DAY 5 BAR HARBOR
Today you can explore Bar Harbor and its surroundings at your leisure. Visit Mount Desert Oceanarium which includes a lobster museum, a marsh tour, and a lobster hatchery. For a touch of nature, visit Acadia National Park, New England’s only national park; it offers 6000 acres of mountains, rugged coastline, islands, forests, and lakes where you can hike, bike, canoe, fish, and explore this Park’s trails. For an alternative, rent a bicycle and explore the area as the locals do. Peddle alongside crystal-water lakes and rose-colored mountains. For a different view, take a bus or trolley tour and hear about the local history from well-versed local guides. Or take an insightful and entertaining walking tour of downtown. If you rather explore Maine from the water side, paddle a canoe or kayak either on your own or in the company of a well-experienced guide.
Today’s Suggested Optional Experience
MISS SAMANTHA LOBSTER / SEAL CRUISE (BHB-LOBS):
Join us aboard the Miss Samantha, Bar Harbor, Maine’s newest and biggest lobster passenger boat. During the first part of the trip, you’ll watch us haul lobster traps from the ocean floor as the captain explains how the trap works. In addition to lobster and crab, you’ll see and be able to touch sea urchins, starfish, and sea cucumbers. The kids will love it and so will you. About halfway through our cruise, we’ll stow all the lobster gear and then head off to a small island to look at harbor seals basking on the rocks or swimming in the nearby water. Because of the Miss Samantha’s size, we sometimes get so close that you can count their whiskers. Our sighting average is over 95 percent, so don’t forget to bring your camera! And all the while, we’ll be cruising in Frenchman Bay, where beautiful cottages line the shore and granite mountains rise majestically from the sea.