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Things to do in Downeast + Acadia

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Downeast + Acadia. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Downeast + Acadia attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Downeast + Acadia to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Downeast + Acadia.

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    Acadia National Park

    If any place typifies Maine’s great rugged outdoors, it’s Acadia, the state’s only national park (and the first crowned east of the Mississippi Riv... More
  • Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop

    Ideal for visitors who want to explore Bar Harbor without being confined to a car, this full-service bike shop has a wide variety of recreational a... More
  • Mount Desert Island

    The hiking route, in Maine’s Acadia National Park, offers two short but technical trails: the 1.6-mile Precipice and the one-mile Beehive, both of ... More
  • Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound

    A mainstay of this small community since 1956, it's hard to miss this family-owned lobster shack and seafood distributor, with its large rooftop "L... More

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