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Visitor Center open Daily 9-5
Park Passes available
Road Construction is all done

Commercial projects delayed

Car plunges off road near Otter Cliffs

Schools open around MDI

Mussel farm lease renewal opposed

Open tailgate no party for passing motorists
National Park Service announces Listening Session on Short-Term Transportation Management Actions at Schoodic

Find Your Park and Celebrate the 99th Birthday of the National Park Service

Peregrine falcon nesting areas to open

Milkweed and Monarchs

Second round of public meetings regarding Acadia Transportation Plan
The Barn Arts Collective Presents: We Run the Ship!

Boats & Buoys: Lobstering on Little Cranberry Island

Acadia Repertory Children's Theatre Presents: Hansel and Gretel

Acadia Repertory Theatre Presents: Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club

Fee Free Day at Acadia National Park: National Park Service Birthday
National Park Service Announces the Grand Opening of Schoodic Woods Campground

MDI Hospital Offers Free Diabetes Prevention Class at YMCA

a Murder at the Salty Dog Gallery!

Phelps/Lowe Memorial Golf Tournament

Camp Beech Cliff's Business After Hours

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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