If you’re the type of person who likes to get up and go, MDI is a great place to be. We decided to break your options for being active on Mount Desert Island into ‘land’ and ‘water’ options. Here’s what we know that’s on dry land:

Gyms & Fitness Centers For a gym experience, Bar Harbor has a YMCA located slightly outside of the downtown area (which is convenient in terms of driving and parking). They have a fitness center, pool, classes, and youth programs (rates available online here).

Destination Health on Main Street in Bar Harbor is also a great place to take classes like TRX, Spin, Barre, Yoga, and Personal Training Sessions.

Harbor House in Southwest Harbor also has a fitness center and various classes available for people.

If you’re in Northeast Harbor, the Neighborhood House has a fitness center and classes as well. Rates and schedule are available on their website here.



Yoga There are several places to practice yoga specifically. Heather Murray offers classes out of her space and the Maine Body Boutique offers aerial yoga in their space.

Biking There is plenty of biking to be had on the carriage trails. If you’re looking for maps, Bar Harbor Bike has some of them linked on their website here. There are also group rides that happen.

 Hiking Feeling a little more outdoorsy? Acadia National Park has plenty of hiking opportunities all over the island. Check out the different trails and double check for any trail closings (these tend to be seasonal due to falcon nesting, snow, mud season- that sort of thing).

Carriage Roads: For hiking, biking, and horseback riding The carriage roads are also worth checking out. If there’s snow on the ground, some of these trails are groomed for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. A map (PDF version) can be found here but there are apps available for iOS and Android that may also work well for you.



Climbing For the particularly adventurous, perhaps heading for a climb is more your speed. Acadia Mountain Guides offer individual and group guides in Acadia (their physical office is on Main Street in Bar Harbor), Bangor, Camden, Katahdin, and N. Conway. They also offer youth activities and family climbs.

Another option is Acadia Climbing School (they also have a Main Street Bar Harbor office). Check out their rates and courses here (they also offer courses in the winter- like ice climbing!).

Road Races. If it’s competition you’re looking for, MDI has a pretty robust road race schedule throughout the year. There’s the Acadia Half Marathon in late spring, the Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Half Marathon in early fall, and the MDI Marathon, Half, and Relay every October. Coming up soon is the July 4th Relay that takes teams all across MDI, organized by Crow Athletics (also the organizers of the MDI Marathon and the Northeast Harbor 5 Miler).

The MDI YMCA not only organizes the Acadia and BHB&T Half Marathons (which include 10k or 5k races as well), but they do various 5ks throughout the year including the Rolling Bones (around Halloween), Turkey Trot, and the Resolution Run (on January 1st). For a list of upcoming races and information on registration, visit here (note: the 5k races tend to be smaller and more information usually arrives closer to the date of the event).

As part of the annual Flamingo Festival at the Harbor House in Southwest Harbor, there is also a 4 mile race.  Sea of Blue also holds an annual spring 5k in Northeast Harbor to support Autism Awareness.

Have a favorite land activity we didn’t cover? Let us know in the comments!



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