hike, bike or drive there, you must have lunch at Jordan Pond House and eat some popovers and blueberry lemonade!
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Old Feb 13th, 2020, 01:54 PM
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We have never experienced black flies in Acadia, and we've been there in all seasons, except winter. Not many mosquitoes, either.
Some suggestions:
Rent a bike (downtown BH) and take a bike ride on one of the many carriage trails throughout the area. They are off road, very scenic and safe. Some are hilly, maybe you can get a trail map. You could probably get one with a seat for the toddler.
There is a very family friendly lake, right in the middle of the area, Eagle Lake. Very shallow beach area, so safe for toddler.
I think there are horseback rides around Jordan Pond, and they might have carriage rides, too.
Outside of BH, on the way to Ellsworth, there is mini-golf, a small zoo, and a lumberjack show in summer.
For your romantic date, you and husband could take a sunset sailboat cruise around the harbor. For a nice dinner, visit the BarHarbor Inn, (right next to where the sailboats depart) for a nice dinner on their terrace.
For a nice hike, not too strenuous, we take the Gorham Mtn trail, it's about 3 hrs RT. Incredible vistas along the way, and spectacular view on top. Since you will have a carrier, it might work.
Also, there is a playground right in BH at the school, very large, so your child can run around.
You will love Acadia.
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