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The Visitor Center is open daily, 9-5.

9th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival

SWH Library Presents: Acadia Night Sky Festival Exploring Jupiter

SWH Library Presents: An Introduction to the New Digital Archive

ArtWaves Presents: Figure Drawing

Seal Cove Auto Museum's Technician Tuesday
Wendell Gilley Museum: "Abundance of Riches" Exhibit by Andrea Rich

Coda Presents: Roberta DeMuro

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: The Humm

Sips Presents: Peter Lindquist

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: Three Sisters
Student summer work visas are in crosshairs

Acadia Scholars Program begins

Visitor numbers are up, with an asterisk

Pot ordinance goes to vote

BH Committees shuffled
Healthy Acadia's You've Got a Friend Fund Seeks Applicants and Donors

Welcome to new Chamber Member Charlotte Rhoades Park!

Senator King Recognizes Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for 130th Anniversary

Summer Extravaganza Promises Fun Family Activities

Welcome to new Chamber member ArtWaves!

The Quietside of Acadia

Mountains rising from the ocean, forests stretching to granite cliffs, lakes nestled in glacial valleys, crashing surf on a rocky shoreline. It is little wonder that nearly three million people come each year to Mt Desert Island (often just called "MDI") to enjoy Acadia National Park. So, how can an island that hosts millions of people have a quiet side?

MDI is roughly circular with a fjord, Somes Sound, through its center that nearly cuts it in two. Acadia covers just over half of MDI, about a third of the park is west of the Sound.

Most tourists to the island head to Bar Harbor on the northeast coast, which is home to several large hotels and is a popular port for cruise ships. Tremont and Southwest Harbor are the principal towns on the west side of MDI. First settled by fishermen, the towns retain their maritime heritage boasting healthy fishing fleets and myriad boat yards.

Although less traveled than the east side, the Quietside of Acadia offers plenty of services for visitors, as this website shows. We invite you to browse the site to learn about Acadia National Park and our community. Or better still, come for a visit and enjoy a classic Maine island vacation.

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