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Our Visitor Center is open Monday - Friday, 9AM to 5PM. We have individual, vehicle and annual Acadia Park Passes available.

Wendel Gilley Museum Presents: Friday Fun Day: Make a Bird Flag

Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races and Benefit Lunch

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Gaining Altitude: Retirement & Beyond with Author Rebecca Milliken

Wendell Gilley Mudeum Presents: Friday Fun Day: Explore Plants with a Paintbrush

Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce Presents: Fireworks on July 4
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Island Quilters Exhibit for June

Island Arts Association's Fourth of July Fair

Coastal Fine Arts Alliance of Maine's Annual Gallery on the Green

Coastal Fine Arts Alliance of Maine's Annual Gallery on the Green

Island Arts Association's Annual Craft Fair
Bar Harbor to try to intervene on American Aquafarms lease

Secretary of Interior visits Acadia

Live music is back with the Bar Harbor Music Festival

Island Briefs
Acadia National Park's Carriage Roads Sustain Extensive Damage from Severe Rainstorm

Island Connections celebrates 16,000 meals served

Governor Mills Announces State of Civil Emergency To End June 30th

Call to Artists & Art Donors: A Celebration of Art Silent Auction 2021 Library Benefit

The Southwest Harbor Fire Department announces the passing of active member, Deputy Chief Sam Chisholm
Acadia National Park Receives New Hybrid Learning Grant from National Park Foundation

COVID-19 Pandemic Causes Impacts and Opportunities for U.S. National Parks

Acadia National Park Announces Openings for 2021

July 4th Fireworks

Thank you to our 4th of July Fireworks Sponsors

Grand Finale Sponsors
Cafe 2 / Eat-A-Pita
Dysart's Great Harbor Marina
Acadia Fuel

Large Rocket Sponsors
Thurston's Lobster Pound
Acadia Yurts and Wellness Center
Skip's Automotive & Car Wash
LS Robinson Insurance
Neighbors at Village at Ocean's End

Cherry Bomb Sponsors
Hutchins Cottages at Acadia
The Lodge-ings
The First National Bank
MDI Boat House
The Redbook
Blue Atlantic Upholstery
Stephen and Margo Stanley
Acadia Cottages
The Hinckley Company
McEnroe Builders, Inc.
Black Dog Vacation Rentals
Sea View Stay, LLC
Hall Quarry Rentals
Carroll Drug Inc.
J & P's Farm Market
Manset Yacht Service
Kingsleigh Inn

Sparkler Sponsors
Clark Point Restoration, LLC
Beamis Apartments
FT Brown Hardware & Marine
Mitchell Cove Properties

  Cherry Bomb Sponsors
Carol Ann Grant
Carl Wrubel and William Merrill
Fritz Van der Grift
Rick Benson
John and Marianne Wellington
Laura E. Smallidge
Betsey Holtzmann and Abe Noyes
Ron and Ann Scott
Darrell and Jackie Storholt
The Rankin Family
Bill and Kay MacIntosh
Larry and Meg Eaton
Fenner Milton
Kathy and Tom Nelson
Mazzie and Charlie Gogolak
Chris and Carolyn Groobey
Maren Anderson and Duke Collie
Melissa and Scott Hirsch
Joseph and Leslie Fogg
John and Sarah Maxwell
Richard Dickson

Sparkler Sponsors
L J Gray
John and KC Burton
Megan Madsen and John Hayter
Paul and Valerie Bodner
Tim and Sian Clements
Larry and Debra Alley
Brenda L. Merritt
Don and Karol Hagberg
Nancy E. Jones
Joe and Lori Morneault
Joseph Snider
Tanny Clark
Gregory and Ann Benz
Marisa Marinelli
Barbara McCrum
Edward and Christine O'Leary
Brian and Dani Silverman
Rob Putman ad Janet Myers
Brenda Fletcher
Mr. & Mrs. Don Chambers
Gretchen Strong
Suzanne and Peter Madeira
Ruth K. Jellison
The Fortins
Marilyn Mays
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lerner
Linda Lewis
Sandy Wilcox and Jack Russell
Anonymous
Deb Dall
Liz Laverack and Jake Jacobson
Connie and Steve Walsh
Mrs. Andree F. DuBois
Mark Sullivan and Ann Tikkanen
Seth and Amory
Margaret Fry and Chris Vavra
Geoff Disston
Rust Potter
Patty Pinkham and Larry Albee
Mike and Phyllis Magnani
Sue and Mark Picurro
Priscilla and Jack Ksionzyk
Carole and Cody Cartnick
Lee and Art Worster
Anonymous
Barker-Stoler Family
Dave and Moira Larson
Serafina Krag
John and Beth Sundberg
Bob and Robin
Steve and Mary Sligar
Dahlia and Gordon Kingsley
Anonymous
Gary Stellpflug
Edie Stanwood
Fran and MaryAnn Paparella
Binnie MacDonald
Lorraine Aronson
Leslie and Richard Saltsman

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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 stop 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 Acadia away from the crowds.


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