If you prefer sight-seeing on foot, MDI has a few different walking tours available. Each tour has it’s own unique theme. All of these tours are designed to be enjoyable for locals and visitors alike, so there’s something for everyone.

The Red Cloak Tour in Bar Harbor. These tours are designed to explore the spookier side of the island, and are named for the ‘mysterious lady in red” who leads the tours. She will lead you through the town with stories behind the haunted areas that you won’t read about in the guide books. These tours all start at the Village Green in Bar Harbor at 7:30 May -August, and 7:00 September-October.

Tours are roughly 1-1.5 hours long, dog and child friendly, handicap accessible (let them know in advance), and you can reserve a tour for a private party. To purchase tickets or see more information, visit their website here.

Maine Foodie Tours If you want to walk around town and get a taste of the local fare, this is the walking tour for you. Maine Foodie Tours in Bar Harbor is a 3 hour tour that visits seven local places. Tickets are $60/person. Some of the food you’ll get- mini lobster rolls, wild Maine blueberry and maple popcorn, and handcrafted ales. (ARE THESE CHILD FRIENDLY?) . Check out pictures of past tours and get a glimpse of what all the fuss is about on their Facebook page. If you’re ready to order tickets, head to their website and click on “Tours.” Savor Our City also offers Bar Harbor food tours, which you can book on their website.

Bar Harbor by Foot Walking Map. For those who want to take things at their own pace, the Bar Harbor by Foot Walking Map provides a map of in-town Bar Harbor, and points out trails, information, public restrooms, and more. This map was a project involving Acadia Scenic Byway, MDOT, Friends of Acadia, and Healthy Acadia. You can pick up the map for free at the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, or print out from the web here:  http://www.barharborinfo.com/BarHarborChamber/media/Bar-Harbor-Media-Library/PDFs/Getting%20Here/Maps/BHbyFOOT_09_web.pdf

Somesville Historical Walking Tour. A great  tour for history buffs, or those who just want to learn a bit more about the area. The Somesville Walking Tour begins at the Somesville Museum, and takes participants through the historical district of Somesville. Tours run in July and August. Sponsored by Mount Desert Historical Society, these cost $10 per person and last about an hour and a half.  You can visit their website here.

Natural History Birding Tour. During the summers, you can join Bar Harbor’s weekly birding tours on Wednesdays from 7 a.m.- 11 a.m. Tours depart from the Village Green, and involve periods of walking and some stationary bird spotting and identifying. To join one of the tours, you can call (207) 266-9461, emailing info@TheNaturalHistoryCenter.com, or sending them a message on their Facebook page.


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