Top things to do in Mount Desert Island

Top Choice National Park in Mount Desert Island

Acadia National Park

New England's only national park turned 100 in 2016 – it's a fine-looking centenarian. Within its borders are impressive coastal landmarks and great visitor activities.Drivers and hikers alike can thank John D Rocke…
Top Choice American in Cranberry Isles

Islesford Dock Restaurant

This beautifully sited spot on Little Cranberry Island makes an impressive pledge: 'Dock's commitment to our customers is to serve lobster taken from the water and cooked the day you eat it.' There's impressive vari…
Top Choice Mountain in Acadia National Park

Cadillac Mountain

Don't leave the park without driving – or hiking – to the 1530ft summit of Cadillac Mountain. For panoramic views of Frenchman Bay, walk the paved 0.5-mile Cadillac Mountain Summit loop. The summit is a popular plac…
Top Choice Latin American in Bar Harbor

Havana

First things first: order a refreshing mojito or caipirinha. Then you can take your time with the menu and the epic global wine list. Havana puts a Latin spin on dishes that highlight local produce, and the kitchen …
Top Choice Beach in Acadia National Park

Sand Beach

One of Acadia's most surprising features is this beautiful stretch of sandy shoreline tucked between mountains on the east side of Mount Desert Island. The beach is around 300m long and attracts sunbathers, stroller…
Top Choice Seafood in Mount Desert Island

Thurston's Lobster Pound

Super-fresh lobster and crab are the headliners at yellow-roofed Thurston's, overlooking Bass Harbor in Bernard. Tie on a bib and crack into a steamy, butter-dripping lobster, or a seafood-filled roll (as the menu d…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Bar Harbor

Mount Desert Island Ice Cream

A cult hit for innovative flavors such as stout beer with fudge, chocolate with wasabi, and blueberry-basil sorbet, this ice-cream counter is a post-dinner must. The smaller original outlet is at 7 Firefly Lane, by …
Top Choice Lake in Acadia National Park

Jordan Pond

On clear days, the glassy waters of this 176-acre pond reflect the image of Penobscot Mountain like a mirror. A stroll around the pond and its surrounding forests and flower meadows is one of Acadia's most popular a…
Top Choice Modern American in Mount Desert Island

Burning Tree

Dine on sun-warmed greens from the backyard gardens or locally caught halibut with green peppercorns at this intimate cottage restaurant, one of the region's best. The menu is seafood-heavy and has plenty of interes…
Gardens in Northeast Harbor

Thuya Garden

Some of the most beautiful gardens on the island lie hidden atop a forest-backed bluff overlooking the east side of the harbor. Flowers bursting with color line the grassy paths, with an abundance of chrysanthemums,…