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Visitor Center is open Daily 9AM to 5PM EST. Weekly Individual & Vehicle Park Passes and ANP Annual Passes are available during office hours.

Maine Seacoast Mission: Centennial Tours

Fee-Free Day in Acadia National Park

The Gift of Acadia: A Celebration of the Acadia Centennial

SWH Library Presents: Carl and David Little Book Talk - Art of Acadia

Claremont Hotel Presents: Caitlin Cleaver
Acadia Repertory Theatre Presents:The Princess and the Pauper

Acadia Repertory Theatre Presents: Murdered to Death

Coda Presents: Mes Amis Duo

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: Traveling Musicians (G)

The Dockside Inn & Restaurant Presents: Wake Up Mama!
Bio Lab patent may help healing of hearts

VIA eyes Route 3 aesthetics upgrade

Oyster cage sites stir up complaint: Opponents allege permit violations

Island seabirds

Kish to talk about AT trek at Jesup
Wilderness First Responder Certification Course at Camp Beech Cliff

A Special Announcement from Hinckley

The Wendell Gilley Museum: Join us for A Flight of Swallows

4th Annual Harbor House Tennis Classic

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Dysart's Great Harbor Marina!
Acadia Centennial Section at

Acadia: A gift to the people, by the people

How growing tourism could change Acadia over the next 100 years

Friends of Acadia Launches $25 Million Campaign To Address Acadia National Park’s “Most Urgent Challenges”

New books, new exhibit help put Acadia’s 100th anniversary in perspective

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 port 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 a classic Maine island vacation.

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